Lead Inspector - Initial

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The Lead Inspector initial course is an EPA/State of Michigan requirement for those who wish to perform lead inspections in “target housing” (pre-1978 dwellings) or “child occupied facilities” within the State of Michigan.

This three-day course teaches the basics of performing these inspections through course topics that include characteristics and uses of lead-based paint, lead’s health effects on adults and children, types of lead-based paint housing components, identification of other lead-containing materials in housing, x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis, paint chip and dust wipe sampling methodologies, clearance examination procedures, and required documentation and report creation standards.

Upon completion of this course, attendees must submit certificate and fees to the State of Michigan to obtain their State certification as lead inspectors, and pass a third party (State) certification exam. Lead inspectors have no requirements for prior experience, but do require a high school education or equivalent. Further, State regulations require lead inspectors to undergo XRF manufacturer training prior to conducting XRF analysis.


As per the Michigan Lead Abatement Act, any individual who wishes to test for lead-based paint in target housing and child-occupied facilities must first become a licensed lead inspector. Further, this same act requires that this certification be renewed every 3 years ~ see under Lead Inspector in Refresher Training. While the required applications are provided during the training course, the fees and required third party (State) licensing exam required for individuals are not included in the cost of the training course. Download link's provided will expire within a few days, but if you miss the opportunity to download, they will be provided in class.

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