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CAPP Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CAPP Program?

The CAPP program is designed to certify non-District people who can assist in preparing applications for air permits.  This is a part of the District's permit streamlining programs and helps application processing by ensuring more complete project applications are received.

CAPP certification is not required to submit an application, but can be an additional selling point for private consultants and related environmental professionals.

Who is eligible to attend the CAPP Program?

The classes are designed as a review of District Rules and practices for experienced permitting professionals rather than as a training course for new engineers.   CAPP candidates must have an engineering or related science degree and have been involved with the submittal of permitting applications in California.  Specific CAPP qualification information can be found in District Rule 1170 which is available on our website at the following link:  http://www.valleyair.org/rules/currntrules/r1170.pdf

Successful CAPP candidates are those who have experience in permit processing and routinely perform the calculations and evaluations required to show compliance with District Rules and Regulations.

What subjects do the CAPP classes cover?

The CAPP classes are designed as a review of key District policies and practices including

  • New Source Review requirements of BACT, emission offsets, ERC banking and use, public noticing, and Health Risk Assessments;
  • Major Source project processing;
  • Prohibitory Rules, NSPS and NESHAPS;
  • Effective Permit Writing; and
  • Application Review Format.

When is the next CAPP class?

CAPP classes are scheduled when there is a sufficient number of interested parties.  If you'd  like to be notified of future classes, please Email your mailing address and phone number to  the CAPP Coordinator and you will be placed on the mailing list for upcoming classes.