528 Mass. Reg. 11.02

Current through Register 1475, August 5, 2022
Section 11.02 - Pipefitter Licensing

No person shall engage in pipefitting unless he or she is licensed pursuant to M.G.L. c. 146, § 84. Licenses shall be carried on the person at all times the licensee is engaged in pipefitting work and shall be furnished for inspection by the licensee upon request by the Commissioner, the Chief, or a District Engineering Inspector.

Every applicant shall file with the Department an application on a form provided by the Department, accompanied by the appropriate fee. All completed and approved applications for examination shall be filed with the Department 30 days before the day of examination.

(1) In order to effectuate St. 2013, c. 3, § 52, a person who is currently licensed under M.G.L. c. 146, § 84 or M.G.L. c. 142, § 3 and who has applied for a license within 180 days after September 15, 2014 shall, upon payment of the applicable fee, be issued a process piping pipefitter license.

A person who was not required to be licensed under M.G.L. c. 146, § 84 or M.G.L. c. 142, § 3 who submits satisfactory proof to the Bureau that the person has been actively engaged in process piping for a period of four years before September 15, 2014, and who has applied for a license within 180 days after September 15, 2014 shall, upon payment of the applicable fee, be issued a process piping pipefitter license. The criteria for the determination as to whether an applicant has submitted "satisfactory proof" to the Bureau shall include a letter of attestation listing at least five different examples of work experience in the process piping industry for at least a four year period as well as any other information required in an application approved by the Bureau.

A person who was not required to be licensed under M.G.L. c. 146, § 84 and who has been engaged in process piping for a period of less than four years before September 15, 2014, must pass a written examination and must follow the pipefitter licensing process outlined in 528 CMR 11.02(2) through (4).

(2)Apprentice Pipefitter License. Each applicant for a Pipefitter Apprentice License must be a high school graduate or possess a state equivalency certificate. Furthermore, each applicant must be registered with the Department of Labor Standards and DAS and be enrolled in an apprentice program registered with the DAS. A copy of his or her Annual Apprentice ID card issued by the DAS must be submitted to the Department of Public Safety along with the application and appropriate fee. Each applicant is limited to two renewals of his or her apprentice license, unless otherwise approved by the Bureau.
(3)Journeyman Pipefitter License.
(a) Every applicant for a Journeyman Pipefitter's License must be a high school graduate or possess a state equivalency certificate. Furthermore, each applicant:
1.Shall have completed successfully 350 hours of ASME Code requirements and shall have worked for not less than 6,000 hours in Massachusetts as an apprentice before being eligible to take the examination;
2.Shall have completed successfully not less than 500 hours of study in a pipefitter's course approved by the Department of which 250 hours are practical, shop-related work; in addition, the applicant shall have completed satisfactorily 200 hours of the ASME Code requirements at a state, municipal, or private school accredited by a recognized accrediting agency or licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Furthermore, he or she shall have completed 4,000 actual working hours as an apprentice, such work time to be verified by a licensed employer; or
3.Shall have completed successfully not less than 1,000 hours of study in a pipefitter's course approved by the Department, of which 700 hours are practical, shop-related work; in addition, the applicant shall have completed satisfactorily 200 hours of ASME Code requirements at a state, municipal or private school accredited by a recognized accrediting agency or licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Furthermore, he or she shall have completed 2,000 actual work hours as an apprentice, such work time to be verified by a licensed employer.
(b) Verification of on-the-job training from an employer shall include the following information:
1.Name, address, and telephone number of the employer at which the applicant has worked;
2.The employer Master Pipefitter license number; and
3.The total number of hours of pipefitting work experience the applicant has received.
(c) No experience requirements required by this section shall be allowed for individuals while working for those entities exempted from these regulations under M.G.L. c. 146, § 87, unless such experience is part of a properly registered and qualified apprentice program.
(d) Candidates approved for examination must pass a written examination and must correctly answer 70% or more of the questions on the examination to qualify for a license.
(e) The holder of this license may not employ other journeyman or master pipefitters.
(f) A person who is licensed as a Journeyman Pipefitter with a restricted classification is eligible to be examined for another classification of Journeyman Pipefitter License. Upon successfully passing the prescribed examination, a new license shall be granted listing all of the classifications covered by his or her license.

For the purpose of computing the requirement for a student or graduate of a pipefitter course approved by the Department and cited by a recognized accrediting agency or licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Registrar of the school shall verify the transcript of the actual attendance and grades of the applicant on a Verification of Pipefitter Course Hours form.

(4)Master Pipefitter License.
(a) Applicants for a Master Pipefitter's license shall have one of the following: A Massachusetts Journeyman Pipefitter's license for not less than a total of 2,000 hours and shall have completed not less than 100 hours of additional pipefitter theory and 100 hours of additional ASME Code requirements in a day or night course approved by the Department, at a state, municipal or private school accredited by a recognized accrediting agency or licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education before being eligible for examination;
(b) Candidates approved for examination must pass a written examination and must correctly answer 70% or more of the questions on the examination to qualify for a license.
(c) The holder of this license may be self-employed or have a regular place of business and employ other Master Pipefitters, Journeyman Pipefitters, or Apprentice Pipefitters.
(d) A Master Pipefitter, who has a regular place of business by himself or herself, with other Master Pipefitters or with Journeyman or Apprentice Pipefitters in his or her employ, must prominently display his or her master pipefitter's license number on all commercial vehicles, offers, invoices, installation drawings, and on all stationery used in their business. The lettering of the license number required to be displayed on all commercial vehicles used in the master pipefitter's business shall be visible, legible and prominently displayed on vans, trucks, and doors of stake body trucks.
(e) If any applicant is denied examination by the Division for failure to meet the requirements of 528 CMR 11.00, the applicant may be admitted for examination in Pipefitting by a majority vote of the Bureau:
1.By possessing qualifications other than those specified in 528 CMR 11.00;
2.By possessing a pipefitter's license or certificate from any other state or foreign country without serving the required time as an apprentice as specified in 528 CMR 11.00.

For the purpose of computing the requirement for a student or graduate of a pipefitter course approved by the Department and cited by a recognized accrediting agency or licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Registrar of the school shall verify the transcript of the actual attendance and grades of the applicant on a Verification of Pipefitter Course Hours form.

528 CMR 11.02

Amended by Mass Register Issue 1275, eff. 12/5/2014.