The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE) is excited to announce the remarkable success of several Texas State Technical College (TSTC) students at the recent SkillsUSA Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference held in Houston, Texas. These talented TSTC students, who will graduate with immediate eligibility to take the Texas Tradesman-Plumber-Limited examination, dominated the plumbing category by securing the top three positions.
TSBPE Board Chairman Frank S. Denton expressed his delight at the victory, stating, “On behalf of the entire TSBPE, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to these exceptional students. We are incredibly proud of our collaboration with TSTC, which has allowed us to create a clear path for students like these to obtain high-paying jobs upon graduation and embark on long, successful careers as licensed plumbers in the State of Texas.”
The SkillsUSA plumbing competition tested the students’ expertise as they tackled complex tasks such as roughing in hot and cold-water, sanitary drainage, waste and vent lines using various materials for a water closet, a lavatory, a washer box, and a floor drain. Competitors were judged by professional plumbers and pipefitters based on accuracy, workmanship, proper selection and use of tools and supplies, and adherence to TSBPE-regulated rules and safety procedures.
The first-place winner and new state champion, Chris Martinez, will advance to the national championships in Atlanta, Georgia, where he will represent the high standard of workmanship and skill that has become a hallmark of the plumbing industry in Texas. TSTC Plumbing and Pipefitting students Joseph Garcia and Miguel Reyes were hot on Martinez’s tail, winning silver and bronze respectively. TSTC’s Waco campus took home a total of 11 medals at the SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference, including four other state champion gold medals.
“We are immensely proud of the dedication and hard work our students have shown and are excited about the bright future they have in their respective industries,” said Mike Reeser, Chancellor of Texas State Technical College. “The fact that these champions will have a clear path to high-paying jobs as licensed plumbers when they complete their education is a testament to the strength of our partnership with the TSBPE as we work together to deliver a new generation of highly skilled professionals into the plumbing industry.”
The TSBPE and TSTC’s synergistic alliance, solidified in 2022 with the opening of the TSBPE’s second permanent Exam Center—created in partnership with TSTC and located on TSTC’s campus in Waco, Texas—has been instrumental in nurturing the next generation of plumbers soon-to-enter Texas’ thriving plumbing industry. Through programs like the TSBPE’s high school and college curriculum initiative, TSTC students are given the opportunity to learn and develop the essential skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the plumbing profession, and the tools to help them navigate the TSBPE-regulated steps toward plumbing licensure once they graduate. The two state agencies are firmly committed to the ongoing success and growth of the plumbing industry in Texas.
About the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners
The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE) is responsible for licensing and regulating the plumbing industry in Texas. With a focus on protecting the public health and safety, TSBPE ensures that all plumbers meet the necessary requirements and adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and expertise. For more information, visit: tsbpe.texas.gov
About Texas State Technical College
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) is a public community college dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills and education to excel in their chosen career fields. With a strong focus on hands-on training, TSTC offers a wide range of programs in various industries, including plumbing, to prepare students for the workforce and ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to succeed. See tstc.texas.gov for more information.
SkillsUSA is America’s proud champion of the skilled trades. Representing nearly 380,000 career and technical education students and teachers, SkillsUSA chapters thrive in middle schools, high schools and college/postsecondary institutions nationwide. SkillsUSA’s mission empowers students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders and responsible community members. A vital solution to the skills gap, where more in-demand skilled trades positions are available than qualified professionals to fill them, SkillsUSA has served over 14 million difference-making members since 1965. For more, visit skillsusa.org.
One of the most important responsibilities a Responsible Master Plumber (RMP) has is maintaining a current Certificate of Insurance (COI). The following TSBPE How-To Guide is a step-by-step walkthrough of exactly how to update a COl using the Online Licensing System (vo.licensing. hpc. texas.gov). Download a printable version of this How-To Guide here.
¿Qué está pasando?
De conformidad con el House Bill 363, pronto se requerirá que todos los solicitantes y titulares de licencias presenten una copia de sus huellas dactilares para que TSBPE pueda realizar una verificación de antecedentes penales.
¿A quién afecta esto?
Todos los plomeros e inspectores de plomería con licencia o que pronto obtendrán una licencia en el estado de Texas. El requisito de las huellas dactilares también se aplica a todos los solicitantes del examen. Si usted planea solicitar un examen en el otoño de 2021 o después, debe seguir las instrucciones que se detallan a continuación en \”¿Cómo debe hacerlo?\” al enviar su solicitud de examen. De lo contrario, su solicitud no será procesada.
¿Qué pasa con los reingresos?
Los candidatos de reingreso también deben presentar sus huellas dactilares. Las solicitudes de reingreso de cualquier tipo de licencia o registro emitido anteriormente requieren que el solicitante obtenga huellas dactilares antes de que se procese la solicitud.
¿Qué debo hacer?
Este un paso adelante. El requerimiento de las huellas dactilares eventualmente se convertirá en una deficiencia que le impedirá renovar su licencia o aplicar para exámenes y endosos. Si usted no se ha tomado sus huellas dactilares y enviado a TSBPE, agende su cita hoy.
¿Como debe hacerlo?
TSBPE ha creado una hoja de instrucciones con toda la información que necesita para hacerlo. Imprímala, envíesela a sus colegas; haga lo que necesite hacer para lograr que usted y los plomeros con los que trabaja cumplan esta obligación.
¿Qué pasa si ya he enviado mis huellas dactilares a otra agencia estatal?
Con el fin de proteger su privacidad, las agencias estatales no están autorizadas para compartir información sobre huellas dactilares. TSBPE no establece estas normas, pero esta llamada a desarrollar procedimientos y reglas para implementarlas. Agradecemos su cooperación mientras todos trabajamos para cumplir con estos requisitos de toma de huellas dactilares exigidos por la legislación.
The following is a list of TSBPE-related bills being considered by the 88th Session of the Texas Legislature which convenes from January 10, 2023 to May 29, 2023. The bill numbers are linked to the relevant Texas Legislature Online page for each bill where you’ll find the text of the bill as well as a detailed history of all actions taken on the legislation to date. For more information on the legislative process and how a bill becomes a law, visit the Texas Legislature Online.
|SB 2446||Paxton||Relating to an exemption from the plumbing licensing law for plumbing work performed on certain private property.|
|SB 1659||Schwertner||Extends the existence of the agency from 2027 to 2033 subject to review under the Texas Sunset Act.|
|SB 939||King||Relating to statutes of limitation and repose for certain claims arising out of residential construction.|
|SB 734||Hinojosa||Relating to the consequences of a criminal conviction on a person’s eligibility for an occupational license.|
|HB 1747||Leach||Relating to the consequences of a criminal conviction on a person’s eligibility for an occupational license.|
|HB 2024||Leach||Relating to statutes of limitation and repose for certain claims arising out of residential construction.|
|HB 2334||Burns||Relating to an exemption from the plumbing licensing law for plumbing work performed on certain private property.|
|HB 2408||Reynolds||Relating to building codes applicable in the unincorporated areas of a county; authorizing a fee.|
|HB 2422||Lozano||Relating to an exemption from sales and use taxes for tools and equipment of skilled trade workers for a limited period.|
|Relating to training and certification requirements for public swimming pool and spa inspectors.|
|Relating to the adoption of a certain plumbing code by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.|
|HB 3407||Spiller||Relating to requiring commercial automobile insurance for Responsible Master Plumbers (RMP).|