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CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PERSONS ENGAGED IN LEAD-RELATED ACTIVITIES

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The Texas Environmental Lead Reduction Rules (TELRR) require that all lead-based paint activities in target housing* and child-occupied facilities** be performed by certified individuals. Currently, Texas is one of about 39 states that offer certifications for persons conducting lead-based paint activities. Additionally, as a result of the joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) disclosure requirement of target housing effective September 6, 1996, for target housing greater than four dwelling units, and December 6, 1996, for target housing consisting of four or fewer dwelling units, individuals and/or firms engaged in lead-based paint activities in this housing should be certified. Furthermore, if an individual or company is based outside of Texas, they must become certified by Texas to do business in Texas.

*Target housing – Any housing constructed prior to 1978, except housing for the elderly or persons with disabilities (unless any child who is six years of age or younger resides or is expected to reside in such housing) or any zero-bedroom dwelling. As defined in this section, target housing includes the terms residential dwelling, multi-family dwelling, and unit.

**Child-occupied facility – A building or part of a building constructed before 1978, including, but not limited to, a day-care center, preschool, or kindergarten classroom, that is visited regularly by the same child, six years of age or younger, at least two days in any calendar week if the visits are for at least: (A) three hours each day; and (B) 60 hours each year.


Available Certifications

Lead Inspector

Lead Risk Assessor

Lead Abatement Supervisor

Lead Abatement Project Designer

Lead Abatement Worker

Lead Firm


Lead Inspector Requirements

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issues inspector certifications to individuals who:

Successfully complete a lead inspector training course of at least 24 hours from a Texas-Accredited Training Program Provider;

AND

Successfully pass the state certification examination for lead risk assessors with a score of at least 70% correct within six months of receiving lead inspector and lead risk assessor course completion certificates.

Additional Requirements:

Education and/or Experience Requirements:

Applicant must submit proof of a bachelor's degree plus one year of experience in a related field (e.g. lead, asbestos, public health, or environmental remediation work or building construction trades);

OR

An associate's degree and two years of experience in a related field (e.g. lead, asbestos, public health, environmental remediation work, or building construction trades);

OR

Documentation of a high school diploma (or equivalent), plus three years of experience in a related field (e.g. lead, asbestos, public health, environmental remediation work, or building construction trades).

Documentation of a certification as an industrial hygienist, a professional engineer, a public health nurse, a professional registered sanitarian, a certified safety professional, a registered architect, or an environmental scientist.

Certification will be granted once a complete application and a $610 fee are received by DSHS. Certification is valid for a term of two years.

Re-certification occurs when the Lead Risk Assessor completes lead inspector and lead risk assessor refresher training courses no sooner than 180 days prior to the certification expiration date and submits a renewal application along with a $610 fee to DSHS.  

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Lead Abatement Supervisor

The Texas Department of State Health Services issues lead abatement supervisor certifications to individuals who:

Successfully complete a lead abatement supervisor training course of at least 32 hours from a Texas-Accredited Training Program Provider

Certification will be granted once a complete application and a $104 fee are received by DSHS. Certification is valid for a term of two years.

Re-certification occurs when the Lead Abatement Worker completes a lead abatement worker refresher training course no sooner than 180 days prior to the certification expiration date, and submits a renewal application to DSHS, along with a $104 fee.  

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Lead Firm

Application Requirements:

Must submit to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) a letter signed by the firm's owner or an authorized agent of the firm certifying that the firm will:

(1). Only employ certified employees to conduct lead-based paint activities; and

(2). Follow the standards for conducting lead-based paint activities set out in 25 TAC §295.212 relating to Standards for Conducting Lead-Based Paint Activities.

Additional Requirements:

The firm shall also submit a statement indicating whether the firm is a corporation, giving the state of incorporation and charter number; or if not a corporation, provide a list of all owners (including their titles) employed by the unincorporated firm;

AND

The firm shall also maintain records pursuant to the requirements of 25 TAC §295.212.

Certification will be granted once a complete application and a $1030 fee are received by DSHS. Certification is valid for a term of two years. Re-certification occurs when the Lead Firm submits a renewal application to DSHS along with a $1030 fee.

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Last updated October 23, 2013