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RULES OF THE ALABAMA PLUMBERS
AND GAS FITTERS EXAMINING BOARD

720-x-1-.01 Description of the Board. The Board is a 7 member Board appointed by the Governor. The referenced statute describes the organization, general course, method of operation and method of public information. The public may make submission and request to the Board in writing through the mailing address:

Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board
11 West Oxmoor, Suite 104
Birmingham, AL 35209

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: January 7, 1991

720-x-2-.01 Definition of Plumbing. With respect to a building sewer, the building sewer begins at the connection with the building drain and is considered plumbing until it reaches a public sewer or an individual disposal system. With respect to water service, the water line from the meter to the building , is considered plumbing.

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: January 7, 1991

720-x-3-.01 Exchange of Water Heaters. Water heaters may be exchanged by a certified plumbing contractor or by a certified gas fitting contractor.

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: January 7, 1991

720-x-4-.01 Forms. The following forms shall be available in the Board Office:

  1. Master Plumber and/or Gas Fitter Registration
  2. Application for Examination
  3. Application for Waiver of Annual Penalties and Fees
  4. Apprentice Registration
  5. Complaint Form
  6. Application for Temporary Revocable Certification as a Journeyman Plumber or Journayman Gas Fitter
  7. Application for Inactive Status
Requirements Renewal Fees Non-Refundable Exam Fees
 
Apprentice $25.00 (Initial w/ Registration)
$10.00 (Annually)
No Written Exam Required. Complete Registration Form and include a copy of Social Security Card.
 
Journeyman Plumber $30.00 $110.00
Requires 2 yr. Registration as Apprentice or completed Board Approved Apprentice Training Program to take required Written Exam.
 
Journeyman Gas Fitter $30.00 $110.00
Requires 2 yr. Registration as Apprentice or completed Board Approved Apprentice Training Program to take required Written  Exam.
 
Temporary Journeyman Plumber or Gas Fitter $15.00 (One time charge)
Requires approved application and out of state Journeyman certification and expires 10 work days after date of exam.
 
Master Plumber $125.00 $160.00
Requires one-yr. Certification as Journeyman Plumber to take required Written Exam.
 
Master Gas Fitter $125.00 $160.00
Requires one-yr. Certification as Journeyman Gas Fitter to take required Written Exam.
 
Medical Gas $10.00
Requires certification from National Institute of Testing & Certification
 
Replacement Card $5.00
Lost, misplaced and damaged cards can be replaced; a written statement and $5.00 will be required from the card holder.  Replacement cards requested for non-receipt of initial cards issued will also require a written statement and $5.00 from the card holder.  There will be a 30-day waiting period from the initial issue date before replacement cards will be provided.

Author: Alfred P. Tunstill
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: Amended Rule
Certified: November 15, 2007

720-x-5-.01 Work Permitted by Journeyman Plumber. It shall be unlawful and a violation of Act No. 89-406 as amended for a journeyman plumber, certified in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board to perform any plumbing, as provided in Act No. 89-406 as amended or as may be further defined by the Board in rules passed by the Board, unless said journeyman plumber performs said work under the general supervision of a certified master plumber.

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: September 16, 1992

720-x-6-.01 Work Permitted by Journeyman Gas Fitters. It shall be unlawful and a violation of Act No. 89-406 as amended for a journeyman gas fitter, certified in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board to perform any gas fitting work, as provided in Act No. 89-406 as amended or as may be further defined by the Board in rules passed by the Board, unless said journeyman gas fitter performs said work under the general supervision of a certified master gas fitter.

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: September 16, 1992

720-x-7-.01 Administration of Examinations. All examinations for which the Board has authority to require shall be administered by an independent examining agency as selected by the Board.

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: September 16, 1992

720-x-8-.01 Venting of Gas Heating Equipment. Any contractor certified by the Alabama Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors may install vents on natural gas burning heating equipment without certification by this Board.

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: September 16, 1992

720-x-9-.01 Penalty for Late Renewal of Certificate. All certificates for Journeyman and Master Plumber and Gas Fitter expire on December 31 of each year. Certificate fees must be paid prior to January 1 of the year for which the certificate is to be effective. In the event the certificate is renewed after December 31, the late renewal penalty shall be equal to the renewal rate for the respective certificate. The late renewal penalty is due at the time the current year's certificate fee is paid.

In addition to the current year's certificate fee and late renewal penalty, the certificate fees for all unpaid back years shall be paid in accordance with Code of Ala. 1975, §34-37-9. The certificate fees for all unpaid back years are due at the time the current year's certificate fee and late renewal penalty are paid

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §34-37-2
History: Amended Rule
Certified: May 12, 2003

720-x-10-.01 Waiver of First Year Certificate Fee for Journeyman and Master Plumbers and Gas Fitters. The Board shall be allowed to waive the first year fee for issuing a certificate for Journeyman and Master Plumbers and Gas Fitters who pay the examination fee and pass the examination for the respective classification.

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: November 18, 1992

720-x-11-.01 Work Permitted by Apprentice Plumber/Gas Fitters. It shall be unlawful and a violation of Act No. 89-406, as amended, for an Apprentice Plumber/Gas Fitter, certified in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board to perform any plumbing/gas fitting work, as provided in Act No. 89-406, as amended, and as may be further defined by the Board in rules passed by the Board, unless said Apprentice Plumber/Gas Fitter performs said work under the direct supervision of a certified Journeyman Plumber, Journeyman Gas Fitter, Master Plumber or Master Gas Fitter who remains on the job/work site at all times while such work is being performed by the Apprentice Plumber/Gas Fitter. An Apprentice Plumber/Gas Fitter is a trainee, therefore it shall be unlawful, and a violation of Act No. 89-406, as amended, for any one Journeyman Plumber, Journeyman Gas Fitter, Master Plumber or Master Gas Fitter to directly supervise on any job site more than three Apprentice Plumbers/Gas Fitters.

Author: Alfred P. Tunstill
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: Amended Rule
Certified: June 19, 2008

720-x-12-.01 Responsibility of Master Plumber. It shall be unlawful and a violation of Act No. 89-406, as amended, for a Master Plumber, certified in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board as provided in Act No. 89-406, as amended, or as may be further defined by the Board in rules passed by the Board, to supervise or direct any person in the performance of plumbing or gas fitting work as defined in Section 34-37-1 (Code of Alabama 1975, as amended) where the person performing such work does not hold current certification with the Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board.

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 & 17 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: August 4, 1995

720-x-13-.01 Responsibility of Master Gas Fitter. It shall be unlawful and a violation of Act No. 89-406, as amended, for a Master Gas Fitter, certified in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board as provided in Act No. 89-406, as amended, or as may be further defined by the Board in rules passed by the Board, to supervise or direct any person in the performance of plumbing or gas fitting work as defined in Section 34-37-1 (Code of Alabama 1975, as amended) where the person performing such work does not hold current certification with the Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board.

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: August 4, 1995

720-x-14-.01 Definition of Medical Gas Piping Systems. Due to the threat to human life, no one shall install any medical gas piping or breach the integrity of any medical gas piping system unless the person has first received an endorsement for medical gas piping from The Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board and such endorsement is affixed to the current certificate of competency issued to said person and the certificate is in their possession. Replacing cylinders and filters, and performing routine and preventive maintenance that does not breach the integrity of the medical gas piping system and does not constitute the installation, repair or replacement of medical gas piping shall not require a medical gas piping endorsement.

Author: Ed Lawrence
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-1; 34-37-6 (Code of Alabama 1975 as amended)
History: New Rule
Certified: August 5, 1999

720-x-15-.01 Definition of Maintenance Engineer. The term "maintenance engineer" as used in Title 34 Chapter 37 of the Alabama Code, unless otherwise specified, shall be defined as a person who has qualified and is currently registered to practice engineering with the Alabama Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Author: Alfred P. Tunstill
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, 34-37-2.
History: New Rule

720-x-16-.01 Bad Check.  If a check or negotiable instrument is dishonored, the writer of the check or instrument will be required to tender payment of the full amount of such check or instrument plus a service charge as established by Section 8-8-15 of the Code of Alabama 1975.

(1) lf the dishonored check or instrument was tendered for the purpose of sitting for an examination, payment of the full amount of such check or instrument plus a service charge must be paid in full prior to the individual being allowed to take the said examination. If the individual has already taken the examination prior to the Board's office receiving notification of the dishonored instrument, the individual's results will be held until such time as payment is made in full including the service charge.

(2) If the dishonored check or instrument was tendered for the purpose of renewing an individual license or certification, the license or certification is invalidated and will not be considered in good standing unless the issue is resolved within thirty (30) days.

(3) If the dishonored check or instrument was tendered for the purpose of applying for a license or certification, the application will not be processed until such time as payment is made in full, including the applicable service charge.

Author: Alfred P. Tunstill, Director
Statutory Authority: Section 34-37-2 (Code of Alabama I975 as amended]
History: New Rule

 


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