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

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Sec. 20-330. Definitions.
Sec. 20-332. Powers and duties of boards.
Sec. 20-333. Examinations.
Sec. 20-334. License or card of registration. Requirements. Suspension or revocation.
Sec. 20-334d. Continuing professional education requirements for electricians and plumbers. Regulations. Exemptions.
Sec. 20-335. License fee. Continuing professional education requirements. Expiration and renewal.
Sec. 20-340d. Swimming pool builder's license. Regulations.
Sec. 20-341. *(See end of section for amended version and effective date.) Penalties for violations.

      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, tubing and piping mains and branch lines up to and including the closest valve to a machine or equipment used in the manufacturing process, 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 thermal work performed pursuant to a certificate held as provided in section 20-334g, 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, (C) medical gas and vacuum systems work, and (D) millwright 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, (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 and the installation of tubing and piping mains and branch lines up to and including the closest valve to a machine or equipment used in the manufacturing process, but excluding millwright work, and (C) on-site operation, by manipulating, adjusting or controlling, with sufficient technical knowledge, as determined by the commissioner, (i) heating systems with a steam or water boiler maximum operating pressure of fifteen pounds per square inch gauge or greater, or (ii) air conditioning or refrigeration systems with an aggregate of more than fifty horsepower or kilowatt equivalency of fifty horsepower or of two hundred pounds of refrigerant. Heating, piping and cooling work does not include solar thermal work performed pursuant to a certificate held as provided in section 20-334g, or medical gas and vacuum systems work or the passive monitoring of heating, air conditioning or refrigeration systems. 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 appointed by the Commissioner of Construction Services;

      (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;

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

      (22) "Gas hearth product work" means the installation, service or repair of a propane or natural gas fired fireplace, fireplace insert, stove or log set and associated venting and piping that simulates a flame of a solid fuel fire. "Gas hearth product work" does not include (A) fuel piping work, (B) the servicing of fuel piping, or (C) work associated with pressure regulating devices, except for appliances gas valves; and

      (23) "Millwright work" means the installation, repair, replacement, maintenance or alteration of (A) power generation machinery, or (B) industrial machinery, including the related interconnection of piping and tubing used in the manufacturing process, but does not include the performance of any action for which licensure is required under this chapter.

      (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; P.A. 06-157, S. 2; P.A. 07-183, S. 1; P.A. 09-153, S. 3; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-8, S. 31; P.A. 11-51, S. 93.)

      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"; P.A. 06-157 defined "gas hearth product work"; P.A. 07-183 redefined "heating, piping and cooling work" in Subdiv. (5) to include on-site operation of heating systems with steam or water boiler maximum operating pressure of 15 pounds per square inch gauge or greater, or air conditioning or refrigeration systems with aggregate of more than 50 horsepower or kilowatt equivalency of 50 horsepower or of 200 pounds of refrigerant and to exclude the passive monitoring of heating, air conditioning or refrigeration systems, effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 09-153 redefined "plumbing and piping work" in Subdiv. (3) and "heating, piping and cooling work" in Subdiv. (5) and added Subdiv. (23) defining "millwright work"; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-8 amended Subdivs. (3) and (5) by changing "solar work" to "solar thermal work" and adding provisions re such work performed pursuant to certificate held as provided in Sec. 20-334g, effective October 5, 2009; P.A. 11-51 redefined "State Fire Marshal" in Subdiv. (10), effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 20-332. Powers and duties of boards. (a) Each examining board established under section 20-331 shall have a seal and its members may administer oaths in the performance of their duties. Each board shall keep a record of its proceedings and a complete roster of all persons licensed or registered by it and entitled to practice the occupation within the board's jurisdiction in this state. Each board shall biennially furnish a copy of such roster to each town clerk and shall notify such clerk of any deletions from such roster within five days of such deletion.

      (b) The Commissioner of Consumer Protection, with the advice and assistance of the appropriate board, (1) may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, for the pursuit, practice and standards of the occupations within the jurisdiction of the boards for the preservation of the public safety, (2) except as provided in this chapter, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to establish the amount and type of experience and training required to qualify an applicant for an examination for any license, and (3) shall determine the specific area of a trade for which limited licenses shall be issued and the areas for which no license shall be required.

      (c) If, after a hearing in accordance with the regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, it appears that the provisions of this chapter or the regulations adopted under this chapter have been violated, in addition to the penalties in this chapter, the appropriate examining board, or the commissioner or the commissioner's authorized agent, shall report such violation to the office of the state's attorney for the judicial district in which such violation occurred.

      (d) For any application submitted pursuant to section 20-333 and any completed renewal application submitted pursuant to section 20-335 that requires a hearing or other action by the applicable examining board, such hearing or other action by the applicable examining board shall occur not later than thirty days after the date of submission for such application or completed renewal application, as applicable.

      (February, 1965, P.A. 493, S. 3; 1967, P.A. 789, S. 3; P.A. 74-183, S. 241, 291; P.A. 76-436, S. 209, 681; P.A. 77-614, S. 185, 610; P.A. 78-280, S. 1, 127; P.A. 98-3, S. 25; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c); P.A. 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 07-188, S. 1; Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-1, S. 74.)

      History: 1967 act required rosters be furnished town clerks and specified they include persons registered by boards, provided that boards have power to make regulations for practice and standards of occupations, added requirements re contents of regulations, extended date for promulgation of first regulations, and added provision re employment of administrative personnel and investigators; P.A. 74-183 replaced circuit court with court of common pleas and "circuit" with "county or judicial district", effective December 31, 1974; P.A. 76-436 replaced court of common pleas with superior court and substituted "office of the state's attorney" for "prosecuting attorney", effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 77-614 deleted provision requiring annual report to governor, transferred power to make regulations from boards to consumer protection commissioner, retaining boards in advisory role, deleted provisions concerning boards' powers to investigate violations and hold hearings, requiring instead that hearings be in accordance with consumer protection commissioner's regulations and deleted provision re employment of administrative personnel and investigators, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-280 deleted reference to counties; P.A. 98-3 divided section into Subsecs. and made technical changes; 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. 07-188 amended Subsec. (c) by adding reference to commissioner or commissioner's authorized agent re reporting violation and by making technical changes; Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-1 added Subsec. (d) re 30-day deadline for the occurrence of any hearing required in connection with an application pursuant to Sec. 20-333 or completed renewal application pursuant to Sec. 20-335, effective October 27, 2011.

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      Sec. 20-333. Examinations. To obtain a license under this chapter, an applicant shall have attained such applicant's eighteenth birthday and shall furnish such evidence of competency as the appropriate board, with the consent of the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, shall require. The applicant shall satisfy such board that such applicant is of good moral character, possesses a diploma or other evidence of graduation from the eighth grade of grammar school, or possesses an equivalent education to be determined on examination and has the requisite skill to perform the work in the trade for which such applicant is applying for a license and can comply with all other requirements of this chapter and the regulations adopted under this chapter. For any application submitted pursuant to this section that requires a hearing or other action by the applicable examining board, such hearing or other action by the applicable examining board shall occur not later than thirty days after the date of submission for such application. Upon application for any such license, the applicant shall pay to the department a nonrefundable application fee of ninety dollars for a license under subdivisions (2) and (3) of subsection (a) and subdivision (4) of subsection (e) of section 20-334a, or a nonrefundable application fee of one hundred fifty dollars for a license under subdivision (1) of subsection (a), subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (b), subdivision (1) of subsection (c) and subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) of subsection (e) of section 20-334a. The department shall conduct such written, oral and practical examinations as the appropriate board, with the consent of the commissioner, deems necessary to test the knowledge of the applicant in the work for which a license is being sought. Any person completing the required apprentice training program for a journeyman's license under section 20-334a shall, within thirty days following such completion, apply for a licensure examination given by the department. If an applicant does not pass such licensure examination, the commissioner shall provide each failed applicant with information on how to retake the examination and a report describing the applicant's strengths and weaknesses in such examination. Any apprentice permit issued under section 20-334a to an applicant who fails three licensure examinations in any one-year period shall remain in effect if such applicant applies for and takes the first licensure examination given by the department following the one-year period from the date of such applicant's third and last unsuccessful licensure examination. Otherwise, such permit shall be revoked as of the date of the first examination given by the department following expiration of such one-year period. When an applicant has qualified for a license, the department shall, upon receipt of the license fee, issue to such applicant a license entitling such applicant to engage in the work or occupation for which a license was sought and shall register each successful applicant's name and address in the roster of licensed persons authorized to engage in the work or occupation within the appropriate board's authority. All fees and other moneys collected by the department shall be promptly transmitted to the State Treasurer as provided in section 4-32.

      (February, 1965, P.A. 493, S. 4; 1967, P.A. 789, S. 4; P.A. 77-614, S. 186, 610; P.A. 81-361, S. 23, 39; P.A. 82-93; 82-419, S. 23, 47; 82-439, S. 2, 7; 82-472, S. 90, 183; P.A. 83-426, S. 2; 83-487, S. 14; P.A. 87-588, S. 4, 8; P.A. 89-251, S. 131, 203; P.A. 94-36, S. 17, 42; P.A. 98-3, S. 26; P.A. 99-170, S. 3; 99-253, S. 3; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c), (d); P.A. 04-169, S. 17; 04-189, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 244; P.A. 10-9, S. 11; Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-1, S. 75.)

      History: 1967 act changed technical language of statute, provided examination notice specify time and place of examination and be written, required applicant be 20 years of age and furnish evidence of competency, provided application to board be for license rather than certificate of registration and that stated qualifications apply to applicant for such license rather than for certificate and specified license be issued on receipt of license fee; P.A. 77-614 transferred some powers formerly held by boards to department of consumer protection, including actual conduct of examinations, required consumer protection commissioner's consent for evidence of competency and for content of examinations and referred to regulations established under chapter rather than to regulations of boards, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 81-361 provided that application fees are nonrefundable, eliminated the requirement that applicants take the first examination given after their application and clarified the requirement that fees are payable to the department and not the boards; P.A. 82-93 amended section to reduce age requirement from 20 to 18; P.A. 82-419 changed "certificate" to "license"; P.A. 82-439 divided section into two subsections, set application fee of $25 for solar licenses under Sec. 20-334a and required department of consumer protection to assume responsibilities of boards under Subsec. (a) with respect to solar license applicants, effective October 1, 1983; P.A. 82-472 rephrased several provisions of the section; P.A. 83-426 deleted Subsec. (b), which required department to assume responsibilities of boards under Subsec. (a) with respect to solar license applicants; P.A. 83-487 amended Subsec. (a) to establish a time limit for use of apprentice permits expiring 2 years after the date of first examination for a journeyman's license; P.A. 87-588 required the commissioner of consumer protection to provide each failed applicant with information on how to retake the exam and a report describing the applicant's strengths and weaknesses in such exam, effective July 1, 1988; P.A. 89-251 increased the application fee for licenses under Sec. 20-334a(a)(2) and (3) from $15 to $45 and for other licenses from $25 to $75; P.A. 94-36 eliminated references to biennial licensing and a specific license renewal date, effective January 1, 1995; P.A. 98-3 made technical changes; P.A. 99-170 made gender neutral changes and made the application fees for limited contractor licenses, solar contractor licenses, solar journeyman licenses and fire protection sprinkler contractor licenses nonrefundable; P.A. 99-253 made technical and gender neutral changes and added provision specifying amount of nonrefundable application fee for contractor and journeymen sheet metal work licenses; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-169 replaced Commissioner and Department of Consumer Protection with Commissioner and 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; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 increased fees from $45 to $90 and from $75 to $150; P.A. 10-9 deleted provisions re minimum of 4 examinations to be held per year, re 2 additional examinations that applicant may take during 1-year period and re forfeiture of application fee for applicants who fail to appear for 3 successive examinations for which written notice has been sent, effective May 5, 2010; Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-1 added provision re 30-day deadline for hearing or other action by examining board re application, effective October 27, 2011.

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      Sec. 20-334. License or card of registration. Requirements. Suspension or revocation. (a) No person shall engage in, practice or offer to perform the work of any occupation subject to this chapter in this state, including offering to perform such work in any print, electronic, television or radio advertising or listing, unless such person has first obtained a license as provided in section 20-333, or possesses a card of registration from the Labor Department or the board and is subject to all of the regulations adopted under this chapter for the purpose of governing apprenticeship training, or has been issued a license for such particular work under this chapter prior to July 6, 1967.

      (b) The Department of Consumer Protection shall furnish to each qualified applicant a license certifying that the holder thereof is entitled to engage in the work or occupation for which the person has been issued a license under this chapter, and the holder of such license shall carry it on his person while engaging in such work or occupation. Such license shall be shown to any properly interested person on request. No such license shall be transferred to or used by any person other than the person to whom the license was issued. Contractors shall display their state license number on all commercial vehicles used in their business and shall display such number in a conspicuous manner on all printed advertisements, bid proposals, contracts, invoices and on all stationery used in their business. The department shall keep a register in which shall be entered the names of all persons to whom such licenses are issued. The register shall be at all times open to public inspection.

      (c) Each board established under section 20-331 may suspend or revoke any license or certificate granted or issued by it under this chapter if the holder of such license or certificate is convicted of a felony, is grossly incompetent, engages in malpractice or unethical conduct or knowingly makes false, misleading or deceptive representations regarding his work or violates the regulations adopted under this chapter. Before any such license is suspended or revoked, such holder shall be given notice and opportunity for hearing as provided in regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection. Any person whose license has been suspended or revoked may, after ninety days, apply to the board to have such license reinstated.

      (February, 1965, P.A. 493, S. 5; 1967, P.A. 789, S. 6; P.A. 77-614, S. 187, 610; P.A. 81-361, S. 24, 39; P.A. 82-419, S. 24, 47; P.A. 87-588, S. 7, 8; P.A. 91-407, S. 25, 42; P.A. 98-3, S. 27; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c), (d); P.A. 04-169, S. 17; 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 11-117, S. 4.)

      History: 1967 act changed technical language of statute, extended its purview to persons offering to perform work covered by chapter, changed designation of certificate of registration to certificate, provided for persons holding cards of registration from state apprentice training division or issued licenses, changed references to cards furnished by boards to licenses so furnished, added provisions re showing, transfer and display of licenses, added addiction to alcohol, barbiturates, narcotics and hallucinatory drugs and violation of board's rules and regulations as grounds for revocation or suspension and required notice of revocation or suspension to be mailed; P.A. 77-614 referred to regulations established under chapter rather than to regulations of boards and replaced previous notice and hearing provision with statement that notice and hearing shall be as provided in regulations of commissioner of consumer protection, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 81-361 amended section to provide for issuance of licenses by the department instead of the boards and for the keeping of a register by the department instead of the boards, effective July 1, 1981, and deleted requirement that license bear board seal and secretary's signature; P.A. 82-419 eliminated references to certificates and deleted substance addiction and immorality from list of disciplinary grounds; P.A. 87-588 required contractors to display their state license number in a conspicuous manner on all printed advertisements, bid proposals, contracts, invoices and on all stationery used in their business, effective July 1, 1988; P.A. 91-407 deleted provision re reinstatement upon satisfactory showing that disqualification has ceased; P.A. 98-3 divided section into Subsecs. and made technical changes; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-169 replaced Commissioner and Department of Consumer Protection with Commissioner and 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. 11-117 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision re offering to perform work in any print, electronic, television or radio advertising or listing.

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      Sec. 20-334d. Continuing professional education requirements for electricians and plumbers. Regulations. Exemptions. (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. Such regulations shall require not less than four hours per year of accredited continuing professional education for such electricians, except upon request of the Electrical Work Board, the commissioner may increase such hours to a maximum of seven hours.

      (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, which regulations shall require not more than a total of seven hours of accredited continuing professional education every two years, except in the event of significant changes to the building code, as approved by the International Code Council, that relate to plumbing, the commissioner, at such commissioner's discretion, may require more than a total of seven hours of accredited continuing professional education every two years; (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) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, any person who has been issued a P-6, P-7, W-8 or W-9 license pursuant to section 20-334a and the regulations of Connecticut state agencies shall not be required to meet the continuing education requirements 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; P.A. 06-49, S. 1; P.A. 07-110, S. 1; P.A. 11-247, S. 1.)

      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 700 hours of related classroom instruction, effective June 30, 2005; P.A. 06-49 added provision in Subsec. (c)(1) requiring commissioner to adopt regulations requiring not more than 7 hours of continuing professional education every two years for plumbers, deleted former Subsec. (d) re exemption for plumbers who had completed at least 700-hour apprenticeship and added new Subsec. (d) re exemption for P-6, P-7, W-8 or W-9 license holders, effective May 8, 2006; P.A. 07-110 made a technical change in Subsec. (c)(1); P.A. 11-247 amended Subsec. (b) by adding provision re regulations to require not less than 4 hours per year of accredited continuing professional education, except upon request of Electrical Work Board, commissioner may increase such hours to a maximum of 7, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 20-335. License fee. Continuing professional education requirements. Expiration and renewal. Any person who has successfully completed an examination for such person's initial license under this chapter shall pay to the Department of Consumer Protection a fee of one hundred fifty dollars for a contractor's license or a fee of one hundred twenty dollars for any other such license. All such licenses shall expire annually. No person shall carry on or engage in the work or occupations subject to this chapter after the expiration of such person's license until such person has filed an application bearing the date of such person's registration card with the appropriate board. Such application shall be in writing, addressed to the secretary of the board from which such renewal is sought and signed by the person applying for such renewal. A licensee applying for renewal shall, at such times as the commissioner shall by regulation prescribe, furnish evidence satisfactory to the board that the licensee has completed any continuing professional education required under sections 20-330 to 20-341, inclusive, or any regulations adopted thereunder. The board may renew such license if the application for such renewal is received by the board no later than one month after the date of expiration of such license, upon payment to the department of a renewal fee of one hundred fifty dollars in the case of a contractor and of one hundred twenty dollars for any other such license. For any completed renewal application submitted pursuant to this section that requires a hearing or other action by the applicable examining board, such hearing or other action by the applicable examining board shall occur not later than thirty days after the date of submission for such completed renewal application. The department shall issue a receipt stating the fact of such payment, which receipt shall be a license to engage in such work or occupation. A licensee who has failed to renew such licensee's license for a period of over one year from the date of expiration of such license shall have it reinstated only upon complying with the requirements of section 20-333. All license fees and renewal fees paid to the department pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the General Fund.

      (February, 1965, P.A. 493, S. 6; 1967, P.A. 789, S. 7; June, 1971, P.A. 8, S. 94; 1972, P.A. 223, S. 24; P.A. 73-86, S. 1, 2; P.A. 80-420, S. 2; P.A. 81-361, S. 26, 39; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-22, S. 1, 4; P.A. 84-340, S. 2; P.A. 89-251, S. 133, 203; P.A. 94-36, S. 18, 42; May 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1, S. 73, 130; P.A. 98-3, S. 31; P.A. 02-142, S. 2; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(d); P.A. 04-169, S. 17; 04-189, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 246; Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-1, S. 76.)

      History: 1967 act established $25 fee for initial contractor's license and $10 for other licenses, deleted reference to expiration of certificates, changed renewal fee from $7 to a fee equivalent to initial license fee, made restoration of license which expired over a month before application for renewal mandatory rather than discretionary on payment of fee and changed technical language of statute and provided that revised renewal fees take effect October 1, 1969; 1971 act increased fee for contractor's license to $50 and fee for all others to $25 and stated renewal fee as $15 for contractor's license and $5 for others and deleted obsolete reference to October 1, 1969, as effective date for renewal fees; 1972 act changed license expiration date from October first in odd-numbered years to May first annually, deleted provision calling for renewal fees to equal initial license fees which conflicted with 1971 amendment re renewals and increased renewal fees for contractor's license to $25 and for other license to $12.50; P.A. 73-86 restored original expiration provision, i.e. expiration of October first in odd-numbered years and increased renewal fees for contractor's license to $50 and for all others to $25; P.A. 80-420 raised fee for initial contractor's license to $40 and fee for renewal of all licenses other than contractor's to $40 and added provision re payments to local building officials for enforcement purposes; P.A. 81-361 amended section to provide for payment of fees to department instead of boards and for issuance of licenses and receipts by the department; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-22 deleted the requirement that $15 of each $40 fee paid under the provisions of this section be paid to the local building inspector of a municipality and substituted provision requiring that all fees be deposited in general fund; P.A. 84-340 clarified that department of consumer protection has discretion in fining late applicants for renewal of a license, whereas previously fine was mandatory; P.A. 89-251 increased the fee for a contractor's license from $50 to $150, increased the fee for other licenses from $40 to $120 and increased the additional fee for licenses which have expired from $10 to $30; P.A. 94-36 eliminated license renewal late fees and replaced the biennial license renewal schedule and fees with an annual renewal schedule and fees, effective January 1, 1995; May 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1 made a technical change, effective January 1, 1994; P.A. 98-3 made technical changes; P.A. 02-142 made technical changes throughout for the purpose of gender neutrality, and required licensee applying for renewal to furnish, at times prescribed by regulation, evidence satisfactory to the board of completion of continuing professional education required by Secs. 20-330 to 20-341, inclusive, or regulations adopted thereunder, effective June 14, 2002; 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; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 increased fees from $75 to $150 and from $60 to $120; Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 11-1 added provision re 30-day deadline for hearing or other action by examining board re renewal application, effective October 27, 2011.

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      Sec. 20-340d. Swimming pool builder's license. Regulations. (a) As used in this section, (1) "swimming pool" means a permanent spa or any in-ground or partially above-ground structure intended for swimming that is greater than twenty-four inches in depth, and (2) "swimming pool builder" means a person who, for financial compensation, excavates and grades for and constructs and installs a swimming pool, including, but not limited to, tiling, coping, decking and installation of associated circulation equipment such as pumps, filters and chemical feeders.

      (b) On or after the adoption of regulations required pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, no person shall build a swimming pool unless such person holds a swimming pool builder's license issued by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection.

      (c) Not later than July 1, 2012, the Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section, including establishing the amount and type of experience, training, continuing education and examination requirements for a person to obtain and renew a swimming pool builder's license.

      (d) Any person who builds a swimming pool on residential property owned by such person shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.

      (e) The holder of a swimming pool builder's license issued pursuant to this section shall comply with the provisions of chapter 400 regarding registration as a home improvement contractor.

      (f) A person licensed as a swimming pool builder pursuant to this section shall not perform electrical work, plumbing and piping work or heating, piping and cooling work, as defined in section 20-330, unless such person is licensed to perform such work pursuant to this chapter.

      (g) On and after the adoption of regulations required pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, any person applying to the Department of Consumer Protection for a swimming pool builder's license shall be issued such license without examination upon demonstration by the applicant of experience and training equivalent to the experience and training required to qualify for examination for such license, if such applicant makes such application to the department not later than January 1, 2014.

      (h) The initial fee for a swimming pool builder's license shall be one hundred fifty dollars and the renewal fee for such license shall be one hundred dollars. Licenses shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance.

      (P.A. 11-81, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 11-81 effective July 8, 2011.

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      Sec. 20-341. *(See end of section for amended version and effective date.) Penalties for violations. (a) Any person who wilfully engages in or practices the work or occupation for which a license is required by this chapter without having first obtained an apprentice permit or a certificate and license for such work, or who wilfully employs or supplies for employment a person who does not have a certificate and license for such work, or who wilfully and falsely pretends to qualify to engage in or practice such work or occupation, including, but not limited to, offering to perform such work in any print, electronic, television or radio advertising or listing when such person does not hold a license for such work as required by this chapter, or who wilfully engages in or practices any of the work or occupations for which a license is required by this chapter after the expiration of such person's license, shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor, provided no criminal charges shall be instituted against such person pursuant to this subsection unless the work activity in question is reviewed by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, or the commissioner's authorized agent, and the commissioner or such agent specifically determines, in writing, that such work activity requires a license and is not the subject of a bona fide dispute between persons engaged in any trade or craft, whether licensed or unlicensed. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (d) or (e) of section 53a-29 and subsection (d) of section 54-56e, if the court determines that such person cannot fully repay any victims of such person within the period of probation established in subsection (d) or (e) of section 53a-29 or subsection (d) of section 54-56e, the court may impose probation for a period of not more than five years. The penalty provided in this subsection shall be in addition to any other penalties and remedies available under this chapter or chapter 416.

      (b) The appropriate examining board or the Commissioner of Consumer Protection may, after notice and hearing, impose a civil penalty on any person who engages in or practices the work or occupation for which a license or apprentice registration certificate is required by this chapter, chapter 394 or chapter 482 without having first obtained such a license or certificate, or who wilfully employs or supplies for employment a person who does not have such a license or certificate or who wilfully and falsely pretends to qualify to engage in or practice such work or occupation, or who engages in or practices any of the work or occupations for which a license or certificate is required by this chapter, chapter 394 or chapter 482 after the expiration of the license or certificate or who violates any of the provisions of this chapter, chapter 394 or chapter 482 or the regulations adopted pursuant thereto. Such penalty shall be in an amount not more than one thousand dollars for a first violation of this subsection, not more than one thousand five hundred dollars for a second violation of this subsection and not more than three thousand dollars for each violation of this subsection occurring less than three years after a second or subsequent violation of this subsection, except that any individual employed as an apprentice but improperly registered shall not be penalized for a first offense.

      (c) If an examining board or the Commissioner of Consumer Protection imposes a civil penalty under the provisions of subsection (b) of this section as a result of a violation initially reported by a municipal building official in accordance with subsection (c) of section 29-261, the commissioner shall, not less than sixty days after collecting such civil penalty, remit one-half of the amount collected to such municipality.

      (d) A violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed an unfair or deceptive trade practice under subsection (a) of section 42-110b.

      (e) This section shall not apply to any person who (1) holds a license issued under this chapter, chapter 394 or chapter 482 and performs work that is incidentally, directly and immediately appropriate to the performance of such person's trade where such work commences at an outlet, receptacle or connection previously installed by a person holding the proper license, or (2) engages in work that does not require a license under this chapter, chapter 394 or chapter 482.

      (February, 1965, P.A. 493, S. 10; 1967, P.A. 789, S. 13; P.A. 80-420, S. 3; P.A. 83-487, S. 16; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-22, S. 2, 4; P.A. 86-146; P.A. 89-309; P.A. 91-407, S. 24, 42; P.A. 97-263, S. 6; P.A. 99-73, S. 3; P.A. 07-188, S. 2; 07-206, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4, S. 122; P.A. 08-102, S. 2; P.A. 09-153, S. 2; P.A. 11-117, S. 3.)

      *Note: On and after July 1, 2012, this section, as amended by section 2 of public act 11-81, is to read as follows:

      "Sec. 20-341. Penalties for violations. (a) Any person who wilfully engages in or practices the work or occupation for which a license is required by this chapter or chapter 399b without having first obtained an apprentice permit or a certificate and license for such work, as applicable, or who wilfully employs or supplies for employment a person who does not have a certificate and license for such work, or who wilfully and falsely pretends to qualify to engage in or practice such work or occupation, or who wilfully engages in or practices any of the work or occupations for which a license is required by this chapter after the expiration of such person's license, shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor, provided no criminal charges shall be instituted against such person pursuant to this subsection unless the work activity in question is reviewed by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, or the commissioner's authorized agent, and the commissioner or such agent specifically determines, in writing, that such work activity requires a license and is not the subject of a bona fide dispute between persons engaged in any trade or craft, whether licensed or unlicensed. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (d) or (e) of section 53a-29 and subsection (d) of section 54-56e, if the court determines that such person cannot fully repay any victims of such person within the period of probation established in subsection (d) or (e) of section 53a-29 or subsection (d) of section 54-56e, the court may impose probation for a period of not more than five years. The penalty provided in this subsection shall be in addition to any other penalties and remedies available under this chapter or chapter 416.

      (b) The appropriate examining board or the Commissioner of Consumer Protection may, after notice and hearing, impose a civil penalty on any person who engages in or practices the work or occupation for which a license or apprentice registration certificate is required by this chapter, chapter 394, chapter 399b or chapter 482 without having first obtained such a license or certificate, or who wilfully employs or supplies for employment a person who does not have such a license or certificate or who wilfully and falsely pretends to qualify to engage in or practice such work or occupation, or who engages in or practices any of the work or occupations for which a license or certificate is required by this chapter, chapter 394, chapter 399b or chapter 482 after the expiration of the license or certificate or who violates any of the provisions of this chapter, chapter 394, chapter 399b or chapter 482 or the regulations adopted pursuant thereto. Such penalty shall be in an amount not more than one thousand dollars for a first violation of this subsection, not more than one thousand five hundred dollars for a second violation of this subsection and not more than three thousand dollars for each violation of this subsection occurring less than three years after a second or subsequent violation of this subsection, except that any individual employed as an apprentice but improperly registered shall not be penalized for a first offense.

      (c) If an examining board or the Commissioner of Consumer Protection imposes a civil penalty under the provisions of subsection (b) of this section as a result of a violation initially reported by a municipal building official in accordance with subsection (c) of section 29-261, the commissioner shall, not less than sixty days after collecting such civil penalty, remit one-half of the amount collected to such municipality.

      (d) A violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed an unfair or deceptive trade practice under subsection (a) of section 42-110b.

      (e) This section shall not apply to any person who (1) holds a license issued under this chapter, chapter 394, chapter 399b or chapter 482 and performs work that is incidentally, directly and immediately appropriate to the performance of such person's trade where such work commences at an outlet, receptacle or connection previously installed by a person holding the proper license, or (2) engages in work that does not require a license under this chapter, chapter 394, chapter 399b or chapter 482."

      (February, 1965, P.A. 493, S. 10; 1967, P.A. 789, S. 13; P.A. 80-420, S. 3; P.A. 83-487, S. 16; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-22, S. 2, 4; P.A. 86-146; P.A. 89-309; P.A. 91-407, S. 24, 42; P.A. 97-263, S. 6; P.A. 99-73, S. 3; P.A. 07-188, S. 2; 07-206, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4, S. 122; P.A. 08-102, S. 2; P.A. 09-153, S. 2; P.A. 11-81, S. 2; 11-117, S. 3.)

      History: 1967 act deleted provision for forfeiture of right to be licensed by licensee failing to comply with regulations, substituted "certificate" for "certificate of registration" and updated statute to refer to holders of licenses as well as certificates; P.A. 80-420 distinguished between penalties for person working without license or employing unlicensed person and for person pretending to be qualified for work or performing work after his license has expired, imposing civil penalty for the former and retaining previous penalty provision for the latter; P.A. 83-487 amended section to include reference to apprentice permit; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-22 deleted civil penalty of $500 for first offense and $1,000 for subsequent offenses previously applicable to those who work without proper permit or certificate and license and to those who wilfully employ unlicensed workers; P.A. 86-146 added Subsec. (b) authorizing examining boards to impose civil penalties; P.A. 89-309 added persons who supply persons for employment and increased the penalty from $35 to $250 for a first violation, from $50 to $500 for a second violation and from $100 to $1,000 for subsequent violations; P.A. 91-407 amended Subsec. (b) by applying provisions to those "who violate any of the provisions of chapter or the relevant regulations pursuant thereto" and increased penalties from $250 to not more than $500 for a first violation, from $500 to not more than $750 for a second violation and from $1,000 to not more than $1,500 for each violation occurring less than three years after second or subsequent violation, and exempted improperly registered apprentice from penalty; P.A. 97-263 doubled the fines in Subsecs. (a) and (b) and added Subsec. (c) requiring the examining board to remit one-half the fine to reporting municipality; P.A. 99-73 amended Subsec. (b) to include references to "chapter 394 or chapter 482", and made a technical change; P.A. 07-188 amended Subsec. (a) by inserting references to "wilfully" engaging in work or occupation for which license is required, deleting provision re fine for violation of any other provision of chapter unless penalty is otherwise prescribed, replacing provision re fine of not more than $200 for each violation with provisions re class B misdemeanor after work activity review and determination by commissioner or authorized agent, adding provisions re period of probation and re penalty in addition to other available remedies and making technical changes, added references to Commissioner of Consumer Protection and made technical changes in Subsecs. (b) and (c), and added Subsecs. (d) re unfair or deceptive trade practice and (e) re exceptions to application of section; P.A. 07-206 amended Subsec. (a) to make a technical change, replace $200 fine with class B misdemeanor and add provision allowing court to impose probationary period of not more than 5 years if court determines violator cannot fully repay victim within specified probationary period; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4 repealed P.A. 07-206, S. 1, effective June 29, 2007; P.A. 08-102 amended Subsec. (a) to replace references to "subsection (d) of section 53a-29" with "subsection (d) or (e) of section 53a-29"; P.A. 09-153 amended Subsec. (c) to restrict remission to municipality of portion of civil penalty to violations reported by municipal building official in accordance with Sec. 29-261(c), effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 11-81 added references to Ch. 399b and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2012; P.A. 11-117 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision re offering to perform work in any print, electronic, television or radio advertising or listing.

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