Who We Are

The Hawaiʻi Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Board is charged with establishing minimum standards to assure construction tower and crane operators across the islands operate hoisting machines in a safe and lawful manner on behalf of the citizens of our State. (Sixteen other states and six municipalities have similar requirements).

To be eligible, each operator (whether an independent contractor, a State government worker, or private company hire) must be certified annually and pass criminal, medical and practical training requirements to legally work in Hawaiʻi. All hoisting operators must be at least 21 years of age and need certification if they work with machinery having a lifting capacity of one ton or more. Certification ensures a minimum competency level of operators, assures employers potential employees comply with relevant State and federal standards, and provides safeguards for the public that hoisting operations use best available practices.

Enforcement is provided by the Hawaiʻi Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Apply For or Renew Your Certification

Submit your application online

1. Fill out application and attach required documents.
2. Make payment via credit card or e-check.
3. If approved, your certification card will be mailed promptly.

Interested in Becoming an Operator?


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News and Announcements

Office closed July 14 to July 26
The HMOAB office will be closed from July 14 to July 26, 2017. You may still apply online during this period but your certification will not be processed until after July 26, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Clarification of maintenance vs. construction activitiesPosted on November 14, 2018 in News
Our Note–While there is no regulatory definition of maintenance, repair or refurbishment, OSHA will consider such work to be construction: 1) when it goes beyond “one-for-one” replacement; 2) if the scale and complexity are more than minor; 3) if the size of the object being repaired or maintained makes the works large scale and more […]
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OSHA proposed rules on Crane Operator CertificationPosted on November 8, 2018 in News
OSHA has issued guidance to its compliance officers to begin accepting crane operator certifications based on type alone, rather than type and capacity. OSHA is preparing to publish final rules but that will not take place before November 10, 2018. However, until the effective date of the new rule, once it is published, OSHA will […]
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Get Involved and Informed

Currently, HMOAB operates with a five-member Advisory Board, appointed by the Governor and approved by the Legislature. Each serves a staggered four-year term representing various aspects of the industry, from organized labor to construction management firms, and different geographic regions. The Board meets in open session each month in room 114 of the Princess Ruth Ke’elikolani Building at 830 Punchbowl Street on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Administrative business for the agency is completed by a part-time Executive Assistant, who serves at the direction of the Board.

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Mission, History and Governance

In order to provide public and worker safety, the Hawaiʻi Legislature created the Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Board (HMOAB) in 1998. Find out more about our administrative rules and operating laws below.


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Contact Us

Mel Chang
Executive Assistant
Phone: (808) 586-8146
Email: HMOAB@hawaii.gov
830 Punchbowl Street, Room 114
Honolulu, HI 96813