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Boiler and Elevator FAQ

Can I work on an elevator or accessibility lift as a helper or apprentice without a license?

Do boilers located in apartment buildings require inspection?

Do hot water heaters have to be inspected?

Do hot water heaters need to be built to the A.S.M.E. Code?

Do I have to take the exam to receive a license?

Do I need my air tank inspected?

Do I need to have my certificate posted?

How do I acquire a New Hampshire elevator or accessibility lift mechanic license?

How long is the elevator inspector, elevator mechanic or accessibility lift mechanic license valid?

How many questions are on the exams and what type of questions?

How much does it cost to renew my license?

How much will it cost to have the state inspect my boiler?

How often does my elevator or accessibility lift need to be inspected?

Is the State of New Hampshire the only state requiring boiler and pressure vessel inspections?

Is there a grace period to get my elevator or accessibility lift inspected?

My boiler or pressure vessel leaks. Can I have it repaired?

State boiler and pressure vessel certificates have been received with the wrong numbers.

What do I need to study to take the Accessibility Lift Exam?

What do I need to study to take the elevator exam?

What happens if my license expires?

What if I need a boiler or pressure vessel extension?

What if my boiler inspector has found code violations?

What is the difference between a high and low pressure boiler?

What is the requirement to pass the exams?

What should I do when I received an overdue boiler or pressure vessel notice?

When does an elevator or accessibility lift not required to have an annual inspection?

Who can maintain, repair and work on my elevator or accessibility lift?

Who is qualified to do boiler and pressure vessel inspections in New Hampshire?

Who is responsible to have the elevator or accessibility lift inspected?

back to topCan I work on an elevator or accessibility lift as a helper or apprentice without a license?

Only if you are in the presence of a New Hampshire licensed elevator or accessibility lift mechanic.

back to topDo boilers located in apartment buildings require inspection?

Yes if the output BTU capacity is 200,000 BTU'S or greater and located in a building of three units or greater (RSA 157-A:6,III; RSA 157-A:8).

back to topDo hot water heaters have to be inspected?

Yes, if they have an input BTU capacity of 200,000 per hour (RSA 157-A:6,III; RSA 157-A:8; RSA 157-A:10).

back to topDo hot water heaters need to be built to the A.S.M.E. Code?

Yes (New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1202.01; Boilers and Pressure Vessel Code of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1998 Edition).

back to topDo I have to take the exam to receive a license?

Yes, unless you qualify under New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1303.06 Examination Not Required.

back to topDo I need my air tank inspected?

Yes, provided it is five cubic feet in volume (RSA 157-A:6,III; RSA 157-A:8; RSA 157-A:10).

back to topDo I need to have my certificate posted?

Yes (RSA 157-A:9-a,V).

back to topHow do I acquire a New Hampshire elevator or accessibility lift mechanic license?

Download the application form from our website, mail the completed application to the New Hampshire Department of Labor, PO Box 2076, Concord, NH 03302-2076 with a check for the amount of $50.00. The check must be made payable to: NH Dept. of State Treasury. Be sure the check is signed, dated and write what check is for in appropriate space provided. After the application is reviewed by the department, you will be notified if any further information is needed (New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1303.02 Initial License Application).

back to topHow long is the elevator inspector, elevator mechanic or accessibility lift mechanic license valid?

Two years from the date of issue (RSA 157-B:8; RSA 157-B:8-a).

back to topHow many questions are on the exams and what type of questions?

There are two parts of appropriately 50 questions on each exam. The type of questions on the exam are true or false, multiple choice, fill in the blank and essay questions. A oral part of appropriately 5-10 questions given by a panel is given after a passing grade on the written part (New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1303.05 Examination Required).

back to topHow much does it cost to renew my license?

$35.00 every 2 years (RSA 157-B:8; RSA 157-B:8-a; New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1303.08 Licensing and Fees).

back to topHow much will it cost to have the state inspect my boiler?

(RSA 157-A:3; RSA 157-A:9)

back to topHow often does my elevator or accessibility lift need to be inspected?

Yearly on the anniversary date of the installation of the unit (RSA 157-B:5), by a New Hampshire licensed elevator inspector.

back to topIs the State of New Hampshire the only state requiring boiler and pressure vessel inspections?

No. Presently 48 or 50 states mandate these inspections.

back to topIs there a grace period to get my elevator or accessibility lift inspected?

There is no grace period, the unit must be inspected within the anniversary month.

back to topMy boiler or pressure vessel leaks. Can I have it repaired?

Yes. If welding is required, it shall be done by a contractor holding an 'R' stamp (New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1203.02 Repairs and Alterations).

back to topState boiler and pressure vessel certificates have been received with the wrong numbers.

Contact your inspector.

back to topWhat do I need to study to take the Accessibility Lift Exam?

At this time, the exam is based on the code adopted by NH ASME A17.1 1965 Part V with 1967 and 1968 supplements, ASME A17.1 1984 Elevator Code Edition Part 20 and ASME A17.1 1993 Elevator Code Edition Part 20 with 1994 and 1995 Addendums (RSA 157-B:3; RSA 157-B:4; New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1302.02 Definitions).

back to topWhat do I need to study to take the elevator exam?

At this time the exam is based on the codes adopted by NH ASME A17.1 1965 Elevator Code Edition with 1967 and 1968 supplements, ASME A17.1 1984 Elevator Code Edition and ASME A17.1 1993 Elevator Code Edition with 1994 and 1995 Addendums (RSA 157-B:3; RSA 157-B:4; New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1302.02 Definitions).

back to topWhat happens if my license expires?

If not renewed within 30 days from the expiration date, you must reapply and you may not work on any related equipment alone. A $50.00 reinstatement fee is required and under certain circumstances reexamination is required (New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1303.07 Renewal License; Chapter LAB 1303.08 Licensing and Fees).

back to topWhat if I need a boiler or pressure vessel extension?

A letter shall be submitted prior to the expiration date (New Hampshire Administrative Rules for Chapter LAB 1202.01 Boilers and Pressure Vessels).

back to topWhat if my boiler inspector has found code violations?

The violations must be corrected prior to the unit being placed in service (RSA 157-A:9-A).

back to topWhat is the difference between a high and low pressure boiler?

Low pressure boiler operates at a pressure of 15 PSI or lower (RSA 157-A:2,VI). High pressure boiler operates at a pressure greater than 15 PSI (RSA 157-A:2,VII).

back to topWhat is the requirement to pass the exams?

At least 70% accuracy is passing (New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1303.03 Examination Required).

What should I do when I received an overdue boiler or pressure vessel notice?

Call your insurance inspector or the Department of Labor.

back to topWhen does an elevator or accessibility lift not required to have an annual inspection?

When installed in a single family private residence.

back to topWho can maintain, repair and work on my elevator or accessibility lift?

A New Hampshire licensed elevator mechanic or accessibility lifts mechanics only (New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 1303.03 Initial License Application).

back to topWho is qualified to do boiler and pressure vessel inspections in New Hampshire?

Inspectors holding a National Board Commission and employed by a Jurisdiction or an Insurance Company writing this type of insurance in New Hampshire (RSA 157-A:7).

back to topWho is responsible to have the elevator or accessibility lift inspected?

The owner or leasee of the building is responsible.


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