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 - 15175 15175 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userjames d.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 28, 2020
Wow. Well Steve Hoff is as good of an instructor as you can get. It’s that simple. Wow. Well Steve Hoff is as good of an instructor as you can get. It’s that simple.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEric C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 28, 2020
Very helpful class for RRP certification. Very helpful class for RRP certification.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAndrew C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 28, 2020
Class was Great. Very informative and well done. Class was Great. Very informative and well done.
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review userPavlin M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 28, 2020
Excellent class, done very professional Excellent class, done very professional
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review userPaul F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 28, 2020
Great education course Great education course
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHunter B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 27, 2020
Instructor for seagull was excellent Instructor for seagull was excellent
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlan B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2020
I enjoyed the class because the instructor was very knowledgeable and clearly explained not only the processes for lead safety... I enjoyed the class because the instructor was very knowledgeable and clearly explained not only the processes for lead safety but the reasons behind them. So it was focused on not just filling the requirements and passing a test but rather the practical reasons for the required actions. Zack Academy was great about answering questions and keeping in contact by email.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userStan S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2020
Great instructor. I would highly recommend him. Great instructor. I would highly recommend him.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2020
Honestly I have never had a better class. I have to take water, waste water, and asbestos classes and am usually bored. This... Honestly I have never had a better class. I have to take water, waste water, and asbestos classes and am usually bored. This class was informative and presented very well.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSteven E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2020
He was patient and informative in the areas you asked about and showed the importance of the Job He was patient and informative in the areas you asked about and showed the importance of the Job
Lead Renovator Certification
review userbernice f.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2020
It was a great class with a great Teacher that explain the book to us with great detail met some new people and learned a... It was a great class with a great Teacher that explain the book to us with great detail met some new people and learned a lot really appreciate the course hope to do some more in the future if needed
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoshua B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2020
Very good instructor Very good instructor
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review userHoracio M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2020
It was pretty good It was pretty good
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSteve B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2020
Great class ! Great instructor ! Great class ! Great instructor !
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJason R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2020
Instructor was very detailed and kept the class fun. Instructor was very detailed and kept the class fun.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMarco M P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2020
the course was very informative with a complete overview of the rules and differences between EPA and HUD regulations. A... the course was very informative with a complete overview of the rules and differences between EPA and HUD regulations. A good presentation with hands on demonstration was performed. Overall a good experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDan M.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
Good coverage of material.  Good coverage of material. 
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJose S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
Great class, great instructor! 10 out of 10! Great class, great instructor! 10 out of 10!
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review userRicardo M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
Excellent Excellent
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review userJames A. V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
I thought Scott did a great job. He was very knowledgeable and kept the class really interesting. I thought Scott did a great job. He was very knowledgeable and kept the class really interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
Our instructor Scott was very good and made the entire class nice and easy. Our instructor Scott was very good and made the entire class nice and easy.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
Scott the teacher of the lab course was awesome great guy to have on your team really cares about what he does will definitely... Scott the teacher of the lab course was awesome great guy to have on your team really cares about what he does will definitely recommend
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMarco O.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
I had a lead renovation course years ago but this time was better I had a lead renovation course years ago but this time was better
Lead Renovator Certification
review userThomas A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
The instructor was great! Made the class all feel involved. Very personable. The instructor was great! Made the class all feel involved. Very personable.
Lead Renovator Certification
review usermichael m.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
Was informative, interesting and instructor was very good Was informative, interesting and instructor was very good
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review userWESLEY F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
Excellent. Instructor knew what he was talking about and you could tell. Excellent. Instructor knew what he was talking about and you could tell.
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review userMatthew B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2020
Clear and thorough Clear and thorough
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review userDavid S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
Excellent class - instructor was very thorough and professional, lots of real-world examples, well organized and effective... Excellent class - instructor was very thorough and professional, lots of real-world examples, well organized and effective presentation
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRyan E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
Great teacher that doesn’t waste your time. Make sure things on topic Great teacher that doesn’t waste your time. Make sure things on topic
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review userDan P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
Jamie was great. He kept us involved though out the day. Jamie was great. He kept us involved though out the day.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLawrence M C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
I had taken this course once before but learned much more this time around scott was great and made the experience enjoyable... I had taken this course once before but learned much more this time around scott was great and made the experience enjoyable thank you
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCordell C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
Excellent coverage of necessary information. The instructor was very knowledgeable and professional. The learning environment... Excellent coverage of necessary information. The instructor was very knowledgeable and professional. The learning environment was conducive to learning. Because of the pandemic appropriate safety measures were in place and followed. Excellent course I would recommend to others. Thanks for a great experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTodd T.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
I’m satisfied with the experience. I’m satisfied with the experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoshub J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
Great class very interactive and communicated flawlessly... Great class very interactive and communicated flawlessly...
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPaul P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
The course was engaging and informative. Glad I chose Seagull. The course was engaging and informative. Glad I chose Seagull.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJackie D A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
I will highly recommend your course. I will highly recommend your course.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJuan F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
I really enjoyed the class, it was a good refresher even though I’ve been working in the business for many years! I really enjoyed the class, it was a good refresher even though I’ve been working in the business for many years!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
Great teacher keeps your attention made the day seem to fly by instead of drag Great teacher keeps your attention made the day seem to fly by instead of drag
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaniel M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2020
Very well explained Very well explained
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review usertyrone w.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2020
Great class very knowledgeable! Great class very knowledgeable!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAllison F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2020
I had an excellent experience with the class, and the administrator! I had an excellent experience with the class, and the administrator!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael Conner H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2020
Instructor was patient and explained everything in a easy to understand manor Instructor was patient and explained everything in a easy to understand manor
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRandall J.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2020
Good class, very knowledgeable instructor.  Good class, very knowledgeable instructor. 
Lead Renovator Certification
review userHarold B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2020
Been in the business for over 25 years yesterday was quite the experience to see someone that was educated and took his job... Been in the business for over 25 years yesterday was quite the experience to see someone that was educated and took his job seriously. He provided great in class experience thorough knowledge of topics and provided personal experiences to help make us better at what we’re doing. I would highly recommend attending this course and instructor in the future.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userGreg H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2020
Paul was very thorough and pleasant to listen to. Paul was very thorough and pleasant to listen to.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCarlton H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2020
Everything i needed Everything i needed
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review userAlejandro L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2020
Excellent service Excellent service
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2020
I enjoyed the History of the use of lead and how and why it came to be and how why America was slow to act I enjoyed the History of the use of lead and how and why it came to be and how why America was slow to act
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDiego d.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 16, 2020
Everything is perfect Everything is perfect
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJorge F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 16, 2020
amazing instructor. amazing instructor.
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