Georgia's Visible Emissions Certification Program
"Smoke School"



EPA Visible Emissions Field Manual


Method 9 Form


Travel Information

Atlanta Information
Savannah Information

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The Georgia Visible Emissions Certification Training Program consists of 12 annual “smoke schools” - six in the spring and six in the fall. Each season, schools are conducted in Adel, Perry, Atlanta, Savannah, Crawfordville and Cartersville. This training is open to regulatory personnel, consultants, industrial and other members of the regulated community. The purpose of the program is to certify a participant's ability to meet federal requirements for visually determining the opacity of plumes from stationary point sources. In addition, this program provides training for the determination of the frequency of fugitive emissions from stationary sources, located indoors or outdoors, (including flares) using Method 22. Each "school" consists of classroom lectures and orientation followed by field training, testing and certification. Participants can maintain continuous certification by successfully completing the field training every six months (as specified in federal reference Method-9 of the Code of Federal Regulations). Georgia EPD recommends that the classroom portion be attended at least every three years.

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Where & When? More Information

Reed Bingham State Park
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September 29-30, 2015

Go Fish Education Center

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October 1, 2015


A. H. Stephens Historic Park
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October 6 , 2015

Tellus Science Museum
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October 8, 2015

Classroom - Tradeport
Field Training - Panola Moutain State Park
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October 13-15, 2015

Skidaway Island State Park
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October 20-21, 2015

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Registration Tutorial

No registration fee is required.
Please register at least a week
before the class begins.

Smoke School Reminders

Inclement Weather Policy

We attempt to conduct certification test runs when weather permits. The number of test runs performed and the start times will vary with the ambient conditions. For up-to-date information concerning delays or cancellations, please call the Georgia EPD Air Protection Branch at 404-363-7000 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Park Pass Requirement

Effective, April 1, 2015, participants at our State park sites will be responsible for the daily $5 park pass per vehicle. Car pools are encouraged.