DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Division of Professional Regulation

1800 Board of Plumbing Examiners

Statutory Authority: 24 Delaware Code, Section 1805(a)(2),(3) (24 Del.C. §1805(a)(2),(3)

24 DE Admin. Code 1800

PROPOSED

PUBLIC NOTICE

The State Board of Plumbing Examiners is proposing changes to its regulations related to the designation of its licensure examination.

A public hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. on September 12, 2006 in the 2nd floor Conference Room A of the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, Delaware where members of the public can offer comments. Anyone wishing to receive a copy of the proposed rules and regulations may obtain a copy from the State Board of Plumbing Examiners, 861 Silver Lake Blvd, Cannon Building, Suite 203, Dover, DE 19904. Persons wishing to submit written comments may forward these to the board at the above address. The final date to receive written comments will be at the public hearing.

The board will consider promulgating the proposed regulations at its regularly scheduled meeting following the public hearing.

1.0 General Provisions.

1.1 Legislative authority. These Rules and Regulations are adopted by the Delaware Board of Plumbing Examiners (hereinafter "the Board") by authority of 24 Del.C. Ch. 18, and the Administrative Procedures Act, 29 Del.C. Ch. 101.

1.2 Applicability. These Rules and Regulations shall govern proceedings before the Board to the extent they are consistent with governing law. Statutory reference: 29 Del.C. §10111 (2); 24 Del.C. §1805(2).

1.3 Officers. The Board will conduct election of officers for the offices of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary in May of each year. In the event of a resignation, termination or departure of one of the officers, a replacement shall be elected at the next Board meeting or at a meeting called for that purpose. Statutory reference: 24 Del.C. §1804(a).

1.4 Meetings. The Board shall, meet as often as necessary to transact the regular business of the Board and in any event, shall meet at least once each calendar quarter. Statutory reference: 24 Del.C. §1804(b).

1.5 Contact person. Information about the Board and its practices can be obtained by contacting the Division of Professional Regulation, Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Blvd., Ste. 203, Dover, Delaware 19904-2467, telephone 302-739-4522 and http://www.professionallicensing.state.de.us/boards/plumbers/index.shtml. Statutory reference: 29 Del.C. §10111(1).

2.0 Practice and Procedure.

2.1 Open meetings. All meetings of the Board, or any advisory or subcommittee, will be conducted in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, 29 Del.C. Ch. 100. Statutory reference: 24 Del.C. §1812.

2.2 Disciplinary hearings. The procedural rules for disciplinary proceedings before the Board are outlined in 6.0. Statutory reference: 29 Del.C. §10111(2).

2.3 Advisory and subcommittees. The Board may appoint such advisory and subcommittees from time to time to assist in the performance of its duties as the Board deems necessary. Statutory reference. 29 Del.C. §10111(1).

3.0 Pre-examination Requirements for Licensure.

3.1 Definitions. The following definitions shall apply for purposes of this section:

3.1.1 “Performed Plumbing Services” means practical, hands-on experience working with tools in the installation, maintenance, extension, alteration, repair and removal of all piping, plumbing fixtures, plumbing appliances and plumbing apparatus. It does not include time spent in supervising, engineering, estimating and other managerial tasks, nor time spent in working with an entity authorized to perform plumbing services, but on menial tasks or on tasks which do not constitute the practice of plumbing, such as sewer cleaning. Statutory Reference: 24 Del.C. §1806(a).

3.1.2 “Direct Supervision” shall mean control and oversight by a licensed plumber who is an owner or full-time employee of the entity providing plumbing services. The supervising licensed plumber shall be deemed to be responsible and accountable for the work performed. Statutory reference: 24 Del.C. §1806(a) and §1813(b).

3.2 Pre-examination requirements. In order to sit for the examination, an applicant must complete and return an application form to the Board's office, showing that the applicant has 2 years of verified experience under the supervision of a licensed plumber after having received a Journeyman’s Certificate in an apprenticeship program that meets or exceeds the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training Standard. Alternatively, the applicant can show 7 years of verified experience under the supervision of a licensed plumber if the applicant has successfully completed the series of state-approved tests offered in the Delaware technical high schools or other apprenticeship school.

3.3 Supporting documentation. The applicant shall present a copy of the Journeyman certificate or, alternatively, proof of passing the series of state-approved tests offered in the Delaware technical high schools or other apprenticeship school. Verification of the required experience shall be by affidavit of the supervising licensed plumber on the form approved by the Board. If the applicant is unable to obtain an affidavit from the supervising licensed plumber, the tax form W-2 or the affidavit of the employer or officer of the employing company may be submitted as proof of experience at the discretion of the Board. Statutory Reference: 24 Del.C. §1806(b).

3.4 Disciplinary record. An applicant must also certify to the Board that he or she has not engaged in any of the acts that would be grounds for discipline of a licensee of the State of Delaware and that he or she does not have any disciplinary proceedings or unresolved complaints pending against him or her in any jurisdiction where he or she has previously been or currently is licensed, or certified as a plumber. An applicant currently or previously licensed or certified in another jurisdiction shall provide the Board with certified statements from all other such jurisdictions verifying their disciplinary and complaint records. Statutory Reference: 24 Del.C. §1806(c).

3.5 Complete application. An application to sit for the examination is not considered complete until the Division of Professional Regulation has received the application form, all supporting documents (including verifications of disciplinary record) and all fees required by this section. Statutory Reference: 24 Del.C. §1806(b).

4.0 Examination and Licensure.

4.1 Applications. A person wishing to be licensed as a plumber shall complete the application form designated by the Board and submit it to the Division of Professional Regulation along with any required supporting documents and the appropriate fees. Statutory reference: 24 Del.C. §1806(b).

4.2 Examination. The Board shall designates the NAI-BLOCK Plumbing Examination as the required examination for licensure in Delaware a written examination pursuant to 24 Del.C. §1805(3). The examination will be offered four (4) times per year. No person shall be permitted to sit for the examination until he or she has completed the Pre-examination Requirements of Rule 3.0 and received the Board's approval to take the examination. 24 Del.C. §§1805(3), (4) and §1806(d).

4.3 Passing Score. The passing score on the examination shall be 70%. Statutory Reference: 24 Del.C. §1805(3).

4.4 Reexamination. Applicants who do not earn a passing score on the examination may retake the examination two additional times, at its next regularly scheduled administrations, without Board approval. An applicant who does not earn a passing score after taking the examination a total of three (3) times may reapply to the Board after one (1) year has passed from the date he or she last took the examination. Statutory Reference: 24 Del.C. §1806(d).

5.0 Licensure by Reciprocity.

5.1 Equivalency. An applicant under this section must demonstrate that the standards for licensure of the State through which the applicant seeks reciprocity are equivalent to those under 24 Del.C. §1806.

6.0 Disciplinary Proceedings.

6.1 The statutory Grounds for Discipline and the Disciplinary Sanctions can be found 24 Del.C. §1810 and §1811 respectively.

7.0 Voluntary Treatment Option for Chemically Dependent or Impaired Professionals

7.1 A written report, signed by a complainant, alleging that a licensee may be chemically dependent or impaired is received by the chairperson of the regulatory Board, that chairperson shall immediately notify the Director of Professional Regulation or his/her designate of the report. If the Director of Professional Regulation receives the report, he/she shall immediately notify the chairperson of the regulatory Board, or that chairperson's designate or designates.

7.2 The chairperson of the regulatory Board or that chairperson's designate or designates shall, within 7 days of receipt of the report, contact the individual in question and inform him/her in writing of the report, provide the individual written information describing the Voluntary Treatment Option, and give him/her the opportunity to enter the Voluntary Treatment Option.

7.3 In order for the individual to participate in the Voluntary Treatment Option, he/she shall agree to submit to a voluntary drug and alcohol screening and evaluation at a specified laboratory or health care facility. This initial evaluation and screen shall take place within 30 days following notification to the professional by the participating Board chairperson or that chairperson's designate(s).

7.4 A regulated professional with chemical dependency or impairment due to addiction to drugs or alcohol may enter into the Voluntary Treatment Option and continue to practice, subject to any limitations on practice the participating Board chairperson or that chairperson's designate or designates or the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/her designate may, in consultation with the treating professional, deem necessary, only if such action will not endanger the public health, welfare or safety, and the regulated professional enters into an agreement with the Director of Professional Regulation or his/her designate and the chairperson of the participating Board or that chairperson's designate for a treatment plan and progresses satisfactorily in such treatment program and complies with all terms of that agreement. Treatment programs may be operated by professional Committees and Associations or other similar professional groups with the approval of the Director of Professional Regulation and the chairperson of the participating Board.

7.5 Failure to cooperate fully with the participating Board chairperson or that chairperson's designate or designates or the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/her designate in regard to the Voluntary Treatment Option or to comply with their requests for evaluations and screens may disqualify the regulated professional from the provisions of the Voluntary Treatment Option, and the participating Board chairperson or that chairperson's designate or designates shall cause to be activated an immediate investigation and institution of disciplinary proceedings, if appropriate, as outlined in section 7.8.

7.6 The Voluntary Treatment Option may require a regulated professional to enter into an agreement which includes, but is not limited to, the following provisions:

7.6.1 Entry of the regulated professional into a treatment program approved by the participating Board. Board approval shall not require that the regulated professional be identified to the Board. Treatment and evaluation functions must be performed by separate agencies to assure an unbiased assessment of the regulated professional's progress.

7.6.2 Consent to the treating professional of the approved treatment program to report on the progress of the regulated professional to the chairperson of the participating Board or to that chairperson's designate or designates or to the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/her designate at such intervals as required by the chairperson of the participating Board or that chairperson's designate or designates or the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/her designate, and such person making such report will not be liable when such reports are made in good faith and without malice.

7.6.3 Consent of the regulated professional, in accordance with applicable law, to the release of any treatment information from anyone within the approved treatment program.

7.6.4 Agreement by the regulated professional to be personally responsible for all costs and charges associated with the Voluntary Treatment Option and treatment program(s). In addition, the Division of Professional Regulation may assess a fee to be paid by the regulated professional to cover administrative costs associated with the Voluntary Treatment Option. The amount of the fee imposed under this subparagraph shall approximate and reasonably reflect the costs necessary to defray the expenses of the participating Board, as well as the proportional expenses incurred by the Division of Professional Regulation in its services on behalf of the Board in addition to the administrative costs associated with the Voluntary Treatment Option.

7.6.5 Agreement by the regulated professional that failure to satisfactorily progress in such treatment program shall be reported to the participating Board's chairperson or his/her designate or designates or to the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/ her designate by the treating professional who shall be immune from any liability for such reporting made in good faith and without malice.

7.6.6 Compliance by the regulated professional with any terms or restrictions placed on professional practice as outlined in the agreement under the Voluntary Treatment Option.

7.7 The regulated professional's records of participation in the Voluntary Treatment Option will not reflect disciplinary action and shall not be considered public records open to public inspection. However, the participating Board may consider such records in setting a disciplinary sanction in any future matter in which the regulated professional's chemical dependency or impairment is an issue.

7.8 The participating Board's chairperson, his/her designate or designates or the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/her designate may, in consultation with the treating professional at any time during the Voluntary Treatment Option, restrict the practice of a chemically dependent or impaired professional if such action is deemed necessary to protect the public health, welfare or safety.

7.9 If practice is restricted, the regulated professional may apply for unrestricted licensure upon completion of the program.

7.10 Failure to enter into such agreement or to comply with the terms and make satisfactory progress in the treatment program shall disqualify the regulated professional from the provisions of the Voluntary Treatment Option, and the participating Board shall be notified and cause to be activated an immediate investigation and disciplinary proceedings as appropriate.

7.11 Any person who reports pursuant to this section in good faith and without malice shall be immune from any civil, criminal or disciplinary liability arising from such reports, and shall have his/her confidentiality protected if the matter is handled in a nondisciplinary matter.

7.12 Any regulated professional who complies with all of the terms and completes the Voluntary Treatment Option shall have his/her confidentiality protected unless otherwise specified in a participating Board's rules and regulations. In such an instance, the written agreement with the regulated professional shall include the potential for disclosure and specify those to whom such information may be disclosed.

6 DE Reg. 861 (1/1/03)

8.0 Crimes substantially related to plumbing services.

8.1 Conviction of any of the following crimes, or of the attempt to commit or of a conspiracy to commit or conceal or of the solicitation to commit any of the following crimes, is deemed to be a crime substantially related to plumbing services or in the State of Delaware without regard to the place of conviction:

8.1.1 Reckless endangering in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §604

8.1.2 Assault in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §612

8.1.3 Assault in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §613

8.1.4 Manslaughter. 11 Del.C. §632

8.1.5 Murder by abuse or neglect in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §633

8.1.6 Murder by abuse or neglect in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §634

8.1.7 Murder in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §635

8.1.8 Murder in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §636

8.1.9 Unlawful sexual contact in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §768

8.1.10 Unlawful sexual contact in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §769

8.1.11 Rape in the fourth degree. 11 Del.C. §770

8.1.12 Rape in the third degree. 11 Del.C. §771

8.1.13 Rape in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §772

8.1.14 Rape in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §773

8.1.15 Sexual extortion. 11 Del.C. §776

8.1.16 Continuous sexual abuse of a child. 11 Del.C. §778

8.1.17 Kidnapping in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §783

8.1.18 Kidnapping in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §783A

8.1.19 Arson in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §802

8.1.20 Arson in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §803

8.1.21 Criminal mischief. 11 Del.C. §811

8.1.22 Burglary in the third degree. 11 Del.C. §824

8.1.23 Burglary in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §825

8.1.24 Burglary in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §826

8.1.25 Robbery in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §831

8.1.26 Robbery in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §832

8.1.27 Theft; lost or mislaid property; mistaken delivery. 11 Del.C. §842

8.1.28 Theft; false pretense. 11 Del.C. §843

8.1.29 Theft, false promise. 11 Del.C. §844

8.1.30 Theft of services. 11 Del.C. §845

8.1.31 Extortion. 11 Del.C. §846

8.1.32 Identity theft. 11 Del.C. §854

8.1.33 Forgery. 11 Del.C. §861

8.1.34 Falsifying business records. 11 Del.C. §871

8.1.35 Unlawful use of credit card. 11 Del.C. §903

8.1.36 Reencoder and scanning devices. 11 Del.C. §903A

8.1.37 Insurance fraud. 11 Del.C. §913

8.1.38 Home improvement fraud. 11 Del.C. §916

8.1.39 New home construction fraud. 11 Del.C. §917

8.1.40 Dealing in children. 11 Del.C. §1100

8.1.41 Sexual exploitation of a child. 11 Del.C. §1108

8.1.42 Sexual solicitation of a child. 11 Del.C. §1112A

8.1.43 Perjury in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §1222

8.1.44 Perjury in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §1223

8.1.45 Aggravated harassment. 11 Del.C. §1312

8.1.46 Possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony. 11 Del.C. §1447

8.1.47 Possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. 11 Del.C. §1447A

8.1.48 Breaking and entering, etc., to place or remove equipment. 11 Del.C. §2410

8.2 Crimes substantially related to plumbing services shall be deemed to include any crimes under any federal law, state law, or valid town, city or county ordinance, that are substantially similar to the crimes identified in this rule.

8 DE Reg. 1000 (01/01/05)

10 DE Reg. 65 (07/01/06) (Prop.)