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.

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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.

Make Sure Your Physical Exam Is CurrentPosted on July 12, 2019 in News
All crane operators certified by the Hawaii Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Board (HMOAB) must also have a current physical examination certificate. You may be required to show proof that you have a current physical examination. When you first obtained your HMOAB certificate, you had to have a current physical examination. However, it is possible that […]
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HMOAB Adds EICA to List of Approved Certifying AgenciesPosted on July 11, 2019 in News
The Hawaii Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Board approved adding the Electrical Industry Certifications Association (EICA) to the list of approved certifying bodies at their meeting on July 10, 2019. The EICA offers two ANSI certified crane certifications–Stationary Control Cranes and Rotating Control Cranes. The crane certifications are not limited by capacity and are intended to […]
Read More HMOAB Adds EICA to List of Approved Certifying Agencies
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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