Our Certifications


At ARA, we are steadfast in our commitment to keep up to date with the most currently recognized industry guidelines, standards, approved methodologies, required certifications and training. This sets our staff apart as the some of the most competent professionals in this industry.


Our personnel maintain multiple certifications, licenses and affiliations. While these qualifications are not required for every project, our customers can rest assured that our quality system meets or exceeds very stringent industry requirements.

Absolute Resource Associates has attained DoD ELAP and ISO/IEC 17025 accreditations (ISO/IEC 17025 : 2017, DoD ELAP, PJLA Accreditation # 78237; accreditation field “Testing”).


ARA is also a SBA certified small disadvantaged business (SDBand has been recognized by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in NH, ME, MA, RI and VT.


In 2008 ARA was certified by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) as a participant in the 8a Business Development Program, and graduated from that program in November of 2017.


In January, 2018, ARA became certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S. In addition to our environmental lab certifications, we are proud of these designations which certify that we are approved to partner with firms who aim to meet their various diversity goals. 


For your reference, the following are some codes, designations and certifications that ARA maintains. If you are looking for a particular certification not listed here, please ask; many certifications offer easy reciprocity between states and organizations. 


Business Certifications

  • SBA Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) WBE
  • Department of Transportation (US DOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE): NH, MA ME, RI, VT
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Women’s Business Enterprise, WBE and WOSB Certified
  • SBA 8(a) Business Development Program Graduate (11/17)


Laboratory Certifications

  • Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program:  DoD/ELAP PJLA #78237 
  • International Organization for Standardization ISO / IEC 17025
  • MA Department of Environmental Protection Laboratory Certification Program M-NH902
  • ME Laboratory Accreditation Program NH00902
  • NH Environmental Lab Accreditation Program (NH ELAP): NELAC/NELAP/TNI, Cert #1732
  • RI Department of Health Certification #LAO00334
  • VT Department of Health Certificate # VT173204
  • Army Corps of Engineers New England, Laboratory Quality Assurance Plan Approved (RIM)


Indoor Air Quality Certifications & Licenses
Board Certified American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC)

  • Certified Microbial Consultant CMC                          
  • Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant CIEC                  
  • Certified Environmental Thermography Consultant CETC          
  • Certified Indoor Environmentalist CIE                     
  • Certified Microbial Investigator CMI
  • Certified IAQ Manager CIAQM
  • Council Certified Environmental Allergen Consultant CEAC

Asbestos Licenses

  • Asbestos Inspector
  • Asbestos Consultant
  • Asbestos Project Monitor
  • Asbestos Analyst

Certified Lead Inspector
Field Asbestos in Air PCM NIOSH 7400 A Rules

X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Licensed

Matrices Investigated
Environmental Samples, Drinking Water, Waste Water, Storm Water, Soils, Sediments, Sludge, Cement, Construction Debris, Hazardous Waste, Tissue, Filters, Wipes, Building Materials, Paint, Air, Bulk Material, Dust, Particles, and more.

Laboratory Capabilities & Methods

ARA’s certified on-site laboratory utilizes industry recognized standards, methods, and guidelines for Waste Characterization, VOCs, SVOCs, Metals, TOC, PFAS, PCBs, Pesticides, Bacteria/Microbiology, Wet Chemistry, Low Level SIM/1,4 Dioxane, Asbestos, Mold, Lead, Allergens and more.  Methods include US EPA SW 846, US EPA 600 Series, US EPA 500 Series, Standard Methods, ASTM, NIOSH, and many other industry recognized standards and guidelines.

Indoor Air Capabilities

Occupant Consultations, Mold Inspections, Indoor Air Quality Investigations, Air & Surface Sample Collection & Analysis, Water Damage & Water Intrusion Identification, Remediation Planning, Follow Up & Clearance Testing, Building Envelope/ Siding Failure Inspections, Moisture Surveys, Lead Inspections & XRF Surveys, Asbestos Inspections & Investigations, Legionella Investigations, Vapor Intrusion Services, Hazardous Materials Investigations, Air Monitoring, HVAC & Insulation Checks, Infrared Imaging, Field GC/MS Investigations, Services to the Healthcare Industry, Facility Evaluations for Health & Safety. 


541380-Testing Laboratories                        
541620-Environmental Consulting Services                         
541690-Other Scientific & Technical Consulting                
561210-Facilities Support                        
541710-R&D Physical, Engineering, Life Sciences                       
562112- Hazardous Waste Collection                    
541350- Building Inspection Services                    
562998- Other Waste Management Services

236220-Commercial & Institutional Bldg Construction

Product Service Codes
B502 Study/Air, Quality
B504 Study/Chemical-Bio
B510 Study/Environmental
B532 Study/Soils
B533 Study/Water, Quality
H999 Misc Test & Inspect
Q999 Other Medical Svcs
R799 Other Management

SIC  Codes
8734- Testing Laboratories
8748- Business Consulting, NEC
8999- Miscellaneous Services
R799- Other Management

9511- Air & Water Resource & Solid Waste

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