EPA Lead Certification

Comply with the new EPA lead certification requirements or you could lose work...AND FACE FINES OF $37,500 PER DAY!

New lead certification is required for any and all renovation activities that disturb more than 6 square feet of interior or 20 square feet of exterior lead paint in residential or child-occupied facilities built before 1978. Professionals who do not comply are at risk to be fined by the EPA.

New EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Rules

The EPA has ruled that contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting must train and re-certify in lead-safe work practices before renovating certain projects. These new EPA rules took effect on April 22, 2010. Not sure if your work falls under this rule? View our simple breakdown of lead-based paint activities and the required certifications.

There are 5 steps to be sure you are in compliance:

  1. Get registered for an EPA-approved lead certification course
  2. Submit an application to EPA on behalf of your company
  3. Complete the training in a public or private workshop
  4. Pass the short certification exam given in class
  5. Receive approval from EPA and you're in the clear!

The EPA lead certification & 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 $37,500 per day that you are working in the field on a qualifying project.

Zack Academy is an approved EPA Provider and offers the new EPA lead certification, conducting initial training in Lead Paint Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting, 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. 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 ( 4.7 out of 5 stars - 8790 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userTimothy D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 25, 2017
The instructor was good. Knew lots of stuff!! The instructor was good. Knew lots of stuff!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTillman L. B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 22, 2017
I signed up the day before the class and showed up shortly before it started. There were 4 people in the class plus the instructor.... I signed up the day before the class and showed up shortly before it started. There were 4 people in the class plus the instructor. The instructor was very good at teaching the class and we had open discussions to learn key points. It really was painless. Thank you. 
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTimothy V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 22, 2017
I was fun and educational. I was fun and educational.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRachna S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 22, 2017
The instructor was extremely knowledgable and thorough with the material and subject matter. He gave excellent training. The instructor was extremely knowledgable and thorough with the material and subject matter. He gave excellent training.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userViktor G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 22, 2017
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Lead Renovator Certification
review userKevin S. C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 22, 2017
I have taken this course before and I must say that I learned a great deal more with LSTC. The instructors were not only... I have taken this course before and I must say that I learned a great deal more with LSTC. The instructors were not only experienced with RRP , they experienced in construction as well and had actually run RRP projects. It makes a lot of difference when the instructors have real world experience. The cost of this course was less also which is always a bonus. I would recommend your course to anyone who is looking to become a certified lead safe worker or contractor. Thank You!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDarrell S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 22, 2017
Learned a few things I needed Learned a few things I needed
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAnthony A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 22, 2017
The instructor did a great job. He thoroughly explained each section and made sure the class fully understood all information... The instructor did a great job. He thoroughly explained each section and made sure the class fully understood all information before moving in to the next section.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTracy W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 22, 2017
Great instructor, in class if we looked at her a lil duh like she knew to explain more until we got it . Great instructor, in class if we looked at her a lil duh like she knew to explain more until we got it .
Lead Renovator Certification
review userOliver D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 22, 2017
Very good instruction, I enjoyed her class Very good instruction, I enjoyed her class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoseph B.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 22, 2017
Our instructor, June Allman, was very knowledgeable, down-to-earth, and explained things in a way that was easy to understand.... Our instructor, June Allman, was very knowledgeable, down-to-earth, and explained things in a way that was easy to understand. Although there was a lot of material to cover, I felt it could have been paced a little better so it did not seem that the end of the day was a bit crammed.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
This class was very informational and worth the cost. This class was very informational and worth the cost.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCARMEN R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
Barry was very knowledgeable and efficient on covering all the hazards and dangers of the lead paint health problems. Barry was very knowledgeable and efficient on covering all the hazards and dangers of the lead paint health problems.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNash G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
Just let start off by telling you that Barry informed me of things I didn't even realize I've been a painter for 25 years... Just let start off by telling you that Barry informed me of things I didn't even realize I've been a painter for 25 years he taught me so much in just the short time I was in his presence the Man is very knowledgeable and a great personality he is someone I would work side by side with n not even worry about wish there were more guys like him around me Top OF THE LINE M I just want 2 say thank you to him n your company 4 making me a little wiser
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
Very informative and taught in an easily grasping matter would recommend your course to colleagues in my industry. Very informative and taught in an easily grasping matter would recommend your course to colleagues in my industry.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert Y.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
This was a well presented course given by a professional in the industry. He made the class interesting and gave us plenty... This was a well presented course given by a professional in the industry. He made the class interesting and gave us plenty of tips that will make it easier for us to follow these guidelines.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWilliam B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
Was very professional. He could teach that class in a hour though Was very professional. He could teach that class in a hour though
Lead Renovator Certification
review userStephen M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
This course proved to be very informative and created a path of focus the general public should be aware of...most people... This course proved to be very informative and created a path of focus the general public should be aware of...most people are not aware of the dangers created by lead and the instructor prepared us for this very well.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJasiri K.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
The instructor was well informed and light hearted. The instructor was well informed and light hearted.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPaul K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
Vincent (the instructor) did an excellent job teaching the class! Vincent (the instructor) did an excellent job teaching the class!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSean F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
The class was very helpful and informative. The instructor delivered the material very well. I would recommend this organization... The class was very helpful and informative. The instructor delivered the material very well. I would recommend this organization to anyone whose trying to become certified.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJosh W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
Class was put together very well. Lots of hands on and open discussions to clarify any concerns. Class was put together very well. Lots of hands on and open discussions to clarify any concerns.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBarry R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 21, 2017
Instructors did a great job. Course content on point! Instructors did a great job. Course content on point!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGary L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 20, 2017
Time flew by! This is the type of course that would normally put me to sleep in the first 1/2 hour. The repetitive enforcement... Time flew by! This is the type of course that would normally put me to sleep in the first 1/2 hour. The repetitive enforcement of key rules were fantastic, made information stick!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userchun h.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 19, 2017
Very demonstrative educational class Very demonstrative educational class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userThomas B B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 19, 2017
Was informative and good. Was informative and good.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKevin N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 19, 2017
Paul is a very experienced instructor. He was patient with some of the students in class who had a language barrier. He is... Paul is a very experienced instructor. He was patient with some of the students in class who had a language barrier. He is a great asset to your company.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userThomas F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 19, 2017
The instructor was very knowledgeable and able to convey the message in a timely manner. I will be using Zack Academy in... The instructor was very knowledgeable and able to convey the message in a timely manner. I will be using Zack Academy in the future for other Safety courses.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPaul C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 18, 2017
The instructor was very thorough and helpful in stressing what is required for renovation and repairs. I recommend 1st All... The instructor was very thorough and helpful in stressing what is required for renovation and repairs. I recommend 1st All Around Company for training.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWilliam C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 18, 2017
My instructor was very knowledgeable, very kind, very respectful and had a great sense of humor. I ranked him as an A+! Thank... My instructor was very knowledgeable, very kind, very respectful and had a great sense of humor. I ranked him as an A+! Thank you very much!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDustin F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 18, 2017
Amazing! Amazing!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJason T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 18, 2017
Class was fun and very educational. Class was fun and very educational.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 18, 2017
My instructor was clear, knowledgeable and patient. He was able to clearly teach a mountain of information in a day. Great!... My instructor was clear, knowledgeable and patient. He was able to clearly teach a mountain of information in a day. Great! Thank You!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userValentin K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 18, 2017
Everything was perfect Everything was perfect
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRoderick W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 16, 2017
The course was good! The course was good!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEduardo G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 15, 2017
The instructor (Steve Hoff) is a very good instructor. He explains very well and clear and helps you to dissolve all your... The instructor (Steve Hoff) is a very good instructor. He explains very well and clear and helps you to dissolve all your doubts. The class helped me a lot because he has such experience in the construction aspect.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSandel B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 15, 2017
Very good instructor! Very good instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userIgor B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 15, 2017
The instructor (Dave) was very good! The instructor (Dave) was very good!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userFranc M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 15, 2017
The course was very helpful. It explains everything we need to know about lead paint and how harmful to people it is. The... The course was very helpful. It explains everything we need to know about lead paint and how harmful to people it is. The instructor answered all the questions, great guy!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 15, 2017
Mr. Sean Armstrong was the best trainer! Really good class .. I recommend the class for anyone. Mr. Sean Armstrong was the best trainer! Really good class .. I recommend the class for anyone.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJulio S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 15, 2017
He was an excellent instructor! He was an excellent instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJesus S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 15, 2017
I was so proud to have Sean as an instructor. I was so proud to have Sean as an instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCarlos A. P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 15, 2017
Excellent work! Excellent work!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 15, 2017
Bruce was very engaging and informative as well as extremely knowledgeable. He was able to present the material in easy... Bruce was very engaging and informative as well as extremely knowledgeable. He was able to present the material in easy to understand terms and included several real-live stories to help associate the materials with what to expect in the field. I would highly recommend anyone to take this training from this trainer.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRolando F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 14, 2017
Great instructor! Great instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKrystal K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 14, 2017
Perfect amount of time spent on everything, instructor was very knowledgeable and able to answer questions. Class went very... Perfect amount of time spent on everything, instructor was very knowledgeable and able to answer questions. Class went very efficiently.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoseph H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 14, 2017
Mark was great, he took his time and explained everything twice if he needed to. I live in a Philadelphia row home and I... Mark was great, he took his time and explained everything twice if he needed to. I live in a Philadelphia row home and I now know that there are things I need to look into now and also how to do it properly.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDEREK D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 14, 2017
Very informative. Learned a lot. Very informative. Learned a lot.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDerick M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 14, 2017
The best education you can get to protect everyone from the harmful effects of lead poisoning. The best education you can get to protect everyone from the harmful effects of lead poisoning.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJeffrey C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 14, 2017
Bob was an excellent facilitator. He kept the class moving along. It was very informative and interesting. I would recommend... Bob was an excellent facilitator. He kept the class moving along. It was very informative and interesting. I would recommend him to anyone who needs to take the RRP course.
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