Lead Abatement Certification

Effective September 26, 2000, individuals engaged in lead-based paint (LBP) activities in "target housing" and "child-occupied facilities" in the State of Tennessee must be certified by the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The Lead-based Paint Abatement Program is a part of the Division of Solid Waste Management.

Individuals seeking certification to conduct lead abatement activities in the State of Tennessee must first meet the qualifications required for each individual discipline (worker, supervisor, inspector, risk assessor, and project designer) as described in the State of Tennessee Lead-Based Paint Abatement Rule 1200-01-18.

If qualified for the discipline of interest, the individual is required to obtain the appropriate LBP training course certificate from a State of Tennessee certified training provider.

Additionally, to obtain State of Tennessee certification in the LBP inspector, risk assessor, and supervisor disciplines, individuals  (except for those currently certified by EPA) must also take and pass the State of Tennessee Commissioner's (third-party) certification examination. This exam is administered by the LBP Program and must be passed within six (6) months following the completion of the appropriate LBP training course previously discussed.

Third Party Lead Examination Schedule

The Commissioner's examination is scheduled to be administered according to the table below (this table is subject to change and should be checked often). To take the exam, please request an exam application from the LBP Program at (888) 771-5323 or (615) 532-6877. The appropriate application and exam fees must be submitted to the LBP Program at 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243, Attn: Robbyn Smith.

To schedule the exam and for any adjustments or additions to dates, time, and/or locations where the exam will be administered, all requests must be made through Robbyn Smith at 615-532-6877 in the LBP Program.

Exams offered in Nashville are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and are administered at The William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor. All exams offered in Knoxville and Memphis are scheduled upon request (locations may vary) and begin at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise specified by the examiner.

Additional exam times and locations may be scheduled as needed.

2021 Third Party Lead Examination Schedule
Dates Nashville
January 14
February 11
March 11
April 8
May 13
June 10
July 16
August 12
September 16
October 14
November  4
December 9
(-) Examination Not Scheduled

In preparation for the exam, you may refer to the Certification Examination Training and Study Guide.

After obtaining the LBP course certificate and upon completing and passing the 3rd party exam, you must apply for State of Tennessee LBP certification.

To obtain individual LBP certification, please download the Application to Conduct Lead-based Paint Activities - Individual (CN-1297).

To obtain firm LBP certification, please download the Application to Conduct Lead-based Paint Activities - Firm (CN-1298).

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Certifications Contact

Jackie Manuel


Related Information

Lead-Based Paint Abatement Rule Change

*****Effective October 4, 2020*****

The Division of Solid Waste Management’s amendment to the notification requirements of Rule 1200-01-18-.01, Lead-Based Paint Abatement, were filed with the Secretary of State July 6, 2020. The amendment, which will change the notification of lead-based paint activity from fifteen days to five business days, will become effective October 4, 2020. The pending changes and additional rulemaking package information are accessible on the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules_filings/07-03-20.pdf.

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