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24.301.206    STAFF QUALIFICATION

(1) City, county, or town plumbing and electrical inspectors must be either Montana licensed journeymen or inspector certified in the craft being inspected.

(2) City, county, or town building and mechanical inspectors must be either inspector certified or have a construction related engineering or architecture degree or license. A mechanical inspector may also be qualified by having a Montana plumbing license.

(3) Plans examiners must be either plans examiner certified, or be building inspector qualified as allowed in (2) .

(4) Certification must be by a nationally recognized entity for testing and certification in the same code as is adopted by the department. The certification must be considered current by the certifying entity. In the situation where a new edition or replacement code has been published but is not yet adopted by the department, certification in the most recent published edition or replacement code is acceptable.

(5) Plumbing, electrical, mechanical or building inspector certification may be obtained as part of a combination inspector certification to the extent the individual inspector certifications meet the requirements of (4) .

(6) The types of buildings which may be inspected or plans examined by a particular certification classification shall be determined by the department utilizing the standards and recommendations of the entity administering the certification program. However, as a general rule, residential building inspector certification shall be acceptable for inspections of residential buildings containing less than five dwelling units.

(7) Newly hired building inspectors, mechanical inspectors and plans examiners who do not meet the certification standards listed above may conduct inspections and review plans if they obtain the necessary certification within six months of the date of hiring, and are supervised in the interim by appropriately certified personnel. If the city, county, or town code enforcement programs cannot provide supervision by a certified person, the newly hired noncertified building inspector or plans examiner must have actual practical experience in the construction trade, and must participate in six working days of on-the-job training with the department. Such training shall be at the expense of the city, county, or town employing the inspector. There shall be no fee charged by the department. Upon approval by the department, on-the-job training with another code enforcement program may be accepted. Upon approval by the department, four days of classroom training may be substituted for six days of on-the-job training.

(8) A city, county, or town may opt to have a medical gas piping permit and inspection program as part of a plumbing permit and inspection program. If the city, county, or town does not opt to have a medical gas permit and inspection program then such program will be administered by the department. Medical gas piping inspectors must either possess a Montana medical gas piping endorsement or have 30 hours of medical gas piping inspection training acceptable to the department.

History: 50-60-203, 50-60-302, MCA; IMP, 50-60-302, MCA; NEW, 1998 MAR p. 2563, Eff. 9/25/98; AMD, 1999 MAR p. 1885, Eff. 10/1/99; TRANS, from Commerce, 2001 MAR p. 2301; AMD, 2003 MAR p. 2299, Eff. 10/17/03.

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