Newsline

State Puts NATE Certification Into Law

ARLINGTON, Va. - New Hampshire approved licensing for its more than 5,000 gas fitters by passing Amilia's Law (HB 1711), which will be in effect as of Jan. 1, 2007. New Hampshire's executive and administration departments unanimously supported the legislation, chaired by Sen. Joseph D. Kenney, stating that in New Hampshire contractors must use technicians who "have had mandatory training and are licensed to ensure proper installation and repairs of gas systems."

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) technician certification is a component of this licensure requirement. Amilia's Law makes New Hampshire the first state to include NATE certification as a component of a state's licensing law. In 2005, the city of Terre Haute, Ind., became the first U.S. city to require NATE certification of technicians as a component of contractor licensing.

Amilia's Law establishes procedures and guidelines for licensure of fuel gas fitters in New Hampshire, provides the public a way to recognize fuel gas fitters, provides employers with a formal structure to train employees and test their knowledge and skill levels, and provides technicians with the knowledge to properly perform their jobs. Propane fitters also are required to be licensed by the state.

Amilia's Law is named for Amilia Lurhmann. In May 2003, a leaky gas fixture caused the family's home to explode. Amilia was killed, and her parents, two siblings, and grandparents were injured in the blast.

"Amilia's Law will help prevent tragedies like this from happening again by requiring all fuel gas fitters to be uniformly trained and licensed," said Sen. Kenney. "Contractors and homeowners will know that the people who are installing gas systems in their homes are properly trained and can do the job right."

For more information, go to www.natex.org.

Publication date: 09/18/2006

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

2015 ACCA Conference

Images from the 2015 ACCA Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Posted on April 8, 2015.

Podcasts

NEWSMakers: Clint Schreck

Clint Schreck, general manager, Columbus Worthington Air, Columbus, Ohio, discusses winning Angie’s List Super Service Award, how to handle online reviews, and much more.

More Podcasts

ACHRNEWS

NEWS 05-25-15 cover

2015 May 25

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Legislation and Regulation

What legislative/regulatory issue is most important to you as a HVAC business owner?
View Results Poll Archive

HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

2015.jpg
2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research

 

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

DON'T MISS A THING

Magazine image
 
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con