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On April 19, 2012 the Bloomberg Administration through the Department of Buildings published the final administrative rule pertaining to the training and licensing of Class A and Class B crane operators. This rule change will modernize the system by moving to a national crane certification. The rule requires a minimum of 3 years of experience with at least 1 of those years required in New York City or a minimum of 10 years of experience with at least 7 years in a comparable dense urban environment.

The REBNY membership has been a leader on this proposal, and without our continued efforts and advocacy, this proposal may not have passed, or may have been modified until rendered ineffective. When fully implemented, this new system will lead to a safe environment for construction workers and New York City. Although this proposal was clearly the right thing to do, it was a met with a great deal of opposition by those who are adverse to change. I am proud that we continue to be an organization that champions innovation and is at the forefront of sensible reform.

Resources

Read the Mayoral press release

Press Release:
April 18, 2012 Real Estate Board of New York Praises Mayor Bloomberg's Decision on Crane Licensin

Real Estate Weekly Column:
April 11, 2012 Improve Safety for New Yorkers, Modernize Crane Operator Testing By Adopting a National Crane Certification

REBNY Testimony:
February 3, 2012 Testimony on the Proposed Amendment to Sections 104‐06 and 104‐09 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York relating to Hoist Machine Operator Training and Examinations