Crane Operators Safety Program

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Crane Operators Safety Program

CraneThe New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department oversees the crane industry within the state of New Mexico.

All crane operators performing construction, demolition, or excavation work must have a valid and current New Mexico license to operate within the State. The Crane Operators Safety Program recognizes those who have successfully completed a course, based on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), in order to obtain a New Mexico crane operator license before they can operate cranes in New Mexico. Operators with national accreditation from OECP, NCCER and NCCCO must also obtain a New Mexico crane operator license before they can operate cranes in New Mexico.

Licensing authority is statewide and relates to crane type, tonnage, and seat-time for which licensing is sought.

Pursuant to provisions of the Crane Operators Safety Act, NMSA 1978, §§ 60-15-1 to -15 (2017), no person shall operate cranes unless licensed by the state or otherwise exempt under the Act. Any person, employer, or employer representative operating crane equipment without a proper license, unless exempt, shall be subject to administrative penalties, including, but not limited to, fines, license revocation, stop orders, or other injunctive relief.

The Crane Operators Safety Program ensures crane operators are properly trained and certified to protect life and property while operating cranes/hoisting equipment in New Mexico.

In order to look up a licensed  Crane Operator, click here. Under Profession, choose “Auxiliary Programs” and under License Types choose “Crane Operators.”

For more information contact:

Paulina Braiman-Robinson, Executive Director

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504

Physical Address:
Toney Anaya Bldg.
2550 Cerrillos Road, 2nd. Floor
Santa Fe, NM  87505

Tel:   (505) 216-8067
Fax:  (505)  476-4511


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