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License Preparation

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License Preparation Programs Offered

  • 15-Hour Electrical Continuing Education
  • ASME Code Review Course
  • Continuing Education for MA CSL License
  • Continuing Education for Plumbers and Gas Fitters
  • MA CSL Prep for Exam
  • Hoist License Prep Programs
  • Pipe Fitter Prep Course for Journeyman’s Exam
  • Refrigeration Contractor Prep for Exam
  • Sheet Metal Prep Course for Journeyman’s Exam
  • Sprinklerfitter Prep for Exam

15-hour Electrical Continuing Education

Based on the 2020 Massachusetts Electrical Code / National Electrical Code

Any Electrician who will need to renew a license on or before July 31, 2019 should take this course. The Instructor is approved in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Please bring to the program a copy of the 2020 National Electrical Code. You will be provided with a copy of the Massachusetts Amendments and other handouts.

ASME Code Review Course

GCI is pleased to offer this correspondence course. It is intended for those pursuing their Massachusetts Pipefitters license. The course is open to both members and non-members alike. This course is meant to be used in conjunction with the latest edition of the ASME/ANSI B31.1 Power Piping Code. A copy of the code must be purchased through ASME directly. The course is divided into 14 modules of 25 hours each.

Prerequisite: 6+ years experience for a total of 350 hours.

Continuing Education for MA CSL License

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirement for unrestricted licensed construction supervisors as defined by the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) on May 11th, 2010.

Courses covered in this program:

  • Code review – Changes to the code differences between 7 & 8
  • Safety, Construction OSHA Focus 4
  • Lead Safety Practices
  • Business Practices – Insurance
  • Energy


  • Legal Issues for Businesses
  • Job Site Best Practices

PLEASE NOTE: In order to take this course an individual must be a holder of a Massachusetts unrestricted Construction Supervisor License and in good standing with the state of Massachusetts and the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) PLEASE BRING YOUR CSL LICENSE FOR VERIFICATION BY INSTRUCTOR.

Continuing Education for Plumbers and Gas Fitters

This three or six hour program will review Code for Plumbers & Gas Fitters required by the Plumbing Board for license renewal – Continuing Education
Gas Fitter Journeymen & Masters must attend the first 3 hours

Plumber Journeymen & Masters must attend the full 6 hours

A completion certificate will be issued after completion of program and payment of tuition.

MA CSL Prep for Exam

The GCI MA CSL Prep for Exam class will cover the MA Commercial Building Code (780CMR), MA Building Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings (780 CMR), 2009 International Building Code,(IBC) 2009 International Existing Building Code (IECN), Code of Federal Regulations Title 29, Part 1926 and the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. Please bring all codebooks to the class.

(see information on our website to purchase codebooks)

This four-day, 16-hour course is designed not only to assist individuals in preparing for the Massachusetts Construction Supervisors License Exam but also for those seeking a review of the many changes in the Massachusetts Building Code. The license allows the holder to obtain building permits and supervise construction on one and two-family residences as well as commercial construction. (Please note that some major Massachusetts cities require their own licensing for commercial work.)

Important pre-class information:
The State requires a minimum of three years of experience in construction prior to submitting an application for the license.
Anyone signing up for this class must register with the State on their own to take the exam. State license exam application forms may be obtained from Prometric: CLICK HERE

Further information can be obtained from the Department of Public Safety – 1-617-727-3200
Some home study is required.

Participants will need the following six books for class:

  • 2015 International Building Code®, (IBC) Softcover ID: 3000S09 – $111.00 (non-member)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code® (IENC) Softcover ISBN: 9781580017374, ID: 3550S09 – $60.00 (non-member)
  • 2015 International Residential Code Softcover ISBN: 9781580017275, ID: 3100S09 – $97.50 (non-member)
  • International Energy Conservation Code – 2015 version Softcover, ISBN: 9781580017428, ID: 3800S09 $34.50 (non-member)

The above books can be obtained HERE

  • MA Commercial Building Code (780 CMR) AMENDMENTS ONLY – Basic /Commercial – Ninth Edition $20.00
  • MA Commercial Building Code (780 CMR) AMENDMENTS ONLY Residential – Ninth Edition $7.00
  • Architectural Access Board Rules and Regulations (521 CMR) – 2006 version $13.15

The above books can be obtained HERE

**PLEASE NOTE: THE ABOVE BOOK LIST WAS UPDATED ON FEBRUARY 3, 2012. As of September 2021, this list remains accurate.

Suggested book for class but not required:

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA) revised July, 2009 $43.95
The above book can be obtained through the website –
The codes need to be in a bound format to be allowed in the exam.

Hoist License Prep Programs

Hoist License Exam Instructions

Each student must submit the following information to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) one month in advance of desired test date:
Completed application**
A check made out to the Dept. of Public Safety in the amount of $75.00
A photocopy of your valid driver’s license
A passport-sized photocopy of a D.O.T. card (from your doctor’s office)

All of the above items are part of the application. The Dept. of Public Safety will NOT accept incomplete applications. Send signed originals in ink only. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Applicants will be assigned the date and location for their test by the Dept of Public Safety.

**Applications may be obtained from the DPS at (617) 727-3200 or by clicking here: Hoist Application

Hoist Prep & Exam 1B

This 12-hour program will prepare participants for the 1B Hoisting License exam. This program covers Hand Signals, Reading Load Capacity Charts and Crane Inspections. Emphasis on questions typically asked at this level of testing. 

Hoist Prep & Exam 1C / 2A

This 8-hour program will prepare participants for a 2A & 1C license. 1C covers a Lull. 2A covers Crawler and Rubber-tired Excavators, Backhoes and Front-end Loaders. Minimum of 20 students is required to conduct the program. PLEASE NOTE: 1C is taught in the first class and 2A is taught in the second class.

Note: License class does not cover equipment that uses wire rope hoist (1A & 1B).

Knowledge of hand signals is essential. Both classes will consist of practice test questions and prep for taking exam.

Helpful links: Hoist Regulations & DOL Hoisting Info

Pipefitter Prep Course for Journeyman’s Exam

This two day, 8-hour program will review regulations and ASME codes as it relates to the journeyman requirements. The instructor teaching this course is well-versed in the pipefitter trade and code. This course is an important tool for anyone preparing for the journeyman’s or master’s license exam.


Anyone signing up for this class must contact the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for their license exam application by clicking here: Pipefitter License Application.

For additional information regarding the Pipefitter License application process CLICK HERE.

Sheet Metal Prep Course for Journeyman’s Exam

This 4-hour program will equip candidates with the tools to successfully take and pass the Sheet Metal Journeyman Exam in Massachusetts.

Course topics will include:

  • Study Skills & Strategies
  • Sheet Metal Code Review
  • Practice Exam


Please note: these courses are not required to be approved by DOL and are not approved by DOL. 

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