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THE MISSION OF THE TEXAS STATE BOARD OF PLUMBING EXAMINERS
The mission of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners is to help protect the health and safety of the citizens of the State of Texas by ensuring that our drinking water, air and medical gases are not contaminated and that we may live and work in the safe environment that properly installed plumbing systems are designed to provide.

Quality plumbing systems installed by qualified plumbers and inspected by qualified plumbing inspectors are critical to the health and safety of the Texas population because improperly installed plumbing systems can cause and actually have caused injury and death through explosions, fires, hospital medical gas contamination, and noxious fumes. Improperly installed plumbing systems can transmit diseases that include typhoid fever, diarrhea, cholera, and amoebic and bacillary dysentery. Sickness or death can occur when noxious fumes such as carbon monoxide, methane gas, and fuel gas are not properly ventilated by our plumbing systems. Improperly installed medical gas systems can deliver contaminated or cross-connected medical gasses to hospital patients causing sickness and death.

The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners is a self supporting agency. Since its inception, the Board has not received any funds from sources other than the license, examination or other fees charged by the Board to license plumbers and plumbing inspectors. The fees collected by the Board have always exceeded expenditures. The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners has established three strategies to fulfill its mission to protect the health and safety of the citizens:

EXAMINATION STRATEGY

The first strategy provides for the examination and licensing of plumbers and plumbing inspectors. Our examinations and examination center are currently recognized nationwide as setting a high standard in the plumbing industry. Separate examinations are given for Journeyman Plumber, Master Plumber, Medical Gas Piping Installation Endorsement, Water Supply Protection Specialist Endorsement, and Plumbing Inspector. These examinations consist of thorough written and hands-on-practical sessions that ensure that licensed plumbers and plumbing inspectors who work with public water supplies, sewage disposal, natural gases and medical gases have the qualifications, knowledge, skills, and competencies to do their jobs properly. The life of any plumbing system, large or small, is directly related to the preparation and assembly of the materials that go into the making of the plumbing system. It is difficult to detect improper preparation of materials once the materials are assembled and installed in the plumbing system, until the system fails. For this reason, the practical portion of the Journeyman Plumber examination is critical to ensure that the applicant demonstrates his or her ability to properly prepare and assemble plumbing materials used in plumbing systems. After an applicant assembles materials during the examination, the materials are disassembled and the applicant is graded on how well the materials were prepared prior to assembly.

ENFORCEMENT STRATEGY

This strategy provides for the enforcement of plumbing regulations in the field. Rigorous and pro-active enforcement of the plumbing regulations is critical to the health and safety of the Texas population. The enforcement and regulation occurs through the receiving and investigation of complaints, checking compliance of plumbing practices and plumber and plumbing inspector licenses at job sites, issuance of reprimands, revocation or suspension of licenses, and issuance of citations to individuals who allegedly violate the Plumbing License Law, or rules and regulations of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.

Each licensed plumber and plumbing inspector must, by law, complete at least six hours of Continuing Professional Education each license year to renew their license. In addition to complaint investigations and job site monitoring, the Board's Field Representative/Investigators also monitor Continuing Professional Education courses on a random basis to ensure that the courses are being presented as required by the Plumbing License Law and Board Rules.

INDIRECT ADMINISTRATION

The third strategy provides for the Indirect Administration of the agency. This strategy performs all the accounting, purchasing, reporting, human resource, information resource, and other administrative tasks required by the State for the agency to operate properly and efficiently.
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