- 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 Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians, and Sprinklerfitters held a meeting on December 19th:
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. Lastly, a suggestion to ask the board to consider revisiting increasing ratios to two apprentices to one Journeyman was made.
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:
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