815 KAR 20:030. License application; qualifications for examination, examination requirements, expiration, renewal, revival or reinstatement of licenses.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 318.010, 318.020, 318.040, 318.050, 318.054

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 318.040(1)(d), (2), (3), 318.050, 318.054(3)

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 318.040(1)(d) requires an applicant for a master or journeyman plumber’s license to possess the qualifications established in KRS 318.040 and other qualifications prescribed by the commissioner. KRS 318.040(2) and (3) require an applicant to successfully complete an examination prescribed by the Department. KRS 318.050 requires the department to establish reasonable application fees for licensure as a master or journeyman plumber. KRS 318.054(3) requires the department to establish reasonable renewal fees for master or journeyman plumbers. This administrative regulation establishes the application and examination requirements and the application and renewal fees.

 

      Section 1. Applications for Examination for Master or Journeyman Plumber's Licenses. (1) An application for examination for a master or journeyman plumber's license shall be submitted to the department of Housing, Buildings and Construction on:

      (a) Form PLB-1, Application for License as a Master Plumber; or

      (b) Form PLB-2, Application for License as a Journeyman Plumber.

      (2) The application shall:

      (a) Be properly signed and notarized;

      (b) Be accompanied by an examination fee of:

      1. $150 to take the master plumber's examination; or

      2. Fifty (50) dollars to take the journeyman plumber's examination; and

      (c) Include a photograph of the applicant not less than two (2) inches square nor larger than four (4) inches square taken within two (2) years of submittal.

      (3) The application fee shall be submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the date of examination and remitted by post office or express money order, bank draft or certified check payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer.

      (4) After passing the examination, an applicant for a master plumber's license shall remit a license fee of $250.

      (5) After passing the examination, an applicant for a journeyman's license shall remit a license fee of sixty (60) dollars.

 

      Section 2. Examinations for Master or Journeyman Plumber's Licenses. (1) Examination of applicants. Regular examination of applicants for a master or journeyman plumber's license shall be conducted during the months of February, May, August and November of each year. A special examination may be conducted at other times as the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction directs.

      (2) Time and place of examination. Notice of the time and place of examination shall be given by United States mail at least one (1) week prior to the date of examination to each person who has an application on file.

      (3) Materials required for journeyman plumbers' examinations. An applicant for a journeyman plumber's license shall furnish the materials required for the practical examination, which are specified in the List of Required Examination Materials that is included as part of the application.

      (4) The testing requirements shall be designed by the State Plumbing Examining Committee and shall be more complex for the master's examination than the journeyman's examination.

 

      Section 3. Renewals of Master and Journeyman Plumber's Licenses. (1) Renewal fees. The annual license renewal fee shall be:

      (a) $250 for a master plumber; and

      (b) Sixty (60) dollars for a journeyman plumber.

      (2) Continuing education. The continuing education requirements established in 815 KAR 20:032 shall be met.

      (3) Inactive master renewal.

      (a) To place the master plumber's license in inactive status, a master plumber shall pay annually an inactive fee of $125.

      (b) An inactive master plumber shall not secure a plumbing permit, advertise, or represent himself as a qualified master plumber.

      (c) To reactivate a master plumber license, the inactive master plumber shall pay an additional $125 and comply with the continuing education requirements established in 815 KAR 20:032.

      (4) Remittance of renewal fees. A renewal fee shall be remitted by post office or express money order, bank draft, or certified check payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer.

 

      Section 4. Requirements for Master Plumber Applicants. Pursuant to KRS 318.040(1)(d), each person shall meet the following requirements to become licensed as a master plumber:

      (1)(a) An applicant shall have:

      1. A valid journeyman plumber's license for a minimum of two (2) years within the past five (5) years immediately preceding application; and

      2. Been actively employed in plumbing under the supervision of a licensed master plumber for a minimum of two (2) years; or

      (b) The applicant shall be a Kentucky registered engineer experienced in mechanical engineering.

      (2) An applicant shall successfully complete the examination developed and administered by the State Plumbing Examining Committee. The examination shall be designed to demonstrate that the applicant:

      (a) Understands KRS Chapter 318 and 815 KAR Chapter 20;

      (b) Is capable of the design of a plumbing system; and

      (c) Understands the technical and practical installation techniques and principles for a safe and sanitary plumbing system.

      (3) The examination shall include:

      (a) Answering written questions pertaining to basic principles of plumbing and KRS Chapter 318 and 815 KAR Chapter 20; and

      (b) Inserting the proper pipe size on a prepared drawing that indicates all stacks, wastes and vents and the plumbing fixtures connected thereto. The proper sizing of main stacks shall be given more importance than other piping. Deductions shall be required for oversized piping and for undersized piping.

      (4) The passing grade for the total examination for a master plumber shall be eighty (80) percent, with a minimum of seventy-five (75) percent obtained for each portion of the examination established in subsection (3)(a) and (b) of this section.

 

      Section 5. Requirements for Journeyman Plumber Applicants. Pursuant to KRS 318.040(1)(d), an applicant shall meet the following requirements to become licensed as a journeyman plumber:

      (1) An applicant shall have completed two (2) consecutive years experience as an apprentice plumber.

      (a) Proof of this requirement shall be satisfied by submission of:

      1. A W-2 form;

      2. An affidavit of a Kentucky licensed master plumber; or

      3. A plumbing license issued by another state.

      (b) Completion of a committee approved course shall be deemed to be the equivalent of one (1) year of experience. An applicant may only substitute one (1) year of experience by completing a committee approved course.

      (c) Approved courses which satisfy the requirements of paragraph (b) shall be:

      1. Plumbing Technology by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System; and

      2. Plumbing Technology by Daymar College.

      (2) An applicant shall successfully complete the practical and written examination developed and administered by the State Plumbing Examining Committee. The examination shall be designed to demonstrate the practical and technical understanding of plumbing principles and the ability to apply those principles for a safe and sanitary plumbing system. The examination shall include:

      (a) Answering written questions pertaining to basic principles of plumbing and KRS Chapter 318 and 815 KAR Chapter 20;

      (b) Inserting the proper pipe size on a prepared drawing that indicates all stacks, wastes and vents and the plumbing fixtures connected thereto. The proper sizing of main stacks shall be given more importance than other piping. Deductions shall be required for oversized piping and for undersized piping; and

      (c) Completing a practical section in which the applicant shall demonstrate the ability to properly install plumbing by engaging in certain activities such as properly installing a no hub cast-iron project and soldering copper solder connections.

      (3) The passing grade for the total examination for a journeyman plumber shall be seventy-five (75) percent, with a minimum of seventy (70) percent obtained for each portion of the examination established in subsection (2)(a), (b), and (c) of this section.

 

      Section 6. A master plumber or journeyman plumber shall notify the department of the name of the plumber's business and its address, employer and the employer’s address each time a change of employment is made.

 

      Section 7. Incorporation by Reference. (1) The following material is incorporated by reference:

      (a) Form PLB-1, "Application for License as a Master Plumber",

October, 2007; and

      (b) Form PLB-2, "Application for License as a Journeyman Plumber", October 2007.

      (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, 101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-5405, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Recodified from 803 KAR 4:010, 4-1-1982; Am. 8 Ky.R. 1174; eff. 6-2-1982; 11 Ky.R. 1917; eff. 7-9-1985; 13 Ky.R. 1651; eff. 4-14-1987; 15 Ky.R. 2286; 16 Ky.R. 17; eff. 7-7-1989; 18 Ky.R. 2432; eff. 3-7-1992; 19 Ky.R. 1893; eff. 5-10-1993; 21 Ky.R. 1384; eff. 1-9-1995; 25 Ky.R. 2467; 2902; eff. 5-26-1999; 27 Ky.R. 3374; eff. 8-15-2001; 32 Ky.R. 2361; 33 Ky.R. 403; eff. 8-10-1906; 34 Ky.R.1237; 1747; eff. 2-1-2008; 37 Ky.R. 2757; 38 Ky.R. 20; eff. 8-5-2011.)