CHAPTER 400h

PUBLIC SERVICE GAS TECHNICIANS

Table of Contents

Sec. 20-540. Definitions. Certificate of registration. Requirements. Limitations. Suspension. Revocation. Civil penalties.

Sec. 20-541. Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to ensure public service company recovers costs of gas service work.

Secs. 20-542 to 20-552. Reserved


Sec. 20-540. Definitions. Certificate of registration. Requirements. Limitations. Suspension. Revocation. Civil penalties. (a) As used in this section and section 20-541:

(1) “Gas service work” means the repair, alteration or maintenance of equipment, appliances, accessories or fixtures within or adjacent to a building or structure in connection with the utilization of gas supplied by a public service company.

(2) “Public service gas technician” means an employee of a public service company, as defined in section 16-1, who is engaged in the supervision or performance of gas service work.

(b) Notwithstanding any provisions of chapter 393 to the contrary, a public service gas technician shall be issued a certificate of registration by the Department of Consumer Protection in lieu of any license which otherwise might be required under said chapter, which shall entitle the holder of such certificate to perform gas service work only as provided in this section, provided the public service company which employs the public service gas technician certifies to the Department of Consumer Protection that the employee has obtained such training and experience deemed necessary by the public service company to perform gas service work included in such employee’s job functions. All public service gas technicians employed by a public service company prior to July 1, 1995, who have completed a gas public service company’s training program or are participating in such a program on said date shall be issued a certificate of registration upon the payment of the fee required in subsection (h) of this section.

(c) The content and duration of the training and experience programs provided by the public service company shall be relevant to the duties of the employee and shall be approved biennially by the Labor Department. In reviewing the programs and training provided by a public service company, the Labor Department shall consider the specialization of the employees of the company, the employee’s previous company training, the service record of the company, the experience of the company in training employees to perform gas service work and the quality assurance measures used by the company.

(d) An employee enrolled in the company’s training programs shall be issued a trainee’s certificate by such company valid for the duration of the training program and may perform gas service work only under the supervision of an employee of the public service company who is a registered public service gas technician or holds a journeyman’s license.

(e) A public service company employing a public service gas technician shall inform the Department of Consumer Protection upon the change in job description or termination of any registered public service gas technician previously certified pursuant to subsection (b) of this section and upon the issuance or termination of a trainee’s certificate provided to an employee pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

(f) A registered public service gas technician or employee of a public service company issued a trainee’s certificate by such company may only perform such work on behalf of such public service company and only while in the direct employment of such public service company. Such registration or trainee’s certificate shall be immediately relinquished upon termination of employment from such public service company.

(g) A registered public service gas technician may not supervise any duly registered apprentice performing work under a permit issued pursuant to subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of section 20-334a.

(h) The public service gas technician’s registration shall expire annually. Upon application for a license, the applicant shall pay to the department a nonrefundable application fee of ninety dollars. The fee for registration as a public service gas technician shall be the same fee as that charged for a journeyman’s license under section 20-335.

(i) The Department of Consumer Protection may suspend or revoke a certificate granted or issued by it pursuant to this section if the holder of such certificate is convicted of a felony, is grossly incompetent, engages in malpractice or unethical conduct or knowingly makes false, misleading or deceptive representations regarding his work. Prior to such suspension or revocation, such holder shall be given notice and an opportunity for hearing as provided in regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection. Any person whose certificate has been suspended may, after ninety days, apply to the department to have such certificate reinstated.

(j) The Department of Consumer Protection may, after notice and hearing, impose a civil penalty on any person who (1) engages in or practices gas service work without having first obtained a trainee’s certificate or a certificate of registration for such work, (2) wilfully employs a person who does not have a certificate for such work, (3) wilfully and falsely pretends to qualify to engage in or practice such work, or (4) engages in or practices such work after the expiration of his certificate. Such penalty shall be in an amount not more than five hundred dollars for a first violation of this subsection, not more than seven hundred fifty dollars for a second violation and not more than one thousand five hundred dollars for each violation of this subsection occurring less than three years after a second or subsequent violation of this subsection.

(k) The Department of Consumer Protection may act in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (7) of section 21a-7 in the case of a person who: (1) Knowingly engages in fraud or material deception in order to obtain a certificate to perform gas service work or doing so in order to aid another in obtaining such a certificate; (2) performs work beyond the scope of such a certificate; (3) illegally uses or transfers such a certificate; (4) performs incompetent or negligent gas service work; (5) knowingly makes false, misleading or deceptive representations to the public regarding gas service work to be performed; or (6) violates any provision of the general statutes or any regulation adopted thereunder, relating to his profession or occupation.

(l) In lieu of displaying a contractor’s license number, each public service company authorized pursuant to this section to employ registered public service gas technicians shall display its name, logo or other trademark which clearly identifies the company on all commercial vehicles used in its business and in a conspicuous manner on all printed advertisements, bid proposals, contracts, invoices and on all stationery used in its business.

(P.A. 95-295, S. 1, 3; P.A. 96-259, S. 2; P.A. 98-3, S. 68; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c), (d); P.A. 04-169, S. 17; 04-189, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 271.)

History: P.A. 95-295 effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 96-259 amended Subsec. (h) to make the registration expire annually and provided for payment of a nonrefundable application fee of $45 payable upon application for a license; P.A. 98-3 made technical changes; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-169 replaced Commissioner and Department of Consumer Protection with Commissioner and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (h) to increase application fee from $45 to $90.

Cited. 43 CA 196.

Sec. 20-541. Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to ensure public service company recovers costs of gas service work. Pursuant to sections 16-19 and 16-19a, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall ensure that a public service company, as defined in section 16-1, fully recovers the costs of performing gas service work exclusively from charges for the performance of such work. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall receive complaints concerning potential violations of this section, and, for those complaints which the authority determines warrant an investigation, conduct such investigations.

(P.A. 95-295, S. 2, 3; P.A. 98-3, S. 69; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 95-295 effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 98-3 made a technical change; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Department of Public Utility Control” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Public Utilities Regulatory Authority”, effective July 1, 2011.

Cited. 43 CA 196.

Secs. 20-542 to 20-552. Reserved for future use.