Linemen are professionals who install, repair and maintain electrical power and telecommunications systems. Generally, linemen maintain electrical and telecommunications equipment in power stations and on telephone poles on the street. Other technicians maintain equipment in homes and businesses. Becoming a journeyman lineman requires years of training and apprenticeships. Some states require certification for journeymen linemen.

LOCAL 1547 LINEMAN REP: Brannon Nichols 907-777-7224


Journeyman Lineman State Fitness Card Requirements

State of Alaska Journeyman Lineman Licensing Requirements    If you plan to work in Alaska, this is what you need to prove in order to obtain an Alaska State Electrical License.  Read the following carefully as the proof to take the exam is stringently adhered to by the DOL. 

State of Alaska Department of Labor Info
State Electrical License (Certificate of Fitness), Department of Labor Phone Number: 907-269-4925 Option #1.

Link for application:  http://labor.alaska.gov/lss/forms/cof-app.pdf

In order to apply for a State Electrical License call 907-269-4925.

Taking the Examination:    Requirement for obtaining the State of Alaska Certificate of Fitness (State Electrical License) is as follows:

Verification of Hours:

First, if you've completed an apprenticeship with your Local Union that was certified by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship Training (BAT), send a copy of the BAT certificate you earned from the US DOL.  Next, have your Business Manager or Business Representative write a letter on the Local Union's letterhead with the following information:

The following individual was initiated into Local Union xxxx on (date here) and is a member in good standing. Include with the letter an itemized list of IBEW dispatches showing Start-Stop dates, Company Name and total hours worked for that company.

Example: Dispatches

     Dates Employed         Company Name               Hours

     7/12/05 – 2/23/06       New York Electric              4250

     3/8/06 - 11/14/07          Brown's Electric                 5300

The letter must document 8000 plus total hours of itemized dispatches, or your BAT certificate must confirm that your apprenticeship consisted of 8000 hours of on the job experience before graduation, or a combination of both journeyman experience and apprenticeship totaling 8000 hours of verifiable works experience.

This letter must be signed by your representative and then NOTARIZED

The "Experience Verification Form" that comes with your application package will be filled out by this Local Union.  No other Local Union is acceptable to the State of Alaska.

Send the documents referenced above and the original notarized letter from your Business Agent or Business Manager, the completed Notarized application from the link above, and a $50 dollar check or Money order made out to the State of Alaska to:

IBEW Local 1547

Brannon Nichols, 3333 Denali St., Suite 200, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, 907-777-7224 Work

If you fax the notarized letter to Brannon Nichols before mailing it, it can be verified for correctness. The fax is 907-777-7264.

In Anchorage testing is conducted at the Alaska Department of Labor Mechanical Inspection Office.  Test sites are also available elsewhere in the State in Fairbanks, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Call the DOL at (907) 269-4925 for appointments.   The address in Anchorage is:

1251 Muldoon Road, Suite 113, Anchorage, Alaska  99504

Tests are conducted in Anchorage once a week on Wednesdays.  They allow 4 hours to complete the test. Results will be furnished by 4 p.m. that same day.

The $50.00 check or money order made out to the State of Alaska is for the test application fee only.  After passing the test, the license costs an additional $200.00 for a two (2) year license.