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TITLE 16ECONOMIC REGULATION
PART 1RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS
CHAPTER 9LP-GAS SAFETY RULES
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL REQUIREMENTS
RULE §9.10Rules Examination

(a) An individual who passes the applicable rules examination with a score of at least 75% will become a certificate holder. AFS will send a certificate to the licensee listed on LPG Form 16. If a licensee is not listed on the form, AFS will send the certificate to the individual's personal address.

  (1) Successful completion of any examination shall be credited to and accrue to the individual.

  (2) An individual who has been issued a certificate shall make the certificate readily available and shall present it to any Commission employee or agent who requests proof of certification.

(b) An applicant for examination shall bring to the exam site:

  (1) a completed LPG Form 16; and

  (2) payment of the applicable fee specified in subsection (c) of this section.

(c) An individual who files LPG Form 16 and pays the applicable nonrefundable examination fee may take the rules examination.

  (1) Dates and locations of available Commission LP-gas examinations may be obtained in the Austin offices of AFS and on the Commission's web site, and shall be updated at least monthly. Examinations may be conducted at the Commission's AFS Training Center in Austin, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday, except for state holidays, and at other designated times and locations around the state. Individuals or companies may request in writing that examinations be given in their area. AFS shall schedule its examinations and locations at its discretion.

  (2) Except in a case where a conditional qualification has been requested in writing and approved under §9.17(g) of this title (relating to Designation and Responsibilities of Company Representatives and Operations Supervisors), the Category E, F, G, I, and J management-level rules examination shall be administered only in conjunction with the Category E, F, G, I, and J management-level courses of instruction. Management-level rules examinations other than Category E, F, G, I, and J may be administered on any scheduled examination day.

  (3) Exam fees.

    (A) The nonrefundable management-level rules examination fee is $70.

    (B) The nonrefundable employee-level rules examination fee is $40.

    (C) The nonrefundable examination fee shall be paid each time an individual takes an examination.

    (D) Individuals who register and pay for a Category E, F, G, I, or J training course as specified in §9.51(j)(2)(A) of this title (relating to General Requirements for LP-Gas Training and Continuing Education) shall pay the charge specified for the applicable examination.

    (E) A military service member, military veteran, or military spouse shall be exempt from the examination fee pursuant to the requirements in §9.14 of this title (relating to Military Fee Exemption). An individual who receives a military fee exemption is not exempt from renewal, training, or continuing education fees specified in §9.9 of this title (relating to Requirements for Certificate Holder Renewal, §9.51 of this title, and §9.52 of this title (relating to Training and Continuing Education.

  (4) Time limits.

    (A) An applicant shall complete the examination within the time limit specified in this paragraph.

      (i) The Category E management-level (closed book), Bobtail employee-level (open book), and Service and Installation employee-level (open book) examinations shall be limited to three hours.

      (ii) All other management-level and employee-level examinations shall be limited to two hours.

    (B) The examination proctor shall be the official timekeeper.

    (C) An examinee shall submit the examination and the answer sheet to the examination proctor before or at the end of the established time limit for an examination.

    (D) The examination proctor shall mark any answer sheet that was not completed within the time limit.

  (5) The Commission may offer employee-level LP-Gas Transport Driver, DOT Cylinder Filling, and Motor/Mobile Fuel Dispensing examinations in Spanish or English.

(d) This subsection specifies the examinations offered by the Commission.

  (1) Employee-level examinations.

    (A) The Bobtail Driver examination qualifies an individual to operate a bobtail, to perform all of the LP-gas activities authorized by the Transport Driver, DOT Cylinder Filler, and Motor/Mobile Fuel Filler examinations, and to perform leak checks and pressure tests, light appliances, and adjust regulators and thermocouples. The Bobtail Driver examination does not authorize an individual to connect or disconnect containers, except when performing a pressure test or removing a container from service.

    (B) The Transport Driver examination qualifies an individual to operate an LP-gas transport equipped with a container of more than 5,000 gallons water capacity, to load and unload LP-gas, and connect and disconnect transfer hoses. The Transport Driver examination does not authorize an individual to operate a bobtail or to install or repair transport systems.

    (C) The On-Road Motor Fuel Technician examination qualifies an individual to install LP-gas motor fuel containers, cylinders, and LP-gas motor fuel systems, and replace container valves on motorized vehicles licensed to operate on public roadways. The On-Road Motor Fuel Technician examination does not authorize an individual to fill LP-gas motor or mobile fuel containers.

    (D) The Non-Road Motor Fuel Technician examination qualifies an individual to install LP-gas motor fuel containers, cylinders, and LP-gas motor fuel systems, and replace container valves on vehicles such as industrial forklift trucks and lawnmowers. The Non-Road Motor Fuel Technician examination does not authorize an individual to fill LP-gas motor fuel containers or cylinders.

    (E) The Mobile Fuel Technician examination qualifies an individual to install LP-gas mobile fuel containers, cylinders, and LP-gas mobile fuel systems, and replace container valves on mobile fuel equipment such as trailers, catering trucks, mobile kitchens, tar kettles, hot oil units, auxiliary engines and similar equipment. The Mobile Fuel Technician examination does not authorize an individual to fill LP-gas mobile fuel containers or cylinders.

    (F) The DOT Cylinder Filler examination qualifies an individual to inspect, requalify, fill, disconnect and connect cylinders, including industrial truck cylinders, and to exchange cylinder valves. The DOT Cylinder Filler examination does not authorize an individual to fill ASME motor or mobile fuel containers.

    (G) The Recreational Vehicle Technician examination qualifies an individual to install LP-gas motor or mobile fuel containers, including cylinders, and to install and repair LP-gas systems on recreational vehicles. The Recreational Vehicle Technician examination does not authorize an individual to fill LP-gas containers.

    (H) The Service and Installation Technician examination qualifies an individual to perform all LP-gas activities related to stationary LP-gas systems, including LP-gas containers, appliances, and stationary engines. The Service and Installation Technician examination does not authorize an individual to fill containers or operate an LP-gas transport.

    (I) The Appliance Service and Installation Technician examination qualifies an individual to perform all LP-gas activities related to appliances, including installing, repairing and converting appliances, installing and repairing connectors from the appliance gas stop through the venting system, and to perform leak checks on the new or repaired portion of an LP-gas system. The Appliance Service and Installation Technician examination does not authorize an individual to install a container, install or repair piping upstream of and including the appliance gas stop, or to install, repair or adjust regulators.

    (J) The Motor/Mobile Fuel Filler examination qualifies an individual to inspect and fill motor or mobile fuel containers on vehicles, including recreational vehicles, cars, trucks, and buses. The Motor/Mobile Fuel Filler examination does not authorize an individual to fill LP-gas cylinders or ASME stationary containers.

  (2) Management-level examinations.

    (A) The Category A examination qualifies an individual to assemble, repair, install, subframe, test, and sell both ASME and DOT containers and cylinders, including motor or mobile fuel containers and systems, and to repair and install transport and transfer systems.

    (B) The Category A-1 examination qualifies an individual to assemble, repair, install, test, and sell ASME containers, including motor or mobile fuel containers and systems, and to repair and install transport and transfer systems.

    (C) The Category A-2 examination qualifies an individual to assemble, repair, install, subframe, test, and sell DOT cylinders.

    (D) The Category B examination qualifies an individual to subframe, test, and sell transport containers; test LP-gas storage containers; install, test, and sell LP-gas motor or mobile fuel containers and systems; and install and repair transport systems and motor or mobile fuel systems.

    (E) The Category C examination qualifies an individual to transport LP-gas in a transport equipped with one or more containers, load and unload LP-gas, and install and repair transport systems.

    (F) The Category D examination qualifies an individual to sell, service, and install containers, and to service, install, and repair piping and appliances, excluding motor fuel containers, motor fuel systems, recreational vehicle containers, or recreational vehicle systems.

    (G) The Category E examination qualifies an individual to store, sell, transport and distribute LP-gas and perform all other categories of licensed activities except the manufacture, fabrication, assembly, repair, subframing, and testing of LP-gas containers and the sale and installation of LP-gas motor or mobile fuel systems rated at more than 25 horsepower.

    (H) The Category F examination qualifies an individual to operate a cylinder-filling facility, including cylinder filling, the sale of LP-gas in cylinders, and the replacement of cylinder valves.

    (I) The Category G examination qualifies an individual to operate an LP-gas dispensing station to fill ASME motor or mobile fuel containers.

    (J) The Category H examination qualifies an individual to transport and sell LP-gas in cylinders.

    (K) The Category I examination qualifies an individual to operate a service station as set out in Category F and G.

    (L) The Category J examination qualifies an individual to operate a service station as set out in Category I, transport cylinders as set out in Category H and install and connect DOT cylinders.

    (M) The Category K examination qualifies an individual to sell and distribute LP-gas through mains or pipes, and to install and repair LP-gas systems.

    (N) The Category L examination qualifies an individual to sell and install both LP-gas motor or mobile fuel containers and fuel systems on engines.

    (O) The Category M examination qualifies an individual to sell, service, and install recreational vehicle containers, and to install, repair, and service recreational vehicle appliances, piping, and LP-gas systems, including recreational vehicle motor or mobile fuel systems and containers.

    (P) The Category N examination qualifies an individual to service and install containers that supply fuel to manufactured housing, and to install, repair, and service appliances and piping systems for manufactured housing.

    (Q) The Category O examination qualifies an individual to test LP-gas containers, motor or mobile fuel systems, transfer systems, and transport systems to determine the safety of the containers or systems for LP-gas service, including the necessary installation, disconnection, reconnection, testing, and repair of LP-gas motor fuel systems or mobile fuel systems, transfer systems, and transport systems involved in the testing of containers.

    (R) The Category P examination qualifies an individual to operate a portable cylinder exchange service where LP-gas is sold in portable cylinders whose LP-gas capacity does not exceed 21 pounds, where the portable cylinders are not filled on site, and where no other LP-gas activity requiring a license is conducted.

(e) Within 15 calendar days of the date an individual takes an examination, AFS shall notify the individual of the results of the examination. If the examination is graded or reviewed by a testing service, AFS shall notify the individual of the examination results within 14 days of the date AFS receives the results from the testing service. If the notice of the examination results will be delayed for longer than 90 days after the examination date, AFS shall notify the individual of the reason for the delay before the 90th day. AFS may require a testing service to notify an individual of the individual's examination results.

(f) Failure of any examination shall immediately disqualify the individual from performing any LP-gas related activities covered by the examination which is failed, except for activities covered by a separate examination which the individual has passed.

  (1) Any individual who fails an examination administered by the Commission at the Austin location may retake the same examination one additional time during a business day.

  (2) Any subsequent examination shall be taken on another business day, unless approved by the AFS director.

  (3) An individual who fails an examination may request an analysis of the individual's performance on the examination.

(g) The Commission shall not issue a certificate to an applicant for a management-level certificate that requires completion of a course of instruction until the applicant completes both the required course of instruction and passes the required management-level rules examination.

(h) An applicant for a management-level certificate shall pass the management-level rules examination within two years after completing a required course of instruction. An applicant who fails to pass such an examination within two years of completing such a course shall reapply as a new applicant.


Source Note: The provisions of this §9.10 adopted to be effective February 1, 2001, 26 TexReg 947; amended to be effective May 28, 2001, 26 TexReg 3742; amended to be effective June 9, 2003, 28 TexReg 4412; amended to be effective September 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 4810; amended to be effective February 12, 2007, 32 TexReg 519; amended to be effective October 29, 2007, 32 TexReg 7675; amended to be effective February 1, 2008, 33 TexReg 138; amended to be effective December 24, 2012, 37 TexReg 9913; amended to be effective January 4, 2016, 41 TexReg 238; amended to be effective January 6, 2020, 45 TexReg 127

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