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 - 11506 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userTimothy I.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 8, 2018
The course was informative and educational. The hands-on training and ways to protect ourselves and our families was great... The course was informative and educational. The hands-on training and ways to protect ourselves and our families was great to experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVernon E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 8, 2018
The instructor was excellent! The instructor was excellent!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMatt S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 8, 2018
Very informative class. Instructor was great and kept it interesting. Very informative class. Instructor was great and kept it interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 8, 2018
Comfortable setting, simple and comprehensible material presentation. Comfortable setting, simple and comprehensible material presentation.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCurtis R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 8, 2018
It was a good class and enjoyed working with my instructor. He was great! It was a good class and enjoyed working with my instructor. He was great!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDan V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 7, 2018
The instructor was great! He kept the class fun and informative and was able to connect his real life experience with the... The instructor was great! He kept the class fun and informative and was able to connect his real life experience with the classroom training.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEric C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 7, 2018
The instructor was very knowledgeable and intelligent. She knew the course material inside out and interacted extremely well... The instructor was very knowledgeable and intelligent. She knew the course material inside out and interacted extremely well with the class. She also made the class lively and fun.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBarry E L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 7, 2018
The instructor was knowledgeable but if she didn't know how to answer a question, she took her lunch time, researched it... The instructor was knowledgeable but if she didn't know how to answer a question, she took her lunch time, researched it and gave us the answer later.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userShenal D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 7, 2018
The instructor was absolutely great The instructor was absolutely great
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChristopher C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 3, 2018
An excellent instructor. Very informative, clear and got us through the material in a timely manner. I felt prepared for... An excellent instructor. Very informative, clear and got us through the material in a timely manner. I felt prepared for the test after his class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKalahauoli B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 3, 2018
Very knowledgeable and thorough! Very knowledgeable and thorough!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCraig N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 3, 2018
The course and instructor were very professionally and thoroughly presented. The course and instructor were very professionally and thoroughly presented.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHector G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 3, 2018
An excellent instructor. I must say it opened my eyes to things I was unaware of I am so glad that I participated. Thank... An excellent instructor. I must say it opened my eyes to things I was unaware of I am so glad that I participated. Thank you!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLori R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 3, 2018
Instructor was really good. Very knowledgeable and you could tell she has a lot of experience. Her added stories about things... Instructor was really good. Very knowledgeable and you could tell she has a lot of experience. Her added stories about things in the field also was very helpful.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 3, 2018
An exceptional instructor. He not only knows the material he can also share relevant life history examples from his work... An exceptional instructor. He not only knows the material he can also share relevant life history examples from his work in the field. He simplifies what appears complex.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJeff M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 3, 2018
Good class. Learned a lot. Good class. Learned a lot.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMarlon H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 3, 2018
Very informative. The instructor kept us involved throughout the class by making everyone ask at least one question. Made... Very informative. The instructor kept us involved throughout the class by making everyone ask at least one question. Made the day go by fast. I would definitely recommend him.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKevin F.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 3, 2018
A lot of information was covered in one 8 hour class. The best part was the practical portion where we made containment areas.... A lot of information was covered in one 8 hour class. The best part was the practical portion where we made containment areas. Information was general, covering laws and requirements. I will need more field practice to feel confident with application in my trade.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLeroy P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
Very pleasant experience. I was able to get the points and the hands-on I will never forget. Very pleasant experience. I was able to get the points and the hands-on I will never forget.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGordon S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
I thought the training was excellent and thorough. The staff and equipment were also excellent. I learned a lot and definitely... I thought the training was excellent and thorough. The staff and equipment were also excellent. I learned a lot and definitely have a new respect for the dangers of lead.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLuis C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
Great instructor Great instructor
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAnthony G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
The instructor was very personable and informative throughout the course. He answered very specific questions I had about... The instructor was very personable and informative throughout the course. He answered very specific questions I had about covering plants and trees during the outside work I do when I paint. I actually learned quite a bit more than I have in the past doing classes. Overall it was a really good experience. I will actually implement several significant things in my work.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVu L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
I found the class to be very valuable to my work. The instructor was fun and helpful. He is one of the best instructors I... I found the class to be very valuable to my work. The instructor was fun and helpful. He is one of the best instructors I have ever had.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGene H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
Great instructor! Great person! She cares about the students! You can see she loves what she does and is very dedicated to... Great instructor! Great person! She cares about the students! You can see she loves what she does and is very dedicated to Zack Academy and the people.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlfonso C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
She was a very good instructor. She was a very good instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGad P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
Very good Very good
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDerek Brandon H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
The instructor did a wonderful job and made the class interesting. The instructor did a wonderful job and made the class interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPaul R. S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
The Instructor was very good about answering questions and giving good information. Course was easy to follow. The Instructor was very good about answering questions and giving good information. Course was easy to follow.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael A. A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
An excellent instructor. She managed to keep the class moving, even through an hour and a half long power outage An excellent instructor. She managed to keep the class moving, even through an hour and a half long power outage
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBernard E. I.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
Covered detailed info that scoped well beyond the test. Covered detailed info that scoped well beyond the test.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCharles Y.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
Very informative course. I would certainly consider other courses that you offer. Very informative course. I would certainly consider other courses that you offer.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEmilio M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 2, 2018
Great instructor. Extremely knowledgeable. A++ Great instructor. Extremely knowledgeable. A++
Lead Renovator Certification
review userkenneth a.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2018
She kept our attention and made the class better than I thought it would be. She kept our attention and made the class better than I thought it would be.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKeith K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2018
Class was great and instructor was great. Class was great and instructor was great.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGeorge k.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2018
Class was great. Instructor was great. Class was great. Instructor was great.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTom D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2018
The instructor was excellent. Very knowledgeable and great communication skills. I was impressed with his concern about... The instructor was excellent. Very knowledgeable and great communication skills. I was impressed with his concern about making sure we understood everything. Highly recommend him.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBenjamin K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2018
Great instructor! Great instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoseph M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2018
It was great! It was great!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2018
Awesome! Awesome!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGiorgio C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2018
The class was great and I learned a lot about lead. The class was great and I learned a lot about lead.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCasey V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2018
The class was very informative. I learned things that I never knew. The instructor answered our questions and kept it interesting. The class was very informative. I learned things that I never knew. The instructor answered our questions and kept it interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGrzegorz S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 31, 2018
Very good instructor. Very good instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKatarzyna S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 31, 2018
Very good training. Very good training.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJayson G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 31, 2018
Very good class. Very good class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRandall G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 31, 2018
Course was different since I was unaccustomed to taking a class on a computer without an instructor but it was a well developed... Course was different since I was unaccustomed to taking a class on a computer without an instructor but it was a well developed course and easy to follow
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCotheo J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 30, 2018
This was a great course. The staff was friendly. I would definitely recommend this course. This was a great course. The staff was friendly. I would definitely recommend this course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLJ M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 30, 2018
Great job! Great job!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLupita J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 30, 2018
He was excellent! He was excellent!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGrant J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 30, 2018
Very informative and well done! Very informative and well done!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChandler J.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 30, 2018
Our instructor was very friendly and included, I believe, everyone in the class. Which was nice to be a participant. I... Our instructor was very friendly and included, I believe, everyone in the class. Which was nice to be a participant. I would have preferred to have more demonstrations of how to use equipment. 
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