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Lead Based Paint Abatement Instructions & Qualifications

The Lead Based Paint training and certification process requires initial training and accreditation and yearly re-registration.  Every three years the individual must take a refresher course in their respective disciplines to maintain accreditation.   The general steps for accreditation in Alabama are as follows:

  1. Register and pass an Initial training class from an Alabama-approved training provider. 
  2. INSPECTORS, RISK ASSESSORS & SUPERVISORS MUST Register and pass the EPA required Certification Exam (Third Party Exam) for the appropriate discipline. Schedule for test at UA, and Registration form.  This step does not apply to Workers, Project Designers or Renovators.
  3. Register as an individual with our offices. Registration may be completed on-line here or via regular mail using this Accreditation Application. Upon Approval you will receive a Safe State ID card.
  4. Register your company, or confirm that your company is registered, with the Alabama Department of Public Health. ADPH Links

All applicants must be at least 19 years of age.

Some disciplines have additional qualifications that must be met in addition to the steps listed above:

Lead Based Paint Inspector

  • No additional requirements

Lead Based Paint Risk Assessor

  • Be registered (or concurrently register) as a Safe State lead-based paint inspector
  • Have one of the following combinations of education and experience:
    • Hold professional certification as an industrial hygienist, professional engineer, registered architect, or a certification in a related engineering or health or environmental field; or
    • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University, and one year of work experience in a related field (e.g., lead, asbestos, environmental remediation, construction); or
    • An associate degree and two years of experience in a related field (e.g., lead, asbestos, environmental remediation, construction); or
    • A high school diploma (or equivalent), and at least three years of experience in a related field (e.g., lead, asbestos, environmental remediation, construction)

Lead-Based Paint Supervisor

  • Have one of the following combinations of experience:
    • One year of experience as an accredited or certified lead-based paint worker; or
    • At least two years of work experience in a related field (e.g., lead, asbestos, environmental remediation, construction or building trades)

Lead-Based Paint Project Designer

  • Have one of the following combinations of experience:
    • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, or a related profession from an accredited College or University (CCSACS or equivalent), and at least one year of experience in building construction design, or a related field; or
    • At least four years of work experience in building construction design, or a related field.

Lead-Based Paint Worker

  • No additional Requirements

Notes/ Additional Instructions:  Even if the applicant has been approved in their respective discipline in another state or through the EPA, individuals applying to Alabama for the first time will need to have their most recent training from one of the approved training providers listed in step 1.  This can be the initial training (or a refresher course if the initial had been taken previously). 

If the applicant has not previously registered with Alabama they will need to submit electronic copies or originals of the initial training and all subsequent refresher training to bring the applicant up to date in our system.

Safe State reserves the right to require physical submittal of original training certificates, letters from the training provider confirming course completion, or other supporting documentation as needed to complete the review process.