Lead Professional Certification

lead professional certification

The Lead Professional Certification Program requires training and certification of lead professionals, including lead inspectors, elevated blood lead inspectors, visual risk assessors, lead abatement contractors, lead abatement workers, and lead-safe renovators. It also requires certification of the firms that employ certified lead professionals.

Certified firms and lead professionals must provide services according to work practices outlined in state rules. Lead Professional Certification ensures that lead inspectors and/or risk assessors and visual risk assessors are properly trained and certified to identify lead hazards and to assure that lead hazards have been remediated. Certification also ensures that lead abatement contractors, lead abatement workers, and lead-safe renovators are properly trained and certified to conduct abatement that will properly eliminate lead hazards and to conduct renovation, remodeling, and painting in a safe manner.



June 29, 2021 Update

The most recent Proclamation of Disaster Emergency (Proclamation) that Governor Reynolds issued on June 25, 2021 did not include Chapter 135 in the section pertaining to license renewals and expiration dates.  Chapter 135 includes the Lead Professional Certification Program.   This means certifications that expired during the time period of the Proclamation (March 17, 2020 – June 25, 2021) are no longer valid.  All Lead Professionals must now have a current certification to perform lead-based activities.

October 2020 COVID-19 Guidance For Expiring Certifications

On March 22, 2020 Governor Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency (Proclamation) in response to COVID-19.  Parts of the Proclamation provided relief to various professions that require a license or certification.  Lead Professional Certification is one of those professions.   Since March, the Governor has extended the provisions in the Proclamation.  At this time it appears that the Proclamation will be extended for months to come.   However, it is unknown how long the Proclamation will ultimately remain in place.

Lead professionals and firms that have a certification that expired or will expire during the time period covered by the Proclamation can continue to work for as long as the Proclamation provisions are in place.   Lead professionals and firms however are highly encouraged to renew their certifications on time, or as close to on time as possible.   All of the refresher courses needed to renew individual certifications can be completed remotely.

Lead professionals and firms that expire during the time period covered by the Proclamation will not be issued any new certification documents that reflect the certification is still valid.   Lead professionals and firms that expire during the Proclamation can use this guidance if proof of certification is needed.  When lead professionals and firms do renew their certifications then new certification documents will be issued for a normal 3-year time period.


April 7, 2020 COVID-19 Guidance For Refresher Courses

Proclamations of Disaster Emergency issued by Governor Kim Reynolds on March 22, 2020, and April 2, 2020, temporarily suspend regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 136C and the Department’s rules implementing that chapter which relate to continuing education requirements and licensure renewal requirements.  Agencies are directed to provide guidance to licensees related to any changes in requirements for licensing that will be implemented under this proclamation authority. Please note that all regulatory requirements remain in effect unless changes or waivers are specifically outlined by the Iowa Department of Public Health in guidance or rulemaking.  The guidance in this information notice outlines the specific rules with waivers implemented pursuant to the suspension authorized by the Proclamations.  The Department is continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation and additional guidance will be issued as the COVID-19 situation changes or additional direction is provided in future proclamations. 

Pursuant to Iowa Administrative Code 641 - 70.4(16), all refresher courses for certified lead professionals that are approved as in-person courses can now be offered via webinar, or other similar technology that allows for students to participate remotely. The requirement for the lead-safe renovator refresher course to have a hands-on component is suspended.  At the conclusion of a training course the normal course test shall be completed as a group facilitated by the instructor.  Each test question and answer shall be read, reviewed, and discussed as a group.  Each individual student must participate in the group test in order to pass the course.


641 Chapter 70 IAC

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Online certification now available

The Lead Professional Certification Program transitioned to a 3-year certification cycle in July 2017. This transition includes a new online database that will allow lead professionals to apply and pay online. Access to this database is now available. Click here to access the IDPH Regulatory Page for Lead Professionals. There you will find instructions on how to access and use the database.

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Lead Poisoning: How to Protect Iowa Families

This is a comprehensive brochure on lead poisoning that can used by parents, tenants, homeowners, contractors, and for real estate transactions.   This brochure is federally approved for use in Iowa to comply with real estate disclosure requirements.   This brochure is required to be given out prior to most renovation projects in Iowa.    



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