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 ( 4.8 out of 5 stars - 11191 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userBilly A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2018
The instructor has real life experience in the trade and kept the class moving. Well done! Thank you! The instructor has real life experience in the trade and kept the class moving. Well done! Thank you!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBobby L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2018
The instructor was an outstanding. He stayed with the training outline and allowed the class to ask question as we went along.... The instructor was an outstanding. He stayed with the training outline and allowed the class to ask question as we went along. The information he provided will truly help me as a Safety Officer. It has made me more knowledgeable when it comes to looking for lead paint. Thanks! A job well done!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGreg T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2018
Very knowledgeable and fun to listen to. Very knowledgeable and fun to listen to.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRoger M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2018
He was very thorough and explained every aspect of the subject. He was very thorough and explained every aspect of the subject.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael Thomas K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2018
Very informative and well spoken instructor. Very informative and well spoken instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVivianette V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 14, 2018
Very well explained topics with different resources like visual and hands on exercises to better understand the procedures. Very well explained topics with different resources like visual and hands on exercises to better understand the procedures.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDameen J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 14, 2018
Good! Good!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 14, 2018
Very informative. The instructor made the experience personal and engaging . Good hands on techniques and modules. Thank... Very informative. The instructor made the experience personal and engaging . Good hands on techniques and modules. Thank you!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHector A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 14, 2018
Class was very educational, hands on and eye opening to all of the dangers and consequences of lead. Class was very educational, hands on and eye opening to all of the dangers and consequences of lead.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJAMES H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 14, 2018
Instructor was great! Instructor was great!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael L.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2018
I enjoyed the class. Although, it was a bit unorganized upon arrival. I enjoyed the class. Although, it was a bit unorganized upon arrival.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2018
Teacher was great and I really learned a lot! Teacher was great and I really learned a lot!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJason D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2018
Enjoyed class and great hands on. Enjoyed class and great hands on.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWalter L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2018
Very interesting class. The instructor was funny and very knowledgeable and I would not hesitate to recommend this class... Very interesting class. The instructor was funny and very knowledgeable and I would not hesitate to recommend this class for anyone.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSteve O.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2018
Very good; would be nice to have the course start earlier and end earlier. Example: 7am-3pm. Very good; would be nice to have the course start earlier and end earlier. Example: 7am-3pm.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2018
I took much more away from the class than expected. The instructor really knew what he was talking about. I took much more away from the class than expected. The instructor really knew what he was talking about.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userROGER M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2018
Very good experience!  Very good experience! 
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNEAL L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2018
Our instructor was professional, well versed and engaging. His knowledge of a realm of subjects was impressive. I would rate... Our instructor was professional, well versed and engaging. His knowledge of a realm of subjects was impressive. I would rate this class as the best in presentation and usefulness
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRonan D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2018
Thanks so much!  Excellent service. Thanks so much!  Excellent service.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJason K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2018
Instructor was great. He had a very good attitude along with a lot of knowledge and patience to answer all questions from... Instructor was great. He had a very good attitude along with a lot of knowledge and patience to answer all questions from everyone.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHomer P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2018
Very informative and knowledgeable from start to finish. I really liked the guidance during the the hands on exercises. Would... Very informative and knowledgeable from start to finish. I really liked the guidance during the the hands on exercises. Would definitely recommend the course and instructor to my organization for future certifications.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDeric C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2018
The class was very informative. The details of the information were explained thoroughly and clearly by a highly trained... The class was very informative. The details of the information were explained thoroughly and clearly by a highly trained professional instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJamal M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2018
Great instructor! Great instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrandon M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2018
The class was very educational and the instructor was well trained to teach the course. The class was very educational and the instructor was well trained to teach the course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2018
Great class on an important subject. Great class on an important subject.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHoward W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2018
It was an excellent course with an excellent instructor! It was an excellent course with an excellent instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHovhannes K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 8, 2018
It was very informative course. Thanks! It was very informative course. Thanks!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMarek L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 8, 2018
The instructor was very good and the way he taught was amazing! I definitely learned a lot. The instructor was very good and the way he taught was amazing! I definitely learned a lot.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJordan A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 8, 2018
My instructors were very informative and even more friendly. I felt as if they prepared me very well for the certification... My instructors were very informative and even more friendly. I felt as if they prepared me very well for the certification and test. I look forward to going into the field and implementing they practices I learned while in class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEly Z.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 8, 2018
A good learning experience. The instructor was very knowledgeable. The hands-on was very helpful. A good learning experience. The instructor was very knowledgeable. The hands-on was very helpful.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGary M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 8, 2018
Class started on time. The instructor was clear, informative and easy to understand. Class started on time. The instructor was clear, informative and easy to understand.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDuane C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 8, 2018
Great instructor and well prepared! Great instructor and well prepared!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCharles B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 8, 2018
It was wonderful experience. I have no problem sending other clients to this work shop. It was wonderful experience. I have no problem sending other clients to this work shop.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJennifer W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 8, 2018
Great class! I initially reserved a class with another company and was informed that the class was canceled for the date... Great class! I initially reserved a class with another company and was informed that the class was canceled for the date I had selected. They automatically rescheduled me for the next available date - one that didn’t work for me. I tried to contact them and couldn’t. Ended up registering with Zack Academy and took the class when I needed and I was the only one in the class. Had great discussions with the instructor. Will definitely go through Zack Academy again for the renewal training!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMatt M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 8, 2018
Excellent service. Excellent service.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTaajah P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
Excellent class. Instructor was very knowledgeable. Loved the interaction. Excellent class. Instructor was very knowledgeable. Loved the interaction.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHeather K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
Instructor was very informative. Instructor was very informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userhoward r.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
The instructor was thorough and his jokes were mediocre at best. Kidding. Great instructor! The instructor was thorough and his jokes were mediocre at best. Kidding. Great instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichelle G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
The instructor did a fantastic job of ensuring that all our questions were answered and that we understood the importance... The instructor did a fantastic job of ensuring that all our questions were answered and that we understood the importance of this certification. I absolutely loved the hands on portion! The set up was as if you were in an actual workplace which makes it easy to grasp the feel of what you need to do and do it correctly.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMartin G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
Instructor was very professional, knowledgeable and well presented. He made it easy to understand and was very meticulous... Instructor was very professional, knowledgeable and well presented. He made it easy to understand and was very meticulous when reviewing. The hands on portion was my favorite! Very informative class, but at the same time the instructor kept me interested at all times.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKhaled A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
The best training I have ever had. The best training I have ever had.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTiffany S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
Great instructor! Great instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGiovannie R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
Amazing class! Amazing class!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userroman a.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
Best class ever!!! Would recommend to everyone.  Instructor is the key! Made it an awesome experience!! Best class ever!!! Would recommend to everyone.  Instructor is the key! Made it an awesome experience!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJustin H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
Great information and experience overall! Great information and experience overall!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTheodore S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 7, 2018
The information in the course was communicated clearly and in a way that made the course material easy to follow and learn. The information in the course was communicated clearly and in a way that made the course material easy to follow and learn.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMario F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 6, 2018
Great class! Great class!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlamar J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 6, 2018
The class and instructor was excellent and very informative. The class and instructor was excellent and very informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniela D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 6, 2018
Informative. Professionally delivered. To the point and accurate answers to all questions. Informative. Professionally delivered. To the point and accurate answers to all questions.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRichard L.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 6, 2018
The instructor was very informative. The instructor was very informative.
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