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Proposed Rule Change

September 23, 2014

On September 12, 2014, the Board approved adoption of the Rule listed below. A public hearing will be held Friday, October 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the NC State Board of Refrigeration Examiners office located at 889 US 70 Hwy W., Garner, NC 27529. Persons may submit objections to this rule by contacting:
            Barbara Hines, APA Coordinator, Rule Making
            NC State Board of Refrigeration Examiners
            889 US 70 Hwy. W.
            Garner, NC      27529
            Fax: 919-779-4733; e-mail: refrigeration14@gmail.com

Procedure for Subjecting a Proposed Rule to Legislative Review: If an objection is not resolved prior to the adoption of the rule, a person may also submit written objections to the Rules Review Commission. If the Rules Review Commission receives written and signed objections in accordance with G.S. 150B-21.3(b2) from 10 or more persons clearly requesting review by the legislature and the Rules Review Commission approves the rule, the rule will become effective as provided in G.S. 150B-21.3(b1). The Commission will receive written objections until 5:00 p.m. on the day following the day the Commission approves the rule. The Commission will receive those objections by mail, delivery service, hand delivery, or facsimile transmission. If you have any further questions concerning the submission of objections to the Commission, please call a Commission staff attorney at 919-431-3000.

21 NCAC 60.0214 is proposed for adoption as follows:

21 NCAC 60.0214 LICENSURE FOR MILITARY-TRAINED APPLICANT; LICENSURE FOR MILITARY SPOUSE

(a) Licensure for a military-trained applicant. Upon receipt of a request for licensure pursuant to G.S. 93B-15.1 from a military-trained applicant, the Board shall issue a license to the applicant who satisfies the following conditions:

(1) submission of a complete Application for License to Practice Refrigeration Contracting;
(2) submission of a license fee in accordance with G.S. 87-58;
(3) providing documentation to satisfy conditions set out in G.S. 93B-15.1(a)(1) and (2); and
(4) providing documentation that the applicant has not committed any act in any jurisdiction that would constitute grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license in North Carolina at the time the act was committed.

(b) Licensure for a military spouse. Upon receipt of a request for licensure pursuant to G.S. 93B-15.1 from a military spouse, the Board shall issue a license to the applicant who satisfies the following conditions:

(1) submission of a complete Application for License to Practice Refrigeration Contracting;
(2) submission of a license fee in accordance with G.S. 87-58;
(3) submission of written documentation demonstrating that the applicant is married to an active member of the U.S. military;
(4) providing documentation to satisfy conditions set out in G.S. 93B-15.1(b)(1) and (2);
(5) providing documentation that the applicant has not committed any act in any jurisdiction that would constitute grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license in North Carolina at the time the act was committed; and
(6) is in good standing and has not been disciplined by the agency that had jurisdiction to issue the license, certification, or permit.


History Note:   Authority G.S. 87-59B; 93B-15.1
                         Effective February 1, 2015.



Educational Opportunities

June 24, 2014

Because the Annual Refrigeration Update and Trade Show is temporarily suspended (due to the high cost of travel, time off, etc. for the participants), the Board will begin offering educational opportunities on this website. Please check back often for more links and/or videos.

The first website we would like to share is GreenChill, an EPA partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The following video is an example of the information available at the site.

GreenChill works to help food retailers transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, lower refrigerant charge sizes and eliminate leaks, and adopt green refrigeration technologies and best environmental practices. Be sure to take advantage of their educational information and to check back here for more!



Board Member Retires

June 16, 2014

The board would like to give a huge thank you to Tim Welch for his many years of service. Mr. Welch was instrumental in the revamping of the Contractor's exam in the Board's efforts to reduce the number of reference books required for the exam while also keeping the cost down for applicants.

Tim Welch Board Chairman Jerry King (right) presents past board member Tim Welch with a certificate of appreciation.


2014 Scholarship Awards

June 2, 2014

The members of the State Board of Refrigeration Examiners are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 SBRE Scholarships. Thirty Students enrolled in either an Associate Applied Science Degree Program of study in HVAC/R or an Associate Applied Science Degree Program of study in commercial refrigeration applied for a SBRE scholarship. After all points were totaled and additional criteria factored in, scholarships were awarded to Lamarco Monte Ellis, Wilson Community College; Patrick Nelson King Sr., Wilson Community College; Michael Stanton Little, Richmond Community College; David Martinez, South Piedmont Community College; and Reginald Perry, Wilson Community College. Since the inception of the scholarship program over $30,000 has been awarded to students in the NC Community college system!

Scolarship Recipient Board member William Frye (left) congratulates Michael Little on his scholarship award.

SBRE scholarships are available to persons enrolled in or interested in enrolling in an Associate in Applied Science Degree Program of study in HVAC/R, or those interested in enrolling in or enrolled in an Associate in Applied Degree Program of study in commercial refrigeration.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for a scholarship:

1. Be a resident of NC;
2. Be enrolled (or intend to enroll) in an Associate in Applied Science Degree of Study in Commercial Refrigeration or HVAC/R Technology;
3. Maintain a grade point average at or above the level required for graduation;
4. Continue for the duration of the scholarship at the college where he or she was enrolled at the time of the scholarship award.

Two or more scholarships are awarded annually depending on available funds. Scholarship applications are due in the Board office by April 15 of each year. If you would like to apply for the SBRE Scholarship, complete and mail in your Scholarship Application.



Refrigeration Up-date 2013

May 29, 2013

The board would like to give a big thanks to all who attended Refrigeration Up-Date 2013 in Wilmington!

We would also like to thank the speakers who did an outstanding job informing our contractors on the ice machine industry and the use of glide refrigerants:

      - Bill Litchy, Tech Service Manager, Scotsman Ice Machines
      - Paul Sullivan, Tech Services, Honeywell Genetron Refrigerants

And we can never thank our exhibitors enough. These companies make it possible to offer the show and seminars at no cost to the attendee:

EXHIBITORS

ACR Supply Co.
Airgas
Ammonia Refrigeration Program, Sampson Community College
Baker Distributing
Bally Refrigerated Boxes
Bitzer, USA
Cannon Marketing, Inc.
C. C. Dickson Co.
Dynatemp International
Empire Marketing Group
Engineering Equipment Sales
E. V. Dunbar Company
Frank Door Co.
Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC
Hill Phoenix
hilmor
Honeywell
Johnson Controls
Johnstone Supply
Linzmaier and Associates, Inc.
Machine & Welding Supply
McCall's Inc., Southeast
MidSouth Marketing
Rectorseal Corporation
Spectronics Corporation
Parker Hannifan - Sporlan
Steve Lee and Associates
The Flora Group
Triad One
Tuttle Co.
United Components
United Refrigeration



Continuing Education Rules Delayed

October 27th, 2011

Pursuant to Governor Beverly Purdue's Executive Order No. 70 which states, in part, "Rules shall not impose undue burdens upon those persons or entities who must comply with those rules", and in view of the current economic climate, the Board members at their last meeting voted to disapprove the proposed continuing education rules.







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