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 - 8420 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userMandy B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2017
I was told I would be very bored. I didn't have lot of expectations. I was very WRONG! Matt answered All our questions. Emilio... I was told I would be very bored. I didn't have lot of expectations. I was very WRONG! Matt answered All our questions. Emilio made sure we had our certificate the SAME DAY! I as told I would have to wait a week by someone who went to a different provider. Good job guys. I will be referring everyone to you.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn U.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2017
Excellent Excellent
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2017
Instructor was very good and very easy to fallow Instructor was very good and very easy to fallow
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGelu M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2017
Easy! Easy!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAnthony V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2017
Very informative and easy to understand. I would recommend this class to anyone who needs it. Very informative and easy to understand. I would recommend this class to anyone who needs it.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJOHN Y.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 25, 2017
Very awesome instructor! Very awesome instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSelene H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 25, 2017
Great Great
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMaxwell L. S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
Doug, his wife Samantha, and their associate Jake were all very thorough and professional. Everything was explained clearly... Doug, his wife Samantha, and their associate Jake were all very thorough and professional. Everything was explained clearly and in depth. I would recommend this company/instructor to anyone looking for the same type of Lead Renovator Certification.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userShaun M. P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
The course was awesome. Doug, our instructor, was very approachable which made it easier to actually ask questions that I... The course was awesome. Doug, our instructor, was very approachable which made it easier to actually ask questions that I had. I would absolutely recommend this training course to friends/colleagues.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael H. M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
Doug did a great job making the topic fun and interactive Doug did a great job making the topic fun and interactive
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJustin T. L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
Very detailed and personable instructor(s). Would highly recommend the class to anyone who needs lead certification. Very detailed and personable instructor(s). Would highly recommend the class to anyone who needs lead certification.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichelle C. F.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
My company requires us to take the lead certification course. While it was long, my instructor had a good sense of humor... My company requires us to take the lead certification course. While it was long, my instructor had a good sense of humor and tried to make the material and the course fun.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel J. B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
The instructor had a great sense of humor ! The instructor had a great sense of humor !
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCorey T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
The class was eazy to follow and covered all test items. The class was eazy to follow and covered all test items.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
What's a great course enjoy the instructor thought he did a great job made it very easy get through and understand all the... What's a great course enjoy the instructor thought he did a great job made it very easy get through and understand all the laws after seizures required I would recommend them again may go back for more courses
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHAI H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
Great Class Great Class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
Learned a lot. Good class. Learned a lot. Good class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJolene B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2017
Lead Renovator Certification
review userZachery L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
Awesome teacher! Awesome teacher!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userFred F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
She took time to ensure we understood the material. She took time to ensure we understood the material.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTimothy K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
It was very educational. The instructors were very helpful on showing the class how be safer and cleaner on the job. It was very educational. The instructors were very helpful on showing the class how be safer and cleaner on the job.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoseph H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
The course was great. Learned a lot of use full information. The teacher was fantastic he made sure everyone had a good understanding... The course was great. Learned a lot of use full information. The teacher was fantastic he made sure everyone had a good understanding of each section before he moved forward. His knowledge and experience with lead renovation couldn't get any better everything was explained well in results to his knowledge on the subject. Will definitely recommend this particular course to anyone I know that wants to get educated on this!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userReginald M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
The class was very informative and the instructor was very welcoming and all around awesome. The class was very informative and the instructor was very welcoming and all around awesome.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userFrancisco A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
Explained everything with details and examples, very good teacher. Explained everything with details and examples, very good teacher.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlexander R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
He was a great instructor, knew when to joke and be serious. Made the long course seem short. He was a great instructor, knew when to joke and be serious. Made the long course seem short.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWilliam M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
I thought that the EPA course was supposed to be a boring 8 hour lecture, but Sean quickly proved me wrong. He was smiling... I thought that the EPA course was supposed to be a boring 8 hour lecture, but Sean quickly proved me wrong. He was smiling when he entered the room and made the atmosphere a very friendly one. He would always answer our questions right away as long as they were relevant. Otherwise he told us to "trust the process" and he would answer our off-topic question, when they became relevant. The hands on activities also helped break the monotony of sitting down all day. Overall, Sean was knowledgable, and certainly a great instructor for the class. I scored a 100 on the test so I believe its safe to say he held our attention.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPierre L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
The professor was very articulate, and he managed to make every minute of an 8 hour class to be very interesting and informative... The professor was very articulate, and he managed to make every minute of an 8 hour class to be very interesting and informative at the same time.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userFlavio F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
Sean was a really exciting instructor he kept us entertained and kept us awake. The hands on work was really exciting having... Sean was a really exciting instructor he kept us entertained and kept us awake. The hands on work was really exciting having him being the leader of it
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPedro E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
I really recommend this instructor I really recommend this instructor
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2017
The instructor was very informative and knowledgeable. The class went very well and I absorbed all of the information thanks... The instructor was very informative and knowledgeable. The class went very well and I absorbed all of the information thanks to the guidance. I'll definitely further my education with NATEC International in the near future.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDouglas W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2017
The instructor did an excellent job presenting the material in an understandable fashion! The instructor did an excellent job presenting the material in an understandable fashion!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRyan K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2017
Good informative class, instructor very good with information and real life situations. Good informative class, instructor very good with information and real life situations.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMitchell M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2017
Very knowledgeable and kept a good momentum all through class. I would definitely recommend Zack Academy! Very knowledgeable and kept a good momentum all through class. I would definitely recommend Zack Academy!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSteven C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
I thought the material was very informative and well explained. I thought the material was very informative and well explained.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChristopher A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
My instructor was incredible and the teaching was in-depth. I passed with flying colors because of the hands-on activities... My instructor was incredible and the teaching was in-depth. I passed with flying colors because of the hands-on activities and verbal instruction.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMackenzie J. M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Testudo was EXTREMELY knowledge in their training about lead practices! They got us involved as much as they could and answered... Testudo was EXTREMELY knowledge in their training about lead practices! They got us involved as much as they could and answered every single question. The hands-on training was really fun because they showed us exactly what we would have to do and they were very involved. They reviewed all of the content before we did the test and because of how well the did I got 100% on the test and I am honestly excited to go forward with a lead job! Fantastic job thank you to everybody who was involved!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userZachary A. M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Really well done course! Got 100% on the test so they must have done something right! Really well done course! Got 100% on the test so they must have done something right!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWyatt F. H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
All instructors were very respectful and knowledgable, I would highly recommend the course. All instructors were very respectful and knowledgable, I would highly recommend the course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDalton J. B.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Great Guy. Showed excitement on subject matter and made the class not as boring as I expected it to be. Overall great person... Great Guy. Showed excitement on subject matter and made the class not as boring as I expected it to be. Overall great person and awesome family he worked with.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNick B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Rocky was awesome and made the experience great. He was super friendly and easily approachable with questions. Rocky was awesome and made the experience great. He was super friendly and easily approachable with questions.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAndrew G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Was a very thourough course, gained valuable knowledge i didnt have before! Was a very thourough course, gained valuable knowledge i didnt have before!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJose T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Jamie was very professional and was very knowledgeable about the information he was presenting. Jamie truly made the information... Jamie was very professional and was very knowledgeable about the information he was presenting. Jamie truly made the information easy to understand and stopped to answer any questions. I really enjoyed the training!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoshua P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Jaime was pretty great and thorough throughout the entire process. Jaime was pretty great and thorough throughout the entire process.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJackson G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Jaime was an excellent instructor, he kept the class interesting while hitting all the points of lead safety. Jaime was an excellent instructor, he kept the class interesting while hitting all the points of lead safety.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Cindy was ran a very comprehensive training course that showed immense experience in the field and catered to the audience... Cindy was ran a very comprehensive training course that showed immense experience in the field and catered to the audience she was presenting too. She is a great instructor for this course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userArune P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Amazing professor, I learned so much. Amazing professor, I learned so much.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Cindy was a great teacher she did a great job at showing us the in's and out's of what solid lead prep should look like. Cindy was a great teacher she did a great job at showing us the in's and out's of what solid lead prep should look like.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChristian M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Cindy was wonderful. A great teacher, kept the class interesting and engaging, and did a great job. Cindy was wonderful. A great teacher, kept the class interesting and engaging, and did a great job.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrittany K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Cindy was awesome. She was very straightforward and got to the point quickly while still being thorough and upbeat. Cindy was awesome. She was very straightforward and got to the point quickly while still being thorough and upbeat.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMarcin G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2017
Knew a lot about the subject and went very in depth. Knew a lot about the subject and went very in depth.
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