Wisconsin Certification Requirements for Lead-Based Paint Activities
The Asbestos and Lead Section in the
Department of Health Services administers the certification
(licensure) required to perform lead-based paint activities in
Wisconsin. Lead-based paint activities are regulated when
conducted in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities, and include:
lead abatement and hazard reduction activities; lead investigations,
including paint sampling and testing, dust wipe sampling, soil sampling,
and lead clearance activities; and renovation, repair, and painting
activities that disturb paint.
Regulated lead activities require both individual
and company certifications.
License Fee Waiver Program - 2011 Wisconsin Act 209
you are a veteran of the U.S. armed services you may qualify
for a one-time fee waiver of your initial lead
www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/partners/act209.htm to learn more about the
Fee Waiver Program and how to apply for a fee waiver
voucher. To be granted a fee waiver, submit your
voucher eligibility code with your application.
Lead Disciplines: The
Hazard Reduction and Investigation Certification Table (PDF, 47 KB) lists the
lead (Pb) course(s), fees, and any state exam, prior education, or
experience required for certification in each discipline.
Training: An individual must first complete
accredited lead training before applying for certification. Select
Wisconsin Training Providers for the list of trainers.
Affiliation with a
Certified Company: An individual conducting regulated lead work
must work for or own a Wisconsin-certified Lead Company or Lead-Safe
Company. To apply for company certification, complete the
Certification Application - Company (PDF,
25 KB) .
After completing training for a lead discipline, the individual may
apply for certification by one of these methods:
ONLINE, if paying by
VISA or MasterCard credit or debit card,
Application - Individual form (PDF, 43 KB) , if paying by check or money order.
Download, complete, and submit with payment.
Persons completing training in another state must apply using the
Certification Application - Individual (PDF, 43 KB) form and attach the
Notarized copy of the
most recent training certificate for the discipline
Copies of ALL previous
training certificates for the discipline
Clear color copy of an
acceptable photo identification
passport-style photo no smaller than 2x2 inches. the photo may
be emailed to the Department at
in JPEG format only. Please name the photo with the
applicant's name and put applicant's name in the subject line of the
email (ex. John Doe Photo - application sent separately by mail).
Persons must have their Department-issued certification card at the
job site when conducting regulated lead work. Applications are
processed as quickly and efficiently as possible, but
applicants are encouraged to submit applications immediately after
completing training and to submit renewal applications at lease 30
days before the expiration date on the current card.
State Lead Exam:
Individuals making initial application for Lead Abatement
Supervisor, Inspector, Hazard Investigator, or Risk Assessor
certification are required to take the state lead exam for the
Applicants must pass the
appropriate exam with a score of at lead 70% correct within six
months of completing their qualifying training. Persons who
were not previously certified in the discipline are issued a 6-month
Interim Certification card, allowing them to conduct regulated work
while waiting to take and pass the exam.
A person who fails the
exam may take it up to two additional times during the initial
six-month period. Each exam registration costs $50.
A person who does not
pass the exam after three attempts, or within six months, which ever
comes earlier, must re-take the initial course for the discipline
before again taking the exam. This person would not
qualify for Interim Certification and would not be allowed to
conduct regulated work until passing the exam and receiving a
An applicant currently
certified in another state who passed the exam in that state may
provide proof of certification in that state and of passing that
state's exam in lieu of taking the Wisconsin exam.
Persons who have passed
the exam in Wisconsin but whose certification has been expired for
more that 12 months are required to re-take the state exam prior to
qualifying for recertification. Persons may also be required
to re-take the initial course if they did not maintain their
refresher training requirements.
Schedule and Locations
Study Guides: Topics covered on the exams are available for the
Hazard Investigator, and
Risk Assessor exams.
certification is required before performing or offering to perform
regulated lead (Pb) activities.
Company - With properly certified persons, may offer and conduct
lead abatement activities, lead-safe renovation activities, or
lead investigation activities that include lead inspections,
risk assessments, and clearances.
Lead-Safe Company -
With properly certified persons, may offer and conduct
renovation activities on pre-1978 residential and child-occupied
Affiliated with Company: A certified company must employ or
contract with appropriately certified individuals before performing
or offering to perform regulated lead activities, including lead
abatement activities, lead investigation activities, and lead-safe
applications may be made by one of these methods:
Company Lists Available
to the Public: The Department makes available to the general
public on its web site directories of certified companies that
conduct regulated lead work. The directories include:
Contractor Directory - must employ a certified lead abatement
Directory - must employ a certified lead inspector, lead hazard
investigator, or lead risk assessor
Company Directory - must employ a certified lead-safe renovator,
lead abatement worker, or lead abatement supervisor
A certified company may opt
to be listed in one or more of these directories by checking the
appropriate box or boxes under the "Public Directories" section of
the company application form.
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