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 - 11903 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlex H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 18, 2019
Instructor was very informative and professional. Learned a lot. Instructor was very informative and professional. Learned a lot.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMarcus S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 18, 2019
Great! Great!
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review userMichael F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 18, 2019
Instructor was very informative and very knowledgeable. Kept the class moving, interesting and fun. Instructor was very informative and very knowledgeable. Kept the class moving, interesting and fun.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRodney B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 18, 2019
Great! Great!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael R J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 18, 2019
The class was very informative and interesting. I like the instructor's approach and demeanor. The class was very informative and interesting. I like the instructor's approach and demeanor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael B J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 18, 2019
The instructor was great at relaying the information and helping us apply it to our situations. Would highly recommend. The instructor was great at relaying the information and helping us apply it to our situations. Would highly recommend.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVirginia G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 17, 2019
Excellent training and instructor!! Excellent training and instructor!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLori C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 17, 2019
This class was really one of the best I have ever attended. I was very pleased with the small group which allowed more one... This class was really one of the best I have ever attended. I was very pleased with the small group which allowed more one on one time. The instructor was very knowledgeable and made sure we understood everything. I would highly recommend this class to everyone.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWilliam K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 17, 2019
Instructor was professional, knowledgeable and well organized. She kept the class moving at a good pace. Answered all questions... Instructor was professional, knowledgeable and well organized. She kept the class moving at a good pace. Answered all questions that were asked. She made the time go by fast. I was in other training classes were it was like watching paint dry. This was a great class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLuis S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 17, 2019
Informative and interesting! Informative and interesting!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDave T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 17, 2019
The instructor was very good and made it easy to learn for the test. The instructor was very good and made it easy to learn for the test.
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review userAdam G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 16, 2019
Everything went smoothly. Good information. Everything went smoothly. Good information.
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review userCurtis M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 16, 2019
Very informative. The course was very well delivered. I would recommend this course to others interested in getting certified.  Very informative. The course was very well delivered. I would recommend this course to others interested in getting certified. 
Lead Renovator Certification
review userFrank J.
3 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 16, 2019
The instructor just needs more experience. The instructor just needs more experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userANDREW D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 16, 2019
Could update the correct address for the class, but other than that good! Could update the correct address for the class, but other than that good!
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review userRafael R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 16, 2019
Well educated, perfect pace, great teacher. Well educated, perfect pace, great teacher.
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review userGreg V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 16, 2019
Best instructor by far!! I had an awesome hands-on experience and now I know everything I need to be successful in my field. Best instructor by far!! I had an awesome hands-on experience and now I know everything I need to be successful in my field.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDana H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 16, 2019
Class was good with both book work and hands-on skills covered. The instructor did a good job with the amount of material... Class was good with both book work and hands-on skills covered. The instructor did a good job with the amount of material that he had to cover.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAngel M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 15, 2019
I was very pleased with the instructor at Seagull. Very knowledgeable and helpful. I was very pleased with the instructor at Seagull. Very knowledgeable and helpful.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKenneth K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 15, 2019
Great class. Learned much needed information. The instructor hit on all areas and made it easy to complete the test. Great class. Learned much needed information. The instructor hit on all areas and made it easy to complete the test.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userzhenheng l.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 13, 2019
I learned how to handle lead paint then received my certificate. I learned how to handle lead paint then received my certificate.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPedro G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 13, 2019
I had a great experience and learned a lot from the instructors at NATEC. Thank you Zack Academy I had a great experience and learned a lot from the instructors at NATEC. Thank you Zack Academy
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCaudrey P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 12, 2019
The instructor was thorough in his teaching. The instructor was thorough in his teaching.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 12, 2019
The instructor was phenomenal! He turned a mind numbing topic into something interesting! The instructor was phenomenal! He turned a mind numbing topic into something interesting!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRAUL I.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 11, 2019
Great teacher! Great teacher!
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review userJeff G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 11, 2019
Great! Great!
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review userJordan C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 11, 2019
My instructor did an excellent job. Made it as interactive as he could and made it easy for us to learn. My instructor did an excellent job. Made it as interactive as he could and made it easy for us to learn.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDale M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 11, 2019
As much as I hate sitting in a classroom, the instructor made it enjoyable and the day went by really fast. As much as I hate sitting in a classroom, the instructor made it enjoyable and the day went by really fast.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJEHRAMY H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 11, 2019
Great information and kept it interesting enough to make it through 8 hours of training and not get bored. Great information and kept it interesting enough to make it through 8 hours of training and not get bored.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPJ A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 11, 2019
She was very knowledgeable and to the point. Knows her stuff! She was very knowledgeable and to the point. Knows her stuff!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMladen K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 11, 2019
The instructor was very knowledgeable and covered everything. The class was not boring at all! The instructor was very knowledgeable and covered everything. The class was not boring at all!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAbdool W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 11, 2019
The instructor was very knowledgeable and did a excellent job during the 8 hrs class. Thank you for the session. It was well... The instructor was very knowledgeable and did a excellent job during the 8 hrs class. Thank you for the session. It was well received.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSally J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 11, 2019
The instructor was very knowledgeable and clear in all the information presented. He answered all questions the class had.... The instructor was very knowledgeable and clear in all the information presented. He answered all questions the class had. I left the class feeling confident in the rules and protocol to be implemented by the company.
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review userAlberto L. V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 11, 2019
Great class! Great class!
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review userricardo Begazo c.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 10, 2019
The experience was really good. The location, the training, hands-on training, materials and the instructors excellent. The experience was really good. The location, the training, hands-on training, materials and the instructors excellent.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChristopher W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 10, 2019
Very informative class. Very informative class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEric B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 10, 2019
Great class! Great class!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMark B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 10, 2019
Great instructor! Great instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userChristopher S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 10, 2019
Our instructor was very knowledgeable and having come from the construction world himself understands firsthand what we deal... Our instructor was very knowledgeable and having come from the construction world himself understands firsthand what we deal with in the field. He was also very engaging and kept is involved in the learning process so that time flew by and the content was easier to remember.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJonathan S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
She was a great instructor and explained everything in a way I could understand it. She was a great instructor and explained everything in a way I could understand it.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlfonzo C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
The instructor was both professional and very informative in the manner that he taught the class. The information was explained... The instructor was both professional and very informative in the manner that he taught the class. The information was explained well and at a nice pace. Also, the two staff members were friendly and helpful. They both greeted me with a nice smile and a friendly tone. I am very happy with my experience at the training center.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCONNIE K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
Awesome! Awesome!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGary S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
The class and instructors were very helpful. I will be returning next month to further my education. The class and instructors were very helpful. I will be returning next month to further my education.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDebbie B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
Good instructor! Good instructor!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSterling B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
Great class. I learned a lot and the instructor was great. Great class. I learned a lot and the instructor was great.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGerard K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
Great instructor. Great instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWilliam M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
Good trainer. Good trainer.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDerrick B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
I signed up for the Lead Renovator Certification Initial course hoping to get a better understanding of what is required... I signed up for the Lead Renovator Certification Initial course hoping to get a better understanding of what is required by me, the contractor/handyman tasked with completing multiple projects at customers request that may be subject to a lead paint issue. I own and operate a small handyman business in NE NC concentrating on small scale type projects that would be labeled maintenance, repair and/or punch list services. I wondered if this class would really pertain to what I do. I quickly discovered that yes indeed it does. Viewing the videos I saw numerous examples of task I had completed in the past where I was not properly executing the necessary safety procedures fully as required. The instructor demonstrated through classroom participation steps to not only protect occupants living in the structure being renovated but surrounding areas as well as me the contractor tasked with the responsibility to do the job correctly according to EPA/HUD standards. His instruction was efficient in his delivery and use of time. The information covered was done in a manner to insure everyone was following along and completely understood each module. He was able to keep the class interested and atmosphere and setting was conducive to learning with question and discussions with the class. He showed interest in classmates employment status and how this class related to their specific situation. The practical application exercises were thorough as well as very informative. In the end I feel I receive great value for the money spent to attend this course. Within less than 1 day I received a follow up email from the instructor with the class picture, great touch! I also received my certificate as well as an information to review the instructor. I look forward in the future to attending classes through Zack Academy either online or on location. I will be looking at courses available and budget allowances and will be back in touch soon. Thanks for a great experience! 
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoey B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
Great class! Great class!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTyler B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 9, 2019
The instructor showed a passion for safety and offered it was to not just complete work according to regulations and guidelines... The instructor showed a passion for safety and offered it was to not just complete work according to regulations and guidelines but how to add an extra layer of safety as well. Great class.
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