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 - 17314 17314 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userMark R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 12, 2021
Excellent class, instructor was very well prepared and knew the information inside and out. He stayed on course and got it... Excellent class, instructor was very well prepared and knew the information inside and out. He stayed on course and got it done
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSukhvinder S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 12, 2021
Nice Nice
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoel C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 12, 2021
Upton was very professional, helpful, knowledgeable and easy to undersatnd and follow Upton was very professional, helpful, knowledgeable and easy to undersatnd and follow
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrian L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 12, 2021
Very good instructor. Explained everything very clear. Very good instructor. Explained everything very clear.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEddie L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 9, 2021
Robert is a very good instructor who taught the material in a clear and concise way. He is obviously a professional who takes... Robert is a very good instructor who taught the material in a clear and concise way. He is obviously a professional who takes his role seriously. Highly recommended. Thank you
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEileen P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 9, 2021
Robert was extremely courteous and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing to take any training... Robert was extremely courteous and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing to take any training needed.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userShawn S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 9, 2021
The instructor was very knowledgeable and communicated clearly the course. The instructor was very knowledgeable and communicated clearly the course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Great instructor Great instructor
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review userArmando M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
very friendly and knowledge. taught class at pace for all of understand with language barriers. very friendly and knowledge. taught class at pace for all of understand with language barriers.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSteve H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Paul was very knowledgeable on the subject. He also provided real life experiences when he trained on certain topics. Fun... Paul was very knowledgeable on the subject. He also provided real life experiences when he trained on certain topics. Fun and great instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKen D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Instructor was very detailed and engaging. Great experience! Instructor was very detailed and engaging. Great experience!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
I’ve attended many training meetings in my career. Paul was a good or better than any instructor I’ve ever had. I’ve attended many training meetings in my career. Paul was a good or better than any instructor I’ve ever had.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDustin D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Good job Good job
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSamuel H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Great course. Engaged instructor. Overall very informative. Great course. Engaged instructor. Overall very informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userManuel O.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Tiffany the instructor was very very helpful and showing us and explain everything as far as containment and as far as the... Tiffany the instructor was very very helpful and showing us and explain everything as far as containment and as far as the risks of lead poisoning in-depth and made me appreciate more what I have to do in order to protect the homeowners and children around as far as keeping a rich contain contain clean up for the most part it was very very informative and looking forward to doing my job in a very professional manner and knowing that if I have any questions I am free to ask
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
I was required to obtain my RRP in order for my mechanical contracting company to perform work in a school which was built... I was required to obtain my RRP in order for my mechanical contracting company to perform work in a school which was built prior to 1978. We do not, and will not ever touch lead paint or asbestos. It is our policy for all suspect surfaces to be abated before we attach, anchor or penetrate them. That being said, my outlook for this course was grim. I was wrong. I was pleased with the course and I am glad that I took it. I was impressed with the amount of information Scott was able to relay over the course of 8 hours. Very efficient! I thought Scott was a fantastic instructor. He was very personable and took the required time multiple times to ask if anyone had any questions.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTrent V.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Funny Funny
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review userTommy C.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
 good instructor  good instructor
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review userMcKinley T.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
It was taught very well, I learned a lot and it was very helpful It was taught very well, I learned a lot and it was very helpful
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLeroy M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Thanks Thanks
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKeith M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Thanks Thanks
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
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review userAdam B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Great Great
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review userGregory S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 8, 2021
Instructor and class was very informative Instructor and class was very informative
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review userBrian L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
great website and class. great website and class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userIgnacio C.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
Great learning experience Great learning experience
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review userTony V.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
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review userAlex G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
I received more information than expected, I appreciate it, and will be interested in attending more of your workshops. I received more information than expected, I appreciate it, and will be interested in attending more of your workshops.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
Great Course the instructor was super Great Course the instructor was super
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChristopher K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
My instructor was awesome he knew the answers to the questions without hesitations. My instructor was awesome he knew the answers to the questions without hesitations.
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review userFrederick W.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
Good people and very helpful ... Good people and very helpful ...
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRyan C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
I thought the class was very informative and the instructors were very helpful. I thought the class was very informative and the instructors were very helpful.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn C.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
4 star 4 star
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review userRachel D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
Very informative class Very informative class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
The instructor for our class was Jamie. He was very informative, clear and made it easy to understand. I highly recommend... The instructor for our class was Jamie. He was very informative, clear and made it easy to understand. I highly recommend this class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJustin C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
Jamie Hayes was an absolute sponge of knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from him. Jamie Hayes was an absolute sponge of knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from him.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWinston E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
The instructor was very interactive and made the entire class a pleasant experience he made sure we understood everything... The instructor was very interactive and made the entire class a pleasant experience he made sure we understood everything he was teaching he was awesome
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSandy G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
Overall a great experience. Instructor Joe was a pleasure Overall a great experience. Instructor Joe was a pleasure
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEric Steve M.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 7, 2021
Very educational. Very educational.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWilliba B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
Very informative and hands on, loved the curriculum and instructor. Very informative and hands on, loved the curriculum and instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMARLEN G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
The class was great! The class was great!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBryan M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
It was very informative. An awakening day. Pleased with the knowledge I acquired and it was in a manor that made it all understandable It was very informative. An awakening day. Pleased with the knowledge I acquired and it was in a manor that made it all understandable
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHONORIO N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
Class was clear and well explained Class was clear and well explained
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRandy K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
Well taught, very organized class. Well taught, very organized class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJason W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
Class was very engaging and informative. Class was very engaging and informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKathy B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
He was wonderful! He was wonderful!
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review userBRIAN V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
Very good Very good
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrandon S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
The course was the best I have ever had! The course was the best I have ever had!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
I found the course to be thoughtful, informative, thorough and comprehensive. Our Instructor was pleasant, engaging, analytical... I found the course to be thoughtful, informative, thorough and comprehensive. Our Instructor was pleasant, engaging, analytical and answered questions completely. I came away feeling that I have learned a lot. I would sign up for other courses he taught with confidence in knowing that I would learn a lot. Mr. Upton is a real asset to your team.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLouis L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 6, 2021
The class was very easy to understand, with proper detail. The instructor really knew his material, and the delivery was... The class was very easy to understand, with proper detail. The instructor really knew his material, and the delivery was very professional.
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