Smoke School

VISIBLE EMISSIONS EVALUATION TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION (SMOKE SCHOOL), JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) provides Visible Emissions Evaluation Training and Certification (Smoke School) in EPA Test Method 9 in April and October each year.  First-time training and certification, as well as recertification, are available.  MDEQ Smoke Schools are currently being offered through our contractor, Compliance Assurance Associates, Inc. (CAA).

2022 SMOKE SCHOOL DATES AND INFORMATION

Registration is now open for the 2022 Smoke Schools.  Click the date below for more information regarding each Smoke School.

Spring 2022: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12-13, 2022

Fall 2022: Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11-12, 2022

Field Certification Location:   ChristWay Church
                                                            1501 Old Fannin Road
                                                            Flowood, MS  39232

Fees:  No Cost for Mississippi Residents or Workers
All fees associated with MDEQ Smoke Schools are paid by MDEQ for Mississippi residents, employees of a company in Mississippi, or contractors directly responsible for evaluating compliance with visible emissions requirements for a company in Mississippi.  All other participants should contact CAA for available space and pricing.

ALL PARTICIPANTS:  ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

All participants are required to register online through CAA for each Smoke School.  Space is limited; therefore, it is strongly recommended that registration be completed at least 14 days prior to any Smoke School.

New Participants
Complete the CAA fast registration form here.

Returning Participants
CAA will send the designated client contact associated with each CAA account autogenerated 60-day and 30-day reminder emails prior to the upcoming Smoke Schools.  Each email will include a direct link to register for the MDEQ Smoke School.  Alternatively, participants may click a Smoke School date listed above or here to register at any time.

IF YOU HAVE REGISTRATION QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT COMPLIANCE ASSURANCE ASSOCIATES AT 901-381-9960.

TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

Required Training for NEW Participants:  Online Lecture
First-time Smoke School participants, or persons holding no recent certification, are required to attend an online lecture prior to the Outdoor Field Certification for an introduction on smoke schools, the principles of opacity, and more.  During registration, participants may choose either a livestream lecture or a self-paced lecture option.

Required Certification for ALL Participants:  Outdoor Field Certification
Smoke School certification requires attendance at the outdoor field certification session for new and returning participants.  Smoke School begins at 8:00 a.m. and lasts for two days.  Participants may leave the outdoor field session after they have successfully certified.  The second day of the outdoor field session is provided for those who do not certify on the first day.  (Please note, the contractor is not obligated to stay later for participants who start late.)

Digital (i.e., paperless) field certification will be available to complete ALL field certification activities for participants with a smart device.  More information about digital field certification can be found here.

QUESTIONS?

For general MDEQ Smoke School information, please call Bryan Williams with MDEQ’s Air Program Support Branch at 601-961-5799.  For questions regarding Smoke School registration or scheduling, please call Compliance Assurance Associates at 901-381-9960.