Alaska Water And Wastewater Systems Operator Licensing

Alaska has about 3500 licensed water and wastewater systems operators. The licensing agency is the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. For questions, you can call (907) 465-1139.

Fees for these operator licenses are $20 for the application and $30 or $40 for the certification exam, as of 2016.

There are “large” water and wastewater systems operators, and you will know which license you need by looking at the following page. There are several kinds, such as water treatment provision, water distribution provisional, wastewater treatment provisional, etc. Then, on the second page, you will get additional links for how to get certified, including application forms, and more details on taking the exams.

http://dec.alaska.gov/water/opcert/index_Operator.htm (look here to see which certification you need if working on a large system)

http://dec.alaska.gov/water/opcert/LargeSystem_Operator.htm (workers on large systems can get application and exam information here)

The other category is “small” water system operators. The two licenses for this category are small treated and small untreated. Look on the first page below to see which license you need. Then, on the second page, you can follow links for more certification details, application forms, and exam information.

http://dec.alaska.gov/water/opcert/index_Operator.htm

http://dec.alaska.gov/water/opcert/SmallSystem_Operator.htm

It is now possible to take exams online:

http://dec.alaska.gov/water/opcert/oncertexams.html (online tests for small water systems)

http://dec.alaska.gov/water/opcert/ProctoredOnlineCertExams.htm (online exams for large water and wastewater systems)

Alaska Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician License Requirements

The Alaska Board of Veterinary Examiners provides licenses to both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. In a 2013 count, there were about 400 veterinarians in the state. There were only about 200 licensed technicians.

Vets must first graduate from an accredited veterinary school. But if a foreign school was attended, an applicant can still meet this requirement via the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification
process.

Within 5 years before the date of application, aspiring veterinarians need to pass one of the following: North American Veterinary Licensing Examination, or the National Board Examination and Clinical Competence Test. An Alaska State Jurisprudence Exam is also required of all applicants. This is an open-book test, and the Board will send it to you in the mail after you apply.

Candidates need 4 professional reference forms, and first-time applicants may use two school instructors.

Veterinary technicians must complete a vet tech course in the US or Canada. The accrediting agencies are the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Alternatively, 2 years (within the past 3 years) of on-the-job training under a licensed vet will replace a college education. But 1 of the years must be in Alaska.

There is also a test requirement. That is the American Association of Veterinary State Boards’s Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

Vet techs will need 3 references, with at least 2 being licensed veterinarians.

The main veterinarian license application form can be found here:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/vet609.pdf

The veterinary technician category has a different application form. It is here:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/vet4251.pdf

And the renewal applications are below:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/vet4140.pdf

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/vet4264.pdf

How to Prepare For Alaska Underground Storage Tank Worker Certification Exams

Alaska has 5 different types of underground storage tank worker certifications. Each of these has a certification exam requirement. Each type has a different test, and some of these are administered by totally different companies. Use the following to help yourself register and prepare for your Alaska underground storage tank worker license exam.

Inspector:

The inspector exam is given by the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI). They have a Recommended Practice that is RP-900, UST Inspection and Maintenance. PEI has a 52-page document. You can use that to study for your test. Contact PEI for additional exam information.

http://www.pei.org/rp900

Installer:

PEI also has the installer exam. This category has a 42-page document that you can use to prepare for the test. Contact PEI for exam registration info.

http://www.pei.org/rp900

Cathodic Protection Tester:

Here, you can pick either of 2 different companies to take your certification exam. The first one is the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, or NACE. It has a Cathodic Protection Program, and you can get NACE certified through this program:

http://www.naceinstitute.org/certification/cathodic-protection-program.aspx

The Steel Tank Institute has cathodic protection classes, which also provide certification:

http://steeltank.com/EducationEvents/CathodicProtectionClasses/tabid/520/Default.aspx

Tank Tightness Tester:

For this category, contact the manufacturer that provides the equipment you use for tank tightness. The UCC also has an Alaska UST Laws and Rules certification and exam. Find out how to prepare and register for that test using the Candidate Bulletin:

https://www.iccsafe.org/Certification/Bulletins/UST-AST_EIB.pdf

Closure:

The ICC has a UST Decommissioning certification and exam program. Use the same ICC Candidate Bulletin for tank tightness above in order to take this test.

Note: Check with the Alaska licensing agency to see if your category requires the Alaska Laws and Rules exam. My understanding of it is that everyone has to take this test. But just check with the licensing agency for the current rule. Here is a number you can use to ask questions: (907) 465-8443. Also, here is the Alaska certification application form:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/ust4182.pdf

Alaska Underground Storage Tank Worker Licenses (Inspector, Closure, Installation, Cathodic Protection Tester, And Tank Tightness Tester)

There are 5 categories of underground storage tank worker licenses (certifications) in Alaska. They are inspector, closure, installation, tank tightness tester, and cathodic protection tester. Workers must pay a certification fee for each and every category for which they are applying. As of 2016, the fee for each category is $105. But regardless of how many categories, there is one application fee of $50.

Note On Inspectors:

An inspector cannot just get certified for inspections only. These applicants must be certified for installation and cathode protection tester, as well. Inspectors must also complete a workshop or other training or exam within 2 years before the application. The licensing agency also has a required orientation.

All applicants must either have vocational training or successful work on 2 different projects in the 3 years prior to the application date. Tank tightness testers must also have certification from the manufacturer of the testing method. Each category also has a certification exam, and there is an Alaska State Law Exam.

At the top of the application form, you will see a section called Examination Procedures. They are not all the same, so look at that section and determine how to register for the applicable underground storage tank worker certification exam. Here is the page with the application form:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/ust4182.pdf

How to Become a Licensed School Teacher In Alaska (Teaching Certificate)

Like most states, Alaska’s system of teacher licensing (certification) is a jumbled mess. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development provides certification to the state’s school teachers. Also, like many other states, the system keeps changing over time. I am going to summarize the types of teacher’s licenses in Alaska that existed at the time of this writing. Check with the Department of Education for any updates. The main page online that you can check is listed below.

Note: Type Q Preliminary and Subject Matter Expert Limited Alaska teacher certification types have been eliminated.

1. A one-year initial teacher certificate is for those who are certified from out of state, but have not yet met the competency requirements imposed in Alaska. This is for people who have never had an Alaska teacher’s license.

2. A 3-year initial teacher certificate is given for teachers who have met all of the following: competency requirements achieved, Alaska studies completed, and multicultural studies completed.

3. Type B (administrative) and C (special services) are for those who have completed an approved, teacher, administrative, or related services program, and have met all other requirements except the 3 semester hours of Alaska and multicultural studies. Types B and C are two-year provisional certificates.

4. Type M and M-CTE, which is Career and Technical Education, is limited to the school district that employs the teacher. These are for people who have life experience that enables them to teach either military science, Alaska Native language or culture, or vocational trades. A basic competency exam might be required, and these are for 5 years.

5. Type E is the Early Childhood teacher’s license. Early Childhood Associate I requires a 30-hour college program or CDA. Early Childhood Associate II requires an AA in early childhood education. Type E certificates also last for 5 years.

6. Those who retired while having a valid Alaska certificate can get a retired certificate. These last for life.

7. Type V Reemployment certificates are those previous Type B and C holders. This happens when at least 12 months have passed since the previous certificate lapsed.

Note: A class in cross-cultural communication can replace multicultural studies, but only if the Department has approved that class.

4. A professional teacher has completed the required education program plus the Alaska and multicultural studies. These are 5-year certificates.

Additional Requirements:

Initial teachers will only get certified after a background check and successfully passing either a basic competency exam or the PRAXIS I. Also, initial certificated may be issued to someone who is currently in a teacher preparation program if that candidate already has a bachelor’s degree.

Sources:

Main Page For Alaska Schoolteacher Certification and Licensing
https://education.alaska.gov/TeacherCertification/

Department of Labor Teacher’s License Information
http://laborstats.alaska.gov/dlo/teacher.htm

Requirements to Become a Licensed Taxidermist In Alaska

The Alaska Department of Fish And Game requires a license for all fish and game if the services of a taxidermist are to create a trophy, and if the services are performed for monetary gain. The US Fish And Wildlife Service has limited requirements for taxidermy licenses. This federal license only applies for migratory birds and their nests and eggs.

The Alaska license is $200 for residents and $500 for nonresidents, and it lasts 2 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a $100 fee, and their license is good for 5 years.

I didn’t see any education, testing, or organizational certification requirements for either the state or federal taxidermist licenses.

On the following page, there is a link to the Alaska taxidermy, fur dealer, and game farm application:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=prolicenses.taxidermy

The following is the Federal Migratory Bird Taxidermy Permit application form:

http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-8.pdf

According to the Alaska Department of Labor’s website, a 2014 count found 59 Alaska taxidermist licensees, and 35 with the federal migratory bird permit.

How to Get a Speech-Language Pathologist Or Assistant License In Alaska

Alaska has licenses for both speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathologist assistants. The issuing agency is the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

Speech-Language Pathologist License Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old for this category of license. The primary requirement that involves substantial time and effort is earning the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency. This ASHA program, in addition to education in the speech-language pathology field, requires a one-year internship. All the ASHA certification requirements can be found here:

http://www.asha.org/Certification/AboutCertificationGenInfo.htm

During the internship, you may obtain a temporary license.

The nonrefundable application fee is $50, and the $25 fee for the license is one of the cheapest of all Alaska professional licenses.

Use the following application form:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/aud4405.pdf

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant License Requirements

I see no age requirement in the materials. The fees are the same as above. Assistants do not have to have ASHA certification. But they one of two degrees:

1. bachelor degree in speech-language pathology, or
2. associate of applied science degree in disabilities with a speech-language support emphasis.

On 2. above, the Division lists the program taught at the University of Alaska – Anchorage in affiliation with Prince William Sound Community College.

While no year-long internship is required, 100 hours of supervised work in the field is mandatory for the speech-language pathologist assistant license.

Here is the assistant license application form:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/aud4094.pdf

Renewal application forms for these licenses can be found here:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/AudiologistsandSpeech-LanguagePathologists.aspx

Alaska License Information For Bachelor, Clinical, And Master Social Workers

Alaska has 3 kinds of licenses for social workers, and these are issued by the Board of Social Work Examiners. Their phone number is (907) 465-2551. First, I will discuss the education requirements, and then I will discuss other license requirements below.

The top level is a licensed clinical social worker. These professionals have either a master’s degree or doctoral degree in social work, plus at least 2 years of clinical experience. This supervised experience must be after obtaining at least a master’s degree. It must total 3000 hours. Get with your supervisor near the beginning to make sure you have a plan to meet all the specific requirements of this supervision.

A licensed master social worker must also have a master’s or doctoral degree. But these applicants do not need experience.

A licensed baccalaureate social worker only needs a bachelor’s degree in social work, and no experience is necessary.

All degrees must be from an approved college or university. You are probably okay as long as you attend a regionally accredited university.

Other Requirements:

Applicants need some professional references, and they also need to take a social work licensing exam.

Fees:

The fees are the same for all levels of Alaska social workers. They are about $360 for the initial license and $300 for a renewal every 2 years.

The following page has links to the 3 separate license application forms:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/SocialWorkExaminers/ApplicationsForms.aspx

How to Qualify For an Alaska Security Guard License (Armed And Unarmed)

The Alaska Permits and Licensing Unit (Division of Statewide Services) handles license issuance for about 1600 actively licensed security guards. There are armed and unarmed security guards. Individuals who cannot work as an armed guard can sometimes get a license to be an unarmed guard only.

Applicants must meet the following general requirements:

1. be at least 18;

2. have no alcohol or drug addiction or dependency;

3. no felony convictions (within past 10 years);

4. no crimes preventing gun ownership or possession (at least for armed guard);

5. mental and emotional stability;

6. US citizen or legally present in the United States;

7. 8 hours of pre-assignment training;

8. 40 additional hours of training while employed as a security guard (must be within the first 180 days);

9. firearms training certificate if applying for armed guard license;

10. 8 hours of weapons training before being assigned to armed duty;

11. re-qualify with the gun on an annual basis;

12. refreshed course of 8 hours on a yearly basis; and

13. Insurance or a bond is required, and it’s in the amount of 100K for property damage, 100K for injury to one person, and 200K for one occurrence. If you are looking for a job now, ask employers if they provide this.

Note that the specific requirements may change over time. Look at the page below for the most recently available list of qualifications:

http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/folioproxy.asp?url=http://wwwjnu01.legis.state.ak.us/cgi-bin/folioisa.dll/aac/query=[JUMP:%2713+aac+60!2E050%27]/doc/{@1}/hits_only?firsthit

Also, fingerprints and a recent photo will be required with the application. The fees are approximately $100 when you apply. Here is the application form:

http://www.dps.state.ak.us/statewide/PermitsLicensing/docs/SecurityGuards/NewGuardApplication2.pdf

Use the following page to access links to Alaska security guard statutes and regulations, as well as related application forms and documents:

http://www.dps.state.ak.us/statewide/PermitsLicensing/securityguard.aspx

How to Get an Alaska Real Estate Salesperson License

The Alaska Real Estate Commission licenses about 1500 real estate salespersons. Be aware that this is different than real estate brokers and associate brokers. Click here to see the license requirements for those occupations. The salesperson category has easier requirements than the broker-type licenses.

Applicants must pass the real estate salesperson exam, which is different than the broker exam. Learn more here:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/RealEstateCommission/ApplicantsLicensees/ExamInformation.aspx

Applicants must apply within 6 months after passing the Alaska real estate salesperson exam.

Salespersons must also be 19 and be employed by a real estate broker. There is an education requirement of 40 classroom ours.

Certain people involved in criminal proceedings cannot get a license. They include those under indictment for felonies or certain fraud-type crimes. Also, if an applicant has one of these kinds of convictions in the past, the completion of the sentence must have happened at least 7 years before the date of application.

At the time of publication, Alaska real estate salesperson license applicants had to pay $530 at the time of application. $175 of that was a nonrefundable fee to process the application.

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/rec4179.pdf

Here is a list of Alaska real estate schools approved by the Commission:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/Master_School_List.pdf

Talk with your real estate instructor about how to prepare for the real estate salesperson exam.