Each applicant for licensure must submit a written application providing such information and demonstration as the Board deems reasonably necessary to enable the Board to determine that the applicant meets the Board's qualifications for education, experience, and moral character. The Board's Standard Application and the Application Instructions can be downloaded from this website in Microsoft Word format or can be obtained upon request by calling, writing, or faxing the Board:
One Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108
PHONE: (617) 556-1091
FAX: (617) 292-5872
Please provide your name and address, and you will be mailed an Application Package within a few days.
An Application Fee of $245 must be submitted at the time a completed Application is filed.
If the Application is "approved" by the Board, the applicant is qualified for a two-year period to take the Board's licensing examination, which tests the applicant's technical knowledge and regulatory knowledge ( especially regarding the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, 310 Code Mass. Regs. 40.0000 ). [See Exam Information for further information about the Board's exams.] Applicants who pass an examination receive a license to practice as an LSP.
The fee for taking an examination is $325. Examinations are administered twice a year in or around June and December. When the Board notifies an applicant that his or her written application has been approved, the applicant will be instructed to contact the Board's staff to schedule an appointment to take an exam on one of these fixed dates. Those whose applications have yet to be approved may not take an examination.
Applicants who do not achieve a passing score on an examination may take additional examinations within the two-year period until a passing score is achieved. An examination fee of $325 must be paid each time the examination is taken.
After the two-year period expires, if the applicant has not yet passed an examination, the applicant must re-apply by submitting a shortened version of the Application (a "Limited Application To Qualify For Re-Examination").
The qualifications for licensure that must be demonstrated in both the initial Application and in the Limited Application are as follows:
Good Moral Character -- Applicants must demonstrate that they possess good moral character.
Education and Experience -- Applicants must have obtained at least a high school diploma; however, those applicants with a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in an approved field of science or engineering from a college or university ("Standard Track" applicants) need to obtain fewer years of experience than do applicants who have a high school diploma but no college degree ("Alternate Track" applicants).
For the Standard Track, applicants must have eight (8) years off "Total Professional Experience," five (5) years of which are "Relevant Professional Experience." At least three (3) years of the "Relevant Professional Experience" must have occurred within five (5) years prior to submission of an Application for licensure.
For the Alternate Track, applicants must have fourteen (14) years of "Total Professional Experience," seven (7) years of which are "Relevant Professional Experience." At least three (3) years of the "Relevant Professional Experience" must have occurred within five (5) years prior to submission of an Application for licensure.
The terms "Total Professional Experience" and "Relevant Professional Experience" are defined in the Board's regulations, as are other important terms used in the definition of "Relevant Professional Experience" (e.g., "Practical Experience," "Waste Site Cleanup Decision Making Experience," and "Principal Decision Maker"). [These regulatory definitions are set forth in LSP Regulations at 309 Code Mass. Regs. § 2.02 .]