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Lead Testing in Tribal Schools and Childcare Centers


This course covers the sources and dangers of lead exposure, the importance of lead testing in drinking water, and how to prevent lead exposure.

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About this Independent Study   

This activity was originally released on March 22, 2023.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is directed toward staff of Tribal schools and childcare centers. Childcare centers include Head Start programs, youth programs, after school programs, and childcare centers.  

Examples of staff who can take the course include teachers, administrators, providers, nurses, social workers, after school program staff, support staff, volunteers, kitchen staff, janitorial staff, maintenance staff, and other people who have a role in water system maintenance.  

To Enroll

Select the Enroll button at the top right of the computer screen.


After completing this eLearning course, you will be able to:

  • Identify why and when there is need to test drinking water for lead   
  • Describe steps to prepare for lead testing   
  • Describe actions to take to reduce possible exposure to lead in drinking water  

More Information

For more information on GLITEC’s Lead Testing program please visit our website at GLITEC's Free Drinking Water Testing Program Overview • Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Inc. (

Visit GLITC • Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Inc. to learn more about the additional programs and support that Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council offers to Tribal communities to enhance the quality of life for all Native people.

Registration & Fees 

The eLearning course is free of charge.  


This learning opportunity was made possible through a Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act grant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   

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Many thanks to the artists and contributors, who lent their time and talent to this course: 


Brittany Tainter
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
Illustrator; see more of Brittany's work here

Jordan L. Gurneau
St. Croix Ojibwe
Singer – Redline 

Denise Halfyard
Wet'suwet'en, Tsimshian, Gitxsan
Narrator of Modules 1 and 3; find her at her studio here.

Sarah Hatcher, PhD
Subject Matter Expert; learn more here.

Krysta Wallrauch
Voice actor Crow and Blackfoot Tribe
Narrator of Module 2; learn more here


Jordyn Fink, BS 
Subject Matter Expert

Samantha Lucas-Pipkorn, MPH
Subject Matter Expert

Erik Ohlrogge, MS 
Subject Matter Expert

Jacob Riemer, BS
Subject Matter Expert

Chalyse Schellinger
Subject Matter Expert


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Here is the course outline:

The Importance of Testing Drinking Water for Lead

Resources for Lead Testing in Drinking Water

Taking Action to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water



The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

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