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LP Gas Licenses for RV Dispensing & Repair

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)

RV LP Gas Legislation 2020

Resources:

Apply for LP Gas Category I Dealer License Application – https://forms.freshfromflorida.com/03578.pdf 
All information for LP Gas Qualifiers and Master Qualifiers for 2020 – https://www.fdacs.gov/Business-Services/LP-Gas-Licenses/LP-Gas-Training
LP Gas Updates as of 8/26/20
Updates Regarding Recent and Ongoing Changes to LP Gas Statutes and Rules

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To apply for certification as a master qualifier, each applicant must:
Be employed by a licensed Category 1 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Dealer or Liquefied Petroleum Gas Installer or by an applicant for such a license,

  • An individual with at least three years of verifiable LP gas experience or who holds a professional certification issued by an LP gas manufacturer may now apply for certification as a master qualifier and sit for the exam.
  • Previously, only individuals who had been registered qualifiers for a minimum of three years could do so.

FAQ

What is the difference in my license?

What are the approved courses?

How do I sign-up for the exam?

As a Master Qualifier or Qualifier, which application do I use for an initial application and renewal registration? 

Where do I take the exam?
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is under contract with a third-party testing agent to provide LP Gas testing year-round at 22 locations around the state for your convenience.
More information will be available soon. In addition, we have discontinued testing at the Pompano and Tampa labs.
Exam Types 
Testing Information

Is the State sending out the annual LP License renewal form?
Yes, renewal notices will go out as usual.
Since the new RV licenses and certifications are more limited in scope, those seeking to convert to an RV-specific license or certification will need to submit the application for an RV-specific license or certification, rather than renewing the license(s) or certification currently held. However,  individuals who hold current Category 1 qualifier or master qualifier certifications will not have to sit for a new exam if they choose to make the switch to an RV-specific certification.

Will dealers that purchased a 3 year license have to renew to the new Cat. 1 – prior to 2021?
No.
Dealers in this situation should contact the Department’s Bureau of Compliance for further instructions if they wish to convert their current license(s) to a Cat. 1 – RV license The phone number for the LP Gas section is (850) 921-1600.

Is there any consideration to extend the MQ and Q 16 hour CEU requirement from Aug 2021 to a future date given the new Qualifier categories and the FRVTA intention to be approved as training provider and offering a more focused RV curriculum?
No. 

As the deadline is over a year away, there is currently no intention is extend it. If, as the date draws nearer, the situation suggests that reconsideration is appropriate, we will certainly reconsider our current position.

Will the FRVTA offer free training for LP Gas renewal credits?
Yes.
We anticipate these 6 courses to be completed by Jan or Feb 2021. Our courses fulfill 20 hours of CEU credits.

Will FRVTA offer test prep training for technicians who need to be certified as a qualifier or master qualifier?
Yes.
We will offer 2 live training per region per month starting in Oct 2020. Interested participants will need to purchase books separately. We will provide more information on the logistics in Sept 2020.

Can a master qualifier be anyone of my choice? 
No.
The master qualifier must be a manager, owner or someone otherwise primarily responsible for overseeing the operations of the licensed location and must provide documentation to FDACS.

My Master Qualifier left the dealership, now what?

Per Section 527.0201 Florida Statute; Extension of Time to Fill Master Qualifier Vacancy;
The time granted under Section 527.0201(6)(b), Florida Statutes, for any category I or category V licensee to replace its duly designated master qualifier when that person is no longer working for the business organization is extended from 60 days to 90 days when the business organization still employs a licensed qualifier. 

Nothing in this Order alters or suspends the reporting requirements set forth in Section 527.0201(6), Florida Statutes. A vacancy in a master qualifier position in a business organization which results from the departure of the master qualifier shall be immediately reported to the department by the departing master qualifier and the licensed company. 

The extensions of time set forth in this section (§ 3) apply only to those vacancies reported to the Department prior to the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52 and extended by Executive Orders 20-114, 20-166, or any subsequent extension, issued by the Governor of the State of Florida. Vacancies reported to the Department following the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52 and extended by Executive Orders 20-114, 20-166, or any subsequent extension, must be filled in accordance with Section 527.0201(6)(b), Florida Statutes.

If a master qualifier vacancy is not filled in accordance with the terms of this Order, the business organization’s license shall be suspended by order of the Department. 

My Qualifier left the dealership, now what?

Per Section 527.0201, Florida Statutes;  Extension of Time to Fill a Qualifier Vacancy;
The time granted under Section 527.0201(6)(a), Florida Statutes, for a business organization to replace its duly designated qualifier when that person is no longer working for the business organization is extended from 20 days to 60 days. 

If a business organization no longer possesses a duly designated qualifier but employs a licensed master qualifier who is willing and able to perform the duties associated with the vacated qualifier position in addition to his or her own, the business organization shall have 90 days to fill the qualifier vacancy. 

If a category II licensee no longer possesses a duly designated qualifier, the business organization shall have 90 days to fill the qualifier vacancy if its liquefied petroleum gas supplier agrees to provide a licensed qualifier or master qualifier to take on the duties and responsibilities associated with the category II licensee’s vacant qualifier position. A person acting as a qualifier for one category I licensee and one category II licensee in accordance with this paragraph and all other applicable terms of this Order shall not be deemed to be acting in violation of Section 527.0201 (2)(b ), Florida Statutes. 

Nothing in this Order alters or suspends the reporting requirements set forth in Section 527.0201(6), Florida Statutes. A vacancy in a qualifier position in a business organization which results from the departure of the qualifier shall be immediately reported to the department by the departing qualifier and the licensed company. 

The extensions of time set forth in this section (§ 2) apply only to those vacancies reported to the Department prior to the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52 and extended by Executive Orders 20-114, 20-166, or any subsequent extension, issued by the Governor of the State of Florida. Vacancies reported to the Department following the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52 and extended by Executive Orders 20-114, 20-166, or any subsequent extension, must be filled in accordance with Section 527.0201(6)(a), Florida Statutes.

If a qualifier vacancy is not filled in accordance with the terms of this Order, the business organization’s license shall be suspended by order of the Department. 

When does the CEU Extension Period Expire?

In response to concerns related to COVID-19, the Department issued an emergency order addressing license renewal and continuing education requirements for qualifiers and master qualifiers. Specifically, a certified qualifier or master qualifier who met all renewal requirements except for those related to continuing education was authorized to renew on a provisional basis and was given until December 31, 2020, to complete the necessary continuing education courses and to submit the required CEU documentation.

This notice is being sent as a courtesy reminder that the certification of any qualifier or master qualifier who renewed on a provisional basis pursuant to the Department’s emergency order (i.e., without providing evidence of the required CEUs) will automatically expire on January 1, 2021, unless all required CEU documentation has been submitted to the Department. A qualifier or master qualifier who allows his or her certification to expire must re-take and pass the appropriate exam in order to become certified again.

In addition, on January 1, 2021, any business organization in license categories I, II, or V operating with a provisionally-licensed qualifier and/or master qualifier who has failed to submit the required CEU documentation will be deemed to be operating without a licensed qualifier and/or master qualifier, and the business organization’s license will be suspended by order of the Department.

Please be aware of this approaching deadline and take the steps necessary to prevent the expiration and/or suspension of your license(s). If you have any questions, please contact our office at (850) 921-1600.

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