Lead Qualification Requirements

Individuals may be certified in the following disciplines: inspector, risk assessor, supervisor, project designer, worker. The activities that may be performed by each discipline, and the specific requirements for initial certification are listed below. Certified inspectors may perform inspection and post-abatement clearance activities.
Qualifications for certification:

  1. Pass an EPA-accredited inspector course.
  2. Pass the EPA inspector certification exam.

Certified risk assessors may perform inspection, post-abatement clearance, lead hazard screen, and risk assessment activities.
Qualifications for certification:

  1. Pass an accredited inspector course.
  2. Pass an EPA-accredited risk assessor course.
  3. Pass the EPA risk assessor certification exam.
  4. Meet one of the following requirements:
    1. Bachelor's degree and 1 year of experience in a related field, or
    2. an Associates degree and 2 years experience in a related field; or
    3. Certification as an industrial hygienist, professional engineer, registered architect and/or certification in a related engineering/health/environmental field, or
    4. A high school diploma (or equivalent), and at least 3 years of experience in a related field.

Certified abatement supervisors may perform specific abatement activities, including oversight of abatement projects and preparation of the occupant protection plan and the abatement report.
Qualifications for certification:

  1. Pass an EPA-accredited abatement supervisor course.
  2. Pass the EPA abatement supervisor certification exam.
  3. Meet one of the following requirements:
    1. One year of experience as a certified lead-based paint abatement worker, or
    2. At least 2 years of experience in a related field.

Certified project designers may prepare occupant protection plans and abatement reports for abatement projects.
Qualifications for certification:

  1. Pass an accredited supervisor course.
  2. Pass an EPA-accredited project designer course.
  3. Meet one of the following requirements:
    1. Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, or a related profession, and 1 year of experience in building construction and design or a related field, or
    2. Four years of experience in building construction and design or a related field.

Certified abatement workers may conduct abatement activities under the direction of certified abatement supervisors.
Qualifications for certification:

  1. Pass an EPA-accredited abatement worker course.

 

Application Forms and Instructions

Note: The following application forms and instructions are best viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0. If you are using an older version of the reader download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 for best results.
The application forms can be filled out on your computer, you then only need to print the form, sign it, and mail it to EPA. If you prefer to fill the form out by hand just print the form, fill it in, sign it and mail it to EPA.

  • Individuals (Worker, Supervisor, Risk Assessor, Inspector, Project Designer)
    • Pass the EPA inspector certification exam.
    • Pass the EPA inspector certification exam.

 

The Certification Process

EPA processes applications on a first-come first-served basis. Your course completion certificate will serve as interim certification for six months. If the application process is not completed within 6 months of your course completion, the initial training must be retaken and the application process restarted including paying the certification fee again. Make sure to allow enough time for your application to be processed. If you are applying for supervisor, inspector, or risk assessor certification, you must pass a 3rd party exam and receive certification from EPA before the expiration date on your interim certification. If you do not complete these activities before the expiration date, you cannot conduct lead-based paint activities. The following flowchart depicts the certification process.

 

Re-Certification

If you completed an accredited training course with a course test and, if applicable, a hands-on assessment, you must be re-certified every three years. If you completed an accredited course that included a proficiency test, you must be re-certified every five years (all disciplines except Project Designer). To be re-certified before your current certification expires, you must submit your renewal application no later than 90 days before the expiration date.

 

Fees

The fees for applying for certification are listed below. It is important that you:

  • Calculate fees based on the number of disciplines and the number of jurisdictions in which you plan to work.
  • If applying for certification for multiple Indian tribal lands:
    • Submit one $35 fee for all Tribes in each EPA Region.
  • If you are applying for certification in more than one discipline, include a list of the disciplines and jurisdictions with your fees.
  • Write the total fee in section A of the application, even if you attach sheets of paper listing additional states, U.S. Territories, or Indian tribal lands.
  • For more efficient processing, enclose the exam fee (if applicable) with the certification fee.
  • Make the check or money order payable to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Write "Lead Program User Fees" on your check or money order.
  • Send fees to U.S. EPA Washington Financial Management Center address (see inside front cover).
  • Enclose a photocopy of the check or money order with the application and send with the application to the Washington, D.C. address on the inside front cover.
Lead-Based Paint Activities-Individual Certification Re-certification
(every 3 or 5 years,
see 40 CFR 745.226(e)(1)
for details)
Inspector $400 $350
Risk Assessor $520 $420
Supervisor $470 $390
Worker $280 $240
Project designer $470 $390
Certification examination fee $70 for each attempt
Multi Jurisdictional Certification $35 per discipline for each additional EPA-run state, U.S. territory, and/or Indian tribal land(s) in any one Region
Replacement badge or certificate $15

Fee Examples

1) If applying for initial Risk Assessor certification in one state:

Initial Risk Assessor certification fee $520
Third-party exam fee for Risk Assessor $70
Total Amount Due: $590

2) If applying for initial Risk Assessor and initial Abatement Worker certifications in two states:

Initial Risk Assessor certification fee $520
Third-party exam fee for Risk Assessor $70
Initial Worker certification fee (no exam fee) $280
One additional state fee* (2 disciplines) $70
Total Amount Due: $940

3) If applying for initial Project Designer and initial Supervisor certifications in two states and all Indian Tribes in one Region:

Initial Project Designer certification fee (no exam fee) $470
Initial Supervisor certification fee $470
Third-party exam fee for Supervisor $70
One additional state fee* (2 disciplines) $70
All Indian Tribes in one Region fee* (2 disciplines) $70
Total Amount Due: $1150

* Each certification request includes the fee for one EPA-run jurisdiction.

 

Mailing Instructions

Send your application and a photocopy of your fee payment to one of the following addresses:

If sending by U.S. Mail use the following address:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
OPPTS (MC 74040T)
LBP Activities Accred/Cert. Request
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

If sending by overnight mail or next day delivery service use the following address:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
LBP Activities Accred/Cert Request
1201 Constitution Ave, NW (EPA East 4355H)
Washington, DC 20460

Mail a check or money order for the fees to:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington Financial Management Center
Lead Program User Fees
P.O. Box 360277M
Pittsburgh, PA 15251


Refund Policy

Individuals having submitted an application and associated fees for certification or re-certification who wish to withdraw their application prior to Agency approval will receive a fee refund based upon the schedule listed below.
Individuals must notify the Agency in writing in order to qualify for a refund. The date of withdrawal is the date on which the Agency received the withdrawal notification. There will be no refund of fees after the Agency has granted an applicant certification in a particular discipline. Refunds are not available for certification examination fees, or the replacement of a badge or certificate. Refunds will only be granted on a per discipline basis. Therefore, an individual must withdraw their application for a particular discipline in all the states and tribes for which they applied. No refunds are available for disapproved applications.
The percentage of fees refunded is based on the following chart:

Number of Days Following Agency Receipt of Application Percent Reimbursable (based upon total fees submitted for a particular discipline)
up to 10 days 100%
11 to 60 days 75%
61 to 120 days 50%
121 or more days 25%

Note: Refunds will only be made after EPA verification of fee receipt and deposit by the U.S. Treasury.

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