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.
Average rating: Average Rating stars out of 5 stars ( 4.8 out of 5 stars - 19324 19324 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoshua M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Instructor was very knowledgeable. Was able to answer all my questions. If the syllabus had been more organized, it would... Instructor was very knowledgeable. Was able to answer all my questions. If the syllabus had been more organized, it would have been easier to keep up with all the information a little better. Overall it was a good class, and I learned alot. I am confident now to take on lead projects.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKevin L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
It was a-great flow of important information It was a-great flow of important information
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review userAdela N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Instructor was detsiled and knowledgeable. Instructor was detsiled and knowledgeable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTeresa B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Great class! I was dreading going because I thought it would be boring. Tiffany is a great instructor. She kept us engaged... Great class! I was dreading going because I thought it would be boring. Tiffany is a great instructor. She kept us engaged and interested.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTodd C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Tiffany is amazing. She took some dry and redundant information and worked her magic to bring life to the material and good... Tiffany is amazing. She took some dry and redundant information and worked her magic to bring life to the material and good energy to the classroom. Todd Cop
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEnrique R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Well explained course Well explained course
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review userMatthew R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Overall the class was a great introduction to lead safe work. Martin was very knowledgeable with good real world experience.... Overall the class was a great introduction to lead safe work. Martin was very knowledgeable with good real world experience. I’d recommend him and the academy to anyone looking to become lead safe.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoe M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Very Good overall experience…Victor was great and taught the class with excellence. Very Good overall experience…Victor was great and taught the class with excellence.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLindsay W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Good class, informative & easy to comprehend Good class, informative & easy to comprehend
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTanner R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
One of the most engaging classes I have ever taken. Steve Hoff was a stud. One of the most engaging classes I have ever taken. Steve Hoff was a stud.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userScott H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
The Instructor, Spencer, was very informative and kept the entire class engaged for the duration of the class. The Instructor, Spencer, was very informative and kept the entire class engaged for the duration of the class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJesus S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Mr Spencer Hoff was very knowledgeable very good instructor very detailed as well Mr Spencer Hoff was very knowledgeable very good instructor very detailed as well
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlise E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Great instruction by Annette about a technical difficult process. Great instruction by Annette about a technical difficult process.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
instructor was great, class was well taught and informative. instructor was great, class was well taught and informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoshua P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Great class, it is a lot of information but, the instructor made it easy to intake. She had a great sense of humor and was... Great class, it is a lot of information but, the instructor made it easy to intake. She had a great sense of humor and was extremely knowledgeable on Lead Safe Practices and Procedures. I would definitely recommend this class if you need the certification.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid M.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
Very good. Interesting and informative. Pleasant instructor. Lunch was horrible. Very good. Interesting and informative. Pleasant instructor. Lunch was horrible.
Lead Renovator Certification
review useramar P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2022
MR Stump was great, very knowledgeable , explained the entire course very well. MR Stump was great, very knowledgeable , explained the entire course very well.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTanya B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2022
The instructor did a great job with informing the class. The hands on assignments and video presentation really helped me... The instructor did a great job with informing the class. The hands on assignments and video presentation really helped me understand the written information. The instructor was very patient and understanding with my asking questions. I would recommend this class to my colleagues. Thank you,
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2022
Martin Smith was an amazing teacher. He gave us real world experience and valuable skills. Very informative and enjoyable... Martin Smith was an amazing teacher. He gave us real world experience and valuable skills. Very informative and enjoyable class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKurt M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2022
Yea very good Yea very good
Lead Renovator Certification
review userBrad C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2022
The class was informative and gave me good knowledge in an area where I had very little experience. The class was informative and gave me good knowledge in an area where I had very little experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJacob A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2022
Information was given very clearly, and the instructor was engaging. Information was given very clearly, and the instructor was engaging.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userpeter B.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2022
Very good experience, Very good experience,
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRichie V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2022
Martin is a very good communicator and explained the course at the beginning so we knew what to expect. I could tell he wanted... Martin is a very good communicator and explained the course at the beginning so we knew what to expect. I could tell he wanted to teach the class everything we needed to know to pass the course and even went over the test before we took it so at least i could tell he wanted all the information in our heads before the test. I could tell he wanted all of us to succeed.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGideon H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2022
Very good. Thanks Very good. Thanks
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCristian M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2022
Great introduction towards the course. Explained everything with detail and best of all it was hands on as well . Great introduction towards the course. Explained everything with detail and best of all it was hands on as well .
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCasey R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2022
Doug was a solid instructor. He kept the somewhat dry visual presentation interesting and I was very happy to have gotten... Doug was a solid instructor. He kept the somewhat dry visual presentation interesting and I was very happy to have gotten some hands on experience at the end of the class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAveah M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2022
Great class. Very informative. Great class. Very informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2022
Good instructor Good instructor
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCarolyn D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2022
Very good class Very good class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userOlivia A. H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
Doug was really nice and made the course fun! We also made good time getting through everything which was nice. Would definitely... Doug was really nice and made the course fun! We also made good time getting through everything which was nice. Would definitely choose this course again!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPenny F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
John was fantastic! He was interactive with the class which helped me retain material. He was enthusiastic, spoke to keep... John was fantastic! He was interactive with the class which helped me retain material. He was enthusiastic, spoke to keep us alert and was a pleasure to have as an instructor. As a fellow educator, it was refreshing to see someone who enjoys being in the field.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
John the instructor kept the class lively and involved John the instructor kept the class lively and involved
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDario D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
Mr. John Schafer is a exceptional teacher and he made our class fun and really interesting. I loved it all and also learned... Mr. John Schafer is a exceptional teacher and he made our class fun and really interesting. I loved it all and also learned lot!!Thanks mr John 
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
John was hilarious and made the content engaging and interesting even when it would be straight out of the book. He highlighted... John was hilarious and made the content engaging and interesting even when it would be straight out of the book. He highlighted key points and excellently prepared us for the exam
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAngelina H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
John was amazing! John was amazing!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMayling A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
It was very detailed, and comprehensive! It was very detailed, and comprehensive!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
John was very knowledgeable and brought some humor to make the class more enjoyable, while still still pounding information... John was very knowledgeable and brought some humor to make the class more enjoyable, while still still pounding information of a very serious matter into us.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userlaRecia h.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
Great class, great instructor, class was not too long, straight to the point. I learned so much and will recommend to anyone... Great class, great instructor, class was not too long, straight to the point. I learned so much and will recommend to anyone who needs course training. The instructor was awesome!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userManif J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
Great instructions from an experienced professional Great instructions from an experienced professional
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2022
Learned a lot about LEAD SWP! Learned a lot about LEAD SWP!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHarnek S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 15, 2022
very informative and good class very informative and good class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJason P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 15, 2022
Barry was a great guy lots of knowledge and made the class very interesting through the entire long process Barry was a great guy lots of knowledge and made the class very interesting through the entire long process
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGreggory C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 14, 2022
I was like most not looking forward to the class but it is necessary. The class was great, informative, kept everyone engaged... I was like most not looking forward to the class but it is necessary. The class was great, informative, kept everyone engaged and was also very personable. Both presenters were great speakers that kept everyone’s attention.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userScott M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 14, 2022
Great class from Steve and Spencer. Learned a lot! Great class from Steve and Spencer. Learned a lot!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCharles J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 14, 2022
The instructor’s makes it easy not to fail. The instructor’s makes it easy not to fail.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJason S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 14, 2022
Jamie did a great job. Was very thorough and made sure all information was directed and instructed correctly. Jamie did a great job. Was very thorough and made sure all information was directed and instructed correctly.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRodger C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 14, 2022
Very good class. Very good class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJorge S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 14, 2022
Mr. Arteaga is a gifted instructor. He takes tough, dry material and makes it come alive through his life experiences and... Mr. Arteaga is a gifted instructor. He takes tough, dry material and makes it come alive through his life experiences and enthusiasm. I strongly recommend the course and Mr. Arteaga as the instructor. The rest of the staff were very nice and cordial.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userVasilios D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 13, 2022
Was great Was great
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