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Virginia Administrative Code
6/29/2022

Part VI. Standards of Practice and Conduct for Accredited Lead Training Programs

18VAC15-30-332. Changes to an approved course.

Once a training course has been approved, substantial changes in any of the approved items must be submitted to the board for review and approval prior to the continuation of the training course. These items include, but are not limited to:

1. Course curriculum.

2. Course examination.

3. Course materials.

4. Training manager and principal instructor or instructors.

5. Certificate of completion.

The board shall communicate its approval or disapproval in the same manner as for initial applications for accreditation approval.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 3, eff. December 1, 2006.

18VAC15-30-334. Change of ownership.

When an accredited lead training provider offering an accredited lead training program has a change of ownership, the new owner shall apply anew.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 3, eff. December 1, 2006.

18VAC15-30-340. Qualifications of training managers and principal instructors.

A. The training program shall employ a training manager who:

1. Has at least two years experience, education, or training in teaching workers or adults; has a bachelor's or graduate level degree in building construction technology, engineering, industrial hygiene, safety, public health, education, business administration, program management, or a related field; or has two years experience in managing a training program that specialized in environmental hazards; and

2. Has demonstrated experience, education, or training in the construction industry including: lead or asbestos abatement, painting, carpentry, renovation, remodeling, occupational safety and health, or industrial hygiene.

B. The training program shall employ a qualified principal instructor, designated by the training manager, for each course who:

1. Demonstrates experience, education or training in teaching workers or adults;

2. Successfully completed a minimum of 16 hours of any EPA-accredited or board-approved lead-specific training; and

3. Demonstrated experience, education or training in lead or asbestos abatement, painting, carpentry, renovation, remodeling, occupational safety and health, or industrial hygiene.

C. Documentation of all principal instructor qualifications shall be reviewed and approved by the board prior to the principal instructor teaching in an accredited lead training program.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 2, eff. November 13, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2003.

18VAC15-30-350. Responsibilities of the training manager.

A. The training program shall employ a training manager who shall be responsible for ensuring that the training program complies at all times with the requirements of this chapter and who is responsible for maintaining:

1. The validity and integrity of the hands-on skills assessment or proficiency test to ensure that it accurately evaluates the trainees' performance of the work practices and procedures associated with the course topics.

2. The validity and integrity of the course test to ensure that it accurately evaluates the trainees' knowledge and retention of the course topics.

B. The training manager shall, for each course offered, designate a principal instructor. Principal instructors are responsible for the organization of the course and oversight of the teaching of all course material.

C. Guest instructors may be designated by the training manager as needed to provide instruction specific to the lecture, hand-on activities, or work practice components of a course.

D. Any training manager who intends to also serve as a principal instructor shall meet the requirements of subsection B of 18VAC15-30-340 and provide documentation to the board prior to instructing.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 2, eff. November 13, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2003.

18VAC15-30-360. Training manager and principal instructor documentation.

The following documents shall be recognized by the board as proof that training managers and principal instructors meet the relevant educational, work experience, and training requirements specifically listed in 18VAC15-30-340:

1. Official academic transcripts or diplomas as proof of meeting the educational requirements.

2. Resumes, letters of reference, or documentation of work experience as proof of meeting the work experience requirements.

3. Certificates from lead-specific training courses as proof of meeting the training requirements.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 2, eff. November 13, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2003.

18VAC15-30-370. Training facilities.

The training program shall provide adequate facilities for the delivery of the lecture, course test, hands-on training, and assessment activities. This includes providing training equipment that reflects current work practices, and maintaining or updating the equipment and facilities as needed.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 2, eff. November 13, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2003.

18VAC15-30-380. Length of training courses.

A. The length of training courses are as follows:

1. The training course for lead inspector shall last a minimum of 24 training hours, with a minimum of eight hours devoted to hands-on training activities.

2. The training course for lead risk assessor shall last a minimum of 16 training hours with a minimum of four hours devoted to hands-on training activities. As a prerequisite, the 24 training hours provided for in subdivision 1 of this subsection for lead inspector shall be required.

3. The training course for lead project designer shall last a minimum of eight training hours. As a prerequisite, the 32 training hours provided for in subdivision 4 of this subsection for lead abatement supervisor shall be required.

4. The training course for lead abatement supervisor shall last a minimum of 32 training hours, with a minimum of eight hours devoted to hands-on activities.

5. The training course for lead abatement worker shall last a minimum of 16 training hours, with a minimum of eight hours devoted to hands-on activities.

6. All lead refresher courses shall last a minimum of eight training hours, except the project designer refresher course which shall last a minimum of four training hours.

B. In no case shall actual training exceed eight hours during any single 24-hour period, exceed four hours when conducted during evening hours (after 5 p.m. and before 8 a.m.) except training that is conducted during the student's normal second or third shift working hours, or exceed 16 hours during any weekend (Friday after 5 p.m. to Monday 8 a.m.).

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 2, eff. November 13, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2003.

18VAC15-30-390. Course examination.

A. For each course, the accredited lead training program shall conduct a monitored, written course test at the completion of the course and a hands-on skills assessment, or as an alternative, a proficiency test. Each individual must successfully complete the hands-on skills assessment and receive a passing score on the course test to pass any course, or successfully complete a proficiency test. Refresher training programs are not required to conduct a hands-on skills assessment.

B. The course test is an evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the training which shall test the trainee's knowledge and retention of the topics covered during the course. An oral course test may be administered in lieu of a written course test for lead abatement worker only.

C. Seventy percent shall be the passing score on the course test.

D. The hands-on skills assessment is an evaluation of the effectiveness of the hands-on training which shall test the ability of the trainees to demonstrate satisfactory performance of work practices and procedures specified in Part VIII (18VAC15-30-440 et seq.) of this chapter, as well as any other skills demonstrated in the course.

E. The use of a proficiency test in lieu of a hands-on assessment and course test may be considered by the training provider. An accredited lead training program that offers a proficiency test shall assure that the test consists primarily of an evaluation of the effectiveness and reliability of a student's ability to conduct a particular lead-based paint activity. The proficiency test must also cover all of the topics and skills addressed in a particular course. For instance, a proficiency-based course in inspection could involve a mix of lecture material with students conducting a mock inspection in a residential dwelling with known lead-based paint concentrations. The student would be evaluated on the accuracy of the results of their inspection. For a training program to make use of a proficiency-based course, that course must be approved by the board in the same manner as approval for any other course, including fees.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 2, eff. November 13, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2003.

18VAC15-30-400. Certificates of completion.

Accredited lead training programs shall issue unique course completion certificates to each individual who successfully completes the course requirements. The course completion certificate shall include:

1. A unique certificate number.

2. The name and address of the individual.

3. The name of the particular course that the individual completed.

4. Dates of course completion/test passage.

5. Expiration date. Training certificates shall expire three years from the date of course completion. If the accredited lead training program offers a proficiency test, the training certificates shall expire five years from the date of course completion.

6. Name, address, and telephone number of the training provider.

7. Name and signature of the training manager and principal instructor.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 2, eff. November 13, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2003; Volume 31, Issue 15, eff. May 1, 2015.

18VAC15-30-410. Quality control plan.

The training manager shall develop and implement a quality control plan. The plan shall be used to maintain and improve the quality of the accredited lead training program over time. This plan shall contain at least the following elements:

1. Procedures for periodic revision of training materials and course test to reflect innovations in the field.

2. Procedures for the training manager's annual review of principal instructor competency.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 2, eff. November 13, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2003.

18VAC15-30-420. Recordkeeping and provision of records to the board.

A. Each accredited lead training program shall maintain and make available upon request from the board the following records:

1. All documents specified in 18VAC15-30-360 that demonstrate the qualifications listed in 18VAC15-30-340 of the training manager and principal instructors.

2. Current curriculum/course materials and documents reflecting any changes made to these materials.

3. Course examination.

4. Information on how the hands-on assessment is conducted including, but not limited to, who conducts the assessment, how the skills are graded, what facilities are used, and the pass/fail rate.

5. The quality control plan described in 18VAC15-30-410.

6. Results of the student's hands-on skills assessments and course examination and a copy of each student's course completion certificate.

7. Any other material not listed in this chapter that was submitted to the board as part of the application for accreditation.

The accredited lead training provider shall retain these records at the location specified on the training program application for a minimum of three years and six months.

B. The training manager shall notify the board at least 48 hours prior to the start date of any accredited lead training program.

C. The training manager shall provide an updated notification when an accredited lead training program will begin on a date other than the start date specified in the original notification as follows:

1. For accredited lead training programs beginning prior to the start date provided to the board, an updated notification must be received by the board at least 48 hours before the new start date.

2. For accredited lead training programs beginning after the start date provided to the board, an updated notification must be received by the board at least 48 hours before the start date provided to the board.

D. The training manager shall update the board of any change in location of an accredited lead training program at least seven business days prior to the start date provided to the board.

E. The training manager shall update the board regarding any accredited lead training program cancellations or any other change to the original notification at least two business days prior to the start date provided to the board. This requirement shall not apply to situations or circumstances beyond the control of the training provider.

F. Each notification, including updates, shall include the following:

1. Notification type (original, update, cancellation).

2. Training program name, Virginia accreditation number, address, and telephone number.

3. Course discipline, type (initial/refresher), and the language in which the instruction will be given.

4. Dates and times of training.

5. Training locations, telephone number, and address.

6. Principal instructor's name.

7. Training manager's name and signature.

G. The training program participant list shall be completed by the training provider and training program participants daily.

H. The training program participant list shall be retained by the training provider for three years following the date of completion of the training program.

I. The training manager shall provide to the board the accredited lead training program participant list no later than 10 business days following the training program completion. For the purposes of this section, a business day shall mean Monday through Friday with the exception of federal holidays.

J. The training program participant list shall include the following:

1. Training program name, Virginia accreditation number, address, and telephone number.

2. Course discipline and type (initial/refresher).

3. Dates of training.

4. Each participant's name, address, social security number, course completion certificate number, and course test score.

5. Training manager's name and signature.

K. Notifications and training program participant lists shall be submitted electronically in the manner established by the board specifically to receive this documentation using a sample form designed by and available from the board. Any variation upon this procedure shall be approved by the board prior to submission.

L. The training provider shall retain all examinations completed by training program participants for a period of three years.

M. The department shall not recognize training certificates from approved training providers that fail to notify or fail to provide a training program participant list.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 2, eff. November 13, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 24, eff. September 8, 2004; Volume 23, Issue 3, eff. December 1, 2006.

18VAC15-30-430. Change of address.

The accredited lead training provider shall notify the board 30 days prior to relocating its business or transferring the records.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 2, eff. November 13, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2003.

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