(1) An apprentice is a person who performs labor or services for a licensed water well contractor and whose duties are directly related to the drilling of a water well or operation of the drill rig.
(2) A contractor shall list with the board office the names of all apprentices employed on a permanent or reasonably continuous basis, except that a contractor need not list persons employed whose duties are not directly related to the drilling of a water well.
(3) Apprentices while employed shall be under the personal supervision, as defined in ARM 36.21.409 of this chapter, of a licensed water well contractor or driller.
(4) One year's apprenticeship as required by section 37-43-305 (1) (h) , MCA, shall consist of 12 months of full-time employment in drilling water wells under the direct supervision of a licensed water well contractor, which experience shall have occurred during the three years immediately preceding the date of application, or suitable vocational training approved by the board.
(5) The board may, upon application and request, approve equivalent experience under a nonlicensed water well contractor or driller, if the experience was in a state other than Montana and if the board is satisfied that the experience was the equivalent of working under a licensed water well contractor in Montana. The board may approve other experience as equivalent as it finds appropriate.
(6) It is necessary to provide documentation of actual experience in water well construction during the past three years. This should include the number of wells constructed, the approximate dates, and any other information that would be helpful in evaluating experience.
(7) A statement from the licensing agency for water well contractors in another state relative to the experience is also required.