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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Certification Exams

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are certification exams required?
Who must take the certification exams?
Who offers the certification exams?
Where and when are the exams offered?
What are the exams like?
How much does it cost to take the exams?
Can I have the exam given at my company?
Can I go to CPS HR Consulting to take my exam?
Are special accommodations available for people with disabilities?
Are there “combined” exams?
Are there any study guides available to help me study for the exam?
When do I take my exam?
How do I register for my exam?
How do I get admitted into the exam?
What happens if I fail my exam?
What happens after I pass my exam?
Am I certified for lead-related construction work once I pass the exam?
When can I apply for certification?
How do I apply for certification?
How do I get my exam results?
Can I cancel my registration?

Why are certification exams required?

The federal Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, also known as Title X, requires all states to have lead certification programs that are at least as protective as the Federal certification program. Because the Federal certification program requires individuals to pass a proficiency exam in order to become fully certified, California’s lead certification program must do the same.

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Who must take the certification exams?

California requires certification exams for Lead Abatement Inspector/Assessors, Lead Abatement Supervisors and Lead Abatement Project Monitors. There are separate exams for each of these three types of certifications. Lead Workers are not required to take a certification exam.

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Who offers the certification exams?

CPS HR Consulting is the contractor that CDPH has chosen to administer the exams. This company has extensive experience administering many types of licensing and certification exams in California. This is the only company who offers California’s approved lead certification exams. Passing a certification exam offered by another company or another state will not make you eligible for lead certification in California.

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Where and when are the exams offered?

CPS HR Consulting offers the exams quarterly at testing sites in Northern and Southern California. Exams are generally held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (subject to change without notice). Please see schedule for more information.

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What are the exams like?

The certification exams consist of 100 to 125 multiple-choice questions. They are offered in English and the Supervisor exam is also offered in Spanish. None of the exams include any “hands-on” or performance testing.

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How much does it cost to take the exams?

As of October 2014, there are no longer testing fees for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Certification Exams.

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Can I have the exam given at my company?

As of October 2014, we no longer accept requests to administer specially arranged exams at CPS or a candidate site.

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Can I go to CPS HR Consulting to take my exam?

As of October 2014, we no longer accept requests to administer personally arranged exams at CPS or a candidate site.

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Are special accommodations available for people with disabilities?

Yes, with appropriate documentation of the accommodation, CPS HR Consulting can provide ADA accommodations for those with special needs. CPS HR requires a request in writing with the exam date as well as your contact information. You must also provide a letter, on official letterhead from your doctor of clergy identifying the accommodation required. This documentation must be provided during the registration period.

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Are there “combined” exams?

No. The exams for Lead Abatement Supervisor, Lead Abatement Inspector/Assessor, and Lead Abatement Project Monitor are each separate. If you want to get more than one of these certificates, you must take a separate exam for each.

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Are there any study guides available to help me study for the exam?

Study guides are available on our website under the "Study Guide" link. They are also available at the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch website at www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/CLPPB

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When do I take my exam?

You may take the exam on any of the scheduled dates with CPS HR Consulting. You need to take and pass the exam before you apply to CDPH for certification.
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How do I register for my exam?

Please click here to learn how to register.

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How do I get admitted into the exam?

To be admitted into your exam, you must show one of the following:

  • Current state-issued driver's license or DMV identification card
  • Current U.S. or foreign issued passport
  • U.S. Military identification card issued within the past 5 years
  • Consular ID (Matricula Consular)

If you cannot properly identify yourself, you will be denied entrance into the exam.

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What happens if I fail my exam?

If you fail an exam, CPS HR Consulting will tell you how many questions you got correct and how many you missed on each of the topic area sub-sections of the exam. For exam security reasons, however, they cannot tell you which questions you missed.

There is no waiting period to retake the exam, however, you must register as described above. It is strongly recommended that you take sufficient time to thoroughly study using the study guides prior to retaking an exam.

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What happens after I pass my exam?

CPS HR Consulting will send a copy of your exam results to you. Please send a copy of these results to CDPH. Once you have received notice that you passed your exam you may apply for certification. CDPH will then review your experience, training, and education to determine if you meet all of the requirements for certification.

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Am I certified for lead-related construction work once I pass the exam?

No. You must apply to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for certification.

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When can I apply for certification?

Apply to CDPH after CPS has notified you that you have passed the exam

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How do I apply for certification?

You must apply to CDPH for certification. Do not send application materials to CPS. For application forms, instructions, and other certification-related questions, contact CDPH at 1-800-597-5323 (LEAD), or www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/CLPPB.

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How do I get my exam results?

Exam results will be mailed 10 business days after the exam date by USPS only. Results cannot be given by phone, fax, or email.

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Can I cancel my registration?

Yes you can. If you need to cancel, please give us a call at
(916)263-3624 option 5 or email us at infoTA@cpshr.us. If you would like to reschedule, a new registration form needs to be filled out.

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