Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
12/8/2021

Part VI. Vocational Training and Continuing Education Providers

18VAC50-30-200. Vocational training.

A. Vocational training courses must be completed through accredited colleges, universities, junior and community colleges; adult distributive, marketing and formal vocational training as defined in this chapter; Virginia Apprenticeship Council programs; or proprietary schools approved by the Virginia Department of Education.

B. Backflow prevention device worker courses must be completed through schools approved by the board. The board accepts the American Society of Sanitary Engineers' (ASSE) standards for testing procedures. Other programs could be approved after board review. The board requires all backflow training to include instruction in a wet lab.

C. Elevator mechanic courses must be completed through schools approved by the board. The board accepts training programs approved by the National Elevator Industry Education Program (NEIEP). Other programs could be approved after board review.

D. Water well systems provider courses must be completed through schools or programs approved by the board.

E. Certified accessibility courses must be completed through education providers approved by the board.

F. Residential building energy analyst courses must be completed through programs that meet or exceed the standards set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, or the Home Performance with Energy Star Program. Other programs could be approved after board review.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201, 54.1-1102, and 54.1-1146 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 1997; amended, Virginia Register Volume 15, Issue 19, eff. July 9, 1999; Volume 17, Issue 26, eff. November 1, 2001; Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007; Volume 24, Issue 3, eff. November 15, 2007; Volume 30, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2014; Volume 32, Issue 1, eff. November 1, 2015.

18VAC50-30-210. Continuing education providers.

A. Application requirements for continuing education providers. Each provider of a building code-related continuing education course shall submit an application for approval on a form provided by the board. The application shall include but is not limited to:

1. The name of the provider;

2. Provider contact person, address and telephone number;

3. Course contact hours;

4. Schedule of courses, if established, including dates, time and locations;

5. Name(s) of instructor(s).

B. Continuing education providers shall have their subject(s) approved by the board prior to initially offering the course. Correspondence and other distance learning courses must include appropriate testing procedures to verify completion of the course.

C. All providers must establish and maintain a record for each student. The record shall include the student's name and address, social security number or current license number, the course name and clock hours attended, the course syllabus or outline, the name or names of the instructor, the date of successful completion and the board's course code. Records shall be available for inspection during normal business hours by authorized representatives of the board. Providers must maintain class records for a minimum of five years.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007.

18VAC50-30-220. Continuing education courses.

A. All courses offered by continuing education providers must be approved by the board and shall cover articles of the current edition of the building code for the applicable license specialty. For tradesmen with the electrical specialty, the National Electrical Code; for tradesmen with the plumbing specialty, the International Plumbing Code; for tradesmen with HVAC specialty, the International Mechanical Code; for gas fitters, liquefied petroleum gas fitters, and natural gas fitters, the International Fuel Gas Code. Courses offered by continuing education providers for elevator mechanics shall cover articles of the current edition of the building code and other applicable laws governing elevators, escalators, or related conveyances. Courses offered by continuing education providers for accessibility mechanics shall cover articles of the current edition of the building code and other applicable laws governing wheelchair lifts, incline chairlifts, dumbwaiters, and private residence elevators. Courses offered by continuing education providers for water well systems providers shall cover the specialty of technical aspects of water well construction, applicable statutory and regulatory provisions, and business practices related to water well construction.

B. Approved continuing education providers shall submit an application for course approval on a form provided by the board. The application shall include but is not limited to:

1. The name of the provider and the approved provider number;

2. The name of the course;

3. The date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the course;

4. Instructor information, including name, license number(s) if applicable, and a list of other appropriate trade designations;

5. Course and material fees;

6. Course syllabus.

C. Courses may be approved retroactively; however, no regulant will receive credit toward the continuing education requirements of renewal until such approval is received from the board.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 3, eff. November 15, 2007; Volume 30, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2014; Volume 30, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2014.

18VAC50-30-230. Reporting of course completion.

All continuing education providers shall electronically transmit course completion data to the board in an approved format within seven days of the completion of each individual course. The transmittal will include each student's name, social security number or current license number; the date of successful completion of the course; and the board's course code.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007.

18VAC50-30-240. Posting continuing education provider and course certificates of approval.

Copies of continuing education provider and course certificates of approval must be available at the location a course is taught.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007.

18VAC50-30-250. Reporting of changes.

Any change in the information provided in 18VAC50-30-210 A must be reported to the board within 30 days of the change with the exception of changes in the schedule of courses, which must be reported within 10 days of the change. Failure to report the changes as required may result in the withdrawal of approval of a continuing education provider by the board.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007.

18VAC50-30-260. Withdrawal of approval.

The board may withdraw approval of any continuing education provider for the following reasons:

1. The courses being offered no longer meet the standards established by the board.

2. The provider, through an agent or otherwise, advertises its services in a fraudulent or deceptive way.

3. The provider, instructor, or designee of the provider falsifies any information relating to the application for approval, course information, or student records or fails to produce records required by 18VAC50-30-210 C.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007.

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