EPA Lead Certification

Comply with the EPA lead paint RRP certification requirements or you could lose work...AND FACE FINES OF UP TO $41,056 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 $41,056 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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100% Verified Reviews
Below are the most recent student reviews for previous Lead Renovator Certification Courses. All reviews are from people who registered for and attended the course.
Average rating: Average Rating stars out of 5 stars ( 4.8 out of 5 stars - 20952 20952 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userCesar H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 29, 2023
Wonderful Wonderful
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMatthew H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 29, 2023
Excellent Excellent
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review userStanly J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 29, 2023
Cindy was very knowledgeable and I was able understand all topics. Would recommend Cindy to others. Cindy was very knowledgeable and I was able understand all topics. Would recommend Cindy to others.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlejandro C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 29, 2023
Great course. Instructor very well informed and the class was done in a very professional manner. It was on time and all... Great course. Instructor very well informed and the class was done in a very professional manner. It was on time and all questions were answer
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWENGER W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 29, 2023
My instructor was clear and articulate. He also took time to explain everything and threw in a couple little jokes. Once... My instructor was clear and articulate. He also took time to explain everything and threw in a couple little jokes. Once an hour to make/help time go by very informative. I learned a lot and I would recommend the school and my instructor Julio.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCharles A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 29, 2023
I did learn a lot from the course Instructor was funny Very helpful Thank you Charles I did learn a lot from the course Instructor was funny Very helpful Thank you Charles
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDanny B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 28, 2023
Zack Academy was amazing!! The testing was very informative. The instructor was hands-on and made sure I understood each... Zack Academy was amazing!! The testing was very informative. The instructor was hands-on and made sure I understood each and every step of the course. 10/10!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 28, 2023
Presentation and course content were relevant and informative. Highly recommended for all who do work on older homes. Presentation and course content were relevant and informative. Highly recommended for all who do work on older homes.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrian L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 27, 2023
Extremely comprehensive, thorough, and Frank the instructor is very knowledgeable. Extremely comprehensive, thorough, and Frank the instructor is very knowledgeable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrian B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 27, 2023
Great school and instructor. Highly recommend and i will be back soon for more courses Great school and instructor. Highly recommend and i will be back soon for more courses
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRonald F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 27, 2023
Instructor was extremely good. He explained everything very well & made the class very interesting & fun, and made everyone... Instructor was extremely good. He explained everything very well & made the class very interesting & fun, and made everyone feel relaxed when it came to exam time but still very professional. All instructors should be like him!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userShelby C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 27, 2023
The course was very informative and the instructor kept it interesting. The course was very informative and the instructor kept it interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGary R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 27, 2023
The course was very informative. Learned a lot my instructor. Is top-notch and best in class!! Many Thanks!! The course was very informative. Learned a lot my instructor. Is top-notch and best in class!! Many Thanks!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLucas S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 26, 2023
Great course! Great course!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLuis C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 26, 2023
Great course and knowledgeable facilitator! Great course and knowledgeable facilitator!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRussell S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 26, 2023
Chris (our presenter) was very knowledgeable on the subject and walked us through exercises that will prove to be useful... Chris (our presenter) was very knowledgeable on the subject and walked us through exercises that will prove to be useful in the future.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTimothy S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 26, 2023
It was a great class It was a great class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrandon F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 26, 2023
Instructor was enthusiastic. Made the day as fun as possible.. Instructor was enthusiastic. Made the day as fun as possible..
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 25, 2023
He was very professional. He was very professional.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJeremy D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 25, 2023
I thought Safety Frank was the absolute epitome of what RRP is all about. He came in and instructed the course with passion... I thought Safety Frank was the absolute epitome of what RRP is all about. He came in and instructed the course with passion and won the hearts of all of his students. He was very professional and extremely knowledgeable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 25, 2023
It was great It was great
Lead Renovator Certification
review userZachary L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 25, 2023
Kevin has excellent knowledge to give this certification course, from both first hand experience in the industry & subsequent... Kevin has excellent knowledge to give this certification course, from both first hand experience in the industry & subsequent study of applicable rules, regulations, & best practices. And he delivered the course in a way that both demonstrated this, and made the time enjoyable for students. The one suggestion that I have pertains to the students' hands on portion of the course, and that would be for Kevin (or prior students) to setup a perfect example of the plastic protection setup spaces first, that the new students can discuss & touch with Kevin, before they attempt to construct their own. Just seeing / hearing about the steps & details of a perfect setup first, before trying to create one themselves for the "first" time, I think would help the learning process.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGeorge C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 24, 2023
Jamie was thorough and efficient in presenting all the course material Jamie was thorough and efficient in presenting all the course material
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSandra H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 24, 2023
The class was informative and interesting. The instructor was excellent The class was informative and interesting. The instructor was excellent
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVivian P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 24, 2023
This was the best classes ever. Jamie was funny and enthusiastic and had all students hands on. This was the best classes ever. Jamie was funny and enthusiastic and had all students hands on.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 24, 2023
Nina was informative and very personable. She went over every aspect of RRP and showed us the correct way to prep and contain... Nina was informative and very personable. She went over every aspect of RRP and showed us the correct way to prep and contain dust.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userjeffery w.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 24, 2023
Great instructor helps everyone understand the material gray and does great Hands-On work Great instructor helps everyone understand the material gray and does great Hands-On work
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJay H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 22, 2023
Good class. Taught well. Wasn't bored Good class. Taught well. Wasn't bored
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVINCENT C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 22, 2023
The instructors made fun to learn and the experience was very enjoyable. I would refer this course to anyone. The instructors made fun to learn and the experience was very enjoyable. I would refer this course to anyone.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAngel D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 22, 2023
Instructors were extremely knowledgeable and patient with all students, they took their time to answer each and every question... Instructors were extremely knowledgeable and patient with all students, they took their time to answer each and every question presented to them. I highly recommend using this service.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSirtwa B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 22, 2023
The instructor has great communication skills interacting with everyone in the class it didnt feel like a 8 hr class. He... The instructor has great communication skills interacting with everyone in the class it didnt feel like a 8 hr class. He is experienced and informative and is willing to share all that he knows with you.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlex T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 22, 2023
The instructor is very funny and very knowledgeable! Making the course easy to understand and enjoyable, will definitely... The instructor is very funny and very knowledgeable! Making the course easy to understand and enjoyable, will definitely recommend it
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDamien C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 22, 2023
Excellent Excellent
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMehrdokht S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 22, 2023
The training was excellent, but the volume of information was overwhelming for a single day. Our instructor was superb and... The training was excellent, but the volume of information was overwhelming for a single day. Our instructor was superb and made the material easy to comprehend, and also encouraged questions to ensure full understanding. Thanks again.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRudy v.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
Was a good class I learned alot. Was a good class I learned alot.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDiego V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
Great class. Pain free Great class. Pain free
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDarren G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
I had to take the initial class over again, and was expecting it to be boring and repetitive, but I actually enjoyed it.... I had to take the initial class over again, and was expecting it to be boring and repetitive, but I actually enjoyed it. I learned some legal aspects that I hadn't considered in the past. The instructor was informed and capable. I will take the refresher course with NATEC in 5 years.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCorey L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
Very informative, down to earth instructors. They had my attention the whole time and didn’t bore the class with scientific... Very informative, down to earth instructors. They had my attention the whole time and didn’t bore the class with scientific explanations of lead.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userThomas E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
Very good instructor Very good instructor
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAndre W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
Great class and well done. Great class and well done.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGreg B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
I took the Lead Renovation course. The teacher was thorough and kept things interesting. I highly recommend it. I took the Lead Renovation course. The teacher was thorough and kept things interesting. I highly recommend it.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCynthia N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
Great course excellent instructor Great course excellent instructor
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGlenn D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
This was a excellent course great instructor a lot of information This was a excellent course great instructor a lot of information
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJOSHUA W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
Dominik did a great job! Dominik did a great job!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPatrick A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
It was great It was great
Lead Renovator Certification
review userShawn J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
Instructor was relaxed and extremely knowledgeable about the topic of the class. He created an atmosphere that made it easy... Instructor was relaxed and extremely knowledgeable about the topic of the class. He created an atmosphere that made it easy to learn and encouraged class participation. When asking questions of him, he took the time to explain the answer in detail and didn’t move on until the answer was fully understand and why,
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrian P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
Tiffany was very familiar with the content. She interacted with the participants in a professional and funny way. Very... Tiffany was very familiar with the content. She interacted with the participants in a professional and funny way. Very good speaker
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRonald L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
Very professional and informative. Excellent trainer Very professional and informative. Excellent trainer
Lead Renovator Certification
review userShannon L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 21, 2023
The course was very thorough and I learned a great deal about lead safety, testing, etc. The instructor Bob Likins did a... The course was very thorough and I learned a great deal about lead safety, testing, etc. The instructor Bob Likins did a fantastic job teaching the course!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 20, 2023
Very Professional Very Professional
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