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 - 9057 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userZachary L.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 20, 2017
Good information! Good information!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLouis D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 20, 2017
The course was very informative! The course was very informative!
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review userJames C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 20, 2017
Was a good experience taking the class. The instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful when we had any questions. The... Was a good experience taking the class. The instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful when we had any questions. The hands-on learning was very helpful. Thank you!
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review userMichael H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 20, 2017
Very eye opening & a great experience. Instructor was fantastic! Very eye opening & a great experience. Instructor was fantastic!
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review userJared D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 19, 2017
It was great! It was great!
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review userLuke M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 19, 2017
Jamie was a very good instructor! Jamie was a very good instructor!
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review userGreg T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 19, 2017
This was an awesome program to attend. Learned a lot about some of the practices that we use in the field. Learned about... This was an awesome program to attend. Learned a lot about some of the practices that we use in the field. Learned about cleanup after job which is very important.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTim L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 19, 2017
The class was very informative. I preferred the one on one class presentation vs having multiple people in a class. I would... The class was very informative. I preferred the one on one class presentation vs having multiple people in a class. I would recommend it to another one of my peers!
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review userScott M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 17, 2017
Great instructor with entertaining delivery of information . Great instructor with entertaining delivery of information .
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review userMichael F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 17, 2017
I learned more this time compared to 7 years ago. Al is a good teacher. I learned more this time compared to 7 years ago. Al is a good teacher.
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review userJames C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2017
James was an excellent instructor. Very knowledgeable and thorough. I would highly recommend him and his company. James was an excellent instructor. Very knowledgeable and thorough. I would highly recommend him and his company.
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review userBob J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2017
Very good, knowledgeable and easy to understand. Very good, knowledgeable and easy to understand.
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review userBrian Z.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2017
Great guy! I would recommend using his classes in the future. Very informative! Great guy! I would recommend using his classes in the future. Very informative!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSam P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2017
Highly recommend taking this class. Highly recommend taking this class.
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review userMark C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2017
Overall good course. Overall good course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVadim P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2017
It was interesting. It was interesting.
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review userMarcelo S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2017
Great service and great small groups for easy learning. I also had a Facetime training with the owner of Seagull. He even... Great service and great small groups for easy learning. I also had a Facetime training with the owner of Seagull. He even gave me his personal phone number to call him if I need any help on the field - now that's real customer service! Had a great time with the hands-on training. I also learned new ways of doing a few things that I will be using on the field for my job. Thanks - you guys are awesome!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJordan G.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2017
Instructor was very knowledgeable and moved through the course material quickly while still making sure the class understood... Instructor was very knowledgeable and moved through the course material quickly while still making sure the class understood all topics that were covered.
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review userCarlos D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2017
Very good instructor, he explained everything all the way for me to understand and to know how serious this matter is.... Very good instructor, he explained everything all the way for me to understand and to know how serious this matter is. Very happy!
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review userJoseph C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2017
She was great! She was great!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2017
An overall great experience taking this course. Matthew was VERY thorough informing us throughout this class. He took his... An overall great experience taking this course. Matthew was VERY thorough informing us throughout this class. He took his time and made sure there were NO more questions in the room before moving to the next step. Great job Emilio and Matthew. If I had to take this course again, I would definitely choose these guys.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKimberly H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2017
This class was good and very informative. This class was good and very informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userStephen L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2017
Jamie did a great job training us. He was very thorough. Jamie did a great job training us. He was very thorough.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRhett K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2017
The instructor was knowledgeable and did a great job. The instructor was knowledgeable and did a great job.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKeith T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 14, 2017
Instructor was good. He kept the class interesting and on topic. Instructor was good. He kept the class interesting and on topic.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoseph C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 14, 2017
John did an excellent job. He made the course interesting and exciting. A very good Instructor!! John did an excellent job. He made the course interesting and exciting. A very good Instructor!!
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review userMarcos T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 14, 2017
Good class Good class
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review userPatrick S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 14, 2017
John Schafer was a great instructor. He was considerate of our time, and therefore succinctly taught us the material to become... John Schafer was a great instructor. He was considerate of our time, and therefore succinctly taught us the material to become lead certified. He was both professional and fun, while also very knowledgeable of the subject matter having actually performed the work himself.
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review userJohn W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 14, 2017
Great course. Was very informative. Great course. Was very informative.
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review userJohnathan B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2017
It was very informational I understand a lot more about the importance of protecting children and people in general from... It was very informational I understand a lot more about the importance of protecting children and people in general from lead.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTodd C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2017
Good class. Instructor was very knowledgeable and experienced in the field. Good class. Instructor was very knowledgeable and experienced in the field.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJose F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2017
Instructors are very knowledgeable. The demonstrations were right on point. By the end of the class I knew I was doing things... Instructors are very knowledgeable. The demonstrations were right on point. By the end of the class I knew I was doing things that weren't correct. I believe what I learned in the class will help me and I other working beside me. Excellent class.!!!!!!! I rate this 5 stars.
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review userCharles M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2017
The Instructor was very knowledgeable and gave us a good interactive class. He let us get our hands dirty with the hands... The Instructor was very knowledgeable and gave us a good interactive class. He let us get our hands dirty with the hands on activities which was good and educative. He shared his field experiences on the real situation out there. So I will always remember those examples while I'm on site working. I would love to have another class with him on another subject next time. Charles
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review userMiguel C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2017
It was a verry interesting course i didnt get bored one bit wile i was their its great It was a verry interesting course i didnt get bored one bit wile i was their its great
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review userChristopher C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2017
Barry was very interactive . and i believe using his own real life experiences he has dealt with through his life involving... Barry was very interactive . and i believe using his own real life experiences he has dealt with through his life involving the subject matter was a great way to get a solid point across . Any and all questions where answered direct and with ease .
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review userDemetrios T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2017
Very informative class, professional trainer, great locations! Very informative class, professional trainer, great locations!
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review userMajid J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 10, 2017
He explained all the subjects my 8 hr class was fast He explained all the subjects my 8 hr class was fast
Lead Renovator Certification
review userClyde C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
Very informative class. Very informative class.
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review userKolby M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
Joe was an easy going instructor, great to learn from. I enjoyed the class. Joe was an easy going instructor, great to learn from. I enjoyed the class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLawrence M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
My wife and i decided to take the class together since we both operate our painting business . we both agree that the class... My wife and i decided to take the class together since we both operate our painting business . we both agree that the class was a great choice! We allready have our first job painting a historic church built in 1888! Now we both feel confident about taking on this job! Our instructor David Thilud was very good at his job, and made the class fun as well! We plan on continuing our education to possibly become lead abatement contractors! Overall we thoroughly enjoyed it!
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review userCara M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
Great job with the training. Course was interesting and informative. Great job with the training. Course was interesting and informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBob P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
Great presentation Great presentation
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review userChad V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
very good instructor. had some hurdles to overcome in class handled it very well. very good instructor. had some hurdles to overcome in class handled it very well.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVictorio L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
My instructor was direct and to the point. Explained everything very well. The hands-on training was great as well. My instructor was direct and to the point. Explained everything very well. The hands-on training was great as well.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJordan C.
3 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
Class was very slow paced. Although it was good to hear the perspective from the teacher who was a regulator, she seemed... Class was very slow paced. Although it was good to hear the perspective from the teacher who was a regulator, she seemed to have very little hands on experience and struggled to answer most of my questions. Better teacher would have improved the class. We spend 1 1/2 hours doing a quick overview of the book which seemed to be a waste of time.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNicole E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
It was a very informative class It was a very informative class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChance L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKyle K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
Informative and necessary for the construction industry. Informative and necessary for the construction industry.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDouglas K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
Excellent Course Excellent Course
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review userShane P.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2017
Nathan was very informative and a pleasure to be around during the duration of the class. Nathan was very informative and a pleasure to be around during the duration of the class.
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