Prior to renewal or reinstatement of a journeyman plumber certificate of competence, the applicant for renewal or reinstatement is required to complete a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of approved course work. The CID requires 8 hours of this course work to be on code changes to the 2015 NMPC. This class fulfills that requirement and is designed to accompany an 8-hour class on industry-related topics in order to fulfill the entire 16-hour requirement. No exam is required. This class is comprised of two Modules:
Module #1 New Mexico Amendments to the 2015 UPC (1 Hour)
This module begins by exploring New Mexico's adoption of the 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code and the extensive amendments to Chapter 1 (Administration). The balance of this module looks at amendments to Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12.
Module #2 Significant 2018-2021 Code Review Cycle Changes to the UPC (7 Hours)
This module looks at every significant change to the Uniform Plumbing Code made during the 2018-2021 code review cycle, including a discussion of the meaning of each revision involving:
- 15 significant new or revised definitions;
- Changes to Chapter (General Regulations), including Minimum Standards; Alternate Materials & Methods, and Dead Legs;
- Changes to Chapter 4 (Fixtures & Fittings), including Hot Water Temperature in Public Lavatories, Gang Showers, Finished Curbs or Thresholds, Limitation of Water Temperature in Bidets, and Low-Pressure Water Dispensers;
- Changes to Chapter 5 (Water Heaters), including Seismic Provisions, Minimum Safe Venting of Appliances, Special Gas Vents, and the New Table 509.8.2 Through-the-Wall Direct-Vent Termination Clearances;
- Changes to Chapter 6 (Water Supply), including Water Supply and Flushing, Backflow Preventers, Cross-Connection Control for Boilers, Materials for Building Supply and Water Distribution Piping and Fittings, Check Valve Required, Leak Detection Devices, Discharge Piping for T&P Relief Valves, and new provisions on Drinking Water Treatment Units;
- Changes to Chapter 7 (Sanitary Drainage), Chapter 8 (Indirect Wastes; Chapters 9 (Vents); Chapter 10 (Traps and Interceptors); & Chapter 11 (Storm Drainage);
- Changes to Chapter 12, including Maximum Operating Pressure in Buildings, 1208.6.5 Plastic Pipe Tubing and Fittings, Gas Pressure Regulators, Overpressure Protection Devices, CSST Systems, Installation of Aboveground Piping, and Sizing of Gas Piping Systems;
- The reorganization of Chapter 13 (Health Care Facilities and Medical Gas and Medical Vacuum Systems), with changes to Design Requirements, Risk Assessment, Documents to the AHJ, Nature of Hazards of Gas and Vacuum Systems, Oxygen Concentrator Supply Units, Shutoff Valves , Flammable Gases, and Positive Pressure Gases
- Changes to Chapters 15 & 16 (Alternate Water Sources for Nonpotable Applications & Nonpotable Rainwater Catchment Systems), including System Design, Minimum Water Quality, Diversion Valves, Design and Installation & the Mandatory “Do Not Drink” Icon;
- Numerous changes to appendices, including the introduction of the new Appendix N on the Impact of Water Temperature on the Potential for Scalding and Legionella Growth.
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- Approved By: NM PB Regulation & Licensing Department - Mechanical/Plumbing Division
Chris D'Amato is the instructor and industry expert for Plumbing Trade Courses. With over 25 years experience, he has held a Journeyman Plumbing license since 2001 performing all aspects of plumbing in new construction, light commercial, remodels and service. Chris manages his own multifaceted plumbing shop coordinating a wide range of services from Property Management accounts to plumbing whole subdivisions and providing services to large living facilities for the the State of Oregon. In his tenure at AYPO he has helped thousands of plumbing licensees keep up with their continuing education requirements.