Certified lead Inspector/Risk Assessors (IRA) perform a surface-by-surface inspection
of a building/structure to determine the presence of lead-based
paint. If lead-based paint is present, an on-site
investigation will be conducted to determine the nature, severity
and location of lead-based paint hazards. As a result of the
inspection and risk assessment a report is provided which explains
the results of the investigation and options for reducing lead-based
paint hazards. These individuals must be employed by a NJ Department of Community Affairs certified lead Evaluation Contractor.
N.J.S.A. 26:2Q and N.J.A.C. 8:62
Age: 18 years or older;
Education and Experience: Applicants must
attend a 40 hour training course approved by the Department of Health (DOH). Please refer to the list of "Certified Training Providers" for more information on where these courses are given.
Following are some additional education and experience requirements:
All applicants for an IRA permit must have one (1) year of experience in a related field (for example, asbestos, lead, environmental remediation work, or construction-related health and safety inspections), and one (1) of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree and one additional year of experience in a related field
as a sanitary inspector-grade 1, health officer, an industrial hygienist,
an engineer, a registered architect, or an environmentally-related
scientific experience in a related field
high school diploma (or equivalent), and at least two additional
years of experience
in a related field
IRA applicants must
pass a written third party examination administered under the
approval of the DOH.
Application: A written application [pdf 45k] must be submitted to the DOH on a
form approved by the DOH. All applications must include documentation which provides proof of qualifications,
proof of passing the third party examination, a passport-sized color photo meeting the requirements indicated on the application and certified check or money order in the amount of the application fee (below).
Application Fee: $150
Length of Permit
The permit is valid for two years.
Renewing a Permit
An application for renewal of a permit shall be submitted during the 90 calendar day period prior to or after the permitís expiration date. The DOH shall renew a permit if the renewal applicant has:
- Completed a written application [pdf 45k] to renew the permit within 90 days prior to or after the expiration of the previously issued PPD permit.
evidence of refresher training [pdf 14k]
all penalties lawfully imposed on the applicant
- Provided a certified check or money order in the amount of the application fee (see above)
Note: The DOH will treat an application for renewal as a firsttime application if the applicant's previous IRA permit has been expired for more
than 90 days
Application for Reciprocal Lead Permit [pdf 45k]- Applicants who have been trained and permitted outside of New Jersey must provide proof of a currently valid certification with another state which has received US Environmental Protection Agency authorization to administer and enforce a state lead certification and training program under Title IV of the Toxic Substances Control Act.