Texas Plumbers Important Updates
Dear Plumbing Industry:
EXAMINATION SCHEDULED OR POSTPONED UPDATE:
On May 4, 2020 we began giving examinations to those previously postponed while following strict health and safety guidelines. Please have patience as we hope to reschedule everyone very soon. Do not rely on any previously scheduled exam dates as most have changed. All examinees must wear a cloth face covering or mask. Please come prepared. Gloves will be provided upon request and must be removed and disposed of in the presence of the examiner upon exiting the exam area .
Examinations are being rescheduled however openings are limited due to social distancing precautions. Some examinations may be rescheduled for Saturdays and or am/pm sessions. Please check your email carefully, and watch for text messaging as we move through May and June to regain our ability for full capacity in our examination center. Due to the overwhelming number of calls and emails it is difficult to quickly get back to each phone call and email. Please take this time to do a little extra studying for a successful 1st time examination in the very near future.
Note that we are working on our computer based testing through a 3rd party which we hope will help things flow smoothly as Texans recover from the COVID 19 pandemic. We look forward to seeing you soon !
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REMOTE EXAMINATIONS will begin again starting on or about June 8, 2020 in some areas. Please check your email and watch for text messaging as we reschedule these exams. Do not rely on any previously scheduled exam dates as most have changed.
NOTE: The email associated with the examinee will be used to contact you as changes are made to your scheduled examination date. We ask you to have patience with us as we work to meet the needs of the public, licensees and registrants while abiding by all guidelines.
If you wish to reschedule any type of examination please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Reschedule requests must be made in writing. If you choose to call us, understand that our telephones are currently very busy and you may experience a delay when trying to reach us.
EXEMPTIONS REGARDING TRAINING:
Effective immediately and until further notice, the TSBPE will accept Continuing Professional Education (CPE) correspondence courses in lieu of class room courses to meet the training requirements for the Tradesman Plumber Limited 24 hour training courses and will eliminate the need for the 2nd classroom CPE for the 48 hours on the Journeyman requirement for examination.
The requirement for the Responsible Master Plumber (RMP) 24 hour training course is currently exempted. If you wish to become a RMP you can do so by submitting an application and paying the fee via our online license system. You must also have your insurance agent submit proof of the required insurance.
Click here for the required insurance form: https://tsbpe.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Certificate-of-Insurance-Form-September-2017.-pdf.pdf
RENEWALS AND CPE REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS:
As of 5/20/2020 you will see that licenses and registrations expiring May 31, 2020 now show a DISASTER RELIEF CE credit on the public site. See license T 2885 on the public site for an example at: https://tsbpe.texas.gov/portfolio/find-a-license-registration/
These relief CE markers will allow licensees/registrants to renew if all other renewal requirements are met. You will still need to take a CE class or correspondence course (as the case may be) to maintain the credit. We expect and hope everyone that needs a class is able to do so in the very near future. We will monitor the list of licenses/registrations to determine who owes the permanent CE credit. This will allow you to have a current license/registration if all other requirements are met. Pocket cards will go out next week for those that renew. The markers will be removed at a time to be determined of which we will give notice. If a marker is removed at some future date and there is no replacement the license expiration date will revert back to the original expiration date and the license will be expired. We hope this lessens some worries to those that need it. Please use your online renewal account to pay your renewal fees.
In order to allow everyone to complete a correspondence course and to meet the CPE requirements for renewal, all licenses/registrations expiring on March 31st until May 31st will have their expiration dates temporarily extended due to potential challenges meeting their CPE course requirements. Medical Gas CPE will also be allowed via correspondence in lieu of classroom. Many providers have this course available.
However, licensees/registrants will need to continue to pay their fees and meet all other renewal requirements. This includes having fingerprints completed https://tsbpe.texas.gov/portfolio/applications/instructions-for-fingerprints-hand-out/ if you are renewing a Tradesman Plumber Limited License. All renewal applicants should complete a correspondence course as soon as they can.
In addition, we are asking political subdivisions to recognize that we have extended the expiration of the license/registration date so as not to prohibit the purchasing of permits, the obtaining of inspections or the performance of plumbing.
Contact a Course Provider: https://tsbpe.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Approved-Providers-19-20-1.pdf
TSBPE will temporarily allow, until further notice some required training courses via LIVE VIRTUAL classroom with the following items and exceptions:
- Residential Code, Commercial Code, Fire Sprinkler, and WSPS.
- Books and materials for each course will need to either be mailed or available for download by students
- Only live interactions, not simply watching recorded videos, to ensure engagement and interaction
- A class limit size of 15 to ensure that everyone is participating and since this is unchartered territory
- There are many options available such as Skype and Go-To-Meeting that could be used
- All other requirements for the courses (except live presence in the same room) shall be maintained
Thank you for your continued patience as we work through this together!