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Continuing education requirements for plumbers

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New rules created by the Board of Plumbing created a requirement that all licensed plumbers take continuing education (CE) to renew their licenses. All master plumbers and restricted master plumbers must report their first CE at their license renewal in December 2014. Journeyman and restricted journeyman plumbers must report their first CE at their license renewal in December 2015. A list of approved continuing education courses is available here.

All master and journeyman plumbers must take 16 hours of approved CE in each two-year license period. Twelve hours must pertain to the State Plumbing Code and four hours must pertain to technical topics related to plumbing installations and equipment, the Minnesota State Building Code, or the Minnesota statutes governing plumbing work. No more than four hours can be taken online in each license period.

Water conditioning masters and journeyman licensees must take four hours of approved continuing education during each license period, beginning with the 2015 renewal period. At least two hours must pertain to technical topics related to water conditioning installation and servicing, or the Minnesota statutes and rules relating to water conditioning.

Medical gas certificate holders must take four hours of approved continuing education each license period beginning with their initial renewal. All four hours must pertain to the technical topics related to the installation, repair, or maintenance of medical gas systems, NFPA 99, or the Minnesota laws and rules relating to medical gas systems.

Backflow prevention testers and rebuilders are not required to take CE courses yet they will eventually have to obtain ASSE tester or repairer certification. The ASSE certification requirement will apply to any tester or rebuilder who submits a renewal to DLI after Jan. 1, 2015.  Master plumbers who submit their license renewal by Dec. 31, 2014, will not have to provide proof of ASSE certification to maintain their DLI tester or rebuilder certification until their Dec. 31, 2016, renewal.  Journeymen who wish to maintain their DLI tester or rebuilder certification will have to submit proof of their ASSE certification with their December 2015 renewal. 

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Master Plumber
12 4
Restricted Master Plumber
12 4
Journeyman Plumber
12 4
Restricted Journeyman Plumber
12 4
Water Conditioning Master
2 2
Water Conditioning Journeyman
2 2
Medical Gas Certificate
4 0

Continuing education sponsors are required to report a plumber’s attendance directly to DLI, so attendees do not have to submit course completion certificates with a license renewal, though these documents should be kept for reference should a problem or question arise relating to CE status in the future.

Plumbers who have more than one type of license can apply their CE courses to all of their licenses – only the number of hours required for the license with the highest CE requirement must be fulfilled.

Plumbing CE courses approved by other state licensing jurisdictions may be accepted for credit. To receive credit, submit an individual course application for DLI review with a copy of the course completion certificate. If the certificate does not state the course was approved by the licensing jurisdiction, the submitter will need to provide that documentation.

Plumbing CE courses not approved by DLI or another state licensing jurisdiction may be accepted for credit by submitting an individual course application and a certificate of completion along with all course materials.

 

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