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Temporary Rules for Licensing & Certification

This page lists temporary rules for license and certification renewals and exam postponements. (All dates are Subject to Changes due to ongoing COVID-19 response.)

Note: Initial written exams for Crane, Operator, Blaster, or Pyrotechnician have been temporarily suspended. We anticipate resuming exams September 1, 2020. You will receive an admission notice about 3 weeks prior to the test. Check back here in case of further schedule changes.

Applications to Renew Your Crane Operator Certificate of Competence

At this time, written tests conducted by the Department of Labor to renew your Crane Operator Certificate of Competence are postponed. If you have a Crane Operator Certificate of Competence, your Certificate is extended by 60 days. You will receive a letter confirming this extension. If you have submitted your application and fee but do not receive an extension letter, please contact the License & Certificate Unit at (518) 457-2735 or by email at License&[email protected].

Applications to Obtain a New Crane Operator Certificate of Competence

Practical exams necessary to obtain a new Crane Operator Certificate of Competence are currently being scheduled regionally. You will receive an admission notice about 3 weeks prior to the exam. These exams are not postponed at this time. Check periodically for updated exam information including possible postponements. Exams are currently scheduled in the Utica area in August and Buffalo, NY in September.

Applications to Renew Your Blaster Certificate of Competence

In the event that the training required to renew your Blaster License is unavailable, your License is extended by 60 days provided you have submitted your application and fee. You will receive a letter confirming this extension. If you have submitted your application and fee but do not receive an extension letter, please contact the License & Certificate Unit at (518) 457-2735 or by email at License&[email protected].

Applications to Renew Your Mold Assessor or Mold Contractor License

Mold Refresher Courses are available at this time. Information on approved training providers is available at https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/mold/approved-mold-training-providers.shtm.

Applications to Renew Your Asbestos Handling Certificate

Any person who has an Asbestos Handling Certificate (in any category) whose certificate (hard card) expired December 31, 2019 or later may continue to work using their existing cards until November 30, 2020. Check this notice periodically for updated information about your Certificate’s validity.

Any questions not answered on this page will be answered by staff at the License & Certificate Unit. Call (518) 457-2735 or email License&[email protected].

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