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HB 3029 would amend the Occupations Code to do away with "registered certified technician" and replace it with "certified technician" for air conditioning and refrigeration. The proscribed training and education requirements to become certified would be updated. The conditions for a technician certification are outlined in this bill. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation would be required to accept or approve the education providers or verify the required work experience of the applicant. New certified technician applications would be submitted to the department beginning September 1, 2018.
A person would commit an offense if the person knowingly engages in air conditioning maintenance and is not a student of the designated type. HB 3029 would repeal the authority for a municipality to charge a fee to a person who obtains a license under the statute and is then required to provide notice to the municipality authority that enforces air conditioning and refrigeration contracting. A certified registered technician registration issued before September 1, 2018 would be allowed to continue in existence based on former statute.