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Lead Hazard Program

Rule Chapter 1200-1-18 Lead-Based Paint Abatement, effective September 26, 2000, implements Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) Section 68-131-401 et seq., Part 4-Tennessee Lead-Based Paint Abatement Certification Act of 1997.  The State of Tennessee Lead Hazard Program became an EPA authorized program on January 17, 2001.

The Rule outlines procedures and requirements for accreditation of training programs, certification of professionals, and work practice standards for conducting lead-based paint abatement activities. The purpose is to ensure that individuals are properly trained and certified to conduct lead-based paint (LBP) activities in target housing and child-occupied facilities, using reliable, effective and safe work practice standards. Training programs are accredited to ensure that proper training is provided to LBP professionals regarding their being knowledgeable of and adhering to required standards. The regulations establish fees for testing, certification, accreditation, etc. and penalties for non-compliance. A 15-day Notification to the State is required prior to the commencement of risk assessments, inspections, clearances, and abatement projects (view risk assessment/inspection/clearance 15-day waiver statement). In addition, Tennessee's Lead-Based Paint Abatement Rule requires the distribution of Pre-Renovation Education prior to renovations in target housing and child-occupied facilities. The 'Renovate Right' brochure is the current document used to fulfill Pre-Renovation Education requirements. Please see the Notification of Lead-Based Paint Activity and Renovate Right links in the Helpful Links section of this page.

For additional information about the Commissioner’s Exam or about how to become a certified LBP firm or professional in Tennessee, call toll free: 1-888-771-LEAD.

NOTICE! A Tennessee contractor's license is required BEFORE bidding or offering a price! Reciprocal agreements do NOT allow using another state's license. (Note: Must bid/contract in exact name as licensed!)

Commissioner's Certification Examination

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 located in the Division of Solid Waste Management. Individuals seeking certification, except for those currently certified by EPA, must pass the Commissioner's (third-party) examination for LBP inspector, risk assessor or supervisor, which is separate from examinations associated directly with a training course. Certification examinations must be taken and passed within six (6) months following the completion of a lead-based paint training course accredited by the EPA, or the State of Tennessee, or an EPA authorized state.

The Commissioner's examination will be administered on the following dates, times and locations for individuals seeking LBP professional certification as an inspector, risk assessor or supervisor.


Third Party Lead Examination Schedule
All examinations begin at 10:00 a.m. in Nashville and Knoxville. In Memphis, exams begin at 10:30 a.m.
2014 Nashville Memphis Knoxville
January 16 - -
February 13 21 -
March 13 - 7
April 17 11 -
May 15 - 9
June 12 20 -
July 17 - -
August 14 22 8
September 11 - 19
October 16 10 -
November 13 - -
December 8 - -

(-) Examination Not Scheduled

*All Nashville exams will be given at 401 Church St., 5th Floor of the L&C Tower.

Other times and locations may be scheduled based upon need.

To take this examination, the appropriate application and fees must be submitted.

Certification Examination Training and Study Guide

For additional information or to request an examination application, please contact the Lead-Based Paint Abatement Program at 1 (888) 771-5323.

Conduct Lead-Based Paint Activities