Citations Affected: IC 25-28.5-1.
Synopsis: Plumbing education and apprenticeships. Modifies the
apprentice plumber supervision requirement. Modifies the
requirements that an applicant must meet to qualify for a journeyman
plumber examination or a plumbing contractor license examination.
Effective: July 1, 2002.
January 14, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
professions and occupations.
homes, the drilling of wells, the installation of pumps, pressure tanks,
and piping incidental to the drilling or repair of a well system, the sale
or installation of water softening equipment and apparatuses and
services of the same, or the business of manufacturing or selling
plumbing fixtures; appliances, equipment, or hardware; the installation
of automatic sprinklers, the overhead or underground water supplies or
standpipes when connected to an automatic sprinkler system or to their
related devices or appurtenances connecting thereto; nor does the term
include the work referred to in section 32(i) of this chapter; nor does
the term include the planning or design of water supply or sewage
systems which would ordinarily be performed as "the practice of
engineering", as defined in IC 25-31-1, or the "practice of architecture",
as defined in IC 25-4-1.
(2) "Plumbing contractor" means any person who, for compensation, undertakes to, or submits a bid to, or does himself or by others, construct, repair, alter, remodel, add to, subtract from, or improve plumbing and who is responsible for substantially all the plumbing within the entire project, or one who fabricates units or plumbing substantially completed and ready for installation.
(3) "Journeyman plumber" means a person who engages or offers to engage in, as an occupation or trade, the construction, installation, alteration, maintenance, repair, remodeling, or removal and replacement of plumbing under the supervision, direction, and responsibility of a licensed plumbing contractor.
(4) "Maintenance man" means a person who is employed on a permanent basis to keep the premises of a business establishment in good repair.
(5) "Contracting" means, except as exempted in this chapter, engaging in a business as a contractor.
(6) "Person" means a natural person, except in the case of a plumbing contractor, in which case it may mean the partners or members of a partnership, limited partnership, or any form of unincorporated enterprise, owned by two (2) or more persons, and as applied to "corporation" in addition to the corporate entity means the officers or directors and employees thereof.
(7) "Commission" means the Indiana plumbing commission created by this chapter.
(8) "License" means a certificate issued by the commission established by this chapter which confers upon the holder the privilege to act as a plumbing contractor or a journeyman plumber as defined in this chapter.
(9) "Farmstead" means a farm dwelling together with other
buildings, structures, equipment, piping, and other plumbing materials
and supplies, located upon a parcel of real estate used primarily for
agricultural purposes located outside the corporate limits of a
municipality and not connected to a public water supply.
(10) "Licensing agency" means the Indiana professional licensing agency established under IC 25-1-6.
(11) "Apprentice plumber" means an individual who:
(A) is learning the plumbing trade; and
(B) is under the direction
and immediate supervision of:
(i) a licensed plumbing contractor; or
(ii) a licensed journeyman plumber;
who inspects and approves the apprentice plumber's work.
(12) "Registration" means the granting of a certificate by the commission that authorizes an individual to act as an apprentice plumber.
by the commission.
(d) To qualify for a plumbing contractor license examination under subsection (b), an applicant who is an Indiana resident:
(A) provide evidence that the applicant has completed at least four (4) years in an apprenticeship program approved by the commission; or
(B) present to the commission a notarized statement providing evidence that the applicant has at least four (4) years of experience in the plumbing trade or has worked in a plumbing business under the direction of a licensed plumbing contractor for at least four (4) years; and
(2) if completion of a plumbing education program is required by the commission, must satisfy the requirements of:
(A) a plumbing education program approved by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training of the United States Department of Labor; or
(B) a home study plumbing education program approved by the commission.
(d) (e) An applicant who is not an Indiana resident may qualify to
take an examination under subsection (b) in the following manner:
(1) If the applicant holds a license in a state that does not have a reciprocity agreement with Indiana, the applicant must present the license to the commission to be eligible to take the examination.
(2) If the applicant resides in a state that does not have licensing requirements, the applicant before taking the examination must meet the appropriate requirements of subsection (b).
(e) (f) If the applicant holds a license in a state that has a reciprocity
agreement with Indiana, the appropriate license shall be issued
shall issue a certificate of registration as an apprentice plumber to the
(c) An individual may not be registered as an apprentice plumber for more than one (1) year unless the individual enrolls in a journeyman training program approved by the commission.