Finding a Certified Lead Professional
Lists of Certified Professionals
You can view lists of lead-related construction professionals who have been certified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) by clicking on the:
The lists are updated monthly. They contain the names, certificate ID number(s) and certificate expiration dates of every person who is currently certified by CDPH. Additionally, they include the city and phone number for individuals who have signed an authorization to release that information. If you do not find the name of an individual who indicates that they are certified, you can call (510) 620-5600 for verification.
Types of Certified Professionals
CDPH certifies people who do five different types of lead-related construction.
- Inspector/Assessor - An individual who assesses the degree of total lead hazard in residential or public buildings before, during, and/or after lead-related construction work. (Such individuals typically do inspections, take samples, and interpret test results.)
- Sampling Technician - An individual who collects samples under the supervision of a certified inspector/assessor.
- Project Monitor - An individual who oversees lead-related construction work in residential or public buildings to ensure that contract plans and specifications are followed, who evaluates lead-related construction work and who may conduct testing to determine if contamination is adequately controlled. (Such individuals are often referred to as consultants.)
- Supervisor - An individual who is responsible for implementing lead-related construction work in residential or public buildings and enforcing work practices that ensure worker safety. (Such individuals are often referred to as contractors.)
- Worker - An individual who performs lead-related construction work in residential or public buildings under the direction of a lead-related construction Supervisor.
For more information about each specialty, see Which certification should I get?
Certification is required
- Anyone who receives compensation (pay) for conducting lead inspections, lead risk assessments, lead clearance inspections, or any other lead hazard evaluation in any public or residential buildings in California, is required, by State law, to be a Certified Lead Inspector/Assessor. Certified Lead Project Monitors may perform lead clearance inspections only (Title 17, CCR, Section 36000(a)(1)).
- Anyone who does work designed to reduce or eliminate lead hazards, on public or residential buildings in California, is required by State law, to be a certified Lead Supervisor or Worker (Title 17, CCR, Section 36100(a)(1)).
- Anyone who prepares or designs plans for the abatement of lead from public or residential buildings in California, is required by State law, to be a certified Lead Supervisor, Project Monitor or Project Designer (Title 17, CCR, Section 36100(a)(4)).
For helpful information on which type of certified professional to hire, look at Hiring a Certified Lead Professional to Work on Your Home or call the Lead-Related Construction Information Line at 1-800-597-LEAD (5323) (outside California: 510-620-5694).
Getting Your Information On / Off This List
If you have been certified by the Department, your name will appear on these lists. If you would like to include your phone number and city on the list, simply contact CDPH at the address or phone number below and ask for an Authorization to Release Personal Information. (This form is also available in any of the application packets available on this website.) You must complete this authorization form and return it to CDPH in order to have your information added to the lists.
If you wish to have your phone number and city removed from the list, send CDPH a written request asking us to remove your contact information from the lists. Your request must include your complete name, address, phone number and signature. CDPH will call you to verify that you want the information removed from the lists before doing so. Send your written request to:
Department of Public Health
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch
Lead-Related Construction Unit
850 Marina Bay Parkway
Building P, Third Floor
Richmond, CA 94804-6403
1-800-597-5323 (outside California: 510-620-5694)