§ 9-3007.  Grace Period for Transition to Full Certification/Permitting Requirements.
   (1)   No person shall be required to possess any certificate or permit mandated by this Chapter in the first 180 days from the effective date of this Chapter. During the period from 181 days after the effective date of this Chapter through one year after the effective date of this Chapter, no person shall be required to possess any certificate or permit mandated by this Chapter provided he or she has submitted the necessary certificate or permit application within 180 days from the effective date of this Chapter.
   (2)   The Department shall issue a sheet metal systems technician certificate without examination to any person who submits an application for such certificate during the 180 day period after the effective date of this Chapter, provided the applicant pays the required application fee and submits evidence demonstrating he or she has:
      (a)   performed at least 10,000 hours of documented full-time practical experience working on sheet metal systems; or
      (b)   has completed a registered sheet metal technician apprenticeship program.