Alaska labor officials scrap training requirement changes

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Labor Department officials have canceled a plan to overhaul training requirements for aspiring plumbers, electricians, and linemen.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported the decision followed criticism from legislators and construction trade groups.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter announced Feb. 7 that the department suspended the pending regulations package to allow additional engagement on ways to strengthen training.

The department issued proposed regulations in December that would have allowed individuals seeking to become journeyman plumbers, electricians or linemen to qualify for a certificate of fitness exam through 12,000 hours of general work experience.

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