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Progress on Pipefitter, Refrigeration Tech Apprenticeship Issues

    ABC is making progress on problems that have affected pipefitter and refrigeration technician apprentices stemming from a confusing registration and licensing process that involves two state agencies.  The developments came at a January 19 meeting of of the MA Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians and Sprinklerfitters.    “This is welcome news for a large number of apprentices and employers who have been frustrated over a confusing and unclear process that has been holding up apprentices’ ability to get their licenses and/or move ahead with their apprenticeships,” said ABC President Greg Beeman.      At the 1/19 meeting, officials from the Division of Occupational Licensure (DOL) and the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) presented a draft memorandum to the Bureau to address immediate issues affecting apprentices who are ready to sit for the exam as well as to improve the overall process involving the two- ...

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Shift in Health Licensing Boards Takes Effect; Licensing Agency Renamed

  From the State House New Service - July 15, 2021   With only one of the two branches of the Legislature weighing in within its allotted time, Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to transfer 13 health-related licensing boards and the 88,000 licenses they oversee from the Division of Professional Licensure to the Department of Public Health took effect on its own this past weekend.  The  changes also includes the renaming of the Division of Professional Licensure as the Division of Occupational Licensure. The Senate on Thursday adopted Baker's reorganization plan (H 3774), which was filed under Article 87 of the Constitution, but the House did not take the matter up before adjourning until Monday morning. Under Article 87, executive branch reorganizations require a legislative hearing within 30 days of being filed and a committee vote within 10 days of the hearing, deadlines the Legislature met with this latest plan. The legislative branch is given 60 days from ...

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Electrical Code Review Will be Added to MA Journeyman Electrical Licensing beginning in 2022

All electrical contractors and apprentices are advised that Massachusetts is in the process of adding a 15-hour electrical code review requirement to electricians’ licensing. The Board of State Examiners of Electricians has approved a regulatory change that calls for applicants for journeyman’s license to certify they have taken 15 hours of continuing education, in addition to current requirements for education and work experience. Code review is currently requirement for license renewals, but not for initial journeyman’s licensing. According to the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL), the code review will be required for applicants beginning in 2022, and based on the 2020 code. DPL says once the official version of the new regulations is released, it will begin public notification of the requirement, including posting on the state website. The license application will be revised to include the 15-hour code review requirement in advance of it taking effect in 2022. ABC will keep members ...

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Change to Massachusetts Elevator Regulations Regarding Canceling Scheduled Inspections & Acceptance Test Re-Inspection Fees

Per the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety and Inspections, Please note the following change to Massachusetts Elevator Regulations regarding canceling scheduled inspections, and change to OPSI Policy regarding fees for acceptance test re-inspections.   Per 524 CMR 1.10 (4) Effective June 1, 2018: Inspections canceled by the owner or contractor within ten days of the scheduled inspection will result in forfeiture of all fees and a requirement to refile for said inspection.    This applies to all types of inspections. If an inspection is canceled within ten days of the scheduled date you will be required to re-submit application and payment in order to have the elevator re-scheduled.   Due to the large number of elevators requiring re-inspections for acceptance tests the department will charge a $400 fee for all acceptance test re-inspections. Effective May 1, 2019 a $400 fee will be required for each re-inspection needed to pass an acceptance test.   Prior to May ...

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HVAC Apprentices Must Register with Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS)

All HVAC companies must be registered with the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) in order for the HVAC apprentices’ work experience to count towards their license exam requirements.

This is the link to their website

For those students whose companies are not currently part of the program, the board will be grandfathering in students for approximately 6 months if their company calls and registers with the DAS.

Contact Info: Henry Muttuchio (617) 626-5403 or [email protected]

Electrical Board Update (3/11/19)

The Board of State Examiners of Electricians recently met on Monday, February 25, to cover a number of items including taking board meetings on the road to vocational and technical high schools throughout Massachusetts, the deadline for licensing renewals is fast approaching and will only be accepted via their online E-Licensing system, 15 hour code update course required to renewal certain licenses, license reciprocity, and a proposed extension to the expiration of education credits. Board Meetings Go On-The-Road: The Electrical Board will take board meetings on the road, visiting several technical and vocational high schools throughout Massachusetts. Career fairs with students from the school will take place prior to each meeting, Click here for the 2019 schedule. E-Licensing Renewals: Electricians should be aware that the renewal cycle for Electrician's licenses will begin in July and will now only be available online. Information on the process and renewal applications  can be found here. ...

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ABC Provides Comments to Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians, and Sprinklerfitters Bureau

Last week, the Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians and Sprinklerfitters hosted a listening session to solicit comments from members of the public on the current regulations. ABC provided comments on a number of issues including creating a separate welding license, reducing the 18-year age requirement for refrigeration apprentices, applicable credit for educational and on-the-job training hours required to become a journeyman, and eliminating prohibitive apprentice ratios. 

For a copy of the comments, please click here. 

Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians and Sprinklerfitters Board Meeting Update (12/19/18)

The Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians, and Sprinklerfitters held a meeting on December 19th: 

  • The Board will be holding a regulatory review in the coming months to consider proposed changes from the public. If you have any suggestions, please contact Rob McGovern at [email protected] or (781) 273-0123. You can find the regulations here...
  • The Board is considering a welders only license that may potentially supplant the current Process Piping Welders license.

Plumbing Board Meeting Update (11/7/18)

The Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters met on November 7th.  Most of the meeting was reviewing variance requests.  There was also a discussion on how the new state website is not very user friendly and it was requested that the board bring the comments/feedback to the appropriate people in charge of the website.

Electrical Board - Education Subcommittee Meeting Update (11/9/18)

​The Electrical Board Education Subcommittee met on November 9th to discuss incorporating the Hot Work Safety Certificate to the 15-hr. CE and/or 6-hr. professional development classes. Strong concerns that adding 3 hours of Hot Work will not allow enough time to address the required updates that are needed as part of the 15-hour CE program.  A discussion to make this part of the on-site safety component of the JM curriculum was suggested and whether this would require a CMR regulatory change?  A recommendation was made for the committee to present their questions to the general board.  The committee reviewed the pending school renewal applications (GCI was approved). They also approved a provider’s 15-hour CE on-line training after reviewing his presentation.  This presentation opened a lengthy discussion on the need for the Electrical Board to consider hybrid and/or on-line trainings to help electrical apprentices through the 600 hours or at least allow as make up classes.&n ...

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