The Department of Public Safety ("Department") licenses and regulates the operation of hoisting equipment. The Department derives its authority to regulate hoisting operators from Massachusetts General Laws chapter 146, section 53. Additionally, the Department has promulgated regulations which are codified in section 6.00 of title 520 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations.

Anyone who wishes to operate hoisting equipment (including derricks, cableways, machinery used for discharging cargoes, and temporary elevator cars used on excavation work or used for hoisting building material) must obtain a license from the Department. Hoisting operators must be 18 years of age, complete an application, and successfully pass an examination covering all working parts of the hoisting machinery, safe operating practices, hand signals, and inspection procedures in order to obtain a license.

Prior to contacting the Department with any questions, please review the FAQs ("Frequently Asked Questions") link below for further information. All applications, inquiries, or suggestions should be mailed to:

Department of Public Safety
1 Ashburton Place, Room 1301
Boston, MA 02108
Attn: Hoisting Division

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Continuing Education

Schools Approved by the Department

Application for Active/Inactive Status Request of the Hoisting License pdf format of eng_form_continuing_education_inactive

Application for Approval of Continuing Education Program pdf format of form_approval_continuing_ed_

 In-Service Training Programs for Exempt Companies

Application for Approval of an In-Service Training Program pdf format of form_approval_in-service_training_program_

Short-Term Rental Entities for Compact Hoisting Machinery

Application for Approval as a Short-Term Rental Entity pdf format of form_approval_short_term_rental_

Short-Term Rental Entity Facilitator Notification pdf format of form_hoisting_facilitator