Lead Certification Requirements


Lead Permit Requirements

Requirements for Lead Supervisors, Workers, Planner/Project Designers and Inspector/Risk Assessors

Requirements for those who wish to conduct lead activities in NJ are below.

  • Must complete training approved by the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH).
  • Supervisors and Inspector/Risk Assessors must pass a third-party state examination and have specific education and experience (see below) before they can apply for a permit the first time.
  • Must submit a completed application (see below) to the NJDOH along with required attachments (see below)
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General Information
  • All permits are valid for two (2) years
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Attachments

All applications must include the following:

  • Payment must be in the form of a certified bank check, money order or e-payment. No personal checks or cash will be accepted.
  • A passport-sized color photo (must be on a white, uncluttered background, no hat, glasses or anything that would disguise the face)
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Disciplines and Requirements

Rearrange as indicated below:

Lead Workers for Housing and Public Buildings  conduct lead abatement work in housing and public buildings. Application (EHS-22) Fee: $80

 

Lead Supervisors for Housing and Public Buildings  supervises lead abatement work in housing and public buildings Application (EHS-23)  Fee: $150

Initial Applicants must provide proof of the following:

  • Proof of passing third-party state examination
  • At least one year of experience as a lead abatement worker
  • At least two years of experience in a related field or the construction trades

Lead Workers for Commercial Buildings and Superstructures conduct lead abatement work in commercial buildings and on superstructures (ie. bridges and water towers). Application (EHS-26) Fee: $80

 

Supervisors for Commercial Buildings and Superstructures  supervise lead abatement work in commercial buildings and on superstructures (ie. bridges and water towers).  Application (EHS-27) Fee: $150Initial Applicants must provide proof of the following:

  • Proof of passing third-party state examination
  • Proof of at least two (2) years of experience in commercial or industrial painting
  • Proof of at least one 90 days of experience in field supervision or management in hazardous paint removal within the previous 24 months.
  • Proof of work experience demonstrating knowledge of relevant safety practices, waste –handling procedures and of environmental monitoring.

 

Lead abatement Planner/Project Designers  designs specifications for lead abatement work in housing and public buildings  Application (EHS-25) Fee: $200

 

Inspector/ Risk Assessors performs a surface-by-surface inspection to determine presence of lead-based paint.   A risk assessment a report explains the results and options for reducing hazards.  Application (EHS-24) Fee: $150

Initial Applicants must provide proof of the following:

Education and Experience, must provide proof of:

-At least one (1) year of experience in a related field (such as asbestos, lead, environmental remediation, construction-related health, safety inspections, etc.) and one of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree and one additional year of experience in a related field
  • Certification as a sanitary inspector-grade 1, health officer, an industrial hygienist, an engineer, a registered architect, or an environmentally-related scientific experience in a related field
  • A high school diploma (or equivalent), and at least two additional years of experience in a related field
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Permit Renewal Requirements
  • Provide proof of having taken refresher training approved by the NJDOH
  • Complete the appropriate application as indicated above
  • Payment must be in the form of a certified bank check, money order or e-payment. No personal checks or cash will be accepted
  • Submit a passport-sized color photo (must be on a white, uncluttered background, no hat, glasses or anything that would disguise the face) with application
  • Applicants must pay all penalties imposed on the applicant by the NJDOH.
  • Renewal must be submitted within 90 calendar days prior to or after the permit’s expiration date.
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Reciprocity Applicants

Applicants who have been trained and permitted outside of New Jersey must

  • Must complete Application for Reciprocal Lead Permit (EHS-1) and submit all required documentation, photo and fee (see above requirements)
  • Provide proof of a currently valid certification with another state which has received US Environmental Protection Agency authorization to administer and enforce a state lead certification and training program under Title IV of the Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Initial Supervisors for Commercial Buildings and Superstructures Applicants will be required to take the third-party state examination. Paperwork will be provided to applicant upon tentative approval of the application. Once proof of passing the examination has been submitted, the application will be approved.
  • Workers and Supervisors for Housing and Public Buildings, Inspector/Risk Assessors, or Planner/Project Designers Applicants:  If the applicant is certified in New York State or in another state where the lead program is administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the applicant must complete Section I of the Verification of Lead Licensure Status (EHS-46) form. The form must then be submitted to the EPA.  The EPA will complete Section II of the form and submit the completed form to our office. Note: Reciprocity applications from individuals certified by an EPA-run state will not be approved without a completed EHS-46 form. If you are not sure if EPA administers the program in your state, please contact your certifying office.
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Last Reviewed: 8/17/2017