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 - 10496 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userAmber H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2018
Enthusiastic, intelligent teacher. Enjoyed the hands on training. Very informative and well focused. Enthusiastic, intelligent teacher. Enjoyed the hands on training. Very informative and well focused.
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review userRAYMOND H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2018
Kate Kirkwood (instructor) was extremely courteous and explained in full depth the do’s & don'ts. Highly respectful towards... Kate Kirkwood (instructor) was extremely courteous and explained in full depth the do’s & don'ts. Highly respectful towards all the Students! She is truly a professional instructor!! THANK YOU.
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review userMitchell K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2018
Good information. Good information.
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review userJustin W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2018
Baldi Mejia did a great job and would recommend him anytime. Baldi Mejia did a great job and would recommend him anytime.
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review userGregory H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2018
He was a very informative instructor w/ humour!...... l enjoy his class! An investment in knowledge pays the best interest... He was a very informative instructor w/ humour!...... l enjoy his class! An investment in knowledge pays the best interest & l gained a lot of knowledge from this class! Thank you again Mr. Loren
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review userDavid V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2018
The best class I ever been taught. Very informative and well informed. The best class I ever been taught. Very informative and well informed.
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review userSeth S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2018
Very great. Very great.
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review userTim N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2018
Scott was great. Covered the course material very well and extremely helpful with the hands on activities. Very knowledgeable... Scott was great. Covered the course material very well and extremely helpful with the hands on activities. Very knowledgeable when any questions were ask. Overall a great experience.
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review userRichard C.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2018
Lead Renovator Certification
review userArthur L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2018
Learned information didn't know before. Have more knowledge that can be used to apply on the job. Learned information didn't know before. Have more knowledge that can be used to apply on the job.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAnthony F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2018
Very educational experience. Very educational experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMaria J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2018
Good instructor. Good instructor.
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review userJoseph B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2018
Loren did a wonderful job. Loren did a wonderful job.
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review userRafael D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Very excellent person - well spoken understood his message. Very excellent person - well spoken understood his message.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Instructor was great and course material was informative. Instructor was great and course material was informative.
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review userRosemarie M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Although it was an 8-hour course; it was thoroughly enjoyable. It was nice to get frequent breaks to refresh ourselves. Having... Although it was an 8-hour course; it was thoroughly enjoyable. It was nice to get frequent breaks to refresh ourselves. Having the presentation slides printed out made it easy to write additional notes and help to have the notes organized.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAbbie L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
He kept it interesting was an amazing teacher and person. He kept it interesting was an amazing teacher and person.
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review userAlly B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
My instructor was very knowledge. He kept me focused on the material. I learned a lot of new ideas from the course. Overall,... My instructor was very knowledge. He kept me focused on the material. I learned a lot of new ideas from the course. Overall, it was a well taught class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNicholas T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Sean Armstrong is a very committed teacher and a very knowledgable person on all LEAD topics. He was very easy to talk to... Sean Armstrong is a very committed teacher and a very knowledgable person on all LEAD topics. He was very easy to talk to and very helpful in answering everyone's questions in the class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSabrina M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
He did a good job with teaching us what we needed to know. He is very knowledgeable and he made the class fun. He did a good job with teaching us what we needed to know. He is very knowledgeable and he made the class fun.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJacob D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Sean was extremely interactive and kept the course upbeat and entertaining while ensuring all information was conveyed.... Sean was extremely interactive and kept the course upbeat and entertaining while ensuring all information was conveyed. Probably the best instructor I've ever had.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAndrew D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Teacher was great. Teacher was great.
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review userAlexis T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
The instructor was very knowledgeable about the information in this course. He was able to answer any questions students... The instructor was very knowledgeable about the information in this course. He was able to answer any questions students had. He made great real world examples that all students could understand easily. This instructor also made sure everyone understood the importance of the material. He also interacted with the students and made the course not seem as long or boring.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKameron D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Amazing instructor. Amazing instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEmma B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
John was very enthusiastic and willing to answer any questions. He clarified any and everything if there was any confusion... John was very enthusiastic and willing to answer any questions. He clarified any and everything if there was any confusion and made the class enjoyable as well as educational.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLawrence P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
June was a very funny and very interactive teacher! Her positive and unique attitude made the class much more interesting... June was a very funny and very interactive teacher! Her positive and unique attitude made the class much more interesting and fun!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEwin A. D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
The class was very informative and I was able to be more knowledgeable and comfortable about lead after the session was over. The class was very informative and I was able to be more knowledgeable and comfortable about lead after the session was over.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHannah P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Was great! Was great!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEmily M.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Micah is very knowledgeable and kept the class interesting. Micah is very knowledgeable and kept the class interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKali A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
This course was very informational filled with many opportunities to learn and experience hands on activities while having... This course was very informational filled with many opportunities to learn and experience hands on activities while having a great time! Micah had a great sense of humor which kept me engaged!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKimberly L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Micah's years of teaching this course is evident. He knows the material by heart and is very efficient at teaching it. The... Micah's years of teaching this course is evident. He knows the material by heart and is very efficient at teaching it. The course material is covered with ample time to address encouraged real-world questions of which he is more than capable of answering. I passed the test easily, and I am not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.
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review userGregory F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
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review userMichael C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Surprisingly well done. I was expecting a snoozefest, but the instructor made a boring subject interesting and easy to learn.... Surprisingly well done. I was expecting a snoozefest, but the instructor made a boring subject interesting and easy to learn. I drove 3 1/2 hours round trip to get to the class. I would do it again.
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review userRandal L.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Good presenter, very knowledgeable. Kept everyone engaged. Good presenter, very knowledgeable. Kept everyone engaged.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJacob K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
My instructor made the boring subject of lead very interesting and I am glad that he was my instructor instead of anyone... My instructor made the boring subject of lead very interesting and I am glad that he was my instructor instead of anyone else because he was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
The instructor, Dan, was awesome. He made the class fun, along with being very informative. The instructor, Dan, was awesome. He made the class fun, along with being very informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrad B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Bob was interesting and knowledgeable and made everyone comfortable. He had years of experience and shared a wealth of personal... Bob was interesting and knowledgeable and made everyone comfortable. He had years of experience and shared a wealth of personal anecdotes that helped to illustrate the material. He enjoyed his work and it showed. I learned everything I hoped to come away with. Thank you!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Very informative. Very informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTim J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Very informative, more than I could have ever imagined. Great instructor. Very informative, more than I could have ever imagined. Great instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userIgnat B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Excellent instructor. Excellent instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2018
Outstanding! Outstanding!
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review userDarlene S.
3 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
The hands-on exercises were beneficial. The hands-on exercises were beneficial.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMark L.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
The instructor was good and information was clear and concise. The instructor was good and information was clear and concise.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMitch H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
Instructor was great and made a lot of regulations easy to understand. He was very down to earth. Great guy. Instructor was great and made a lot of regulations easy to understand. He was very down to earth. Great guy.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMaarten M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
Good job! The instructor was lively and smart and had personal insights from experience. Good job! The instructor was lively and smart and had personal insights from experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlejandro H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
I was very pleased with the way information was given and entertained at the same time. Great experience. I was very pleased with the way information was given and entertained at the same time. Great experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review useralejandro p.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
He is very professional .. what a great job! He is very professional .. what a great job!
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review userRick M.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
Class is put together very well. Class is put together very well.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMicah J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
Spencer was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and kept the class well engaged. Spencer was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and kept the class well engaged.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJennifer J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
Spencer is an extremely good instructor. He is very knowledgeable, used lots of real life examples to help the class understand... Spencer is an extremely good instructor. He is very knowledgeable, used lots of real life examples to help the class understand different concepts, and he had a good energy level and humor. Definitely recommend this course.
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