Will the NRSB continue EPA's listing service?
Yes! Since the EPA is discontinuing its listing service as of September 30, 1999, and has not accepted any new listings since August 31st, 1998, the National Radon Safety Board has offered NRSB certification to all people listed with EPA as of August 31st, 1998 and will send out renewal information based upon EPA renewal dates.
What will NRSB Certification cost?
The cost for radon measurement specialists, radon measurement technicians, and radon mitigation specialists certification is $100.00 for one year or $160.00 for two years.
The cost for laboratory accrediation is $100.00 for one year or $160.00 for two years.
The cost for Accredited Secondary Chamber application approval fee is $550.00 for initial certification or $300.00 annual fee.
The cost for Accredited Tertiary Radon Chamber application approval fee is $350 for initial certification or $200.00 annual fee.
The cost for Measurement Device Evaluation fee is $1,000.00 plus fees incurred for performance testing of new devices.
Will the NRSB offer training?
No. The NRSB will not offer any training, but will certify training courses and provide lists of approved course providers to applicants. All EPA recognized training courses will be recognized for the purpose of NRSB certification and new courses by qualified trainers will be encouraged. Fees will be set by the training providers.
Does the NRSB administer its own exams?
Yes, the NRSB has developed exams for radon measurement technicians, radon measurement specialists and radon remediation specialists. The guidance documents and course curriculum are posted on the NRSB website, www.nrsb.org.
What are the costs of NRSB exams?
Because the National Radon Safety Board offers exams compiled by radon professionals on a volunteer basis, there are no charges or royalties paid for the exams themselves. A nominal processing fee is charged for administration of the exam, and a proctoring fee may be required by the exam proctor (which would be set by the proctor and would vary in cost).
How are NRSB fees set?
The National Radon Safety Board is a bona fide non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. It maintains no office, has no office overhead, pays no staff salaries, and receives no commissions for its exams or training. The NRSB contracts with an independent administrative service provider (i.e., a service provider with no ties to the NRSB or any of its Directors) for the processing of inquiries, certification applications and the oversight or exams. This assures applicants of prompt and professional service.
The administrative service provider receives 85% of all certification fees. The NRSB retains 15% of the fees for necessary expenses such as corporate fees, accounting, and insurance.
Does the NRSB have a certification equivalent to EPAs Analytic Service Provider Listing?
The NRSB certifies individuals as either radon measurement technicians or radon measurement specialists, based upon their training and knowledge. To be certified as an radon measurement specialist an individual must have the knowledge of testing procedures that was required for EPA’s analytic service providers. However, this is appropriate only for an individual providing analytic services such as the use of a continuous radon monitors. If a laboratory is providing these services, or if an individual is acting as a laboratory by analyzing devices for a third party, they should be accredited as a laboratory.
Will the NRSB provide sample Quality Assurance Programs?
The following is a sample EPA Quality Assurance Program Guidance document in PDF(download here).
Will the NRSB provide photo identification cards?
Photo identification cards will be provided to applicants who request them at a fee of $8.00 each.
Will the NRSB allow the use of its Logo by those it certifies?
Of course! The purpose of the NRSB is to provide an assurance to the public that it can trust its radon service providers. The NRSB logo is free for use by anyone certified, accredited, or approved by the National Radon Safety Board.
Will the NRSB promote the radon industry?
The NRSB is neither a trade association for the radon industry nor a constituent outreach group for health policy. The NRSB provides assurance that radon service providers meet high standards of technical expertise and professionalism. The NRSB provides independent third party certification.
How do I contact the NRSB?
US Mail: National Radon Safety Board
14 Hayes Street
Elmsford, NY 10523
Toll Free: 866-329-3474
Fax Number: (914) 345-1169
Outside of the United States Telephone Number: 914-345-1168