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RULE §365.1License and Endorsement Categories; Description; Scope of Work Permitted
ISSUE 06/09/2000
ACTION Proposed
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

The Board shall establish three separate license categories and two endorsement categories, as described in paragraphs (1) - (5) of this section.

  (1)Master Plumber -- a license that entitles the individual to perform plumbing work, enter into contracts or agreements to perform plumbing work for the general public and to secure permits to perform plumbing work. [and assigns the individual responsibility for plumbing that occurs under such contracts or agreements, or under his or her supervision. A Master Plumber who uses unlicenced individuals to do plumbing work that only a licensee is permitted to do abuses the master plumber license and becomes subject to disciplinary action by the Board.]

  (2)Journeyman Plumber -- a license that entitles the individual to do plumbing work only under the general supervision of master plumbers and only under contracts or agreements to perform plumbing work secured by Master Plumbers. [them.]

  (3)Medical Gas [gas] Piping [piping] Installation Endorsement [technician ] - an endorsement [in addition] to a Journeyman or Master Plumber license entitling the individual to install piping [ pipe, systems, and equipment] that is used solely to transport gases used for medical purposes , including, but not limited to oxygen, nitrous oxide, medical air, nitrogen and medical vacuum.

  (4)Plumbing Inspector -- a license that entitles the individual to do plumbing inspections as an employee or agent of a political subdivision for compliance with health and safety laws and ordinances. [, or if approved by the Board as an agent of a political subdivision.]

    (A) A Plumbing Inspector shall not have any financial or advisory interest in any plumbing company.

    (B) All compensation paid for a plumbing inspection shall be paid by the political subdivision for which the plumbing inspection is performed.

    (C) A Plumbing Inspector shall not accept any compensation or anything of value from any contractor or owner whose work is being inspected by the Plumbing Inspector.

    (D) Prior to the performance of any Plumbing Inspection, the Plumbing Inspector must have submitted to the Board written proof of employment or agency for the purposes of performing plumbing inspections by each political subdivision that the Plumbing Inspector is employed by, or an agent of.

  (5)Water Supply [supply] Protection[protection] Specialist[specialist ] - an endorsement [in addition] to a Journeyman or Master Plumber License certifying the individual to perform inspections [has been deemed by the Board to be competent in the inspection of the plumbing work or installation] of [a] public water system distribution facility or [of] customer-owned plumbing connected to public water system's [that system's water] distribution lines. The holder of a Water Supply Protection Specialist Endorsement may perform Customer Service Inspections as defined in the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's Rules and Regulations for Public Water Systems. Within the limits of a municipality of 5,000 or more inhabitants, a Water Supply Protection Specialist Endorsement shall not be used in lieu of a Plumbing Inspector License as required under §14(a) of the Act to perform plumbing inspections required under §15(a) of the Act.

This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State, on May 26, 2000


Robert L. Maxwell

Chief of Field Investigations

Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners

Earliest possible date of adoption: July 9, 2000

For further information, please call: (512) 458-2145

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