Today I paid my 8 hours of time to continuing education to keep my Masters/Journeyman's license active in the state of Kentucky. The first 4 hour class dealt with make-up air for furnaces and water heaters, instantaneous heaters in varying applications.
It was then followed by building codes relating to drilling and notching structure wood, then showed a MythBuster's clip of the water heater explosion experiment.
The class ran out of content quickly.......they let us out almost a couple hours early.....then told us to come back for a second class relating to business finance.
Two different classes........two different formats. The second class was about how we manage cash flow...the purpose of knowing accounting skills and the like.
There was only 3 in the class.........??? (This was the first class ever, everyone probably is waiting till the last minute and taking the august session) and all 3 of us use a CPA for accounting services.
The lady had a little to work with but we curtailed the topics and entertained many pools of thought.
Out of the 3 in the class, two of them had the plumbing businesses that were in the family, handed down.
I was the one who mentioned, "Self-Created" which apparently rubbed the two guys the wrong way.........just slightly. They was a little quick to defend this stance that it's not that easy......and I agree.
But, knowing the comedic idiot I am on a regular basis.......I was shocked to hear their response when I just casually made that statement.
We got out a little early and I'm good for the year!
What I did hear today was down right disturbing....and this is the true reason why I posted this....and how disappointing the news was:
Found out that Kentucky is soon to drop the code courses that was offered by the plumbing inspectors at their own donation of time.
The state is rounding up, making cuts into the workforce down in Frankfort and will cut out 12 jobs down at the main office.
This means that this will further strain an already struggling department because they have the inspectors covering too much ground already, and this causes delays in the final approvals of plumbing systems along with okaying plan submissions and drawings.
This course I believe was the best thing to happen to trade for those who were trying to study for their Journeyman's or Masters to test out and get the passing grade.
This class was very in-depth, covered a vast array of knowlege bases and it was perfect as it had licensed Master Plumbers, those who also doubled as plumbing inspectors to give insight of what we are around every single day.
The attitude of the situation was one of discouragement, they've been doing this for the love of the trade and the state of Kentucky somehow blew through a 78 million dollar surplus that existed just last year..............????
It's wrong on all counts........once again Kentucky is suffering due to the hands of people that cannot control what is or is not done.
There are many MANY colleges taking it upon themselves to offer classes that do qualify as continuing education courses....but it's no where near the same as having the people we work with every day who know the code as it's their life's work, not just another book and paper class.
There has got to be a way to salvage this very important, well needed program to keep plumbers not only knowledgeable but give them the instruction to get their licensing.
I was in one of only two classes that did a full 4 year apprenticeship in the state of Kentucky......it folded soon after; money.
What do you do in a situation like this?
There's got to be a way to pull these minds together and provide the ability to continue on this line of thinking.
If I had serious capital....I'd be the first one to stand up to the plate and say screw the state and get thinking minds alike once again back together, get this situation permanently solved where incoming and existing plumbers have the given luxury of getting this much needed education.
The whole situation pisses me off......especially now when I offered a $3000 donation last year to insure this program keeps legs under it.........and now it's leaving.