EPA Lead Certification

Comply with the EPA lead paint RRP certification requirements or you could lose work...AND FACE FINES OF UP TO $41,056 PER DAY!

Lead Renovator RRP certification is required for any and all renovation activities that disturb more than 6 square feet of interior or 20 square feet of exterior paint in residential or child-occupied facilities built before 1978. Professionals who do not comply are at risk to be fined by the EPA or state authority, as these properties may contain harmful lead-based paint.

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) RRP Rule For Lead Paint Renovations

The EPA has ruled that contractors, painters, landlords, or anyone who performs renovation, repairs, or painting (RRP) work for hire on target housing or child-occupied facilities must train and be certified in lead-safe work practices before renovating certain projects. These EPA rules took effect on April 22, 2010. Not sure if your work falls under the RRP rule or if it classifies as lead abatement? View our simple breakdown of lead-based paint activities and the required certifications.

There are 2 steps to comply with the RRP Rule:

  1. Get registered for an EPA or State-approved Lead Renovator Certification course
  2. Submit an application to EPA or Authorized State on behalf of your company.

The EPA lead certification and licensing requirement went into effect on April 22, 2010 and you want to be sure that you're lead safety certified. Failure to comply with EPA certification requirements WILL result in fines of up to $41,056 per violation on a qualifying project.

Zack Academy is an accredited EPA Training Provider and works with the largest network of accredited trainers in the US to offer the EPA lead certification, conducting initial and refresher training to comply with the lead renovation repair and painting program, certifying renovators to perform lead-safe work.

Visit epa.gov for full details on the new EPA renovator rules for lead safety certification and licensing.

A Primer On Lead Paint and Safety

Lead paint poisoning is often considered an issue that was eradicated years ago. However, recent studies on child lead levels have shown that despite increased efforts by contractors to follow lead safe practices, children residing in homes under renovation are 30% more likely to have an unsafe level of lead in their blood than those in homes that were not under renovation due to resulting lead dust and paint chips. Even basic renovation or repair work being performed by contractors including plumbers, electricians, and window replacement specialists can lead to invisible, harmful dust from disturbing lead paint.

To work towards completely eliminating the hazardous effects lead poisoning can have, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new certification required for all contractors, renovators, and painters who work in pre-1978 homes and/or child-occupied facilities. For EPA lead certification, companies must register and pay a fee with EPA, and individuals must take a one-day lead safety training course approved by the EPA to become a certified renovator. The EPA lead certification is good for five years.

The Lead Based Paint Renovation Repair and Painting Program (RRP) involves pre-renovation and work practice requirements in addition to the firm and individual certification. Contractors, property managers, and other renovation workers must distribute a lead pamphlet from the EPA describing the hazards of lead before starting renovation work. The required EPA pamphlet is titled Lead Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right, and the EPA mandates that the renovation contractor or worker must keep record of the tenant or owner's receipt of the pamphlet.

During renovation, lead-safe work practices must be followed, including work-area containment to prevent lead paint dust and debris, and minimizing exposure to lead paint hazards by thoroughly cleaning the site after project completion. These lead safe steps must be verified by an individual who has received the EPA individual renovator certification.

Even if you are currently not working on any projects that would fall under the new EPA requirements, it's better to get the training completed and not risk having to turn down any work because you are not yet in EPA compliance. For any questions at all on these new EPA requirements or to determine if these EPA-approved courses are right for you, please call us in the office at 646-564-3546 and we will be glad to help!

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100% Verified Reviews
Below are the most recent student reviews for previous Lead Renovator Certification Courses. All reviews are from people who registered for and attended the course.
Average rating: Average Rating stars out of 5 stars ( 4.8 out of 5 stars - 20190 20190 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userTravis A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 30, 2022
Course was great. Course was great.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMartin G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 30, 2022
Awesome class very professional, one on one is the way to go learned a lot and got questions answered. Would definitely recommend... Awesome class very professional, one on one is the way to go learned a lot and got questions answered. Would definitely recommend and send future employees to take this course .
Lead Renovator Certification
review userFrank A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 29, 2022
instructor was great and will use again in future instructor was great and will use again in future
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 29, 2022
informative informative
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 29, 2022
The Instructor Scott was excellent in teaching making sure we understood the subject matter. The Instructor Scott was excellent in teaching making sure we understood the subject matter.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLeverne G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 29, 2022
This was a great class the instructor was very knowledgeable This was a great class the instructor was very knowledgeable
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPaige B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 29, 2022
The class was awesome. Very informative and learned quite a bit from the instructor, who kept it interesting and fun. The class was awesome. Very informative and learned quite a bit from the instructor, who kept it interesting and fun.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRicardo C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 29, 2022
Over all very good experience Over all very good experience
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJason L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 29, 2022
Very personable and instructive Very personable and instructive
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWilmer I.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
Tiffany was a great instructor! She was very knowledgeable, funny and nice. She answered all of our questions and if there... Tiffany was a great instructor! She was very knowledgeable, funny and nice. She answered all of our questions and if there was something she wasn’t too familiar with she would point us in the right direction so that we can find the answers were looking for. I know a lot more now about lead base paint and the proper procedures to take when working on affected areas that have lead-based paint. Thanks Tiffany for a job well done!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoseph S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
Excellent informative course with a great instructor. Excellent informative course with a great instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userScott F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
Scott did a great job! Scott did a great job!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userStephen K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
The class was very well done. The instructor kept everyone engaged through out the day. I had heard stories about how boring... The class was very well done. The instructor kept everyone engaged through out the day. I had heard stories about how boring it was going to be and the after lunch part was the worst. Those stories were untrue for our class, Jamie is an energetic, entertaining nd very knowledgeable instructor. He is very good at his job. 5 stars for the instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTerence B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
It was amazing It was amazing
Lead Renovator Certification
review userShanda T.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
She was very very polite and made clear explanations. She was very very polite and made clear explanations.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPatrick W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
The class was super informative. The instructor did a great job taking time to answer all of our questions as they related... The class was super informative. The instructor did a great job taking time to answer all of our questions as they related to lead in specific circumstances that we each found ourselves dealing with it.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLes P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
Instructor was very professional and friendly. Thank you Instructor was very professional and friendly. Thank you
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAustin M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
I've taken a Lead Certification course before and the difference was night and day. The first course I took was dry, and... I've taken a Lead Certification course before and the difference was night and day. The first course I took was dry, and physically painful to sit through. No comedy, no stories, nothing that would make the experience in any way memorable or enjoyable. This course wasted none of my time and was actually enjoyable at times. The instructor was very knowledgeable and actually seemed passionate about the subject. He cited historical impacts of lead that I had never heard of and were frankly fascinating (look up lead poisoning in ancient Rome). I'm not saying it was fun, there are obviously dry spots considering the subject, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise. HIGHLY COMPITENT INSTRUCTOR!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
To be blunt, the material covered in the class is boring. However, the instructor does a great job with it. John keeps... To be blunt, the material covered in the class is boring. However, the instructor does a great job with it. John keeps the class moving. He goes above and beyond to try and keep everyone in the classroom engaged. He is the difference between having a horrible day trying to stay awake vs. actually paying attention and learning something. He also does a good job of making sure everyone is remembering useful information to pass the test.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSal M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
John was a great instructor overall! He had the class extremely engaged and did very well with the live demos and having... John was a great instructor overall! He had the class extremely engaged and did very well with the live demos and having everyone in the class involved. I was pleasantly surprised with his energy and excitement to teach the course!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
In my opinion, John did a excellent job at presenting the coarse information. Grasping the attention of all participants.... In my opinion, John did a excellent job at presenting the coarse information. Grasping the attention of all participants. His style of teaching was much appreciated. I have sat through multiple OSHA coarse and dreaded them. Thanks John Schafer!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJonathan H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
Very good instructor kept the class engaged and made the class enjoyable Very good instructor kept the class engaged and made the class enjoyable
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRyan T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
John was an excellent instructor and kept the class engaged. He was very infomative and thorough. John was an excellent instructor and kept the class engaged. He was very infomative and thorough.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userThomas E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
John is an excellent instructor. He made a long day much more productive than I expected. John is an excellent instructor. He made a long day much more productive than I expected.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJosh M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
I completed the written review at the end of class and turned into Mr. Schafer. I cannot count how many instructors I have... I completed the written review at the end of class and turned into Mr. Schafer. I cannot count how many instructors I have had over the course of my education and career, or how many continuing education courses I have attended both in person and remote, but I can tell you that this was one of the best. People learn in different ways and this course provided book, screen, relational and hands on instruction to enable anyone that can see, listen and read the best chance at absorbing and learning the information presented. Mr. Schafer provided a heightened learning environment with story, visual demonstration, hands on training, humorous engagement and clear understandable oratory. Humor and story are always great ties to assist in learning new curriculum and Mr. Schafer engaged everyone individually and the group not only to hold attention but to confirm that the information was being absorbed. Mr. Schafer had a great personality, showed passion, humility and absolute knowledge of the coursework he was teaching. I would attend any class that John Schafer was teaching, he is a fantastic instructor. Kudos to John!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrian F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
I thought John was a very good instructor. He kept the course on schedule, was very engaging with the class and presented... I thought John was a very good instructor. He kept the course on schedule, was very engaging with the class and presented the material in a very understandable way. I've been through many, many, certification /re-cert courses in the last 35 years and this was actually enjoyable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDean A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
The instructor was very very good, Make a difficult to learn course, easy to understand, and keept your interest the entire... The instructor was very very good, Make a difficult to learn course, easy to understand, and keept your interest the entire time. Had fun with his students, Everyone was made to interact, and those with wrong answers, were corrected, and the best part was he didn't make anyone feel bad about missing the answer. I would take and recommend this instuctor to everyone .
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRex B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 28, 2022
The training was very informative and will be very helpful in the future. Thank you The training was very informative and will be very helpful in the future. Thank you
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 27, 2022
Chris was awesome! He kept the instructions going and did not waste time. Chris was awesome! He kept the instructions going and did not waste time.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGiovanni M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 27, 2022
Very informative material. The instructor was clear and took time to make sure everyone understood the material. Very informative material. The instructor was clear and took time to make sure everyone understood the material.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPaul D.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 27, 2022
This course was very informative and interesting. I look forward to taking more courses to expand my business in the near... This course was very informative and interesting. I look forward to taking more courses to expand my business in the near future. I would highly recommend this course to my associates as a great stepping stone to different opportunities. The instructor was knowledgable and professional, thanks to all, Mr. Dunbar.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 27, 2022
Great class. Great teacher Great class. Great teacher
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTimothy B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 27, 2022
Great course experience ! Instructor very knowledgeable and covered all materials in an efficient and interesting manner! Great course experience ! Instructor very knowledgeable and covered all materials in an efficient and interesting manner!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJD M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 27, 2022
This was a much needed class. Informative and interesting. This was a much needed class. Informative and interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHenry G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 25, 2022
The course was very informative. He made the course very fun. He also made the course very simple and easy to understand. The course was very informative. He made the course very fun. He also made the course very simple and easy to understand.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCecil B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 25, 2022
Informative and entertaining Informative and entertaining
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJerry W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 25, 2022
Very informative knowledgeable caring and thorough Very informative knowledgeable caring and thorough
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRaymond P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 25, 2022
Cindy was awesome, made the class enjoyable and interesting. Great instructor. Cindy was awesome, made the class enjoyable and interesting. Great instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWayne G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 25, 2022
Very knowledgeable Very knowledgeable
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCory M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 24, 2022
Very informative and fast paced class. The content is very standardized and could be effectively delivered via remote online... Very informative and fast paced class. The content is very standardized and could be effectively delivered via remote online learning, providing greater access to people who may not be able to listen to a fast paced lecture and video presentation all day. The test and hands on activities at the end could be video completed in less than an hour and individually scheduled. We'll worth the money and very knowledgeable instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTrevor H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 24, 2022
Awesome Awesome
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 24, 2022
Tony was very informative and knowledgeable on the course Tony was very informative and knowledgeable on the course
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMatthew K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 24, 2022
Tony was amazing and very knowledgeable in all his experience. Very thankful he was the instructor! Tony was amazing and very knowledgeable in all his experience. Very thankful he was the instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNeal O.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 23, 2022
Very informative, made me aware of how dangerous lead is and what I can do to keep others and myself lead safe Very informative, made me aware of how dangerous lead is and what I can do to keep others and myself lead safe
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMarcy W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 23, 2022
It was very informative and also fun! It was very informative and also fun!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKenneth N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 23, 2022
Learned a lot and Scott was very good at explaining the material and kept it interesting with real like scenarios Learned a lot and Scott was very good at explaining the material and kept it interesting with real like scenarios
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSALLY F.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 23, 2022
I thought the class was fine. I took me a couple of pages in the manual to be able to follow the instructor and realize that... I thought the class was fine. I took me a couple of pages in the manual to be able to follow the instructor and realize that he was basically reading through the important info on the pages. I think the hands on activities we pretty good. Definitely better than the ones we did back in 2010 or whenever I first took the course. The room was a bit cold in the morning rather warm in the afternoon. That may be out of the instructors control but I thought worth mentioning.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userZachary D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 23, 2022
Really enjoyed the trainer steve Really enjoyed the trainer steve
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGabriel S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 23, 2022
Efficient course. The instructor clearly knew the material and was open to questions and comments relevant to the coursework. Efficient course. The instructor clearly knew the material and was open to questions and comments relevant to the coursework.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPaul L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 23, 2022
Good class instructor knew his stuff. Good class instructor knew his stuff.
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