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LPS certification programs for system installations and installers

There are programs that certify LPS for new installations and existing systems. There also are programs to certify LPS installing contractors and LPS designers.

UL has the following programs for certifying LPS on a project-by-project basis:
  • Master Label Certificate. This program is for newly installed LPS. Systems that achieve a Master Label Certificate are listed on UL's internet directory. Certificates remain valid from the time of inspection until their expiration date (typically five years from time of inspection) unless modifications are made to:

    • A structure

    • A structure's electrical, mechanical or communication systems

    • Any lightning protection devices or system

    • Any roof system and/or coping system

    Certificates may be renewed through inspection confirming adherence to current requirements.
  • Letter of Findings Program. Outlines inspections of LPS where a master label certificate is not possible or cannot be verified. Projects using this program are not listed on UL's internet directory.
LPI has a related organization, Lightning Protection Institute Inspection Program (LPI-IP), that provides inspection of LPS. The following programs are for certifying LPS on a project-by-project basis:
  • Master Installation Certificate. For newly installed LPS

  • Reconditioned Master Installation Certificate. For systems that have previously received a Master Installation Certificate. This program typically is used when LPS components are changed or repaired or when a previously certified systems is being recertified when LPS standards are updated.

  • Limited Scope Inspection Program. This program is used to verify that visible LPS components appear to be in compliance with material and installation standards. Typically, this program is used when an existing LPS is encountered and no or incomplete information is available about its original installation.
LPI also has programs LPS installers. Those taking the exam must be members of LPI and are retested about every three years when the standards are updated. The testing programs are:
  • Master Installer Series. There are a set of five exams in this series that include true/false, multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank and design application problems. More design problems are included with each progressive test and a knowledge of NFPA-7680 and LPI-175 is required to pass. Formulas, material sizes and design parameters are tested along the ability to apply requirements to design drawings. The series progression is:

    • Those passing the first two exams reach the level of Journeyman Installer

    • Those passing the next two exams reach Master Installer certification

    • Those passing the final exam earn the certification of Master Installer/Designer

  • Design Inspector Series. Two exams are included in this series with true/false, multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank and design application problems. Knowledge of NFPA-7680 and LPI-175 is required to pass. Those passing both exams earn the Designer Inspector certification.




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