EXTENSION TO THE CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Please be advised that the deadline for completion of the Continuing Education requirements contained in 520 CMR 6.00: HOISTING MACHINERY, has been extended to September 1, 2014. Licensees whose Hoisting Machinery License expires prior to this date will not be required to submit Continuing Education at the time of renewal.
Hoisting Machinery Licenses that expire on or after September 1, 2014 shall provide Continuing Education at the time of renewal. Any Licensee who is unable to obtain the required Continuing Education necessary to renew their License may request that the License be placed in an inactive status for up to 1 Continuing Education cycle. No Hoisting Machinery operations shall take place while the License is in an inactive status.
Hoisting Machinery License holders who have taken the following actions to comply with the original May 1, 2014 deadline may apply their Certificates of Completion to their 2016 renewal:
- Scheduled to take a Continuing Education course and attained a Certificate of Completion;
- Completed their Continuing Education requirements and attained a Certificate of Completion.
This only applies to Licenses that are set to expire before the new September 1, 2014 deadline. Licenses that expire on or after September 1, 2014 shall provide Continuing Education at the time of renewal unless a written request is made to the Department to place the License in an inactive status for up to 1 Continuing Education cycle.
The regulations, as well as FAQs, can be found here.
The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
Effective May 21, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) will require that all commercial motor vehicle (“CMV”) medical examinations be performed by an FMCSA approved medical examiner that is listed on the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (“National Registry”). The FMCSA states that, “The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) lists medical examiners (MEs) who have been trained, tested and certified to perform medical examinations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers in interstate commerce. These MEs fully understand the medical standards in the FMCSA Regulations, related guidance and how they relate to the medical demands of operating a commercial motor vehicle.”
To comply with the changes of the FMCSA, the Department will only recognize DOT Medical Certificates approved by a medical examiner that is listed on the National Registry effective May 21, 2014. DOT Medical Certificates that were issued prior to May 21, 2014 are valid until the expiration date.
For a list of the approved medical examiners on the National Registry, or for information about this new program and the FMCSA, please visit their website at https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam.