TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator James Beach that would require licenses for pool and spa servicers, builders and installers was approved by the Senate today.
“Creating a means of verifying these contractors’ qualifications adds a level of professionalism to the industry and a layer of protection for consumers,” said Senator Beach (D-Burlington/Camden). “New Jersey residents will have a new sense of confidence when it comes to choosing who to hire to repair their pools.”
The bill, S-2091, would establish the Pool and Spa Service Contractors and Pool and Spa Builders and Installers Advisory Committee, under the existing Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. They would manage the licensing program and regulate licensed individuals and businesses, and would be required to meet at least twice a year. The committee would consist of seven members from various trades. Each member would be appointed by the governor to three year terms.
The committee would set standards, as well as approve and issue licenses. It would design the license application, and determine the fees associated with licensing and the licensing process. They would be responsible for establishing a code of ethics and taking appropriate actions if that code or other aspects of the law were violated.
Applicants would be required to establish their qualifications by presenting one of several certifications delineated the in the bill. Contractors or installers would be able to work without certification for the first 24 months following the enactment of the bill if they can provide certain documentation.
The pool service licensee would be permitted to perform all plumbing, heating and electrical work necessary to service, modify, repair, replace, alter or maintain any pool or spa at already existing connections. They would also be permitted to service, repair and maintain the heating components of spa heaters. Licenses would be issued for a three year period. Certain work related to servicing pools would still require a licensed electrician, plumber or HVAC contractor.
The building and installation licensee would be permitted to perform tiling, excavation and grading, and installation of all circulation equipment.
The bill would take effect on the 180th day following enactment.
It was approved by a vote of 27-3.