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For initial certification, the Federal program allows individuals to obtain their training through either the Federal program or a Federally authorized State or Tribal Program. When applying for recertification in the Federal program, what types of accreditation are acceptable for refresher courses?

Answer: For the refresher training requirement, an individual can take courses that are accredited by either the Federal program or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program. While the regulatory language regarding recertification does not specify whether “accredited refresher training course” includes courses accredited by EPA-authorized States and Territories, this interpretation is consistent with the approach taken for initial certification, wherein a valid certificate from an authorized State or Tribal program (see 745.226(a)(1)(ii)) is considered equivalent to a certificate issued by a Federally accredited training provider. 

Question Number: 23002-33464

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