Licensing for Radon Professionals
On December 28, 2018, a Ramsey County District Court judge issued an order in an on-going lawsuit filed against the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). That order, in effect, prevents MDH from enforcing certain radon mitigation statutes and rules that were scheduled to become effective on January 1 of 2019. Under the order, MDH for the time being cannot regulate or enforce the statutes and rules that apply to radon mitigation professionals that conduct mitigation in residences. Until further order of the Court, MDH must comply with the order. Other parts of the radon statutes and rules are not affected by the Court’s order. The radon measurement aspects of the statute and rules remain unchanged. If you are conducting radon measurement in a building you do not own or lease, you need to have a radon professional license.
The Minnesota Radon Licensing Act (Minnesota Statutes 144.4961) was passed by the legislature and signed into law in May 2015. This act gives Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) the authority to write rules and enforce laws related to the radon industry in the state.
All licensing requirements go into effect January 1, 2019.
Who needs a license?
Professionals that measure and companies that perform radon lab analysis, must be licensed by MDH. Mitigation professionals and companies that mitigate non-residential buildings must be licensed.
- Measurement professionals: an individual who places or retrieves test device in buildings they do not own or lease.
- Mitigation professionals: an individual who installs or designs a radon mitigation system in a non-residential building they do not own or lease, or provides on-site supervision of mitigation work.
- Mitigation companies: a business or government entity that employs one or more licensed mitigation professional and performs or authorizes employees to perform radon mitigation in a non-residential building.
- Radon Analysis Laboratories: a business or government entity that analyzes passive radon test devices for the presence or concentration of radon. Contact MDH for information on licensing as a laboratory at 651-201-4601.
More specific licensing information:
- Licensing for Radon Measurement Professionals
- Licensing for Radon Mitigation Professionals
- Licensing for Radon Mitigation Company and Sole Proprietor
Who does not need a license?
No license is required for the following:
- Testing radon concentrations in a building that you own or lease
- Installing a mitigation system in a building that you own or lease
- Installing a mitigation system in a residential building
- Installing radon control systems in newly constructed homes, prior to a certificate of occupancy being issued
- Providing radon testing devices or information for general education purposes
- A building official or that person’s designee
- Hardware stores that sell test kits
- Mitigation technicians if they are supervised on-site by a licensed radon professional
Measurement professionals must complete an initial measurement radon training course approved by MDH and pass the exam. Mitigation professionals must complete the initial measurement course and the initial mitigation course and pass exams for both courses. Courses can be taken in-person or online. License applicants must submit proof they have completed the initial training(s) and passed the exam(s) when they apply.
Approved courses and exams:
All radon licenses are valid for one year.
- Measurement Professional License: $150 per year
- Mitigation Professional License: Non-residential only $250 per year (a mitigation professional license includes a measurement license)
- Mitigation Company License: Non-residential only $100 per year (this fee is waived if the company employs or contracts one licensed mitigation professional)
- Radon Analysis Laboratory: $500 per year (waived for government entity distributing tests kits to general public)
Radon System Tags
All mitigation systems installed by professionals in non-residential buildings must have a MDH issued tag. Licensed mitigation companies and sole proprietor mitigation professionals can purchase tags ($75 per tag). Tags must be purchased online from MDH. A licensed mitigation professional (employed or contracted by the company) or a sole proprietor mitigation professional must attach tags.