Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Section 160A of chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-
The department of environmental quality engineering may establish a program for the certification of persons desiring to engage in inspection and testing of backflow prevention devices installed in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to section one hundred and sixty. Said department shall adopt regulations for the certification program prescribing the minimum qualifications which such persons must meet in order to be certified. A certificate issued pursuant to this paragraph shall be valid for not longer than three years, after which it shall be renewed by said department upon receipt of an application from the person desiring to be so certified and a determination by said department that the applicant meets the qualifications established by the regulations adopted pursuant to this section. An application to renew a certificate shall be filed not later than one month prior to expiration of such certificate. After notice and opportunity for hearing, said department may suspend or revoke for cause any such certification. Said department may prescribe reasonable application fees for the issuance of such a certificate. Any person who engages in inspecting or testing backflow prevention devices in violation of this paragraph, shall, in addition to any other remedy provided by law, be punished by fine not to exceed five thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.