The UL Master Label Lightning Protection System Personnel Certification Program is designed to provide individuals an opportunity to set themselves apart with a credential focused on the critical knowledge and skills of the lightning protection systems industry. The goal of the program certification is to improve the safety and performance of lightning protection systems through a more qualified workforce. This examination covers requirements from UL 96A Installation Requirements for Lightning Protection Systems and NFPA 780 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems. The purpose of this examination is to certify individuals in a body of knowledge that is identified and accepted as the baseline or foundation needed to safely and properly install lightning protection systems. To receive the UL Certified Lightning Protection System Installer credential and recognition, an individual must pass the Lightning Protection System Installer Certification Exam, complete a 10 hour OSHA construction safety course, and be a qualified electrician or have experience as a lightning protection system installer. Hands-on experience or equivalent knowledge includes: installing, building, repairing, troubleshooting, diagnosing, verifying and performing tasks involved in lightning protection system installation work either residential, industrial or commercial buildings and structures.
The Lightning Protection System Installer Certification exam is a three-hour open book exam consisting of 100 questions. Individuals must score 80% or higher to pass the exam.
The examination is computer based and is available at over 550 locations throughout the United States.
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Please note: you must complete the certification exam application and include the completed form in your registration for this exam. If you do not qualify for the exam, you will be refunded $300 (the $25 application fee is non-refundable).
Individuals who take the exam must meet at least one of the following prerequisites:
- Qualified electrical professional, or
- Have 3 or more years of experience in the lightning protection system installation field, or
- Successfully completed a UL Lightning Protection System course
All individuals must complete a 10 hour OSHA Construction Safety course
The following will be provided to you on the day of the exam:
- Access to the online examination at a scheduled testing center
The examination is open book. You may bring a calculator and print copies of standard UL 96A Installation Requirements for Lightning Protection Systems and NFPA 780 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems. Please note that these standards are not provided at the testing centers and it is the responsibility of the examinee to obtain these standards if desired for use during the examination.
Standards may be purchased at the following:
UL 96A Installation Requirements for Lightning Protection Systems (discounts available with examination registration)
NFPA 780 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems
- Certification is valid for three years
- Re-certification is required after three year expiration either by retesting or through continuing education
- Three (3) continuing education credits or 30 learning hours are required for re-certification (credits must be related to topics of lightning protection system technology or similar fields)
(Note: UL reserves the right to require testing by examination for recertification in the instance of major changes to applicable codes or standards)