Environmental Laboratory Technologist - RELT Certification
The strict industry standards dictates that persons engaged in the laboratory management and/or analysis of environmental samples need to be absolutely equipped to handle their jobs.
RELT -- Registered Environmental Laboratory Technologist conducts examination for such individuals, for the test and certification/registration of their skills. The registration/certification provides the necessary recognition and professional progress in the environmental industry. RELT is officially recognized by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
The RELT Certification is awarded by NREP- National Registry of Environmental Professionals. NREP has been formed with an intention and goal of providing education and legal recognition and certification for professionals and individuals engaged in the task preserving our environment. NREP is a single point information and education center for all environmental industry professionals.
To take the test, a qualification of an Associate or Arts degree in sciences like Chemistry or Biology or a 4 consecutive years laboratory analysis experience is required.
Work experience required to take the exam is (2) consecutive years of laboratory work conducting research and/or analysis of environmental contamination. Experience in the use of wet chemistry as well as laboratory analytical devices is a must .
The exam itself is of 1 1/2-hour duration. It is a multiple choice and open book exam.
There will be 30 questions in the category of laboratory practice as related quality control, chain of custody, chemical exposure and storage, use of laboratory equipment, analysis as related to instrumentation use, ASTM and EPA, Langelier Index, Alpha Beta Error, chemistry.
Another 35 questions will be on definitions of chemical and analytical terms, sampling as related to preservation and holding times, methodologies, procedures, equipment and transportation.