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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Below are the most recent student reviews for previous Lead Renovator Certification Courses.
Average rating: Average Rating stars out of 5 stars ( 4.8 out of 5 stars - 12449 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userMatt S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 22, 2019
Very informative instructor. Great experience! Very informative instructor. Great experience!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMark S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 22, 2019
The instructor did a great job! The instructor did a great job!
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review userTammy S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 22, 2019
The instructor was very informative. Also, liked the hands-on training which helped make the time go by faster. The instructor was very informative. Also, liked the hands-on training which helped make the time go by faster.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDan H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 22, 2019
The instructor did an excellent job and made a long session shorter. The instructor did an excellent job and made a long session shorter.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMark N T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 22, 2019
The instructor was very good teacher. I highly recommend this course. The instructor was very good teacher. I highly recommend this course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCezary J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 22, 2019
Good! Good!
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review userHarvey M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 22, 2019
Instructor was both informative and interesting. Kept the course moving and knew his topic well. I have taken the class... Instructor was both informative and interesting. Kept the course moving and knew his topic well. I have taken the class before and while this class was easy to be in, I learned much more this time around.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBillie W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 22, 2019
Very thorough. Very thorough.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHenry K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 22, 2019
The trainer did a great job. The trainer did a great job.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWayne C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
Good course, the instructor was very knowledgeable. Would send other employees to this course. Good course, the instructor was very knowledgeable. Would send other employees to this course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRICARDO T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
Great trainer. I learned a lot of useful things for me and my company. Great trainer. I learned a lot of useful things for me and my company.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoel C.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
Very informative, stayed on task and efficient with time. Would recommend to other people. Very informative, stayed on task and efficient with time. Would recommend to other people.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPatrick B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
The class was very informative and the instructor made the training interesting and easy to follow and understand. The class was very informative and the instructor made the training interesting and easy to follow and understand.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoseph P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
The instructor was very patient and informative. The instructor was very patient and informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAnthony M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
The trainer kept the class involved and presented the course brilliantly. The trainer kept the class involved and presented the course brilliantly.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChester B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
The instructor kept the class very interesting and he was very knowledgeable about the industry. He had all the tools and... The instructor kept the class very interesting and he was very knowledgeable about the industry. He had all the tools and materials to make it a great class. 
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
The instructor was excellent. The instructor was excellent.
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review userCharles C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
A+ A+
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review userSalvatore M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
It was a great class. The instructor was excellent. I learned a lot of stuff that I did not know before. It was a great class. The instructor was excellent. I learned a lot of stuff that I did not know before.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTimothy W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 21, 2019
Teacher was very informative. Test was easy as we were taught everything in a memorable way. Teacher was very informative. Test was easy as we were taught everything in a memorable way.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChris S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
Well planned and to the point. Well planned and to the point.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSteve J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
I was very pleased with my experience at Cornerstone Training Institute. I would absolutely go back for more classes. I was very pleased with my experience at Cornerstone Training Institute. I would absolutely go back for more classes.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAndrew W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
The course was very good organized. The instructor was very knowledgeable and gave very practical knowledge that can be used... The course was very good organized. The instructor was very knowledgeable and gave very practical knowledge that can be used out in the real world. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in taking it.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
<p>The instructor was on top of everything. He answered all of our questions with proficiency and was very helpful.</p> <p>The instructor was on top of everything. He answered all of our questions with proficiency and was very helpful.</p>
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
The instructor was knowledgeable. The course went at a good pace and was helpful. The instructor was knowledgeable. The course went at a good pace and was helpful.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
The instructor was fun and informative. The instructor was fun and informative.
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review userZach P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
Very professional. The class was fun, knowledgable and full of information. Very professional. The class was fun, knowledgable and full of information.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userConner A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
The instructor was awesome and made the class fun and interesting. The instructor was awesome and made the class fun and interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSue R.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
It was a good experience. The room seamed a little small for the afternoon activities. It was a good experience. The room seamed a little small for the afternoon activities.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userjason r.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 19, 2019
My trainer had extensive knowledge, great with the ability of staying on topic and plenty of relatable stories on why lead... My trainer had extensive knowledge, great with the ability of staying on topic and plenty of relatable stories on why lead certification is very important. He made the class very enjoyable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPhilip S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 19, 2019
Enjoyed the class very much; took a lot from it. Instructor was great and would gladly go to another class Enjoyed the class very much; took a lot from it. Instructor was great and would gladly go to another class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJesse L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 17, 2019
The trainer's teaching method was effective. I really enjoyed learning about Lead Renovations and Repairs. The trainer's teaching method was effective. I really enjoyed learning about Lead Renovations and Repairs.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoshua W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 17, 2019
Instructor was very knowledgeable. Instructor was very knowledgeable.
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review userDean W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
The instructor is very knowledgeable about what she teaches. Great training session. The instructor is very knowledgeable about what she teaches. Great training session.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWendell D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
Excellent presentation. Excellent presentation.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEliot S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
The instructor was very informative and easy to understand. The instructor was very informative and easy to understand.
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review userian J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
Great location and excellent instructor. I really enjoyed my class. Great location and excellent instructor. I really enjoyed my class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userErick C. V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
This was the best class experience. The Instructor was awesome. Learning was easy going. This was the best class experience. The Instructor was awesome. Learning was easy going.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAdel A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
This was good class. The instructor did a very good job explaining all of the ins and outs of lead removal and remediation. This was good class. The instructor did a very good job explaining all of the ins and outs of lead removal and remediation.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRomany G. W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
Very thorough and easy to understand. I have a better understanding of the entire lead process and feel confident I can implement... Very thorough and easy to understand. I have a better understanding of the entire lead process and feel confident I can implement what I have learned on the job.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVincent M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
It was a very informative class. It was a very informative class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMark H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
The trainer did a very good job. He made sure I knew what I was doing. Thanks!!!! The trainer did a very good job. He made sure I knew what I was doing. Thanks!!!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichelet J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
The instructor was very knowledgeable about the lead class that he was teaching. Also, he was very clear and and hands-on.... The instructor was very knowledgeable about the lead class that he was teaching. Also, he was very clear and and hands-on. We had a chance to get hands-on experience in the class setting. I left the class feeling that I received great information. I am able to do a lead swab test and give the proper forms to the owner or occupants.&nbsp; Also, properly post warning signs, wearing proper protective gear and make certain proper containment is established to prevent the spreading of lead. Finally, cleaning and swabbing after the cleaning is done.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAndrew D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
Solid practical course. Instructor was knowledgeable and engaging. Solid practical course. Instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGreg C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
I’ve taken this course twice and this time was far better. The instructor made it easy to understand the rules of RRP... I’ve taken this course twice and this time was far better. The instructor made it easy to understand the rules of RRP and HUD. Also, he made the whole process manageable and an overall fun course. I prefer the small group setting and he was perfect for it. Well done!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEberardo L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
Excellent Instructor. He was very knowledgeable in the topic. Excellent Instructor. He was very knowledgeable in the topic.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEdric B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
Our instructor was excellent. I strongly encourage others to take his class. Our instructor was excellent. I strongly encourage others to take his class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPAUL B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
A great instructor. He had a lot of real world experiences to share and kept the class on schedule. A great instructor. He had a lot of real world experiences to share and kept the class on schedule.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTodd S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
Good class, but it seemed like the instructor was so passionate about the class he wasn't cutting any slack during the testing... Good class, but it seemed like the instructor was so passionate about the class he wasn't cutting any slack during the testing and was willing to fail people vs. help ensure they know the material and become certified.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAbdul M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
Great instructor. He was very detailed and very knowledgeable. Great instructor. He was very detailed and very knowledgeable.
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