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Certified Permitting Professional Program Background

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) is committed to providing high quality service to its permit applicants.  South Coast AQMD continually strives to improve permitting efficiency in order to provide timely service.  To help accomplish this, South Coast AQMD has established the Certified Permitting Professional (CPP) program, which is aimed to certify individuals that are knowledgeable in all aspects of permit application preparation including rule assessments, emission offset requirements, Best Available Control Technology (BACT) assessments, etc. 

Individuals who successfully pass the CPP examination earn the title "Certified Permitting Professional" and may retain the CPP license with annual renewal. Licensed CPPs are granted limited access to South Coast AQMD facility information through the Data Access System (DAS) to help prepare the permit application.  Licensed CPPs also have the opportunity to list their consulting services on South Coast AQMD's CPP Consultant List webpage, where it is made public to those seeking professional assistance with the permit application process. 

A CPP license, however, does not guarantee acceptance of a permit application or issuance of a permit.

CPP Exam Training Courses

Training courses are offered by several providers, as listed below. These courses are not prerequisites for taking the CPP examination. Anyone with sufficient background and expertise in permit application completion and filing is welcome to take the CPP examination.

Training Course Providers/Instructors

The following is a list of providers and instructors where you can receive training in preparing and submitting permit applications and in preparing for the CPP examination. Please contact each provider for course schedules and fees.  The South Coast AQMD does not imply that attending one of these classes will guarantee passing of the

Cost &Enrollment Info. Mailing Address
"Air Quality Permitting and Enforcement" - Instructor: Joe Hower, Scott Weaver
Contact the Air Quality Permitting and Enforcement Exam Preparation representatives at 310-825-4100 or email
Air Quality Permitting and Enforcement Exam Preparation Course - UCLA Extension  (Tues, Thurs, 6-7:30 PM, 4/4/2023 - 6/15/2023)
Note:  This course is offered every Spring in Downtown Los Angeles.
UCLA Extension
10960 Wilshire Boulevard, 16th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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