Amendments of Rules Regarding Continuing Education for Certificate Renewal

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Effective Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Final Rule

 

According to Fire Code Section FC113.7.3, the Fire Department may require a certificate holder to complete a Department-approved continuing education program as a condition of renewal of the certificate.

 

The final rule requires refrigerating system operating engineer certificate holders to have completed a continuing education course in building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping from a Department-approved continuing education program by the time of their next certificate renewal.  This will ensure that operating engineers, who typically have other important responsibilities relating to building operation and maintenance, are familiar with applicable Fire Code requirements, which have undergone a comprehensive revision in 2008 and were revised again effective March 2014.

 

Refrigerating system operating engineer certificate holders who also hold a Fire Safety Director Certificate of Fitness will not be required to re-take the course because the continuing education requirement in building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping for refrigerating system operating engineer certificate holders is substantially similar to the continuing education that Fire Safety Director Certificate of Fitness holders were already required to complete, as set forth in 3 RCNY §113-02.

 

The final rule also requires that building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping be included as a topic in the curriculum for refrigerating system operating engineer certificate training courses.  This amendment is substantially similar to 3 RCNY §113-05, which makes building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping a required topic in the training course curriculum for fire safety directors.

 

The final rule also adds company certificates and stationary battery storage systems as additional topics in the curriculum for building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping training courses. These topics are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of many refrigerating system operating engineers.

 

Terms used in the final rule that are defined in the Fire Code or elsewhere in the Fire Department’s rules are indicated by italics.

 

New material is underlined.  Material to be deleted is in [brackets].

 

“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

 

Guidance with respect to the interpretation of the Fire Code and Fire Department rules may be obtained using the Public Inquiry Form on the Fire Department’s website, www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/firecode/index.shtml#p6.