LRS Program Information

Under the Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act (VRRA), Licensed Remediation Specialists (LRS) are required to supervise activities during clean-ups pursuant to the Act. In order to become LRS logolicensed, a remediation specialist must meet certain minimum requirements as set out in VRRA.

All candidates for licensing have minimum education requirements. These include both a standard track and an alternate track for experienced persons without a college degree in an appropriate area of study.

a) Standard Track
Bachelor's degree from accredited institution in one of the following fields:   
Biology   
Chemistry   
Earth Sciences   
Environmental Sciences   
Geology   
Hydrogeology   
Microbiology   
Soil Sciences   
Toxicology   
Hazardous Waste Management   
Engineering   
Or a curriculum determined to be equivalent by the director
b) Alternate Track
high school diploma

In addition to the educational requirements, candidates for licensure must document experience in remediation. The LRS is expected to be a competent professional and show a minimum level of experience. Additional education beyond the minimum requirements can substitute for some of the experience requirements.

a) Standard Track
Six years of relevant professional experience, one year supervisory or project manager
b) Alternate Track
Ten years of relevant professional experience, one year supervisory or project manager

Credit for additional relevant education may be given as follows:

a) Standard Track
One year credit for each master's degree
2 years credit for a doctorate - maximum credit is two years
b) Alternate Track
One-half year credit for each associate's degree - maximum credit is one year

The candidate must also demonstrate relevant professional experience and practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Remediation activities
  • Procedures necessary to remediate a site;
  • Management of contaminants at a site, including, but not limited to:
      Site investigation;
      Health and safety protocol; and
      Quality assurance.
  • Feasibility studies; and
  • Remedial design.

This practical knowledge will be demonstrated by passing an examination given by the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). Only those individuals who have met the education and experience requirements shall be allowed to take the LRS examination.

According to the VRRDA, examinations test two basic areas. The LRS Examinations shall test:

1) the individual's overall regulatory understanding. Overall regulatory understanding means an understanding of the relevant WVDEP regulations, and related written policies and Federal environmental regulation; and

2) overall technical understanding. Overall technical understanding means demonstrating an understanding of basic concepts and methods in those scientific and technical fields related to assessment, containment, and remediation actions.

Examination Frequency

The director shall administer a licensing examination at least every six (6) months to all individuals who have met the requirements for licensure. Examinations shall be held at the time(s) and location(s) set by the director. The director shall provide public notice at least fifteen (15) days prior to the application due date for the next scheduled examination.

No remediation workplan shall be implemented unless and until the Remediation Specialist has passed the examination.

Application Procedure

The Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) has developed an on-line application for the LRS program.To apply for candidacy as a Licensed Remediation Specialist, you must request a user name and password via the online application. You will be mailed the user name and password on an invoice for the application fee of $300. The on-line application can be found by clicking here.

The on-line application can be filled out all at one time or over a period of time. Until you officially submit your application, you may edit, add or delete information. When you complete all sections of the application, click on SUBMIT. You will no longer be able to edit your application. Once the application fee has been received by the OER, the application will be evaluated. Upon verification of qualifications, candidates will receive notice that they are eligible to take the LRS examination with a $250 invoice for the testing fee. The testing date, time and location will be sent to you. A picture ID must be presented at the time of testing.

If you have any questions regarding the LRS application process, please contact the Office of Environmental Remediation at (304) 926-0455 or DEPLRSQuestions@wv.gov

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