Licensing Information for Lead Inspection Professionals

Master and Certified Environmental Lead Inspectors, Environmental Lead Inspector Technicians, Mitigation Inspectors, and Environmental Lead Assessors have different licensing requirements and are authorized to perform different types of lead inspections and assessments.


Specific training, licensing, and work requirements for lead inspection professionals are available in part III and sections 16 and 17 of the state regulations.

Certified Environmental Lead Laboratories

Lead inspection professionals that require testing of environmental samples of lead in paint, dust, soil, and water must utiilize a certified environmental lead laboratory.

Types of Licensed Professionals

Master Environmental Lead Inspector

Master Environmental Lead Inspectors are Certified Environmental Lead Inspectors who have provided Certified Environmental Lead Inspector Technicians with sufficient training and field experience in order to upgrade their licenses from Inspector Technicians to Inspectors. Requirements to upgrade certification from an Inspector to a Master Inspector are specified in the state regulations.

Certified Environmental Lead Inspector

Certified Environmental Lead Inspectors can conduct Comprehensive Environmental Lead Inspections, Clearance Inspections, and Annual Reinspections and can issue Certifications of Lead-Free or Lead-Safe Status after these inspections. They can conduct Clearance Inspections and issue Certifications of Acceptable Clearance Status to Lead Hazard Control Firms for compliance with the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. They can also conduct Limited Environmental Lead Inspections to look for lead in paint, drinking water, interior dust, or exterior soil.

Certified Environmental Lead Inspector Technician

Certified Environmental Lead Inspector Technicians can conduct Limited and Comprehensive Environmental Lead Inspections ONLY under the supervision of Certified Environmental Lead Inspectors. They may independently conduct post-abatement clearance inspections and issue lead-safe certificates only after meeting the stated criteria in the state regulations. Requirements to upgrade certification from a Technician to an Inspector are also specified in the regulations.

Environmental Lead Inspector Technician-in-Training

People who fail the Environmental Lead Inspector Technician licensing exam(s) can apply for a Technician-in-Training license to get up to six months of on the job training before re-taking the exam.

Mitigation Inspector

Mitigation Inspectors are Certified Environmental Lead Inspectors or Inspector Technicians who have successfully completed the Housing Resources Commission Lead Mitigation Inspector class. Only Mitigation Inspectors can conduct Independent Clearance Inspections and issue Certificates of Conformance.

Environmental Lead Assessor

Environmental Lead Assessors are certified to conduct lead assessments and cite properties for environmental lead hazards within the jurisdiction of their employers. They must have authority to enforce housing, occupational health, child welfare, and/or environmental standards under federal, state, and/or local laws or regulations. more