Do you or any of your employees need to read the opacity of industrial plumes and conduct certification tests in accordance with EPA Method 9? If so, this program is for you. 

It offers: 

  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Title 5 certification
  • More than 40 years of experience in visible emissions training
  • Fall and Spring training dates to coincide with the six-month recertification schedule

Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) has over 67 years of experience supporting the facility needs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to include:

  • Facilities assessments
  • O&M support
  • Project review
  • Training
  • Energy procurement
  • Applied research

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is required to be or wants to become a certified "smoke reader" should attend this program. While the program is technical, it requires no formal education in science, engineering, or technology. It is not suitable for researchers, but is appropriate for consultants, lawyers, individuals with regulatory agencies, plant engineers, environmental engineers, technicians, boiler operators, and process-operating personnel.

Since the EPA requires recertification every six months, those who want to maintain their certification through Penn State should attend both the fall and spring programs.

Recertification: Field Training and Certification 

Individuals who have been certified within the last year should enroll in the recertification program. Recertification provides field practice and certification testing.

Initial Certification: Classroom, Field Training, and Certification

Individuals who are seeking certification for the first time or who have not been certified within the last year should enroll in the initial certification program. Initial certification provides classroom instruction in addition to field practice and certification testing.




The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) provides education programs, energy services, engineering services, and facility condition assessments to Pennsylvania state agencies, the federal government, and nonprofit organizations. The organization aims to advance its customers’ facilities engineering objectives through applied research, education, and innovation.

Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute

Marion Place, Suite 414

135 East Nittany Avenue

State College, PA 16801

Phone: 814-865-7615

Fax: 814-863-7835