(a)(1) No individual, partnership, or corporation shall advertise, solicit, bid, obtain permit, do business, or perform the function of a certified contractor unless the person or persons in responsible charge, as defined in Section 34-31-18, are certified contractors.
(2) Every contractor licensed under this chapter shall display the contractor's certification number and the company name on any and all documentation, forms of advertising, and on all service and installation vehicles used in conjunction with heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration contracting.
(3) A contractor licensed under this chapter may not permit the use of his or her license by any other persons.
(4) No official charged with the duty of issuing licenses to any individual, partnership, or corporation to operate a business as a certified contractor shall issue such license unless there is presented for inspection a certificate of qualification as provided for herein issued by the board to the individual or to some person in responsible charge with the partnership or corporation.
(b) The following requirements apply to the practice of testing or verifying duct air tightness:
(1) Any individual who engages in the practice of testing and verifying duct air tightness is required to register with the board. Such individuals shall not be required to become a certified heating and air conditioning contractor, but shall complete training as set forth by this subsection. The board shall maintain a list of individuals who are registered duct envelope testing contractors in the practice of testing and verifying duct air tightness and leakage. The board may establish fees to be paid by registrants. All fees must accompany the application for registration and are nonrefundable. All registrations must be renewed by December 31 of each year beginning in 2016. The board may establish a late fee for those individuals failing to renew December 31.
(2) Any board certified heating and air conditioning contractor or home builder licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, seeking to register as a duct tightness tester for the purposes of testing ducts on his or her own project or on a third party basis for the general public, must successfully complete the Residential Energy Services Network Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) Rater training, the Building Performance Institute Building Analyst (BPI) training, or the Home Builders Association of Alabama Qualified Credentialed Air Tightness Verifier (QCATV) training. Any applicant that is not a board certified contractor or a licensed home builder seeking to register as a duct tightness tester for the purposes of testing duct work on a third party basis for the general public, must successfully complete the Residential Energy Services Network Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater training or the Building Performance Institute Building Analyst (BPI) training. Each applicant must submit verification that he or she has successfully completed the training required by at least one of the above listed programs to the board prior to receiving the registration in order to be added to the list of registered individuals. Each registrant must submit proof of completion, approved by the Home Builders Association of Alabama, prior to annual re-registration by the board.
(3) The board may discipline any registrant who fails to conduct air tightness testing to the standards set forth by the board. Discipline for registrants may include any and all penalties authorized by this chapter.
Last modified: May 3, 2021