What is required to obtain a New Hampshire fuel gas fitter license

New Hampshire currently recognizes 5 different fuel gas fitter licenses:

Service Technician, Equipment/Venting installer, Gas Piping, Hearth Installer, Domestic Appliance technician

The state law requires all those entering into the fuel gas fitting trade to start with a Trainee License.  This is obtained through the state Fire Marshal’s office, with little requirement on the applicant.  Once this license is obtained, the trainee can now begin to accrue required field hours toward an actual gas license while working under the direct supervision of a licensed fuel gas fitter.

With 1,000 hours of field experience and a 60 hour gas piping course from Granite State Trade School, the Trainee would be eligible to upgrade to a gas piping license.

With 1,000 more hours of field experience and a minimum of a 40 hour equipment installer course from Granite State Trade School, the gas piping license holder can upgrade to the Equipment/Venting Installer license.

After obtaining the Equipment Installer license, with a minimum of a 40 hour service technician course, the license holder can obtain the gas Service Technician license.

Hearth Installer is a “stand alone” license that offers no crossover path to the three licenses listed above.  Individuals must obtain 1,000 hours of field experience as a trainee, pass a 60 hour long course related to the gas hearth industry.

The Domestic Appliance technician is the newest license and like the Hearth Installer it is a Stand alone license.  Individuals must obtain the 1,000 hours of field experience as a trainee and complete a minimum of a 40 hour course offered by Granite State Trade School, as well as be factory trained on the equipment they intend to install.  They are limited to work downstream of the appliance shutoff and only on domestic appliances listed here: Generators, pool heaters, outdoor BBQ’s/outdoor living equipment, household cooking equipment, clothes driers.

For full details check out www.granitestatetradeschool.com and for up to the minute rule changes consult the NH state Fire Marshal’s office.



OIL Heat Technician program starts in July

Granite State Trade School will launch the new oil heat technician classes on July 11th 2017.

The course will be based on the NORA silver certificate program and will cove 100 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction.  It will involve testing from NORA to obtain the certificate itself.

The course will cover the fuel characteristics, pumps, filters, basic electricity, customer service, proper tune up methods, and much more.

The first class will launch daytime hours from 8am to 4pm.  It will meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for 7 weeks.  Cost is expected to be $2250.  Call the office to enroll at 603-895-4444



Still misunderstanding the NH venting amendment of Jan 2016

It has been over a year since the state of NH made the venting amendment changes to NFPA 54.

Yet rumors and myth still prevail, heightened by local inspector interpretations and requirements which further cloud the issue.

Granite State Trade School always seeks to help in matters of interpreting code and changes to the fuel gas equipment installation and venting.

The information contained in this blog can be found in Informational Bulletin 2016-01 from the NH Dept of Safety, State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Myth:  PVC has been banned in the state of NH for venting appliances.

Truth:  PVC is not banned and can still be used IF the manufacturer’s installation instructions allow for it AND the temperature potentially passing through that venting material is limited so as not to cause damage.

Myth:  All PVC in existence mus be changed out by a licensed service tech who comes in contact with or service the appliance.

Truth:  The venting amendment is not retroactive and there is no requirement to remove existing venting materials if they show no sign of damage or endangerment to the occupants.

Myth:  A mixture of venting materials can be used on a single appliance, such as PVC and CPVC.

Truth:  The venting materials must be installed as a complete system.

More information is available in the information bulletin, but these are some highlights that are most commonly misinterpreted.

Check out www.granitestatetradeschool.com for more information and training opportunities.






When will NH adopt the 2015 NFPA 54 code book?

Granite State Trade School attempts to keep our finger on the pulse of legislative bodies that make decisions concerning the plumbing and Fuel Gas codes here in NH.

The Mechanical licensing board has submitted their approval to the adopt the 2015 NFPA 54 code book to the legislature.  We expect the NH mechanical licensing board to adopt the 2015 version by July of 2017.

New Hampshire Gas License renewal requirements

New Hampshire Fuel gas licenses are normally issued for two years and expire on the last day of the birth month of the license holder.

The present educational requirement for renewal of that license as set by the NH Mechanical Licensing Board of the State Fire Marshal’s Office requires that each license holder complete 6 hours of Code related training from an approved seminar provider over the two year license period prior to renewal.

That education can come in each of the two licensing years, or in some cases all in the same year.  The 6 hour mandate does not specifically state 3 hours in each of the licensing years, just three hours per year.

Where does a license holder go to get the training they need?  A list of the approved seminar providers is on the NH Mechanical Board website.

Granite State Trade School offers one of the most convenient and comprehensive continuing education schedules, all by approved providers, right in Raymond NH. Some of these classes offer 3 hours of credit, while some offer all 6 hours in the same day.  Granite State Trade School also conducts approved gas license renewal seminars at various locations throughout the state, to include FW Webb locations in Dover, Madison, Gilford, Lebanon, as well as Plumber’s Supply in Lebanon.

Get the training you need to renew your gas license by contacting Granite State Trade School at www.granitestatetradeschool.com



Lp and Natural Gas- Sediment Trap vs. Drip Leg


Granite State Trade School offers Continuing education for Fuel Gas Fitters.

Much of the training centers around NH Gas Code and what is contained in the 2009 NFPA 54 code book.

One of the topics that often gets confused deals with sediment traps and drip legs.

Chapter 7.6 of NFPA 54, 2009 addresses drip legs.  It begins with the phrase :For other than dry gas conditions, a drip shall be provided…”  So the first thing to take into account is that the standard Natural Gas and LP gas used in our region are considered dry gas.  Therefore, no drip leg would be required.

However, the code in 7.6.3 distinguishes that Sediment Traps are something different, and the code directs the reader to 9.6.7 to get the required info pertaining to the installation of sediment traps.

9.6.7 paraphrased says sediments traps ARE required for natural gas and lp systems prior to each appliance inlet, with exceptions listed as illuminating appliances, clothes dryers, ranges, decorative hearth products such as fireplaces and gas logs, and outdoor gas grills.  It DOES NOT exempt all outside appliances. The exact method of installing the sediment is also covered, depicting where the shut off is located, how long the trap portion must be, etc.

So simply stated, sediment traps are most likely REQUIRED each natural gas or LP appliance, and Drip Legs are most likely NOT required on the system, unless some special gas mixture beyond the standard LP and Natural gas is being introduced.


Plumber’s continuing education now on Friday’s as well as Saturdays in 2017

Granite State has been a leader in providing flexible continuing education for fuel gas license holders and for plumbers.

Three hours per year is required for each license discipline. That amounts to 6 hours required for the two yea license renewal.

Granite State Trade School offers continuing education on Fridays and Saturdays at our Raymond location.  Often we travel around the state to places like Lebanon, Madison, Dover, Gilford etc. to provide the continuing education needed.

For the first time in a while, Granite State Trade School is adding Friday continuing Ed days for plumbers.  Saturdays will still be offered as well.  Check the website for the full schedule, but most recent dates include Saturdays Dec 10th, Saturday Jan 14, 2017, Friday Jan 20th, 2017.

Get the training you need to renew your license at Granite State Trade School.





NH FUEL GAS License courses set for the new year

Granite State Trade School continues to lead the way in innovative training in the fuel gas and HVACR trades.

Today the delivery of the new “model home” training facility was placed, giving the school a location where students do more extensive hands on work.  This facility is expected to be ready in the spring for classes to start doing installation, piping and HVAC practical exercises.

The schedule is available on line for the new Fuel Gas licensing courses.

Gas Piping Installer will commence on January 10, 2017 for both day and evening classes.

Gas Equipment Installation and Venting will begin on January 9th for the evening course and January 11th for the daytime course.

Service Technician schedule still has one opportunity in 2016 with a daytime class beginning on December 6th, 2016.  February 7th, 2017 will be the next day class following.  The first evening service tech class will begin January 10th, 2017.

HVAC evening programs continue to grow with HVAC 201 and 301 set to begin February 2017, and new 101 and 201 courses will be held in September 2017.





Careers in the Trades provide opportunity without Debt

The election season once again highlighted the skyrocketing cost of a college education, the mounting debt that many face when they choose that path, and the process of financing that debt through student loans.

One alternative to facing this cost and mounting debt is to explore a career in the trades such as plumbing, HVAC, and gas licensing.  These trades offer opportunities for high paying professional jobs that provide a lifetime of earning potential and opportunities for entrepreneurship. The education costs for a Fuel gas licensing education costs as little ad $3600 for a complete license.

Plumbing education costs less than $7000 for a 4 year program, less than most would pay for one semester of in state college tuition.

HVAC career education costs relatively the same as plumbing, but is condensed into a two year program.

Imagine the freedom from debt and short duration of education required! These programs get high school graduates from classroom to workplace in a very short amount of time.

The trades are truly a unique career opportunity.  Check out www.granitestatetradeschool.com

Scholarships are available for students at explorethetrades.org/scholarships




Gas license renewal requirements

Gas license renewal requirements

As the year comes to an end, it is important to check your Fuel Gas License to ensure you are up to date on your continuing education requirements,  NH Mechanical licensing board requires 3 hours of continuing education per year of issuance to renew your NH fuel gas license.  That mean for most license holders ( 2 year issuance) it will require 6 hours of continuing education to renew their license.

Granite State Trade School offers gas license renewal classes approved by the State of NH Fire Marshal’s office.  Classes must be approved in order to qualify for renewal training. The old format of 5 hours of any industry related gas training and 3 hours of code review is a thing of the past.  Now all 6 hours must be provided by state approved providers and will be code related material.

Granite State Trade School has multiple dates each month that provide opportunities to get either 3 hours or 6 hours of gas license renewal continuing education classes.

Check out the Website www.granitestatetradeschool.com to find all the latest listings.