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 - 12425 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userChris S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
Well planned and to the point. Well planned and to the point.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
<p>The instructor was on top of everything. He answered all of our questions with proficiency and was very helpful.</p> <p>The instructor was on top of everything. He answered all of our questions with proficiency and was very helpful.</p>
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
The instructor was knowledgeable. The course went at a good pace and was helpful. The instructor was knowledgeable. The course went at a good pace and was helpful.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
The instructor was fun and informative. The instructor was fun and informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userZach P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
Very professional. The class was fun, knowledgable and full of information. Very professional. The class was fun, knowledgable and full of information.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userConner A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 20, 2019
The instructor was awesome and made the class fun and interesting. The instructor was awesome and made the class fun and interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userjason r.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 19, 2019
My trainer had extensive knowledge, great with the ability of staying on topic and plenty of relatable stories on why lead... My trainer had extensive knowledge, great with the ability of staying on topic and plenty of relatable stories on why lead certification is very important. He made the class very enjoyable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPhilip S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 19, 2019
Enjoyed the class very much; took a lot from it. Instructor was great and would gladly go to another class Enjoyed the class very much; took a lot from it. Instructor was great and would gladly go to another class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoshua W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 17, 2019
Instructor was very knowledgeable. Instructor was very knowledgeable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDean W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
The instructor is very knowledgeable about what she teaches. Great training session. The instructor is very knowledgeable about what she teaches. Great training session.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWendell D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
Excellent presentation. Excellent presentation.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEliot S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
The instructor was very informative and easy to understand. The instructor was very informative and easy to understand.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userian J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
Great location and excellent instructor. I really enjoyed my class. Great location and excellent instructor. I really enjoyed my class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userErick C. V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
This was the best class experience. The Instructor was awesome. Learning was easy going. This was the best class experience. The Instructor was awesome. Learning was easy going.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAdel A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
This was good class. The instructor did a very good job explaining all of the ins and outs of lead removal and remediation. This was good class. The instructor did a very good job explaining all of the ins and outs of lead removal and remediation.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRomany G. W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
Very thorough and easy to understand. I have a better understanding of the entire lead process and feel confident I can implement... Very thorough and easy to understand. I have a better understanding of the entire lead process and feel confident I can implement what I have learned on the job.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVincent M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
It was a very informative class. It was a very informative class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMark H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
The trainer did a very good job. He made sure I knew what I was doing. Thanks!!!! The trainer did a very good job. He made sure I knew what I was doing. Thanks!!!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichelet J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
The instructor was very knowledgeable about the lead class that he was teaching. Also, he was very clear and and hands-on.... The instructor was very knowledgeable about the lead class that he was teaching. Also, he was very clear and and hands-on. We had a chance to get hands-on experience in the class setting. I left the class feeling that I received great information. I am able to do a lead swab test and give the proper forms to the owner or occupants.&nbsp; Also, properly post warning signs, wearing proper protective gear and make certain proper containment is established to prevent the spreading of lead. Finally, cleaning and swabbing after the cleaning is done.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAndrew D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
Solid practical course. Instructor was knowledgeable and engaging. Solid practical course. Instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGreg C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
I’ve taken this course twice and this time was far better. The instructor made it easy to understand the rules of RRP... I’ve taken this course twice and this time was far better. The instructor made it easy to understand the rules of RRP and HUD. Also, he made the whole process manageable and an overall fun course. I prefer the small group setting and he was perfect for it. Well done!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEberardo L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
Excellent Instructor. He was very knowledgeable in the topic. Excellent Instructor. He was very knowledgeable in the topic.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEdric B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
Our instructor was excellent. I strongly encourage others to take his class. Our instructor was excellent. I strongly encourage others to take his class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPAUL B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
A great instructor. He had a lot of real world experiences to share and kept the class on schedule. A great instructor. He had a lot of real world experiences to share and kept the class on schedule.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTodd S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
Good class, but it seemed like the instructor was so passionate about the class he wasn't cutting any slack during the testing... Good class, but it seemed like the instructor was so passionate about the class he wasn't cutting any slack during the testing and was willing to fail people vs. help ensure they know the material and become certified.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAbdul M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
Great instructor. He was very detailed and very knowledgeable. Great instructor. He was very detailed and very knowledgeable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKyle P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
This was a very well designed course and I learned so much within just one day. The trainer presented the material clearly... This was a very well designed course and I learned so much within just one day. The trainer presented the material clearly and reviewed it thoroughly and I was surprised how much I learned by the end of the day.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNathali A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
It was a very informative class. The instructor was very engaging. Enjoyed it a lot! It was a very informative class. The instructor was very engaging. Enjoyed it a lot!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 15, 2019
The instructor did an outstanding job of making the course and the content interesting with his passion, knowledge and real... The instructor did an outstanding job of making the course and the content interesting with his passion, knowledge and real world experiences. He engaged everyone in the class equally and kept everyone focused. Great job!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRichard H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
A great instructor. He made they day run as smoothly as possible. A great instructor. He made they day run as smoothly as possible.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Awesome and informative. I wouldn’t change a thing! Awesome and informative. I wouldn’t change a thing!
Lead Renovator Certification
review usered H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Your instructor did a marvelous job under very difficult circumstances. The blizzard, electrical failure in Denver, as well... Your instructor did a marvelous job under very difficult circumstances. The blizzard, electrical failure in Denver, as well as a classroom with no windows which became a problem. The instructor adapted well.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGregg D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Course was very educational and the instructor did a very well job presenting everything that needed to be taught. Course was very educational and the instructor did a very well job presenting everything that needed to be taught.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDorothy G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Knowledgeable instructor and the hands-on activity was very helpful to understand the concepts. Knowledgeable instructor and the hands-on activity was very helpful to understand the concepts.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMatthew Y.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
The instructor was great. Very knowledgeable. The instructor was great. Very knowledgeable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoseph L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
The instructor was very knowledgeable. The instructor was very knowledgeable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userYvette B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Excellent course! Excellent course!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlan john N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Great! Great!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPhilip F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Since this wasn't my first time taking the class, I found the instructor very knowledgeable in his field. 5 stars to him. Since this wasn't my first time taking the class, I found the instructor very knowledgeable in his field. 5 stars to him.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRichard H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Very informative class that was easy to follow. The hands-on portion was very helpful as well. Very informative class that was easy to follow. The hands-on portion was very helpful as well.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael O.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Although my certificate had expired, it was worth the expense to take the full course over again. Our instructor was competent,... Although my certificate had expired, it was worth the expense to take the full course over again. Our instructor was competent, courteous and engaging with his audience. I highly recommend him to anyone needing to take the course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAdrian T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Great instructor, great info and great course. Great instructor, great info and great course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSean J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
Excellent and very informative presentation. Excellent and very informative presentation.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAndres V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
The instructor gave a great presentation and instruction on the dangers of lead and on the safe practices in dealing with... The instructor gave a great presentation and instruction on the dangers of lead and on the safe practices in dealing with it. The class was long but he would throw in some humor now and then which gave the class a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlaor S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 14, 2019
5 stars! 5 stars!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDouglas H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 13, 2019
The instructor was great. Very passionate and thorough. She maintained everyone’s attention for the entire class. Class... The instructor was great. Very passionate and thorough. She maintained everyone’s attention for the entire class. Class interaction was excellent. LeadSMART is fortunate to have such a great asset.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNick J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 13, 2019
Very nice trainer. Super knowledgeable with an easy teaching technique. Very nice trainer. Super knowledgeable with an easy teaching technique.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 13, 2019
A great instructor! She presented material clearly and in a timely manner. A great instructor! She presented material clearly and in a timely manner.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTony M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 13, 2019
Good class! Good class!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userElijah L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 13, 2019
I really enjoyed the class. It was informative and interactive. I came away from it feeling like I was prepared to work on... I really enjoyed the class. It was informative and interactive. I came away from it feeling like I was prepared to work on lead jobs.
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