Iowa Admin. Code r. 641-70.5 - Certification, interim certification, and recertification

The department shall issue certifications and recertifications for a three-year time period. All applications for certification or recertification may be made to the department electronically in a format specified by the department or may be made to the department using a paper application supplied by the department.

(1) A person wishing to become a certified lead professional shall provide the following information:
a. A completed application form.
b. A certificate of completion of an approved course for the discipline in which the applicant wishes to become certified.
c. If wishing to become a certified lead inspector/risk assessor or a certified elevated blood lead (EBL) inspector/risk assessor, documentation of successful completion of the manufacturer's training course or equivalent for the X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer that the inspector/risk assessor or elevated blood lead (EBL) inspector/risk assessor will use to conduct lead inspections.
d. If wishing to become a certified elevated blood lead (EBL) inspector/risk assessor, documentation of successful completion of an eight-hour elevated blood lead (EBL) inspector/risk assessor course.
e. Documentation that the applicant meets the additional experience and education requirements in subrule 70.5(2) for the discipline in which the applicant wishes to become certified. The following documents shall be submitted as evidence that the applicant has the education and work experience required by subrule 70.5(2):
(1) Official transcripts or diplomas as evidence of meeting the education requirements.
(2) Rsum├ęs, letters of reference, or documentation of work experience, as evidence of meeting the work experience requirements
f. To become certified as a lead inspector/risk assessor, elevated blood lead (EBL) inspector/risk assessor, lead abatement contractor, or project designer, a certificate showing that the applicant has passed the state certification examination in the discipline in which the applicant wishes to become certified.
g. A $180 nonrefundable fee.
h. A person may receive interim certification from the department as a lead inspector/risk assessor, elevated blood lead (EBL) inspector/risk assessor, lead abatement contractor, or project designer by submitting the items required by paragraphs 70.5(1)"a" to "e" and "g" to the department. Interim certification shall expire six months from the date of completion of an approved course. An applicant shall upgrade an interim certification to a certification by submitting a certificate to the department showing that the applicant has passed the state certification examination as required by paragraph 70.5(1)"f." Interim certification is equivalent to certification.
(2) To become certified by the department as a lead professional, an applicant must meet the education and experience requirements for the appropriate discipline:
a. Lead inspector/risk assessors and elevated blood lead (EBL) inspector/risk assessors must meet one of the following requirements:
(1) Bachelor's degree and one year of related experience (e.g., lead, environmental health, public health, housing inspection, building trades).
(2) Associate's degree and two years of related experience (e.g., lead, environmental health, public health, housing inspection, building trades).
(3) High school diploma and three years of related experience (e.g., lead, environmental health, public health, housing inspection, building trades).
(4) Certification as an industrial hygienist, professional engineer, registered architect, registered sanitarian, registered environmental health specialist, or registered nurse.
b. Lead abatement contractors must meet one of the following requirements:
(1) One year of experience as a certified lead abatement worker.
(2) Two years of related experience or education (e.g., lead, housing inspection, building trades, property management and maintenance).
c. No additional education or experience is required for lead abatement workers.
d. Sampling technicians must meet one of the following requirements:
(1) Associate's degree.
(2) High school diploma and one year of related experience (e.g., lead, environmental health, public health, housing inspection, building trades).
(3) Certification as an industrial hygienist, professional engineer, registered architect, registered sanitarian, registered environmental health specialist, or registered nurse.
e. Project designers must meet one of the following requirements:
(1) Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, or a related profession, and one year of experience in building construction and design or a related field.
(2) Four years of experience in building construction and design or a related field.
f. No additional education or experience is required for lead-safe renovators.
(3) Use of criminal convictions in eligibility determinations and initial licensing decisions.
a. License application. Unless an applicant for licensure petitions the department for an eligibility determination pursuant to paragraph 70.5(3)"b," the applicant's convictions will be reviewed when the department receives a completed certification application.
(1) An applicant must disclose all convictions on a certification application. Failure to disclose all convictions is grounds for certification denial or disciplinary action following certification issuance.
(2) An applicant with one or more convictions shall submit the complete criminal record for each conviction and a personal statement regarding whether each conviction directly relates to the practice of the profession in order for the certification application to be considered complete.
(3) An applicant must submit as a part of the certification application all evidence of rehabilitation that the applicant wishes to be considered by the department.
(4) The department may deny a certification if the applicant has a disqualifying offense unless the applicant demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that the applicant is rehabilitated pursuant to Iowa Code section 272C.15.
(5) An applicant with one or more disqualifying offenses who has been found rehabilitated must still satisfy all other requirements for certification.
(6) Any application fees paid will not be refunded if the certification is denied.
b. Eligibility determination. An individual who has not yet submitted a completed certification application may petition the department for a determination of whether one or more of the individual's convictions are disqualifying offenses that would render the individual ineligible for certification. An individual with a conviction is not required to petition the department for an eligibility determination prior to applying for certification. To petition the department for an eligibility determination of whether one or more of the petitioner's convictions are disqualifying offenses, a petitioner shall submit all of the following:
(1) A completed petition for eligibility determination form;
(2) The complete criminal record for each of the petitioner's convictions;
(3) A personal statement regarding whether each conviction directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the profession and why the department should find the petitioner rehabilitated;
(4) All evidence of rehabilitation that the petitioner wishes to be considered by the department; and
(5) Payment of a nonrefundable fee of $25.
c. Appeal. A petitioner deemed ineligible or an applicant denied a certification because of a disqualifying offense may appeal the decision in the manner and time frame set forth in the department's written decision. A timely appeal will initiate a nondisciplinary contested case proceeding. The department's rules governing contested case proceedings will apply unless otherwise specified in this rule. If the petitioner or applicant fails to timely appeal, the department's written decision will become a final order.
(1) An administrative law judge will serve as the presiding officer of the nondisciplinary contested case proceeding, unless the department elects to serve as the presiding officer. When an administrative law judge serves as the presiding officer, the decision rendered shall be a proposed decision.
(2) The office of the attorney general shall represent the department's initial ineligibility determination or certification denial and shall have the burden of proof to establish that the petitioner or applicant's convictions include at least one disqualifying offense. Upon satisfaction of this burden by a preponderance of the evidence by the office of the attorney general, the burden of proof shall shift to the petitioner or applicant to establish rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence.
(3) A petitioner or applicant must appeal an ineligibility determination or certification denial in order to exhaust administrative remedies. A petitioner or applicant may only seek judicial review of an ineligibility determination or certification denial after the issuance of a final order following a contested case proceeding. Judicial review of the final order following a contested case proceeding shall be in accordance with Iowa Code chapter 17A.
d. Future petitions or applications. If a final order determines a petitioner is ineligible, the petitioner may not submit a subsequent petition for eligibility determination or a certification application prior to the date specified in the final order. If a final order denies a certification application, the applicant may not submit a subsequent certification application or a petition for eligibility determination prior to the date specified in the final order.
(4) Reserved.
(5) Rescinded IAB 2/12/20, effective 3/18/20.
(6) Individuals applying for recertification as lead professionals must submit the following:
a. A completed application form.
b. A $180 nonrefundable fee.
c. A certificate showing that the applicant has successfully completed an approved refresher training course for the appropriate discipline. The refresher training course must be completed no more than three years prior to the date of the application for recertification.
(7) The department shall approve the state certification examinations for the disciplines of lead inspector/risk assessor, elevated blood lead (EBL) inspector/risk assessor, lead abatement contractor, and project designer. The state certification examination shall be administered by selected community college testing centers in Iowa. A community college testing center shall set the fee for administering the state certification examination to each applicant and shall collect the fee from each applicant.
a. An individual must achieve a score of at least 80 percent on the examination. An individual may take the state certification examination no more than three times within six months of receiving a certificate of completion from an approved course.
b. If an individual does not pass the state certification examination within six months of receiving a certificate of completion from an approved course, the individual must retake the appropriate approved course before reapplying for certification.
(8) Reciprocity. Each applicant for certification who is certified in any of the disciplines specified in this rule in another state may request reciprocal certification. The department shall evaluate the requirements for certification to determine that the requirements for certification in such other state are as protective of health and the environment as the requirements for certification in Iowa. For all disciplines except lead-safe renovator and lead abatement worker, if the department determines that the requirements for certification in such other state are as protective of health and the environment as the requirements for certification in Iowa, the applicant may be certified after passing a proctored test covering Iowa-specific lead information with a score of at least 80 percent. For a lead-safe renovator and lead abatement worker, if the department determines that the requirements for certification in such other state are as protective of health and the environment as the requirements for certification in Iowa, the applicant may be certified after signing a statement indicating that the applicant has read and understands Iowa-specific lead information provided by the department. Each applicant for certification pursuant to this subrule shall submit the appropriate application accompanied by the fee for each discipline as specified in 641-70.5 (135).

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Iowa Admin. Code r. 641-70.5
ARC 8502B, IAB 2/10/10, effective 1/13/10 Amended by IAB June 7, 2017/Volume XXXIX, Number 25, effective 7/12/2017 Amended by IAB February 12, 2020/Volume XLII, Number 17, effective 3/18/2020 Amended by IAB July 14, 2021/Volume XLIV, Number 1, effective 8/18/2021

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