Method 9 Smoke School Training

Efficient, reliable and trusted Method 9 certification

Smoke Schools by Compliance Assurance Associates, Inc. (CAA)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Method 9 requires a field certification every six months to be qualified to perform visible emissions observations (VEO). These certification sessions are commonly called ”smoke schools.”

Compliance Assurance Associates, Inc. (CAA) provides a complete Visible Emission Evaluator Training and Certification program (aka smoke school or opacity training) in accordance with 40 CFR 60 Appendix A, Method 9, Method 22, 203A, 203B, 203C. We train your employees to properly determine and document compliance to visible emission requirements.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple - we want our students to fully understand the underlying concepts of visible emissions observations. By teaching the concepts, the certification process is made easy, and the observations definitive and defensible.

Knowledgeable, reliable, and accurate visible emissions observers reduce compliance costs, protect the environment, avoid costly fines, and identify operational issues before serious consequences occur.

Exclusive Digital Platforms

CAA leads the smoke school industry by providing digital VEO tools that save our clients time and money.

  • CAA's patented digital field certification results in shorter smoke schools and less employee time away from work.
  • Digital certification allows students to perform field certification functions on their phone, and provides comprehensive records of test runs and certifications; certification records are available online 24/7.
  • Clients receive email reminders to ensure certifications don't lapse.
  • The self-paced online lecture course allows employees to complete lecture requirements at their own pace and offers flexibility in scheduling.
  • The new VEO-APP streamlines Title V requirements and digitizes veo reading data.

Reliable Smoke School Equipment
  • CAA's smoke-producing trailers are meticulously maintained and ensure reliable opacity levels.
  • CAA trailers can generate opacities from 0 - 100%, in full compliance with the requirements of Method 9.

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