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What is Considered Proper Supervision of by a Plumbing, Heating or Fuel Piping Contractor in NC?

What is Considered Proper Supervision of by a Plumbing, Heating or Fuel Piping Contractor in NC?

Today we’re going to talk about the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning). The question is, how do you properly supervise employees as a licensed plumber in North Carolina?
Contrary to some other Boards that are a little bit more stringent on supervision requirements—and I don’t mean that in a negative way; I just mean that some Boards will require a qualifier of the business to be the supervisor of an employee. The NC State Board of Examiners of Plumbing and HVAC allows somebody who is a licensed technician to supervise somebody else doing work, as long as that licensed technician is licensed under the qualifier for the company.
Let me reiterate because that was a lot of licensed work. If you own, let’s say, a plumbing company like ABC Plumbing, you’re the qualifier or perhaps you have a couple of qualifiers. You can have technicians, licensed under your name, who will be your responsibility. These licensed technicians can supervise others under your company. This situation allows you to grow your business more effectively because you’re not constantly bouncing around from job to job, worrying about whether you’re spending enough time supervising.
Now, at the end of the day, if you do have employees, especially someone who’s your licensed technician under your company, they need to ensure that they’re supervising correctly. And what that looks like is they need to make sure that the other employee is following proper protocol, policies, and procedures of the company, following safety guidelines, and ensuring they know how to properly install what they’re doing. That’s a big one. There are a lot of different companies, and there are various makes and models of things. Make sure that when you have somebody going out to do an install or a repair, they are knowledgeable about the type of model or make they’re working with, essentially ensuring they know what they’re doing. Not only that, but the person actually doing the install and the person supervising them must be knowledgeable as well. Because at the end of the day, even though you have other people supervising, it’s ultimately your license that’s at risk if something goes wrong.
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