CHAPTER 393
ELECTRICIANS, PLUMBERS, SOLAR, HEATING, PIPING
AND COOLING CONTRACTORS AND JOURNEYMEN,
ELEVATOR AND FIRE PROTECTION SPRINKLER CRAFTSMEN
AND IRRIGATION CONTRACTORS AND JOURNEYMEN

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Sec. 20-330. Definitions.
Sec. 20-333a. Reciprocity.
Sec. 20-334a. Types of licenses.
Sec. 20-334b. Solar thermal work education and training required to be included in apprenticeship programs for plumbing and piping work and heating, piping and cooling work.
Sec. 20-334d. Continuing professional education requirements for electricians and plumbers. Regulations. Exemption.
Sec. 20-340. Exemptions from licensing requirements.
Sec. 20-340c. Solar electric contractor and journeyman licenses. Regulations.

      Sec. 20-330. Definitions. As used in this chapter:

      (1) "Contractor" means any person regularly offering to the general public services of such person or such person's employees in the field of electrical work, plumbing and piping work, solar work, heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal work, fire protection sprinkler systems work, elevator installation, repair and maintenance work, irrigation work, automotive glass work or flat glass work, as defined in this section;

      (2) "Electrical work" means the installation, erection, maintenance, alteration or repair of any wire, cable, conduit, busway, raceway, support, insulator, conductor, appliance, apparatus, fixture or equipment that generates, transforms, transmits or uses electrical energy for light, heat, power or other purposes, but does not include low voltage wiring, not exceeding twenty-four volts, used within a lawn sprinkler system;

      (3) "Plumbing and piping work" means the installation, repair, replacement, alteration or maintenance of gas, water and associated fixtures, laboratory equipment, sanitary equipment, other than subsurface sewage disposal systems, fire prevention apparatus, all water systems for human usage, sewage treatment facilities and all associated fittings within a building and includes lateral storm and sanitary lines from buildings to the mains, process piping, swimming pools and pumping equipment, and includes making connections to back flow prevention devices, and includes low voltage wiring, not exceeding twenty-four volts, used within a lawn sprinkler system, but does not include (A) solar work, except for the repair of those portions of a solar hot water heating system that include the basic domestic hot water tank and the tie-in to the potable water system, (B) the installation, repair, replacement, alteration or maintenance of fire prevention apparatus within a structure, except for standpipes that are not connected to sprinkler systems, and (C) medical gas and vacuum systems work. For the purposes of this subdivision, "process piping" means piping or tubing that conveys liquid or gas that is used directly in the production of a chemical or a product for human consumption;

      (4) "Solar thermal work" means the installation, erection, repair, replacement, alteration, or maintenance of active, passive and hybrid solar systems that directly convert ambient energy into heat or convey, store or distribute such ambient energy;

      (5) "Heating, piping and cooling work" means (A) the installation, repair, replacement, maintenance or alteration of any apparatus for piping, appliances, devices or accessories for heating systems, including sheet metal work, and (B) the installation, repair, replacement, maintenance or alteration of air conditioning and refrigeration systems, boilers, including apparatus and piping for the generation or conveyance of steam and associated pumping equipment and process piping. Heating, piping and cooling work does not include solar work or medical gas and vacuum systems work. For the purposes of this subdivision, "process piping" means piping or tubing that conveys liquid or gas that is used directly in the production of a chemical or a product for human consumption;

      (6) "Apprentice" means any person registered with the Labor Department for the purpose of learning a skilled trade;

      (7) "Elevator installation, repair and maintenance work" means the installation, erection, maintenance and repair of all types of elevators, dumb waiters, escalators, and moving walks and all mechanical equipment, fittings, associated piping and wiring from a source of supply brought to the equipment room by an unlimited electrical contractor for all types of machines used to hoist or convey persons or materials, but does not include temporary hoisting machines used for hoisting materials in connection with any construction job or project;

      (8) "Elevator maintenance" means the lubrication, inspection and replacement of controls, hoistway and car parts;

      (9) "Fire protection sprinkler systems work" means the layout, on-site fabrication, installation, alteration, maintenance or repair of any automatic or manual sprinkler system designed for the protection of the interior or exterior of a building or structure from fire, or any piping or tubing and appurtenances and equipment pertaining to such system including overhead and underground water mains, fire hydrants and hydrant mains, standpipes and hose connections to sprinkler systems, sprinkler tank heaters excluding electrical wiring, air lines and thermal systems used in connection with sprinkler and alarm systems connected thereto, foam extinguishing systems or special hazard systems including water spray, foam, carbon dioxide or dry chemical systems, halon and other liquid or gas fire suppression systems, but does not include (A) any engineering design work connected with the layout of fire protection sprinkler systems, or (B) any work performed by employees of or contractors hired by a public water system, as defined in subsection (a) of section 25-33d;

      (10) "State Fire Marshal" means the State Fire Marshal or any member of the Division of State Police to whom the Commissioner of Public Safety has delegated powers under section 29-291;

      (11) "Journeyman sprinkler fitter" means a specialized pipe fitter craftsman, experienced and skilled in the installation, alteration, maintenance and repair of fire protection sprinkler systems;

      (12) "Irrigation work" means making the connections to back flow prevention devices, and low voltage wiring, not exceeding twenty-four volts, used within a lawn sprinkler system;

      (13) "Sheet metal work" means the installation, erection, replacement, repair or alteration of duct work systems, both ferrous and nonferrous;

      (14) "Journeyman sheet metal worker" means an experienced craftsman skilled in the installation, erection, replacement, repair or alteration of duct work systems, both ferrous and nonferrous;

      (15) "Automotive glass work" means installing, maintaining or repairing fixed glass in motor vehicles;

      (16) "Flat glass work" means installing, maintaining or repairing glass in residential or commercial structures;

      (17) "Medical gas and vacuum systems work" means the work and practice, materials, instrumentation and fixtures used in the construction, installation, alteration, extension, removal, repair, maintenance or renovation of gas and vacuum systems and equipment used solely to transport gases for medical purposes and to remove liquids, air-gases or solids from such systems;

      (18) "Solar electricity work" means the installation, erection, repair, replacement, alteration, or maintenance of photovoltaic or wind generation equipment used to distribute or store ambient energy for heat, light, power or other purposes to a point immediately inside any structure or adjacent to an end use;

      (19) "Active solar system" means a system that uses an external source of energy to power a motor-driven fan or pump to force the circulation of a fluid through solar heat collectors and which removes the sun's heat from the collectors and transports such heat to a location where it may be used or stored;

      (20) "Passive solar system" means a system that is capable of collecting or storing the sun's energy as heat without the use of a motor-driven fan or pump; and

      (21) "Hybrid solar system" means a system that contains components of both an active solar system and a passive solar system.

      (February, 1965, P.A. 493, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 789, S. 1; P.A. 74-341, S. 15, 16; P.A. 82-312, S. 3, 4; 82-439, S. 1, 7; 82-472, S. 89, 183; P.A. 83-426, S. 1; P.A. 87-588, S. 2, 8; P.A. 90-194, S. 1; P.A. 98-3, S. 23; P.A. 99-170, S. 1; 99-253, S. 1; P.A. 00-128, S. 1, 3; P.A. 02-27, S. 1; 02-92, S. 1; P.A. 03-83, S. 1, 2; P.A. 05-88, S. 1; 05-211, S. 1.)

      History: 1967 act redesignated plumbing work as plumbing and piping work and redefined same, redesignated steamfitting work as heating, piping and cooling work and redefined same, included as contractors persons doing elevator installation and maintenance as well as repair work and expanded former definition for elevator repair-work, added definitions for elevator maintenance and apprentice, rearranged statute to delete definitions for electrician, plumber, steamfitter and elevator repairman and deleted definition for journeyman; P.A. 74-341 redefined "plumbing and piping work" to specifically exclude subsurface sewage disposal systems; P.A. 82-312 included in definition of "plumbing and piping work" repair of portions of solar hot water heating system which include domestic hot water tank and tie-in to potable water system, effective October 1, 1983; P.A. 82-439 added definition for "solar work" and, on and after April 1, 1984, excluded solar work from definitions of "plumbing and piping work" and "heating, piping and cooling work", effective October 1, 1983; P.A. 82-472 subdivided the section; P.A. 83-426 changed from April 1, 1984, to July 1, 1984, date from which "solar work" excluded from definitions of "plumbing and piping work" and "heating, piping and cooling work"; P.A. 87-588 redefined "contractor" to include persons engaged in the field of fire protection sprinkler systems, redefined "plumbing and piping work" to exclude work on fire prevention apparatus within a structure, except for standpipes which are not connected to sprinkler systems, redefined "apprentice" and added Subdivs. (9), (10) and (11) defining "fire protection sprinkler systems work", "state fire marshal" and "journeymen sprinkler fitter", respectively, effective July 1, 1988; P.A. 90-194 defined "irrigation work" and redefined "contractor", "electrical work" and "plumbing and piping work" to include or exclude irrigation, as the case may be; (Revisor's note: In 1997 the reference in Subdiv. (10) to "state police department" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Division of State Police"); P.A. 98-3 made technical changes; P.A. 99-170 made technical and gender neutral changes, redefined "contractor" to include automotive glass and flat glass workers, and added new Subdivs. defining "automotive glass work" and "flat glass work"; P.A. 99-253 made gender neutral and technical changes, redefined "contractor" to include sheet metal workers, and added new Subdivs. defining "sheet metal work" and "journeyman sheet metal worker"; P.A. 00-128 redefined "heating, piping and cooling work" in Subdiv. (5) to include sheet metal work and to make technical changes, effective May 26, 2000; P.A. 02-27 redefined "fire protection sprinkler systems work" in Subdiv. (9) to include "maintenance" of any sprinkler system and related equipment; P.A. 02-92 redefined "plumbing and piping work" and "heating, piping and cooling work" in Subdivs. (3) and (5), respectively, to exclude medical gas and vacuum systems work and added Subdiv. (17) defining "medical gas and vacuum systems work", effective July 1, 2003 (Revisor's note: In Subdiv. (5) the new reference to "... or medical gas and vacuum systems;" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "... or medical gas and vacuum systems work;" for consistency); P.A. 03-83 added "process piping" to the definition of "plumbing and piping work" in Subdiv. (3) and the definition of "heating, piping and cooling work" in Subdiv. (5) and defined the term in both Subdivs.; P.A. 05-88 amended Subdivs. (3) and (5) to include piping or tubing that conveys liquid or gas that is used directly in the production of a chemical in the definition of "process piping"; P.A. 05-211 deleted definition of "solar work" and defined "solar thermal work", "solar electricity work", "active solar system", "passive solar system" and "hybrid solar system".

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      Sec. 20-333a. Reciprocity. The Commissioner of Consumer Protection may, upon the payment of the appropriate fee, as provided in section 20-335, grant a license or a card of registration provided for in this chapter, without an examination, to any currently practicing, competent person who holds a similar license or card of registration granted by any other state, licensure jurisdiction within another state, the District of Columbia or any territory or commonwealth of the United States having licensure or registration requirements substantially similar to, or higher than, those of this state, if the licensing authority in such other state, licensure jurisdiction within another state, the District of Columbia or any territory or commonwealth of the United States may grant such similar license or card of registration, without an examination, to any currently practicing, competent licensee or registrant from this state. The commissioner, with the advice and consent of the appropriate examining board, may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 in order to carry out the provisions of this section.

      (P.A. 86-145; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c); P.A. 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 05-214, S. 1.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Commissioner of Consumer Protection with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 05-214 added provisions re authority for commissioner to issue a license or card of registration, without examination, to any person who holds a similar license or card of registration granted by a licensure jurisdiction within another state, the District of Columbia or any territory or commonwealth of the United States.

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      Sec. 20-334a. Types of licenses. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the following licenses may be issued by the Department of Consumer Protection, upon authorization of the boards, under the provisions of section 20-333:

      (1) (A) An unlimited contractor's license may be issued to a person who has served as a journeyman in the trade for which such person seeks a license for not less than two years and, if such service as a journeyman was outside this state, has furnished evidence satisfactory to the appropriate state board that such service is comparable to similar service in this state, or has furnished satisfactory evidence of education and experience and has passed an examination which has demonstrated that such person is competent in all aspects of such trade to be an unlimited contractor. (B) A limited contractor's license may be issued to a person who fulfills the requirements of subparagraph (A) of this subdivision as to a specific area or areas within the trade for which such person seeks a license. (C) The holder of an unlimited or a limited contractor's license may, within the trade, or the area or areas of the trade, for which such holder has been licensed, furnish supplies and do layout, installation, repair and maintenance work and distribute and handle materials, provided nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to authorize the performance of any action for which licensure is required under the provisions of chapter 390 or 391. Such licensee shall furnish the board with evidence that such licensee will comply with all state requirements pertaining to workers' compensation and unemployment insurance and that such evidence shall be available to any properly interested person prior to the issuance of a license under this subdivision.

      (2) (A) An unlimited journeyman's license may be issued to any person who has completed a bona fide apprenticeship program, including not less than four years' experience in the trade for which such person seeks a license, and has demonstrated such person's competency to perform all services included in the trade for which a license is sought by successfully completing the applicable state licensure examination. (B) A limited journeyman's license may be issued to a person who fulfills the requirements of subparagraph (A) of this subdivision in a specific area or areas of the trade for which such person seeks a license, provided the length of experience required may be less than four years for such area or areas of the trade.

      (3) (A) An elevator craftsman's license may be issued to any person who has completed an apprenticeship program, has at least two years' experience in elevator installation, repair and maintenance work and has demonstrated such person's competency to perform such work. (B) An elevator helper's license may be issued for the performance of elevator maintenance under the supervision of an elevator craftsman.

      (4) An apprentice's permit may be issued for the performance of work in a trade licensed under the provisions of this chapter, for the purpose of training, which work may be performed only under the supervision of a licensed contractor, journeyman or elevator craftsman.

      (5) An apprentice permit shall expire upon the failure of the apprentice holding such permit to apply for the first licensure examination given by the department following completion of an apprentice training program as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection.

      (b) The following licenses for solar thermal work may be issued by the department, upon authorization of the examining board for heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal work, under the provisions of section 20-333, including an examination on solar work:

      (1) A solar thermal contractor's license may be issued to any person who (A) not later than July 1, 1984, (i) has been issued a P-1, P-3, S-1, S-3, S-5, S-7, D-1 or D-3 license under subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section or installs at least six fully operational solar hot water heating systems, and (ii) qualifies for a solar thermal contractor's license under section 20-333, or (B) has served as a solar thermal journeyman for not less than two years.

      (2) A solar thermal journeyman's license may be issued to any person who (A) not later than July 1, 1984, (i) is issued a P-2, P-4, S-2, S-4, S-6, S-8, D-2 or D-4 license under subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section, and (ii) qualifies for a solar thermal journeyman's license under section 20-333, (B) after July 1, 1984, is issued a P-2, P-4, S-2, S-4, S-6, S-8, D-2 or D-4 license under subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section and whose bona fide apprenticeship program includes instruction in solar thermal work, or (C) after July 1, 1984, completes a bona fide solar thermal work apprenticeship program and has not less than two years' experience in solar thermal work. A solar thermal journeyman may work only under the supervision of a licensed solar thermal contractor.

      (3) A solar thermal apprentice's permit may be issued for the performance of solar thermal work for the purpose of training. Such work may be performed only under the supervision of a licensed solar thermal contractor or journeyman.

      (c) The following licenses for fire protection sprinkler systems work may be issued by the department: (1) A fire protection sprinkler contractor's license may be issued to a person who provides satisfactory evidence of education and experience in fire protection sprinkler systems work, as defined in subdivision (9) of section 20-330, and who has passed an examination which has demonstrated competence in all aspects of such trade. Applicants for such license shall complete a form provided by the commissioner; and (2) a journeyman sprinkler fitter's license may be issued to a person who has completed a bona fide apprenticeship program pursuant to section 20-334c, and who has not less than four years experience in fire protection sprinkler systems work, as defined in subdivision (9) of section 20-330, or who has been licensed under this section, and has passed an examination which has demonstrated competence in all aspects of such trade. Applicants for such license shall complete a form provided by the department.

      (d) The following licenses for irrigation work may be issued by the department upon authorization of the examining board for plumbing and piping work under the provisions of section 20-333: (1) An irrigation contractor's license, and (2) an irrigation journeyman's license.

      (e) The following licenses for sheet metal work may be issued by the department upon authorization of the examining board for heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal work, under the provisions of section 20-333, in addition to any licenses or permits issued for such work under subsection (a) of this section:

      (1) Prior to January 1, 2002, a limited contractor's license for large commercial sheet metal work may be issued to any person who has worked as a sheet metal contractor or successfully worked in such trade in the capacity of a journeyman sheet metal worker for not less than two years.

      (2) On or after January 1, 2002, a limited contractor's license for large commercial sheet metal work may be issued to any person who has (A) served as a journeyman in the trade for which such person seeks a license for not less than two years, and (B) if such service as a journeyman was outside this state, furnished evidence satisfactory to the examining board for heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal work that such service is comparable to similar service in this state.

      (3) Prior to January 1, 2002, a limited journeyman's license for large commercial sheet metal work may be issued to any person who has (A) successfully completed a bona fide apprenticeship program, including not less than four years of experience in the trade for which such person seeks a license, or (B) demonstrated such person's competency to perform such work by furnishing proof of continuous employment in such trade for not less than eight thousand hours within the previous five years, subject to the approval of the examining board for heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal work.

      (4) On or after January 1, 2002, a limited journeyman's license for large commercial sheet metal work may be issued to any person who has (A) successfully completed a bona fide apprenticeship program, including not less than four years of experience in the trade for which such person seeks a license, and (B) demonstrated such person's competency to perform all services included in the trade for which a license is sought by successfully completing the applicable state licensure examination.

      (f) On and after January 1, 2002, the following licenses for automotive glass work and flat glass work may be issued by the department upon authorization of the examining board for automotive glass work and flat glass work, under the provisions of section 20-333:

      (1) On and after January 1, 2002, but before January 1, 2003, an unlimited contractor's license for automotive glass work or flat glass work may be issued to any person who has served as a journeyman in the trade for which such person seeks a license for not less than three years. On and after January 1, 2002, an unlimited contractor's license for automotive glass work or flat glass work may be issued to any person who (A) has served as a journeyman in the trade for which such person seeks a license for not less than three years and, if such service as a journeyman was outside this state, has furnished evidence satisfactory to the examining board for automotive glass work and flat glass work that such service is comparable to similar service in this state, and (B) has furnished satisfactory evidence of education and experience and has passed an examination which has demonstrated that such person is competent in all aspects of such trade to be an unlimited contractor for automotive glass work or flat glass work.

      (2) On and after January 1, 2002, but before January 1, 2003, an unlimited journeyman's license for automotive glass work or flat glass work may be issued to any person who has served in the trade for which such person seeks a license for not less than two years. On and after January 1, 2002, an unlimited journeyman's license for automotive glass work or flat glass work may be issued to any person who has successfully completed a bona fide apprenticeship program as required by the examining board for automotive glass work and flat glass work, and has demonstrated such person's competency to perform all services included in the trade for which a license is sought by successfully completing the applicable state licensure examination.

      (g) On or after July 1, 2003, a medical gas and vacuum systems certificate for medical gas and vacuum systems work may be issued by the department, upon the authorization of the Plumbing and Piping Work Board or the Heating, Piping and Cooling Work Board, as appropriate, to any person who (1) has been issued a P-1, P-2, S-1, S-2, S-3 or S-4 license under subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section, (2) has been certified as a medical gas and vacuum system brazer issued in accordance with the standards of Section IX entitled "Welding and Brazing Qualifications" of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, and (3) has been certified as having completed an approved training course on medical gas and vacuum system installation as required by American National Standards Institute-American Society of Sanitary Engineering Series 6000. No person shall perform medical gas and vacuum systems work unless such person has obtained a certificate pursuant to this subsection. Such certificate shall be renewed consistent with the renewal process for the prerequisite licenses. The fee for such certificate shall be twenty-five dollars.

      (h) A limited sheet metal power industry license may be issued to any person upon authorization of the examining board for heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal work, subject to the provisions of section 20-333. Prior to taking the licensure examination, an applicant shall successfully complete an education and training program established and approved by the Labor Department with the advice of the Connecticut State Apprenticeship Council. The holder of such license may only install, erect, replace, repair or alter breeching exhaust and inlet air systems at electric generation facilities, including, but not limited to, cogeneration plants, bio-mass facilities, blast furnaces, combined cycle facilities, fossil fuel, gas and hydro power facilities, incinerators and nuclear power facilities. The holder of such license may only perform such work while in the employ of a contractor licensed to perform such sheet metal work under this chapter.

      (i) The Electrical Work Board shall authorize any person to install, service and repair residential security systems limited to twenty-five volts and five amperes in one to three-family residential dwellings, provided the person is in the employ of an electrical contractor holding an E-1 unlimited contractor license or an L-5 contractor license issued pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section and the person has successfully completed an apprenticeship and training program established and approved by the Labor Department with the advice of the Connecticut State Apprenticeship Council. Any person authorized to work under this subsection shall not perform telecommunications electrical work, as defined in section 20-340b, with the exception of work involving interface wiring from a residential security system to an existing telephone connection for monitoring purposes. Any person who is authorized to work under this subsection shall, no later than fifteen months after being issued said authorization, secure an L-6 limited electrical journeyperson's license pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section.

      (1967, P.A. 789, S. 5; P.A. 76-138; P.A. 79-376, S. 27; P.A. 81-361, S. 25, 39; P.A. 82-419, S. 25, 47; 82-439, S. 3, 7; P.A. 83-426, S. 3; 83-487, S. 15; P.A. 87-588, S. 5, 8; P.A. 89-251, S. 132, 203; P.A. 90-194, S. 2; P.A. 91-273, S. 4; P.A. 96-259, S. 5; P.A. 98-3, S. 28; P.A. 99-170, S. 4; 99-253, S. 4; P.A. 01-66, S. 1, 2, 4; P.A. 02-92, S. 2; P.A. 03-134, S. 1; 03-261, S. 1; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(d); P.A. 04-169, S. 17; 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 05-211, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 76-138 required four rather than five years of experience in Subdiv. (2)(A); P.A. 79-376 substituted "workers' compensation" for "workmen's compensation" in Subdiv. (1)(C); P.A. 81-361 amended section to allow the department to issue licenses upon the authorization of the boards on and after July 1, 1981; P.A. 82-419 changed term "registration" to "licensure"; P.A. 82-439 added new Subsecs. (b) and (c) setting out solar licensing requirements, effective October 1, 1983; P.A. 83-426 amended Subsec. (b) changing from April 1, 1984, to July 1, 1984, date from which solar work licenses may be issued, requiring authorization of board for heating, piping and cooling work for issuance of solar work licenses, eliminating requirement of a provisional solar contractor's license and replacing requirements for solar contractor's and solar journeyman's licenses and deleted Subsec. (c), which had provided for separate solar contractor's license requirements for certain persons holding plumbing and piping work licenses; P.A. 83-487 amended section to provide for expiration of apprentice permit upon failure of holder to apply for journeyman's license upon completion of training program and to permit issuance of a limited journeyman's license to a person having less than four years of experience; P.A. 87-588 added Subsec. (c), establishing various types of licenses for fire protection sprinkler systems work, effective July 1, 1988; P.A. 89-251 amended Subsec. (c) to increase the fee for a fire protection sprinkler contractor's license from fifty dollars to fifty-five dollars and to increase the fee for a journeyman sprinkler fitter's license from forty dollars to forty-four dollars; P.A. 90-194 added Subsec. (d) re license for irrigation work; P.A. 91-273 amended Subsec. (d) to authorize department to issue irrigation journeyman licenses; P.A. 96-259 amended Subsec. (c) to delete obsolete provisions re licensure of persons who had been issued a P-1 or F-1 license, re disqualification of persons who have served a P-2 or F-2 apprenticeship for a journeyman's examination and re licensure of certain persons without examination; P.A. 98-3 made technical changes; P.A. 99-170 made technical and gender neutral changes, amended Subsec. (c) to make the department and not the commissioner responsible for providing journeyman sprinkler fitter license applications and added a new Subsec. to specify the types of automotive glass work and flat glass work licenses that may be issued by the department; P.A. 99-253 made gender neutral changes, amended Subsec. (b) to replace reference to examining board for heating, piping and cooling work with reference to examining board for heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal work, amended Subsec. (c) to require department and not commissioner to provide application forms for fire protection sprinkler systems work, amended Subsecs. (c) and (d) to add reference to Subdiv. (9) of Sec. 20-330 and added new Subsec. (e) to specify types of licenses for sheet metal work that department is authorized to issue; P.A. 01-66 amended Subsec. (e) by changing July 1, 2000, dates to January 1, 2002, and amended Subsec. (f) by changing "on and after October 1, 2000," to "on and after January 1, 2002," and changing "before October 1, 2001," to "before January 1, 2003," effective June 6, 2001; P.A. 02-92 added new Subsec. (g) to authorize the issuance and renewal of a medical gas and vacuum systems certificate for medical gas and vacuum systems work and established a fee of twenty-five dollars therefor, effective July 1, 2003; P.A. 03-134 added new Subsec. (h) establishing a limited sheet metal power industry license; P.A. 03-261 added Subsec. (i) allowing the Electrical Work Board to authorize the installation, service and repair of residential security systems limited to twenty-five volts and five amperes in one to three-family residential dwellings, subject to certain conditions; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-169 replaced Department of Consumer Protection with Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 05-211 amended Subsec. (b) to change "solar work" to "solar thermal work" and made corresponding changes re contractors, journeymen and apprentices.

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      Sec. 20-334b. Solar thermal work education and training required to be included in apprenticeship programs for plumbing and piping work and heating, piping and cooling work. Any apprenticeship program established for the purpose of providing education and training for persons seeking licensure for plumbing and piping work or for heating, piping and cooling work shall provide all such persons entering the program with education and training in solar thermal work.

      (P.A. 82-439, S. 4, 7; P.A. 83-426, S. 4, 6; P.A. 98-3, S. 29; P.A. 05-211, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 83-426 added provision requiring apprenticeship programs for heating, piping and cooling work to include education and training in solar work on and after July 1, 1983; P.A. 98-3 made technical changes; P.A. 05-211 changed "solar work" to "solar thermal work".

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      Sec. 20-334d. Continuing professional education requirements for electricians and plumbers. Regulations. Exemption. (a) As used in this section:

      (1) "Accredited continuing professional education" means any education of an electrician or plumber that is designed to maintain professional competence in the pursuit, practice and standards of electrical work or plumbing and piping work and that is approved by the commissioner and is provided by an organization, institution or agency that is approved by the commissioner;

      (2) "Certificate of continuing education" means a document issued to an electrician or plumber by an organization, institution or agency approved by the commissioner that offers accredited continuing professional education, which (A) certifies that an electrician or plumber has satisfactorily completed a specified number of continuing education hours, and (B) bears the name of such organization, institution or agency, the title of the program, the dates during which the program was conducted, the number of continuing education hours satisfactorily completed and the signature of the director of such organization, institution or agency or the signature of the director's authorized agent;

      (3) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Consumer Protection.

      (b) The commissioner, with the advice and assistance of the Electrical Work Board established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 20-331, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to (1) establish requirements for accredited continuing professional education for electricians licensed pursuant to sections 20-330 to 20-341, inclusive; (2) establish qualifying criteria for accredited continuing professional education programs and establish qualifying criteria for acceptable certificates of continuing education; and (3) provide for the waiver of required accredited continuing professional education for electricians for good cause.

      (c) The commissioner, with the advice and assistance of the Plumbing and Piping Work Board established pursuant to subsection (d) of section 20-331, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to (1) establish requirements for accredited continuing professional education for plumbers licensed pursuant to sections 20-330 to 20-341, inclusive; (2) establish qualifying criteria for accredited continuing professional education programs and establish qualifying criteria for acceptable certificates of continuing education; and (3) provide for the waiver of required accredited continuing professional education for plumbers for good cause.

      (d) Any plumber who has served an apprenticeship that included at least seven hundred hours of related classroom instruction shall be exempt from any continuing education requirement established pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

      (P.A. 02-142, S. 1; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c); P.A. 04-189, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 48.)

      History: P.A. 02-142 effective June 14, 2002; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Commissioner of Consumer Protection with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 added Subsec. (d) re exemption for plumbers who serve an apprenticeship that includes at least seven hundred hours of related classroom instruction, effective June 30, 2005.

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      Sec. 20-340. Exemptions from licensing requirements. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to: (1) Persons employed by any federal, state or municipal agency; (2) employees of any public service company regulated by the Department of Public Utility Control or of any corporate affiliate of any such company when the work performed by such affiliate is on behalf of a public service company, but in either case only if the work performed is in connection with the rendition of public utility service, including the installation or maintenance of wire for community antenna television service, or is in connection with the installation or maintenance of wire or telephone sets for single-line telephone service located inside the premises of a consumer; (3) employees of any municipal corporation specially chartered by this state; (4) employees of any contractor while such contractor is performing electrical-line or emergency work for any public service company; (5) persons engaged in the installation, maintenance, repair and service of electrical or other appliances of a size customarily used for domestic use where such installation commences at an outlet receptacle or connection previously installed by persons licensed to do the same and maintenance, repair and service is confined to the appliance itself and its internal operation; (6) employees of industrial firms whose main duties concern the maintenance of the electrical work, plumbing and piping work, solar thermal work, heating, piping, cooling work, sheet metal work, elevator installation, repair and maintenance work, automotive glass work or flat glass work of such firm on its own premises or on premises leased by it for its own use; (7) employees of industrial firms when such employees' main duties concern the fabrication of glass products or electrical, plumbing and piping, fire protection sprinkler systems, solar, heating, piping, cooling, chemical piping, sheet metal or elevator installation, repair and maintenance equipment used in the production of goods sold by industrial firms, except for products, electrical, plumbing and piping systems and repair and maintenance equipment used directly in the production of a product for human consumption; (8) persons performing work necessary to the manufacture or repair of any apparatus, appliances, fixtures, equipment or devices produced by it for sale or lease; (9) employees of stage and theatrical companies performing the operation, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment if such installation commences at an outlet receptacle or connection previously installed by persons licensed to make such installation; (10) employees of carnivals, circuses or similar transient amusement shows who install electrical work, provided such installation shall be subject to the approval of the State Fire Marshal prior to use as otherwise provided by law and shall comply with applicable municipal ordinances and regulations; (11) persons engaged in the installation, maintenance, repair and service of glass or electrical, plumbing, fire protection sprinkler systems, solar, heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal equipment in and about single-family residences owned and occupied or to be occupied by such persons; provided any such installation, maintenance and repair shall be subject to inspection and approval by the building official of the municipality in which such residence is located and shall conform to the requirements of the State Building Code; (12) persons who install, maintain or repair glass in a motor vehicle owned or leased by such persons; (13) persons or entities holding themselves out to be retail sellers of glass products, but not such persons or entities that also engage in automotive glass work or flat glass work; (14) persons who install preglazed or preassembled windows or doors in residential or commercial buildings; (15) persons registered under chapter 400 who install safety-backed mirror products or repair or replace flat glass in sizes not greater than thirty square feet in residential buildings; and (16) sheet metal work performed in residential buildings consisting of six units or less by new home construction contractors registered pursuant to chapter 399a, by home improvement contractors registered pursuant to chapter 400 or by persons licensed pursuant to this chapter, when such work is limited to exhaust systems installed for hoods and fans in kitchens and baths, clothes dryer exhaust systems, radon vent systems, fireplaces, fireplace flues, masonry chimneys or prefabricated metal chimneys rated by the Underwriter's Laboratory or installation of stand-alone appliances including wood, pellet or other stand-alone stoves that are installed in residential buildings by such contractors or persons.

      (February, 1965, P.A. 493, S. 9; 1967, P.A. 199, S. 1; 789, S. 12; 1972, P.A. 7; P.A. 75-464; 75-486, S. 1, 52, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 176, 348; P.A. 82-439, S. 5, 7; P.A. 83-426, S. 5; P.A. 87-588, S. 6, 8; P.A. 88-178, S. 1, 3; P.A. 96-21, S. 1, 3; P.A. 98-3, S. 34; P.A. 99-170, S. 5; 99-253, S. 6; P.A. 03-59, S. 1; 03-83, S. 3; 03-261, S. 2; P.A. 05-88, S. 2; 05-211, S. 4.)

      History: 1967 acts updated statute to conform with Sec. 20-330, substituted title public service company for public utilities, added as exemption corporate affiliates of public service companies and added exemptions for employees of municipal corporations, employees of contractors performing work subject to government inspection, persons performing electrical work in connection with domestic use, persons manufacturing or repairing mechanisms produced for sale or lease, employees of stage and theatrical companies doing electrical work and employees of carnivals, circuses, etc. doing electrical work; 1972 act provided exemption for persons doing electrical work in single-family residences; P.A. 75-464 amended Subdiv. (4) to specify "electrical-line or emergency" work and to delete reference to work "subject to inspection by any federal, state or municipal agency or corporation other than a municipal building department"; P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division of public utility control an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 82-439 applied exemptions under Subdivs. (6), (7) and (11) to solar work, effective April 1, 1984; P.A. 83-426 changed effective date of P.A. 82-439 with respect to this section from April 1, 1984, to July 1, 1984; P.A. 87-588 amended Subdivs. (7) and (11) by extending the provisions of said Subdivs. to fire protection sprinkler systems, effective July 1, 1988; P.A. 88-178 amended Subdiv. (2) to expand the exemption to include the installation and maintenance of single-line telephone equipment; P.A. 96-21 added reference to installation or maintenance of wire for community antenna television service in Subdiv. (2), effective April 29, 1996; P.A. 98-3 made technical changes; P.A. 99-170 amended Subdiv. (6) to exempt employees of industrial firms primarily involved in maintaining automotive glass work or flat glass work, amended Subdiv. (7) to exempt the fabrication of glass products, amended Subdiv. (11) to exempt persons engaged in installing, maintaining, repairing and servicing glass equipment in and about single-family residences and added new Subdivs. (12) to (15) to exempt automotive glass workers who perform such work on vehicles owned or leased by such persons, retail sellers of glass products, installers of preglazed or preassembled windows or doors for residential or commercial buildings and registered home improvement contractors who install safety-backed mirror products or repair or replace flat glass of less than thirty square feet in size in residential buildings; P.A. 99-253 amended Subdivs. (6), (7) and (11) to replace references to heating, piping and cooling with references to heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal; P.A. 03-59 added Subdiv. (16) re exemptions for sheet metal work performed in residential buildings of six units or less by new home construction contractors, home improvement contractors and new home construction contractors, subject to certain limitations; P.A. 03-83 amended Subdiv. (7) to specify that fabrication of products, electrical, plumbing and piping systems and repair and maintenance equipment used directly in the production of a product for human consumption are not exempt from the provisions of Ch. 393; P.A. 03-261 amended Subdiv. (7) to specify that provisions thereof apply to employees of industrial firms when such employees' main duties are concerned with specified activities; P.A. 05-88 amended Subdiv. (7) to include chemical piping; P.A. 05-211 amended Subdiv. (6) to change "solar work" to "solar thermal work".

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      Sec. 20-340c. Solar electric contractor and journeyman licenses. Regulations. The Electrical Work Board shall recommend regulations consistent with the provisions of sections 20-332 and 21a-7 to establish solar electric contractor and journeyman licenses, for solar electricity work, as defined in section 20-330, which shall be adopted by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

      (P.A. 05-211, S. 5.)

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