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Licensed Trade Boards
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.
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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 http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/das/
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 Henry.Mattuchio@MassMail.State.MA.US
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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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.
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 Rob@abca.org 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.
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.
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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The Electrical Board met on October 22nd at Southeastern Regional Vocational School in South Easton, MA. In addition to regular board meeting attendees, there were vocational high school electrical students in the audience. The following occurred during the meeting:
- The Board reviewed and explained the purpose and functions of the Electrical Board as well as offer career advancement suggestions to help the students once they graduate
- DPL has stopped issuing electrical permits in Merrimack Valley as of 10/5/18 in the areas affected by Columbia Gas due to a duplication in efforts with the towns and is now on standby if the towns need any assistance in processing.
- The board has reached out to MAVA and Local 103 to find off site meeting locations for next year