EPA Lead Certification

Comply with the new EPA lead certification requirements or you could lose work...AND FACE FINES OF $38,892 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 $38,892 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 - 12960 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2019
Great instructor and very informative. Great instructor and very informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCaleb M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2019
The trainer was very enthusiastic and made the content much easier to learn. There is no other instructor I would rather... The trainer was very enthusiastic and made the content much easier to learn. There is no other instructor I would rather learn from.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrooke M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2019
Very informative and a great course. Loved the Skype call and the opportunity to ask my questions of the expert. Very informative and a great course. Loved the Skype call and the opportunity to ask my questions of the expert.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userclemente v.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2019
Great explanation of the course materials. Great explanation of the course materials.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRussell P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2019
The instructor was very knowledgeable and keep it interesting. The instructor was very knowledgeable and keep it interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKevin K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2019
Good. Good.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHaiLong D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
The trainer was very detailed and easy understand. The trainer was very detailed and easy understand.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoseph B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
The instructor and her helpers were very knowledgeable, right to the point and very effective for teaching us what we need... The instructor and her helpers were very knowledgeable, right to the point and very effective for teaching us what we need to know to pass the course...two thumbs-up!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDominick O.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
The trainer was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The trainer was very knowledgeable and very friendly.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userFrederick R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
Excellent instructions with a great instructor. Very knowledgeable! Excellent instructions with a great instructor. Very knowledgeable!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMario R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
The instructor was great and very thorough. The instructor was great and very thorough.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChristopher S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
A great instructor who made it easy to learn the information. A great instructor who made it easy to learn the information.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNicole P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and knows the material she taught like the back of her hand. She tried to make... The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and knows the material she taught like the back of her hand. She tried to make the class as engaging as possible and allowed us breaks at the perfect times. She answered every question and always helped out people if they didn't understand something. I would definitely take another one of her classes again!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn T. R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
A great deal of information delivered in a professional and congenial manner. A great deal of information delivered in a professional and congenial manner.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
The course was packed with so much valuable info and the instructor was amazingly informative and dynamic. The course was packed with so much valuable info and the instructor was amazingly informative and dynamic.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRyan P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
A lot of great hands-on experience. A lot of great hands-on experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userShayan M.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
It was informative, direct and humorous. Well organized and conducted. A little lengthy for the time and tiring but overall,... It was informative, direct and humorous. Well organized and conducted. A little lengthy for the time and tiring but overall, I would recommend this instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userErick V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
The course had a lot to offer. It was a lot of information but the instructor made sure everyone understood what was going... The course had a lot to offer. It was a lot of information but the instructor made sure everyone understood what was going on. He was very friendly, energetic and made the content very engaging.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRyan S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
The instructor kept students engaged. The instructor kept students engaged.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrian T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
The instructor did a great job presenting the material and showing practical applications of the material. The instructor did a great job presenting the material and showing practical applications of the material.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSean B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
Fun, informative instructor. Fun, informative instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAARON J.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
Good instructor. Some good hands-on work, but would like more hands-on.  Good instructor. Some good hands-on work, but would like more hands-on. 
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRay S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
Class was awesome. Our instructor was very informative on how to deal with lead. Definitely would recommend this class. Class was awesome. Our instructor was very informative on how to deal with lead. Definitely would recommend this class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHerman H.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2019
Very informative! Very informative!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userThomas S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
The course was very informative covering the critical components and information necessary to conduct the work within the... The course was very informative covering the critical components and information necessary to conduct the work within the EPA/HUD guidelines. The instructor was engaging and entertaining and kept the participants involved. He kept a bland topic exciting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRoberto C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
The instructor was very affable and professional. Very detailed and hands-on. She had an answer to everything. Class flew... The instructor was very affable and professional. Very detailed and hands-on. She had an answer to everything. Class flew by!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
The instructor was excellent!! The instructor was excellent!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userErik D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
Very good! Very good!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAngelina C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
The trainer was fabulous! Personable, knowledge and gets the job done the right way! The trainer was fabulous! Personable, knowledge and gets the job done the right way!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKaren Y.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
The trainer kept the class very engaged and was very well organized and detailed with her explanations. The trainer kept the class very engaged and was very well organized and detailed with her explanations.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrian F.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
Instructor was very knowledgeable. A lot of information was presented but she did a good job at working us through it. Instructor was very knowledgeable. A lot of information was presented but she did a good job at working us through it.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAmanda S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
I enjoyed my time at the Lead Renovator Certification Initial class. I though my instructor was very animated and passionate... I enjoyed my time at the Lead Renovator Certification Initial class. I though my instructor was very animated and passionate about what she was teaching, so it made it easy to stay engaged and helped me retain a lot in such a condensed amount of time. The hands-on exercises were very helpful as well. I really enjoyed them.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userZoltan B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
The instructor is the best! The instructor is the best!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPhilip S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
Excellent. To the point presentation with just enough of a personal touch. A lot of material to cover and exercises to... Excellent. To the point presentation with just enough of a personal touch. A lot of material to cover and exercises to go through but well done.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJavier B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
Excellent. Very efficient!! Excellent. Very efficient!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review usergregory e.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
Well presented class and very informative. Hands-on activities were great for true understanding. Well presented class and very informative. Hands-on activities were great for true understanding.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBruce T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
This class was intense but it was a great experience and I walked away with so much knowledge. I feel confident moving forward.... This class was intense but it was a great experience and I walked away with so much knowledge. I feel confident moving forward. The instructor was great at explaining everything, very thorough and encouraged questions.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTHOMAS G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
This was my first time taking any kind of course that pertains to Lead and the instructor  was very knowledgable and... This was my first time taking any kind of course that pertains to Lead and the instructor  was very knowledgable and had a great sense of humor as well. When I do take another course in this field I would request to have her as my instructor. Very professional and she made it fun.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBenjamin S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
Well done. Well done.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCecil D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
It was simple. It was simple.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKyle W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
Very enjoyable class! Very enjoyable class!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTylor S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
Great course. Have a great understanding of lead paint and it’s history. Helpful training and team to deal with. Great course. Have a great understanding of lead paint and it’s history. Helpful training and team to deal with.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRandal B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2019
The trainer was the best!! The trainer was the best!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJuan A M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 16, 2019
A really good trainer who easy to understand and even after an 8 hour class I didn't feel tired at all. A really good trainer who easy to understand and even after an 8 hour class I didn't feel tired at all.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEduardo F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 16, 2019
Excellent experience. Straight to the point, touched on all the important points to pass the exam and get the certificate.... Excellent experience. Straight to the point, touched on all the important points to pass the exam and get the certificate. Loved it. Totally recommend!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoe C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 16, 2019
The instructor was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable on the topic of lead paint. He made the lecture easy to understand. The instructor was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable on the topic of lead paint. He made the lecture easy to understand.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCharles K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 16, 2019
I thought the trainer did a great job and had a wealth of knowledge. I wouldn’t hesitate to call him if I need to for one... I thought the trainer did a great job and had a wealth of knowledge. I wouldn’t hesitate to call him if I need to for one of our jobs. I love that he is down to earth and see’s reality.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoe J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 16, 2019
Great class and very thorough. Great class and very thorough.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCatina K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 16, 2019
Class was very informative. The instructor was great very clear and he made sure we all understood the course material. Class was very informative. The instructor was great very clear and he made sure we all understood the course material.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userParker E S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 15, 2019
A great instructor with a lot of knowledge on the topic. He made all the content relevant to what we will be dealing with... A great instructor with a lot of knowledge on the topic. He made all the content relevant to what we will be dealing with this summer. He also made all the material fun and interesting to learn. Overall, it was a beneficial course!
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