AARST/NRPP Drama

I completed InterNACHI’s Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider course, and received my certificate. I had this on my website, and today I got a cease and desist email from NRPP. The course AND certificate clearly state AARST/NRPP on it. The course page, clearly says the 3 steps to becoming a certified radon tester. and says the course is AARST/NRPP approved. Why am I now in hot water because I listed this certificate on my website?

Dear Mr. Kincaid,

It has been brought to our attention that you are currently stating that you are AARST/NRPP certified on radon reports that you provide to homeowners once a radon test is complete. According to our records, you are not certified with NRPP, nor have you ever been certified with NRPP.

You are hereby ordered to Cease and Desist any and all references to this NRPP Certification from all marketing endeavors, business promotions, websites, job proposals, contracts and reports.

While the NRPP respects the need for business freedom, NRPP certifications for mitigation and measurement services are to individuals only. Any implication in websites and contracts that “certified” individuals are performing services when such individuals do not hold a certification in good standing constitutes an act of consumer fraud and damage to the NRPP reputation. Such damage extends to competing service providers in your market.

Aside from compliance with this notice, the only other acceptable option is to immediately obtain NRPP certification for all individuals that directly perform mitigation and testing services.

Should it be observed that appropriate action is not taken within 30 days of this notification, the NRPP will seek relief. There is a tangible value in citing certifications to customers that is built upon many years in developing the NRPP and the efforts of those that have made the investment in education and passed exams to demonstrate technical knowledge and skills to warrant certification.

Thank you,

Christina Johnson
NRPP Credentialing Coordinator

NRPP is a separate thing all together. just taking the course does not make you a NRPP radon tester. You must pay for that yearly. the Radon course just gives you the training to apply to be certified.

Actual NRPP certification is way more involved than just passing the NACHI course.

all of this is in the course. if you took the course it goes over it all. You can still do Radon tests if your state allows it. Just remove your NRPP stuff.

That’s kind of why I posted this, because I didn’t put nrpp on anything whatsoever. Except for having my certificate information on the website. That’s it. I’ve never generated a single radon report that said nrpp on it anywhere. I do two types of radon test, one is a lab test where I simply place the charcoal canisters. And the other is essentially where I loan a couple of radon eye rd200 devices to the homeowner and tell them how to load the mobile app. This is just an FYI radon test. For people who just want to know if there’s elevated levels or not.

I think anyone would agree that all of the requirement information is pretty gray, and if I understand elap, unless we’re elap certified we can’t even Place charcoal canisters from a lab kit. Even though literally every home inspector in my area does this. One of them doesn’t even have a state license.

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I do not agree. The above (Step 2) clearly states that you need to: Take & Pass the AARST-NRPP Exam, AND (Step 3) Complete and submit the AARST-NRPP Application.

I do agree that you are in violation and you need to remove ANYTHING that carries a reference to AARST-NRPP, until such time as you complete the required steps as instructed by the aggrieved party.

You are InterNACHI certified, nothing else. The course you took from InterNACHI is only the prerequisites to take the fully certified AARST-NRPP test. If you said your were AARST-NRPP, then you were not correct.

You can use the below logo only…

I have one of those certificates. I looked it up, and it says AARST/NRPP INACHI blah,blah.

I would respond to the letter and tell them their gripe is with INACHI and that you do not use their logo on any of your communications, reports etc. You merely displayed a certificate given by InterNACHI on your website. Sounds like a miss-communication - so far no lawyers are involved.

It’s quite possible that AARST?NRPP approved the course as a prerequisite for taking their entry exam but Nick doesn’t have permission to use their logo.

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How about posting a pic so we can see it?

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Thanks Robert for responding to the pint I was asking about. For some reason many of the reies here assumed I was out representing myself as AARST /NRPP CERTIFIED. Which I wasn’t. I had the certificate and course info on my website and a local inspector called NRPP and told them about my website and they sent the cease and desist letter. I promptly removed the certificate info, but now there’s an air of impropriety that I don’t like. I don’t feel I did anything wrong, and yet I’m made to feel like I did.

Guess I’m too ‘old school’ for it to be an issue…

Well there’s your answer; a local inspector called NRPP and spread some lies about you. You should call this Christina Johnson lady and raise hell! Tell her exactly what you told us. Don’t let the competition bad-mouth you and get away with it. I would find out his/her name and then you can leave them an honest bad review.