The International Society of Technical and Environmental Professionals (INSTEP) provides a voluntary industry certification program [INSTEP Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP)] designed to assure that professionals providing Phase I ESAs have an acceptable academic background and a minimal level of appropriate experience.
INSTEP LEP Application Form
Please download the following form if you would like to apply to take the INSTEP LEP Exam:
INSTEP LEP Exam Guidance
The INSTEP LEP examination is designed to test your understanding of issues of environmental site assessment. Passage of the exam (70%) will provide for the INSTEP Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) designation.
The questions for the exam have been developed by INSTEP and have been reviewed for relevance to the designated Certified/Registration. The questions for each exam are selected and prepared by the INSTEP Exam Review Committee. The exams are sealed and not opened until the time of the exam, thus there is no person associated with the course who has specific knowledge of the questions or their answers. In simple terms, we do not "teach the exam."
The exam is a closed book exam consisting of 100 questions that are either multiple choice or true and false type. There are no essay questions. There may be "scenario" groups of questions, where a scenario is established and several questions related to the scenario are to be answered. In order to qualify to sit for the exam, you have certified that you have a given minimum of experience in Environmental Site Assessment. It may be expected that there are questions which test your experienced-based judgement and that these questions may not be covered by the course material or permitted references.
Here are the key areas to study for the INSTEP LEP Exam: