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Fuel Gas Journeyman/Mechanic License Requirements

Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement Department has eliminated the Journeyman Plumber and Mechanical/Fuel Gas Mechanic testing and licensing program as of January 1, 2013.

The North Carolina Board of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors will offer Technician (Journeyman's) Licensing starting January 1, 2013.  The NCPHFSC Board Technician licensing will replace all but one of the Mechanical/Plumbing Fuel Gas licenses in the Mecklenburg County Building Ordinance.

The NCPHFSC Board will allow current active license holders to be grandfathered in and receive technician licenses without testing for Plumbing, Heating Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 and Fuel Gas Piping upon sending in the proper forms to the licensing board prior to December 31, 2012.

The information on reciprocity with local Journeyman's Certifications is included on the licensing boards' web site in the September 2012 newsletter.  See pages 8, 9, 10 and 11.  To access the web site go to the following link  

Renewal for current Mecklenburg County certified Contractor/Journeyman's/Mechanic Licenses will not be affected by the change.  They may be renewed at the option of the certificate holder.  NOTE:  Decorative Appliance Contractor licenses will be valid in Mecklenburg County as long as they remain active in the system.

Active Journeyman Plumber and Mechanics licenses issued by Mecklenburg County prior to January 1, 2013 will be grandfathered in by ordinance and be recognized as equivalent to the North Carolina Board of Plumbing Heating and Fire Sprinkler Boards Plumbing, Heating Group 1, Heating Group 2, Heating Group 3 and Fuel Piping Technician licenses.

Testing for the following Journeyman's/Mechanics/Contractors licenses will be eliminated as of January 1, 2013.  A list of the current certification/license with Mecklenburg County and the State certifications that will serve as equivalent to them is noted in the list below:

Journeyman Plumber   Plumbing Technician License 
Mechanic (Mechanical Fuel Burning Equipt.)   Heating Group Number 3 Technician License, Fuel Piping Technician 
Mechanic (Ductwork Installation)   Heating Group Number 2 or Group Number 3 Technician 
Mechanic (Gas Piping Installation)   Heating Group Number 1, 3 or Fuel Piping Technician 
Mechanic (Pipe Fitting)   Plumbing Technician License or Heating Group Number 1 Technician 
Mechanic (Decorative Gas Appliance)   Plumbing Technician, Heating Group Number 3 or Fuel Piping Technician 
Process Boiler & Piping License (Contractor)   Heating Group Number 1 Contractor License 

Contractor (Decorative Gas Appliance)
Plumbing Contractor, Heating Group Number 3 Contractor, Fuel Piping Contractor, H1 Contractor

NOTE:  Mecklenburg County will still maintain testing for the Ventilation Contractor License.  The equivalent is an H3 State Contractors license.

For more specific information go to the Building Development Ordinance posted on our web site.  The Building Development Ordinance as revised in February of 2013 will post the new changes approved by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.


For questions call Tommy Rowland at 704-336-4301. 



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