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18VAC15-30-52 Qualifications for licensure - individuals

A. General. Applicants shall meet all applicable entry requirements at the time application is made.

B. Name. The applicant shall disclose his the applicant's full legal name.

C. Age. The applicant shall be at least 18 years old.

D. Address. The applicant shall disclose a physical address. A post office box is only acceptable when a physical address is also provided.

E. Training. The applicant shall provide documentation of having satisfactorily completed the board-approved initial training program and all subsequent board-approved refresher training programs as specified in subsection F of this section. Board-approved initial training programs shall be valid for 36 months after the last day of the month wherein completed. Board-approved refresher training programs shall be satisfactorily completed no later than 36 months after the last day of the month wherein the board-approved initial training program was completed and once each 36 months thereafter.

F. Specific entry requirements.

1. Worker. Each applicant for a lead abatement worker license shall provide evidence of successful completion of board-approved lead abatement worker training in accordance with subsection E of this section.

2. Project designer.

a. Each applicant for a lead project designer license shall provide evidence of successful completion of board-approved lead project designer training and board-approved lead abatement supervisor training in accordance with subsection E of this section.

b. Each applicant for a lead project designer license shall also provide evidence of successful completion of one of the following:

(1) A bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, or a related profession, and one year experience in building construction and design or a related field; or

(2) Four years of experience in building construction and design or a related field.

3. Supervisor.

a. Each applicant for a lead abatement supervisor license shall provide evidence of:

(1) Successful completion of board-approved lead abatement supervisor training in accordance with subsection E of this section; and

(2) One year of experience as a licensed lead abatement worker or two years of experience in a related field (e.g., lead, asbestos, or environmental remediation) or in the building trades.

b. Each applicant shall pass a board-approved licensing examination for supervisors within 36 months after completion of the board-approved lead abatement supervisor initial training course or the board-approved lead supervisor refresher course. Applicants who fail the examination three times must provide to the board evidence, after the date of their third examination failure, of having retaken and satisfactorily completed the initial training requirements and make new application to the board. The applicant is then eligible to sit for the examination an additional three times.

c. A licensed lead abatement supervisor may perform the duties of a licensed lead abatement worker.

4. Inspector.

a. Each applicant for a lead inspector license shall provide evidence of successful completion of board-approved lead inspector training in accordance with subsection E of this section.

b. Each applicant shall pass a board-approved licensing examination for lead inspector within 36 months after completion of the board-approved lead inspector initial training course or the board-approved lead inspector refresher course. Applicants who fail the examination three times must provide to the board evidence, after the date of their third examination failure, of having retaken and satisfactorily completed the initial training requirements and make new application to the board. The applicant is then eligible to sit for the examination an additional three times.

5. Risk assessor.

a. Each applicant for a lead risk assessor license shall provide evidence of successful completion of board-approved lead risk assessor training and successful completion of board-approved lead inspector training in accordance with subsection E of this section.

b. Each applicant for a lead risk assessor license shall also provide evidence of successful completion of one of the following:

(1) Certification or licensure as an industrial hygienist, a professional engineer, or a registered architect or licensure in a related engineering/health/environmental field;

(2) A bachelor's degree and one year of experience in a related field (e.g., lead, asbestos, environmental remediation work, or construction);

(3) An associate's degree and two years of experience in a related field (e.g., lead, asbestos, environmental remediation work, or construction); or

(4) A high school diploma or its equivalent, and at least three years of experience in a related field (e.g., lead, asbestos, environmental remediation work, or construction).

c. Each applicant shall pass a board-approved licensure examination for risk assessor within 36 months after completion of the board-approved lead risk assessor initial training course or the board-approved lead risk assessor refresher course. Applicants who fail the examination three times must provide to the board evidence, after the date of their third examination failure, of having retaken and satisfactorily completed the initial training requirements and make new application to the board. The applicant is then eligible to sit for the examination an additional three times.

G. Training verification. Training requirements shall be verified by submittal to the board of the training certificate issued by the accredited lead training provider for that course.

H. Education verification. Education requirements shall be verified by submittal to the board on the Education Verification Form sent directly from the school.

I. Experience verification. Experience requirements shall be verified by resumes, letters of reference, or documentation of work experience.

J. Conviction or guilt. The applicant shall disclose the following information:

1. A conviction in any jurisdiction of any felony.

2. A conviction in any jurisdiction of any misdemeanor except marijuana convictions.

3. Any disciplinary action taken in another jurisdiction in connection with the applicant's environmental remediation practice including, but not limited to, monetary penalties, fines, suspension, revocation, or surrender of a license in connection with a disciplinary action.

4. Any current or previously held environmental remediation certifications, accreditations, or licenses issued by Virginia or any other jurisdiction.

Subject to the provisions of § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia, the board may deny any application for licensure or accreditation as a lead training provider when any of the parties listed in this subsection have been convicted of any offense listed in this subsection or has been the subject of any disciplinary action listed in subdivision 3 of this subsection. Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purposes of this subsection. A certified copy of a final order, decree, or case decision by a court or regulatory agency with the lawful authority to issue such order shall be admissible as prima facie evidence of such conviction or discipline.

K. Standards of conduct and practice. Applicants shall be in compliance with the standards of conduct and practice set forth in Part VIII (18VAC15-30-510 et seq.) of this chapter at the time of application to the board, while the application is under review by the board, and at all times when the license is in effect.

L. Standing. The applicant shall be in good standing in every jurisdiction where licensed, and the applicant shall not have had a license that was suspended, revoked, or surrendered in connection with any disciplinary action in any jurisdiction prior to applying for licensure in Virginia. The board, at its discretion, may deny licensure or approval to any applicant based on disciplinary action by any jurisdiction.

18VAC15-40-30 General requirements for licensure

A. In addition to the provisions of 18VAC15-40-32, every applicant for a home inspector license shall meet the requirements provided in this section.

B. The applicant shall be at least 18 years old.

C. The applicant shall provide a mailing address, which shall serve as the address of record. A post office box is only acceptable as the address of record when a physical address is also provided.

D. In accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia, each applicant shall disclose the following information:

1. All misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude, sexual offense, non-marijuana drug distribution, or physical injury within five years of the date of the application; and

2. All felony convictions during his the applicant's lifetime.

Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purposes of this section. The record of conviction received from a court shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of a conviction or finding of guilt. The board, in its discretion, may deny licensure to any applicant in accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.

E. The applicant for licensure shall be in compliance with the standards of conduct and practice set forth in Part V (18VAC15-40-140 et seq.) of this chapter at the time of application, while the application is under review by the board, and at all times when the license is in effect.

F. The applicant shall report any suspension, revocation, or surrender of a license, certification, or registration in connection with a disciplinary action or a license, certification, or registration that has been the subject of discipline in any jurisdiction prior to applying for licensure. The board, in its discretion, may deny licensure to any applicant based on prior suspensions, revocations, or surrender of licenses based on disciplinary action by any jurisdiction. The applicant has the right to request further review of any such action by the board under the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

G. The applicant for licensure shall submit evidence of having obtained general liability insurance with minimum limits of $250,000 per occurrence. A business liability insurance policy or a commercial general liability insurance policy with minimum limits of $250,000 may be considered to meet such requirement, so long as the applicant is listed as an additional insured. If for any reason the board cannot reasonably ensure that the applicant is sufficiently covered in accordance with this subsection, the board may require that requisite coverage be obtained in the name of the applicant. Proof of such insurance policy must be submitted in order to obtain the license.

18VAC15-40-152 Notice of adverse action

A. A licensee shall notify the board of the following actions against the licensee:

1. Any disciplinary action taken by any jurisdiction, board, or administrative body of competent jurisdiction, including any (i) reprimand; (ii) license or certificate revocation, suspension, or denial; (iii) monetary penalty; (iv) requirement for remedial education; or (v) other corrective action.

2. Any voluntary surrendering of a related license, certificate, or registration done in connection with a disciplinary action in another jurisdiction.

3. Any conviction, finding of guilt, or plea of guilty, regardless of adjudication or deferred adjudication, in any jurisdiction of the United States of any (i) misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, sexual offense, non-marijuana drug distribution, or physical injury or relating to performing a home inspection or (ii) felony, there being no appeal pending therefrom or the time for appeal having lapsed. Review of convictions shall be subject to the requirements of § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia. Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purpose of this section.

B. The notice must be made to the board in writing within 30 days of the action. A copy of the order or other supporting documentation must accompany the notice. The record of conviction, finding, or case decision shall be considered prima facie evidence of a conviction or finding of guilt.