The Department of Public Safety has adopted regulations known as 528 CMR, which establishes new categories of Pipefitter licenses, to include existing licenses. These new regulations govern the installation of process piping, power, heating and cooling piping. These regulations have established several license types, each with Master, Journeyman and Apprentice tiers.
The grandfathering process ended on March 14, 2015
Details regarding the new pipefitter license, relevant regulations and the grandfathering process can be accessed by following the links in the box to the left.
Exactly what is considered to be Process Piping remains unclear to us. Legally, piping currently defined and regulated as plumbing is excluded. The Bureau has published a number of FAQ that in some instances use the venue/location of the piping or whether the work is service or new installation to express their definition of Process Piping. It is our understanding that in some instances condensate piping and medical gas piping is included and in some instances is not included under this regulation. Given the lack of clarity and the "one time only" nature of this grandfathering opportunity, PHCC of Massachusetts strongly urged that all qualified HVAC, plumbing and other piping tradespeople apply for the Process Piping License. If you have applied for your pipefitter license, there may be some delay before it is processed by the Dept. of Public Safety.