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TITLE 16ECONOMIC REGULATION
PART 1RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS
CHAPTER 9LP-GAS SAFETY RULES
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL REQUIREMENTS
RULE §9.52Training and Continuing Education

(a) Training. Individuals identified in §9.51(c) of this title (relating to General Requirements for LP-Gas Training and Continuing Education) shall complete training.

  (1) Available training courses.

    (A) The 2.1 Dispenser Operations course covers proper filling and handling of ASME motor/mobile fuel containers, appurtenances, DOT cylinders, and dispenser operations.

    (B) The 2.3 Bobtail Operations course covers federal and state regulations that apply to hazardous material transportation, the operation of propane delivery vehicles, and the rules in this chapter, including NFPA 54 and NFPA 58, which apply to LP-gas installations.

    (C) The 3.2 Residential System Installation course covers the requirements for proper installation and start-up of a residential propane system, including correct appliance operation.

    (D) The 3.3 Appliance Conversion, Installation and Venting course covers the requirements for converting, installing, and venting of propane gas appliances.

    (E) The 3.8 Recreational Vehicle Gas Appliances course covers servicing of recreational vehicles' LP-gas systems and appliances.

    (F) The 16-hour Category F, G, I, and J course covers ASME motor/mobile fuel containers, appurtenances, DOT cylinders, the operations of a dispenser to fill tanks and cylinders, and applicable LP-gas requirements for obtaining a Category F, G, I or J management-level certificate.

    (G) The 80-hour Category E course covers all the material in courses 2.1, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.8, and the Commission's rules in this chapter, including NFPA 54 and NFPA 58.

  (2) Training requirements.

    (A) Category E management-level applicants shall attend the 80-hour Category E course;

    (B) Category F, G, I, and J management-level applicants shall attend the 16-hour Category F, G, I and J course; and

    (C) Category D, K and M management-level applicants and all applicants for employee-level certifications that are subject to training requirements shall complete an eight-hour course. A certificate holder's training deadline shall not be extended if that individual retakes and passes an examination for the current category and level of certification. A training deadline shall be extended only after a certificate holder successfully completes an applicable training course.

      (i) Category D management-level applicants shall complete the 3.2 course.

      (ii) Category K management-level applicants shall complete the 3.2 course.

      (iii) Category M management-level applicants complete the 3.8 course.

      (iv) DOT Cylinder Filler applicants shall complete the 2.1 course.

      (v) Motor and Mobile Fuel Filler applicants shall complete the 2.1 course.

      (vi) Bobtail Driver applicants shall complete the 2.3 course.

      (vii) Service and Installation applicants shall complete the 3.2 course.

      (viii) Appliance Service and Installation applicants may complete either the 3.2 or 3.3 course.

      (ix) Recreational Vehicle Technician applicants shall complete the 3.8 course.

  (3) Individuals who pass an employee-level rules examination between March 1 and May 31 of any year shall have until May 31 of the next year to complete any required training. Individuals who pass an employee-level rules examination at other times shall have until the next May 31 to complete any required training. Completion of AFT shall be in accordance with subsection (g) of this section.

  (4) Applicants for company representative or operations supervisor shall comply with the training requirements in this section prior to the Commission issuing a certificate.

(b) Continuing education. A certificate holder shall complete at least eight hours of continuing education every four years as specified in this subsection. Continuing education courses are specified in subsection (g) of this section.

  (1) Upon fulfillment of the continuing education requirement, the certificate holder's next continuing education deadline shall be four years after the May 31 following the date of the most recent course the certificate holder has completed, unless the course was completed on May 31, in which case the deadline shall be four years from that date.

  (2) A certificate holder's continuing education deadline shall not be extended if an examination for a current category and level of certification is retaken and passed; a continuing education deadline shall be updated only after a certificate holder successfully completes an applicable continuing education course. An individual who completes a continuing education course after the assigned deadline shall have four years from the original deadline to complete the next course.

  (3) Certificate holders who are certified as recreational vehicle technicians or appliance service and installation technicians and are also certified to perform LP-gas activities covered by one or more other certifications shall complete the initial continuing education requirements for any one of the certifications held in order to maintain active status. For each subsequent continuing education requirement, such individuals shall be responsible for attending a different continuing education course relevant to one of the other certifications held.

  (4) Certificate holders who attend a course offered by an outside instructor shall not be entitled to a refund of the annual renewal fee or any other fees or penalties required by the Commission.

  (5) Certificate holders who have not paid the annual certificate renewal fee, including general installers and repairman exemption holders or members of the general public may attend courses at the charge specified in §9.51 of this title. A request to attend a course shall be in writing, submitted to the AFS training section, and granted at AFS' discretion on an individual basis and if space is available.

  (6) Any certificate holder who has timely paid the annual certificate renewal fee but is not otherwise required to attend a Commission continuing education course may voluntarily attend a course, if space is available, by registering with the AFS training section as specified in §9.51 of this title.

(c) Adding a new certification. A current certificate holder who successfully completes an examination for an additional certification that requires completion of a training course shall be assigned a training deadline pursuant to subsection (a)(2) and (3) of this section. Upon completion of the required training, the certificate holder shall be assigned a continuing education date pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

(d) Train-the-Trainer courses. The Train-the-Trainer courses shall not count as credit towards the training or continuing education requirements.

(e) Course materials. Individuals who attend AFS-taught training courses shall receive a copy of the course materials at no charge. Additional copies may be purchased from AFS at the established price.

(f) Certificates of completion. The AFS training section shall issue a certificate of completion to each individual who completes a management-level course.

(g) Advanced field training (AFT). Some courses may include AFT in addition to the classroom hours, during which course attendees shall perform LP-gas activities. AFT shall be properly completed within 30 calendar days of attending the course. All qualification tasks included in the AFT shall be completed. The AFT materials, including the qualification checklist and the certification page, shall be readily available at the licensee's Texas business location for review by an authorized Commission representative during normal business hours.

  (1) The responsibility of certifying AFT activities shall not be delegated to an unauthorized individual. AFT qualification tasks shall be witnessed by an authorized individual, verified as being successfully completed, and the AFT form signed as follows:

    (A) For licensees with only one company representative, that company representative shall self-certify the AFT.

    (B) For licensees with more than one company representative, one company representative may certify the AFT of another company representative, but shall not self-certify.

    (C) Company representatives shall certify operations supervisors' AFT.

    (D) The company representative or an operations supervisor authorized by the licensee and in current good standing with the Commission shall certify the employees' AFT.

    (E) If authorized, a Commission-approved outside instructor may certify any AFT.

  (2) Other AFT situations shall be handled as follows:

    (A) For a certified individual employed by a licensee, the licensee shall retain the most recently completed AFT material for each applicable category of the individual's certification in the individual's employment records.

    (B) For an individual who ceases employment with a licensee, the licensee shall retain the latest required AFT material for at least two years from the date the individual is no longer employed by the licensee. The two-year period shall be based on the renewal period for the examination renewal fee penalty. The licensee shall provide a copy of the AFT material to the individual.

    (C) For an individual who begins employment with a different licensee, the new licensee shall obtain a copy of the individual's AFT material from the individual and shall place the copy in the individual's employment records.

    (D) An individual who is never employed by a licensee shall retain the most recently completed AFT material for each applicable category of the individual's certification in a safe location for at least two years from the date the course that required the AFT was attended.

    (E) For an individual who is employed by a licensee when a course requiring AFT is attended, but who prior to the AFT's being certified becomes employed by a new licensee, the new licensee shall certify the individual's AFT.

    (F) For an individual who is employed by a licensee when a class requiring AFT is attended, but who prior to the AFT's being certified ceases employment with the licensee and wishes to continue performing LP-gas activities, the individual shall contact a company representative or operations supervisor of another applicable licensee or an Commission-approved outside instructor to complete the AFT and maintain the LP-gas certification.

  (3) Individuals who attend the 80-hour Category E management-level course or the 16-hour Category F, G, I, and J management-level course shall perform any required AFT activities during the course.

  (4) If AFT is required for a course, the AFT checklist outlining the specific activities to be performed shall be included in the course materials.

  (5) A certified individual is exempt from the AFT requirement of a continuing education course if the individual has previously completed that same course, including the AFT.

(h) Available training and continuing education courses are shown in Tables 1 through 4 of this subsection. Items on the tables marked with an "x" indicate courses that meet training or continuing education requirements for management-level or employee-level certificate holders in that category.

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(i) Credit for CETP courses. A certificate holder who has successfully completed a CETP course, including any applicable knowledge and skills assessments, may receive credit toward the continuing education requirements specified in this section as follows:

  (1) The CETP course shall be approved for the category of certificate held as indicated on Tables 3 and 4 in subsection (h) of this section.

  (2) The successful completion of a CETP course is determined by a CETP course certificate, which is issued only after an individual has completed the prescribed course of study, including any related knowledge and skills assessments, for the applicable CETP job classification.

  (3) To receive credit toward the Commission's continuing education requirements, the certificate holder shall submit the following information, clearly readable, to AFS:

    (A) the individual's full name, address, and telephone number;

    (B) a copy of the certificate holder's certificate; and

    (C) a legible copy of the official CETP course certificate.

  (4) AFS shall review the submitted material within 30 business days of receipt and shall notify the certificate holder in writing that the request is approved, denied, or incomplete.

    (A) If the material is incomplete, AFS shall identify the necessary additional information required.

    (B) The certificate holder shall file the additional information within 30 calendar days of the date of a notice of deficiency in order to receive credit for the CETP course attendance.

    (C) Certificate holders requesting credit for CETP course attendance shall submit such requests to allow processing time so that a request is finally approved by May 31 in order for the certificate holder to receive credit toward that deadline.


Source Note: The provisions of this §9.52 adopted to be effective February 1, 2001, 26 TexReg 947; amended to be effective May 28, 2001, 26 TexReg 3742; amended to be effective August 25, 2003, 28 TexReg 6831; amended to be effective September 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 4810; amended to be effective May 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 3532; amended to be effective February 12, 2007, 32 TexReg 519; amended to be effective February 1, 2008, 33 TexReg 138; amended to be effective January 4, 2016, 41 TexReg 238; amended to be effective January 6, 2020, 45 TexReg 127

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