Substitute For

SENATE BILL NO. 827

A bill to amend 2016 PA 407, entitled

"Skilled trades regulation act,"

by amending section 807 (MCL 339.5807).

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 807. (1) An applicant is not eligible for a work classification examination under this article unless the applicant meets the requirements under provided in article 2, is of good moral character, and has meets 1 or more of the following:

(a) Has a minimum of 3 years or 6,000 hours of experience , in the work classification for which he or she is seeking a license, or an equivalent of that experience, that is acceptable to the board , and shown to the department, in 1 or more of the work classifications described in subsection (2). For purposes of this subdivision, and except in the case of equivalent experience, an applicant must provide to the board and the department a notarized statement from each contractor of record that is the present or former mechanical contractor employer of the applicant. The statement must indicate that the applicant has a minimum of 3 years or 6,000 hours of performance in each work classification for which the applicant is seeking a license and must include a detailed and specific description of the type of work performed by the applicant and the length of time he or she performed that work.

(b) Currently holds, and has continuously held for at least 3 years immediately preceding his or her application, an active license under this act in a work classification listed in subsection (2)(b), (d), (e), or (f) and is applying for licensure in the following work classifications, as applicable:

(i) If he or she currently holds a license in the work classification listed in subsection (2)(b), a work classification listed in subsection (2)(c), (e), (f), (g), (h), or (j).

(ii) If he or she currently holds a license in the work classification listed in subsection (2)(d), a work classification listed in subsection (2)(f) or (h).

(iii) If he or she currently holds a license in the work classification listed in subsection (2)(e), a work classification listed in subsection (2)(g).

(iv) If he or she currently holds a license in the work classification listed in subsection (2)(f), a work classification listed in subsection (2)(h).

(2) A mechanical contractor's license that is issued under this article is classified and limited as The department shall issue a mechanical contractor's license under this article with 1 or more of the following classifications and limitations:

(a) Hydronic heating and cooling and process piping.

(b) HVAC equipment.

(c) Ductwork.

(d) Refrigeration.

(e) Limited heating service. , heating or refrigeration.

(f) Limited refrigeration and air conditioning service.

(g) Unlimited heating service.

(h) (f) Unlimited service, heating or refrigeration and air conditioning service.

(i) (g) Fire suppression.

(j) (h) Specialty.

(3) For purposes of subsection (1), "experience" includes experience acquired while serving in the armed forces by an individual who was separated from that service, and who provides to the department a form DD214, form DD215, or any other form that is satisfactory to the department that demonstrates that he or she the individual was separated from that service , with an honorable character of service discharge or under honorable conditions (general). character of service.

(4) An individual described in subsection (3) shall submit with his or her application for licensure an affidavit or letter signed by a commanding officer, supervisor, or military superior with direct knowledge of the applicant's service that describes his or her the applicant's experience as a mechanical contractor in 1 or more of the classifications described in subsection (2).

(5) If an applicant provides evidence satisfactory to the department that he or she has completed a 2-year, or equivalent, HVAC program provided by a recognized trade school, community college, or university, or a 2-year HVAC training program approved by the United States Department of Labor, and approved by the board, the department shall credit the completion of that program toward the 3 years or 6,000 hours of work experience required under subsection (1)(a). The amount credited, as determined by the department, shall not exceed 1 year or 2,000 hours of the 3 years or 6,000 hours required. For purposes of this subsection, the board and department shall approve any 2-year HVAC program that is equivalent to or exceeds the requirements imposed for similar industry-recognized apprenticeship programs by the United States Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship.