The mission of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE) is to protect Texas citizens against the health and safety hazards that can result from improperly installed plumbing, gas, and medical gas systems. To achieve this goal, the TSBPE administers and enforces Chapter 1301 of the Texas Occupations Code (Plumbing License Law). The agencys main functions can be separated into four categories: examination, licensing, enforcement, and administration. Although it is not required by statute, the TSBPE believes an education component is inherent in all but its administrative function. To that end, the agency strives to raise awareness among consumers, licensees and registrants, local governments, and other stakeholders in the plumbing industry regarding the requirements of the Plumbing License Law and rules adopted by the Board, and the dangerous conditions that can arise from improperly installed plumbing. Outreach efforts are also in place to educate individuals considering the plumbing profession as a career. Properly installed plumbing systems should not be taken for granted simply because we live in modern times. Rather, we must recognize that the reason plumbing-related accidents, illnesses, and injuries occur less often is due, in large part, to continued diligence in the regulation of the plumbing industry.