NEWARK – The Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers has proposed amendments to scope of practice regulations for licensed master plumbers.
N.J.S.A. 45:16A-2 establishes that the installation, servicing, connecting, maintenance, or repair of natural or manufactured gas piping on the load side of a meter and the testing and balancing of hydronic systems are the practice of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR). In order to perform this work, a person must be licensed as a master HVACR contractor or be licensed by another State entity with a scope of practice that includes working on gas piping and hydronic systems. Existing N.J.A.C. 13:32-1.4 can be read as indicating unlicensed individuals may install, service, and maintain gas and hydronic piping. The proposed amendments revise N.J.A.C. 13:32-1.4 so it does not appear to authorize unlicensed individuals to install, service, or maintain gas or hydronic piping.
The proposed amendments, and information on how to submit a comment by October 18, 2019, can be viewed on the Division of Consumer Affairs’ website