Nice, thanks for the reply Jim. I think I had seen ya on another forum and I was going to message you there but you haven't been on in a while. ********.com it was. I can always ask people I know who have it to see where they were tested. I think I'll just stick with the 1c for now and then why not get more if I have the $ later.
Originally Posted by Jim15
Is it basically just common sense and safety type questions? I think I found this site that seems like it may cover what I need to know. Thoughts on this?
Ya I don't go on any of these sites much, but I get emails from the threads I posted on, so I answered your questions on the other site. Like I said on the other site, I recommend that Peterson school class, but your definitely going to want to study the 520CMR link you posted. The 2A/1C test is $75. I believe it was 50 questions, the last 15 were hand signals. So make sure you study those.
Definitely messes with my plans. Was going to just throw the application in soon and take the test next month as it says. But maybe the class might help. Bad thing is, next one is this Saturday and then not again til the end of July. Just hope job I'm going for is willing to wait on me or will hire me if I have intentions of getting the licenses.
Originally Posted by Jim15
So can anyone answer these? How much does it all end up costing to go for a license? I have the application, they want a $75 processing fee. Well my buddy told me it ended up being $150 when it was all said and done. Is there another $75 fee they collect to take the test?
I had planned to just go for my 1c, then it was suggested to do both 1c and 2a. Well on the application you can only check off one license to apply for. So would I have to do 2 applications to take the test for 1c and 2a? Which means it would be $75 for each. I had been told you could do as many as you want but sounding like I was told wrong.
If that's the case I may as well just wait. Cause I only really need the 1c right now, only figured I'd get more if I could.
If you do end up getting other licenses do they just send you a new one with all your qualifications on it. Or would I end up with a license for each class I pass the test for?
Also for experience, since I'm not licensed in anything, but have used forklifts with a company. Should I put that I have any experience, even if it was using them without a license? I was told that portion is usually for out of state drivers just looking to apply in MA and they can list their experience. While my buddy told me that I could list what experience I have. I just don't want to go getting screwed if they catch on that I was operating without a license.
Last edited by mws_1984; 06-27-2012 at 02:19 PM.
If you don't want to believe me, then call Massachusetts Department of Public Safety and talk to them. There is about 2 people in the office, and they are a pain in the ass to deal with. So this is the last time and place I will try to help you. A 2A/1C test is $75, unless you fail or don't show up to your test, then my guess would be you must pay again, but I never failed so I couldn't tell you. That $75 also covers you for between 1 and 2 years of licensure, after that it is $60 every 2 years. Now follow my "Step by step instructions on how to get a monkey to pass the Mass Hydraulics license test"
Step 1: Get a DOT physical
You need a DOT medical card for your hydraulics license, as well as for driving commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds. Not all physicians do DOT physicals, so make sure yours does, or call around to find one who does. Print out DOT physical form. Bring form with you. Pass the physical and drug test. Pay doctor. Recieve DOT medical card.
Step 2: Study or go to 2A/1C prep course
Its up to you, study NIOSH and ANSI hand signals, 520CMR 6.00, and other info you can find, or if you can afford it, attend the Paterson school's 2A/1C prep class, this is the option I chose. I think it gives you an automatic pass as long as you read the book and study the prep questions right before your test.
Step 3: Get a photo
Go to CVS that does passports. Tell them you need a 1.00" x 1.25" photo for the hydraulics license application. They take your picture. They give you 6 copies, it costs about 50 cents.
Step 4: Fill out application
Fil in your info. Get to the box with all the classifications. Check the 1C box AND the 2A box if you want 2A/1C, if you only want the 1C, just check the 1C. YOU CAN CHECK MULTIPLE BOXES, I REPEAT YOU CAN CHECK MULTIPLE BOXES. IT DOES NOT REQUIRE TWO APPLICATIONS AND TWO APPLICATION FEES. SAME APPLICATION, NO MORE MONEY. Taken directly from the application, "* You will only be allowed to sit for the exam you indicate by the restrictions checked in this section *" NOTICE THE WORD RESTRICTION(S). THAT MEANS MULTIPLE RESTRICTION(S) NOT ONLY ONE. Now that that difficult section is out of the way, copy your drivers license, DOT medical card, insert your picture and your $75 check or money order, make sure everything is filled out and correct, and BAM your ready to mail it (with stamp affixed).
As far as experience, forget about it. IT DOESN'T MATTER, THEY DON'T CARE. It's not a job application, it's not going to weigh on your test. Forklifts only require a safety course because the do not have a "Telescoping boom", they have a mast which raises and lowers. If you do not hold a piece of crap card that says you were properly trained, then you would be in violation. Lulls on the other hand do telescope out, therefore requiring a hydraulics license.
Step 5: Mail the application
Any advice needed?
Step 6: Receive your test date in the mail.
It may take a month or two, but they should mail you your test date. The test is only once a month, but I would call them because when I went to update my 2A/1C to a 2A/1B, they never sent me the letter, they thought I mistakenly reapplied for the test when I only needed a renewal, because they were idiots and didn't look at my application.
Step 7: Take and pass the test
Study the prep questions in the parking lot before your test, that's what I did. If I still knew where they were, I would mail them to you, but I gave them away. Here are some links, right from the application:
All candidates for the examination should have a thorough knowledge of the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 146, Sections 53 55 and
Sections 64 67 and the Massachusetts Regulations 520 CMR 6.00 for hoisting machinery. These regulations are printable from the Public
Safety website at: http://www.mass.gov/dps. You may also obtain all of the above Laws and Regulation at your local library, and/or the
State House Bookstore at: www.state.ma.us/sec/spr or (617) 727-2834 or in the Springfield area at: (413) 784-1376.
OTHER RESOURCE MATERIALS FOR STUDY MAY BE FOUND AT:
Construction Safety Regulations: 29 CFR 1926 OSHA (website: www.osha.gov)or 1-800-321-OSHA(6742)
Dig Safe (website: www.digsafe.com) or Tel: 1-888-dig-safe(344-7233)
Owners Manuals and/or Safety Manuals (website: http://www.aem.org or www.jjkeller.com )
Bobs Rigging and Crane Handbook: Pellow Engineering Services, Inc. Owner: Don Pellow
406 West 50th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112-2310 (Website) www.donpellow.com
Phone/Fax: 816-931-4113 / Phone/Fax 1-877-473-5569 Toll free
The Mobile Crane Manual: Construction Safety Association of Ontario, 21 Voyage Court South.,
Entobicoke, Ontario M9W 5M7 Canada (www.csao.org) or Tel: (800) 781-2726
Equipment Training Resources,
Step 8: Still confused?
Call Mass Department of Public Safety at Phone (617) 727-3200.
Oh that covers everything just fine. I would rather just find out from someone else than dealing with people at the office who you say aren't too friendly.
I just read the application and it says check only 1 grade of hoisting license. Only reason I questioned it is because I don't want to pick 2 and then they send it back and say I did it wrong and it slows the process. Just somewhat of a stickler for following directions. Seems when ya don't then ya get screwed. Especially with the state of MA. Do one thing a little bit off then they let you hear about it.
Physical was done on Monday, so thats set. Don't need a photo, there is now an option for them to access the RMV database for your photo if you sign off to let them. Easier than finding that odd shaped photo.
Was able to find some materials online which is what they mention on the application the MA Regulations 520 CMR 6.00 for hoisting machinery. Not sure how I found it, but thats also what my buddy found who has taken the test previously. Not sure how his ended up being $150 in the end. I think he failed once or something. But not my problem.
So just need to get my money order, double check I have everything needed to send and off it goes later today.
Thank you for your assistance even if ya thought I was a pain. Just don't want to have any snags in the process so I'm detail oriented on stuff. Because some stuff they don't even tell you on the application that others have told me.
Originally Posted by Jim15
Anyone know if this office is like really behind or something, I put in my application at the end of June. Would have thought I'd heard back by now. Hopefully soon.
They are definitely understaffed/ behind with the times. You should be able to apply online with a credit card number instead of mailing a paper copy with a check. And then you should get an email with the test date. You probably missed the cutoff for the July test so you should be getting a letter pretty soon about when your test date is, probably last Friday in August. I would call them tomorrow to see if they forgot to send you a letter like they did to me.
Yeah I sent mine June 30th I believe so definitely wasn't gonna get in on the July test. Paid with a $ order cause I was given the cash to help me out with it. Or else I would have a check which I could trace. Hopefully something comes soon.
In your instance of them not sending the letter, did they just tell you over the phone when to go? Just thinking if they forgot to send my letter. I'd need to take a day out of work to go for the test. Don't want it to be some last minute thing. Definitely haven't been at my new job long enough to just call out without notice. I'd just go to the next month if that was possible.
How long after you take the test do you find out if you passed? I'd assume all by mail still with them being behind in the times?
Called today to find out what was going on. Actually got someone who was pleasant. Told me the information on my testing date would be going out tomorrow. Even told me the date of my test. August 30th. She even mentioned about how I'm probably working in the area of where I live. Somewhat. So hopefully I get to go to a reasonable location for testing, but not counting on it.
they must be behind...or really lazy. mine expires end of november ...last october i sent my renewal app in with all stuff included....copy of license, health card and photo. got a letter back in january asking for another copy of my license . sent it back in and tried calling, no answer,no returned call. got another letter in march asking for a passport photo. sent another one in and heard nothing till august when they asked for another health card copy. i sent that back with a few choice words and finally last week recieved my 2012 mass hoisting license which expires in 3 months and i get to do this all over again. why cant they make it like the osha card where once you get it ,its good for life. or at least just mail in the fee and not have to get a new card . also a fella from rhode islands department of labor told me rhode island and mass may recognize connecticuts license so if that passes you could just get the ct version for 100 bucks and it would be acceptable in all 3 states.
Yeah that sounds good. My buddy has RI and MA. He is already spreading his name to try to go do site work. Kind of fed up with the job we have with how they seem low on work. He's been there a few months already been home like 4 times I bet.
I'm already trying to go back to my old job cause the pay is better and they don't have out of state work. All set not going home at night.
To me it looked like the RI license is more complicated to get. Have to get OSHA forklift training or something and have experience. But how do you get experience if you don't have the license to begin with? Maybe it just looks tough to me or maybe it really is. I've got my MA test coming up on the 30th. Hopefully I don't have to travel too far. The lady did ask if I'd be using it in my area more than likely so maybe there is somewhere close to test, but not counting on it.
Ok for anyone who plans to do 2 licenses. Don't follow what was mentioned by another poster to just check off both. I just went for my test and they chose one for me. So I had to take a 2A test and now have to re apply to do 1c.
You have to do 2 separate applications cause I told them when I signed in that it was supposed to be both and guy says no you can't do that and check both. There was a couple other guys who had done the same thing. My luck they ran out of extra tests for 1c, cause they did have some for the guys who brought it up. Then I hear the guy say oh hope nobody else this is my last one.
So 2 applications if you want to get 1c and 2a. Another $75 and 2 months wait for me I guess.
Do you need a Mass. hoisting/hydraulics license to work for a company that is based out of Mass. but is doing work in another state that does not require a hydraulics license, or does it just pertain to the state of Mass.
If the state you are working in doesn't require a hoisting license then you should be fine. But seeing as your company is based out of MA, might you ever be working within the state. Then that would be reason for you to have the license. Never hurts to have licenses.
Originally Posted by grnmtndigger