CSL Continuing Education

NECTF  has secured approval for the next round of CSL Continuing Education courses.  These classes will be posted for registration at several locations beginning in August.  Unrestricted licensees will need to complete the (3) courses below to renew:

  1. CS-6104 Accessibility & Barrier Free Construction: 521 CMR  This is an (8) hour course from the ITC that has been approved for (6) credit hours as follows:                                                                                                                                      Code Review (4) hours                                                                                               Business Practices (1)hour                                                                                                  Elective (1) hour
  2. CS-6106 Hot Works Safety  This is a (4) hour course approved for Workplace Safety (4) credit hours. *If you have previously taken this course you will have a certificate available in Dorchester for your pick up.
  3. CS-6107 Transition to 9th Edition and Energy Code  This is a (6) hour course approved for renewal as follows:                                                                    Code Review (3) hours                                                                                                           Energy Review (3) hours

As has been explained in the past: the renewal requirements are for 12 “credit hours not 12 “classroom” hours.  Each class must be completed in entirety to receive the certificate from the NECTF. See the MA. Dept. of Public Safety for further details.


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Hot Work Permit Training

As required by Boston City Ordinance beginning January 1st, 2017: all workers must attend Hot Work Permit training and pass a written exam with a score of 80% or higher.  Testing will be done following the instruction.  Grading of the exam conducted by the NFPA.  Class time is (2) hours with a maximum (1) hour allowed for closed book exam.  The NECTF is covering the cost of this training if the student passes the course and exam.

Students who fail the written exam must retake the course and test and pay the $25 NFPA fee.  Only a bank check or money order made out to “NECTF” will be accepted at that time.

Participants in this course must show State issued drivers’ license or federal identification card AND UBC ID card.  Bring a #2 pencil for testing.

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Greater Lawrence Seniors Complete Career Connections Program

A big congratulations to the Carpentry shop students’ class of 2016 of Greater Lawrence Technical High School. They have just completed the Career Connections Program, and earned their level three certificates. By earning these certificates they now have a direct pathway into the Carpenters Apprenticeship, coming in as second year apprentices.  Congratulations everyone!

The career connection is a carpentry program made for High Schools/ Pre-Apprenticeship programs. It also includes a soft skills book One Trade Many Careers.  The program takes the students from basic hand and power tool safety to residential/ Commercial Construction. It is accompanied by the virtual shop which shows the projects being built.  If you would like more information on the program please contact careerconnections@nectf.org.

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The following courses have been approved by the MA. Department of Public Safety to meet the Continuing Education requirements for unlimited CSL holders:

“Hazard Communication & Chemical Safety”

“2012 IECC Residential Provisions”

While the requirement is for 12 credit hours each of these classes are 8 hours and must be attended in full. You may register now online. Locations and seating is limited. Participants should bring their CSL card with them to class!

For further questions regarding your CSL renewal please visit:  http://www.mass.gov/eopss/consumer-prot-and-bus-lic/license-type/csl/construction-supervisor-license.html



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Brooke Charter School visits Boston Training Center

On Tuesday May 4th the New England Carpenters Training Fund hosted the Brooke Charter School of East Boston for a visit to the Boston training center.  Thirty 8th grade students and their teachers took part in learning about hand and power tool safety. Instructor Brian Connearney took the kids through some class room work that went along with subpart I Hand and Power Tools from the Osha Standard 1926 Construction. Brian did a demonstration of how to properly use a table saw, chop saw, skill saw and a jig saw. The students then did a hands on project making a handsaw key holder. Assisting Brian were apprentices Adam Hart, Carpenters Local 40 and John Lemieux, Carpenters Local 275. They also had a tour of the training center and saw many things that carpenters do for work. After the projects were done the students had an opportunity to ask questions to the apprentices. The questions ranged from “what’s your favorite tool to use on the job” to “why did you become an apprentice”?

This was a great opportunity for all and the students of Brooke Charter look forward to coming back next year!

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2016 Eco-Carpentry Challenge Showcase

The Furniture Trust’s annual signature event, the 2016 Eco-Carpentry Challenge Showcase took place April 28th 2016 at District Hall in Boston, MA. Increasingly successful every year, The Eco-Carpentry Challenge promotes resourcefulness and recycling and provides an opportunity for students to develop their creative carpentry skills while demonstrating their commitment to recycling by creating new products from used office furniture.

Students, teachers and industry leaders gathered to celebrate and network. The evening provided a forum for the students to present their work, mingle with industry professionals, and enabled The Trust an opportunity to recognize these remarkably creative students.

Instructor Tom Fischer, retired member of Carpenter’s Local Union #475 and the students of Hopedale High School took first place in the large shop category along with the 2000 dollar prize.

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Restore Unemployment Benefits for Apprentices

In conjunction with the Apprentice Training Program, the Apprentice Training Directors’ Association and the Mass Building Trades we ask that you have any members available, particularly apprentices or those who have gone through the apprentice program attend the event at the State House on Monday. Details below.

Come to the State House to Support Our Amendment to Restore Unemployment Benefits for Apprentices
When: Monday April 25
Beginning @ 1pm
Where: Massachusetts State House 3rd Floor
Outside House Chamber
Show Your Representative Support for Our Amendment #1245 to the House Budget
To Restore Unemployment Benefits to Apprentices while attending classes.
We will have information for you and where to see your representative.

Click here to find your local State Representative’s phone number or email address: https://malegislature.gov/People/Search

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Rigging Qualification – Updated 4/13/16

Beginning Monday, May 16th at 5pm in Boston.  See schedule for further details.  Members must register for this class.

*The Millbury Rigging Qualification was cancelled due to low enrollment. Members originally registered for the Millbury class are now registered for the class in Boston beginning on May 16th, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

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April 18th-22nd from 7am sharp-3:30pm at our Millbury training center. This course is being run by the Center for the Protection of Workers Rights. You must enroll on our website. Any tardiness results in immediate termination from the training. Seats are limited.