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Rule 316 Training FAQs

Maricopa County Rule 316 Section 310.1 requires that the site superintendent, or other designated on-site representative of the permit holder, if present at a site that has more than one acre of disturbed surface area that is subject to a permit issued by the Control Officer requiring control of PM10 emissions from dust-generating operation, shall successfully complete a Basic Dust Control Training class conducted or approved by the Control Officer.


Maricopa County Rule 316 Section 310.2 requires that all water truck and water-pull drivers successfully complete a Basic Dust Control Training class conducted or approved by the Control Officer.


Maricopa County Rule 316 Section 309 requires that a facility with a rated or permitted capacity of 25 tons or more of material per hour or with five acres or more of disturbed surface area subject to a permit, whichever is greater, must have in place a Fugitive Dust Control Technician who meets the qualifications outlined in Sections 309.1-309.6 of this rule.


Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Who is required to complete Rule 316 Dust Control Training?

    All water truck drivers and water-pull drivers must possess the Basic Dust Control Training certification.


    If a site has more than one acre of disturbed surface area, the site superintendent (or other designated on-site representative) of the Dust Control permit holder must possess the Basic Dust Control Training certification.


    If a site has five acres (or more) of disturbed surface area, or if a facility has a rated or permitted capacity of 25 tons (or more) of material per hour, then a Fugitive Dust Control Technician who possesses the Comprehensive certification must be on-site during all primary dust-generating operations.


  2. Are subcontractors required to complete Dust Control Training?

    There is no training requirement associated with subcontractor registration; however, based upon the work you perform on a site, you may need to attend training. For example, if you drive a water truck or water-pull or you are designated as an on-site representative, you need to complete Basic training. Additional information: Subcontractor Registration Program.


  3. How do I go about obtaining the applicable Dust Control certification?

    Rule 316 training classes are held at 1001 N Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85004. You may request that Air Quality staff conduct training offsite when attendance will be at least 10 participants, and no more than 30 (see Rule 280 Section 311.3 for more info). For more information regarding County-administered Rule 316 training classes, visit Rule 316 Training.


  4. Where can I find the entire rule related to this requirement?

    Maricopa County Rule 316 can be found here: Rule 316.


  5. What is the penalty if I don't complete Basic/Comprehensive training?

    If you do not complete the required training, you are in violation of Maricopa County Rule 316. Maricopa County will issue the permit holder a violation upon discovery of the offense, indicating the requirement to complete training. Newly appointed employees will be granted 30 days from their date of hire to complete training and attain the applicable certification. A photo identification card will be issued by the department upon completion of training, and is to be carried by the certified individual at all times while on-site.


  6. How long is my certification valid?

    Basic & Comprehensive certifications are both valid for a period of three years from the date on which training was completed. After three years, you must retake the class to recertify.


  7. How do I get a replacement photo identification card, if necessary?

    If you have lost your ID card, you will need to make a non-commercial public records request. The replacement card will cost $5.00, and you will have to come in person and show ID to pick up your replacement card at 1001 N Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85004. More information on how to place a public records request, as well as the photo ID card replacement form, can be found at: Records Request Website.


  8. What is smoke school or visible emissions certification?

    Visible emissions certification is required of Fugitive Dust Control Technicians per Rule 316 Section 309.5. A visible emissions certification is obtained through successful completion of smoke school, to include satisfactory results on a visible emissions test. The department does not offer visible emissions certification. The department does not have a certification or approval program for smoke school providers and cannot make any recommendations for or against any providers. The list below was prepared to offer assistance to individuals who may be looking for that service. Please note that selection of a smoke school provider is not limited to those that appear on this list.


    ASU Smoke School
    Contact: Al Brown
    (480) 727-1322


    Carl Koontz Associates
    Contact: Carl Koontz
    (615) 889-9494


    Arizona Smoke School
    Contact: Fred Elis
    (480) 226-0945


    Compliance Assurance Associates
    Contact: Jeff Johns
    (901) 381-9960 ext. 304