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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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.
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Lead Renovator Certification
review userLuis S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 19, 2020
The part I liked the most about the class is how fast time went, while still going over every important topic. Owen Sutton... The part I liked the most about the class is how fast time went, while still going over every important topic. Owen Sutton is down to earth and has a really unique style of teaching and engaging with his students which made it a fun experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userIbrahim r.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 18, 2020
Very good Very good
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTerre A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 18, 2020
Mr. Mejia did a great job of covering the material and keeping the class engaged. Mr. Mejia did a great job of covering the material and keeping the class engaged.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTimothy M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 17, 2020
The course material was very well laid out. Hector did a great job! We need to go fishing together! The course material was very well laid out. Hector did a great job! We need to go fishing together!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRoy R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2020
Very good and knowledgeable Very good and knowledgeable
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review userLeticia B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2020
The instructor was detailed on the subject. Had a great time learning something new The instructor was detailed on the subject. Had a great time learning something new
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review userSurendran M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2020
Tiffany Rae did an excellent job. The course was very informative as well as hands-on wit the class visual training. Tiffany Rae did an excellent job. The course was very informative as well as hands-on wit the class visual training.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEric J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2020
Class was thorough and complete Class was thorough and complete
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review userMark W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 15, 2020
Instructor covered everything well. Seemed to be well educated on the material. Instructor covered everything well. Seemed to be well educated on the material.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWalter C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2020
Very good training Very good training
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review userOsvaldo R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2020
Greg is one of the best teachers I've known. He is very thorough and gives you lots of life experiences. I recommend to everyone Greg is one of the best teachers I've known. He is very thorough and gives you lots of life experiences. I recommend to everyone
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRafal K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 13, 2020
Great Instructor!!! Great Instructor!!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNicole P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2020
Stan was a very good instructor and I enjoyed being in his class. Stan was a very good instructor and I enjoyed being in his class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDan C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 12, 2020
Informative class, Instructor well versed on subject. Informative class, Instructor well versed on subject.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAndrew H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2020
Excellent Course, excellent instructor Excellent Course, excellent instructor
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBernard g.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2020
My experience was good on point and on time My experience was good on point and on time
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review userRyan C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2020
Very informative, concise, worthwhile experience! Very informative, concise, worthwhile experience!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSteven B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2020
they let me attend last minute. thanks a million they let me attend last minute. thanks a million
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review userAmjad S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2020
I would use this class again I would use this class again
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSamir S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2020
Scott was awsome Scott was awsome
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review userDavid S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2020
Good practical information.  Good practical information. 
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review userJohn P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2020
very informative, the instructor was very good very informative, the instructor was very good
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review userjoseph g.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2020
great instructor great instructor
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review userJesus Roberto C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 11, 2020
Great instructors Great instructors
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review userSean C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 10, 2020
Jamie made the class enjoyable. He was very informative, the hands on training was pretty good as well. Overall the class... Jamie made the class enjoyable. He was very informative, the hands on training was pretty good as well. Overall the class was a good experience. Thanks
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRudy T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 10, 2020
The class was very informative and the instructor knew his subject very well. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. The class was very informative and the instructor knew his subject very well. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userdarian l.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 9, 2020
All around great learning experience All around great learning experience
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTim D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 5, 2020
Excellent class very knowledgeable Excellent class very knowledgeable
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review useryi y.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 5, 2020
The instructor explained every topic very clearly, and broke down every subject so that they were extremely easy to understand.... The instructor explained every topic very clearly, and broke down every subject so that they were extremely easy to understand. In addition, if we had any further issues, he would provide a demonstration which would always clear things up. All in all, I would recommend the class, both as a learning experience and as a fairly fun time.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPiotr M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 5, 2020
The course was very informative and detailed. The instructor had extensive knowledge in the subject and gave us a lot of... The course was very informative and detailed. The instructor had extensive knowledge in the subject and gave us a lot of good information in a brief amount of time. Overall I learned a lot !
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGolam M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 5, 2020
The instructor was great The instructor was great
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKenneth R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 5, 2020
Was extremely pleased with the course information and the instructor. The instructor was very knowledgeable on the course... Was extremely pleased with the course information and the instructor. The instructor was very knowledgeable on the course information and willing to answer questions. I was provided with a packet of information that I plan to reference on projects in the future.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRonald S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 5, 2020
Great course I highly recommend this class. The instructor was very professional. Great course I highly recommend this class. The instructor was very professional.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNicholas P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 4, 2020
Spencer was a great instructor. He went above and beyond the normal course requirements and made the course applicable to... Spencer was a great instructor. He went above and beyond the normal course requirements and made the course applicable to your help field.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRosemarie S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 4, 2020
Was very good Was very good
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review userWilliam B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 4, 2020
The course was very informative and affordable. David Canatta the instructor was great, answered all of our questions and... The course was very informative and affordable. David Canatta the instructor was great, answered all of our questions and knew what he was talking about.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDONALD E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 4, 2020
The instructor was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone understood the material. The instructor was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone understood the material.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEllison F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 4, 2020
Informative class and Joe was a great instructor. Informative class and Joe was a great instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVicky C.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 4, 2020
The instructor was very good. He made it easy to understand. The instructor was very good. He made it easy to understand.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 3, 2020
Awesome Class. Hands on but social distance. Really good information and based on EPA standards but reflects to real world... Awesome Class. Hands on but social distance. Really good information and based on EPA standards but reflects to real world construction.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 3, 2020
The class was exactly what I was looking for. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommend... The class was exactly what I was looking for. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommend this course to others.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHUSSNAIN A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 3, 2020
CLASS WAS VERY EASY GOING AND EASY TO LEARN. INSTRUCTOR WAS VERY HELPFUL AND MADE SURE EVERYONE WAS HEARD AND ANSWERED ALL... CLASS WAS VERY EASY GOING AND EASY TO LEARN. INSTRUCTOR WAS VERY HELPFUL AND MADE SURE EVERYONE WAS HEARD AND ANSWERED ALL QUESTIONS.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userOscar H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 3, 2020
One of the best and informative classes I’ve had in a long time One of the best and informative classes I’ve had in a long time
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJon L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 3, 2020
Well done Well done
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEddie E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 3, 2020
Very good class; instructor was knowledgeable and made the class interesting....would recommend class to others Very good class; instructor was knowledgeable and made the class interesting....would recommend class to others
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJeremy W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 2, 2020
Dean was very thorough with his presentation. You can tell he has been doing it for a long time as he answered every question... Dean was very thorough with his presentation. You can tell he has been doing it for a long time as he answered every question asked.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrandon M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 2, 2020
The instructor was really engaging and made it easy to learn the material. The instructor was really engaging and made it easy to learn the material.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 2, 2020
Great Instructor, very knowledgeable and able to keep your attention. Great Instructor, very knowledgeable and able to keep your attention.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTim W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 2, 2020
Paul did a great job informing us of lead hazards. Paul did a great job informing us of lead hazards.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userFrank H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 2, 2020
Well done, good content Well done, good content
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