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 - 6139 student reviews)


Lead Renovator Certification
review userHugo G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 27, 2016
Great instructor. Very informative and easy to understand. Great instructor. Very informative and easy to understand.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTosef S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 27, 2016
Excellent work Excellent work
Lead Renovator Certification
review userIoannis P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 27, 2016
Ms. Zeis When I walked in I thought to myself wow another 8 hours wasted. Well to my surprise she was very knowledgeable... Ms. Zeis When I walked in I thought to myself wow another 8 hours wasted. Well to my surprise she was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience exciting. I would rate her a 10 plus.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDaehee K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 27, 2016
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 27, 2016
Good, solid instructions. A lot of info to digest but learned a great deal. Thanks Good, solid instructions. A lot of info to digest but learned a great deal. Thanks
Lead Renovator Certification
review userEric L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 27, 2016
Loren was a great instructor and we enjoyed the atmosphere of the class. Loren was a great instructor and we enjoyed the atmosphere of the class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael D.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 27, 2016
It was a good experience. Thank you! It was a good experience. Thank you!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael J. P.
3 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 27, 2016
The class was very informative and a lot of detailed information. I think June could have cut out some information to keep... The class was very informative and a lot of detailed information. I think June could have cut out some information to keep the class shorter. If the goal is to raise awareness of this LEAD issue and the importance of saving our children, consider it done.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAli T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 27, 2016
Matt was very knowledgable with lead safety practices. The classroom setting and hands on activities definitely helped me... Matt was very knowledgable with lead safety practices. The classroom setting and hands on activities definitely helped me learn more about what a certified renevator can and cannot do. The rules and regulations that Matt explained was very detailed and straightforward. The class was interesting and I definitely enjoyed spending time with others to learn about lead safety practices!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAmy M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
Dominic did an awesome job- very thorough. Dominic did an awesome job- very thorough.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCesar M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
Great experience and the instructor Sean Armstrong is very good teacher !!! Great experience and the instructor Sean Armstrong is very good teacher !!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userFrank R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
Lead Renovator Certification
review userLeah K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
Awesome course, I like the hands on parts, a bit long, the information could have been covered in less time Awesome course, I like the hands on parts, a bit long, the information could have been covered in less time
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRADOSLAV RATKO N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
Hi. I am very satisfied with instructor and the way he is teaching. I met instructor's in the past, they talk a lot but... Hi. I am very satisfied with instructor and the way he is teaching. I met instructor's in the past, they talk a lot but they don't say much. J. Mangus definitely know how to explain certain means so everyone can understand. At the end of the day everyone left class room with knowledge and smile. Also thanks for sending a copy of my EPA CERTIFICATE same day through the email so next day i was able to start the project. Best wishes to all of you.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userNick C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
Our instructor was very knowledgeable and informative on all information given in classroom Our instructor was very knowledgeable and informative on all information given in classroom
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
Instructor John was outstanding. He made the material relevant and understandable. He stressed safety and made sure that... Instructor John was outstanding. He made the material relevant and understandable. He stressed safety and made sure that we followed the procedures. I would definitely take another class with him.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAustin R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
Very informative and easy to follow along with. Very informative and easy to follow along with.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKeith L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
Very informative. I am very happy with the class and look forward to improving my work practice regarding remodeling owith... Very informative. I am very happy with the class and look forward to improving my work practice regarding remodeling owith lead on the work site. Thanks again Barry.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAdam C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
Great class very informative will recommend to future applicants Great class very informative will recommend to future applicants
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2016
The class was very easy to understand, the instructor did a great job with the lessons. The class was very easy to understand, the instructor did a great job with the lessons.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userManny M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 25, 2016
Doug was very knowledgable and passionate about the topics he covered. I really appreciate the training he provided for me... Doug was very knowledgable and passionate about the topics he covered. I really appreciate the training he provided for me so that I will be able to practice lead safe work this summer
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 25, 2016
I thought the experience was very informative I thought the experience was very informative
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid W.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 25, 2016
Great job Great job
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJillian T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2016
Barry was a great instructor. He was obviously very passionate about his line of work and made the class more human than,... Barry was a great instructor. He was obviously very passionate about his line of work and made the class more human than, say, a dry drivers-ed class. He was very knowledgeable about the subject and was also a great, nice guy. He was real and thorough!
Lead Renovator Certification
review useral t.
3 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 24, 2016
Information was good. Would have liked a little more ongoing Q&A time during the day, instead of just watching videos, but... Information was good. Would have liked a little more ongoing Q&A time during the day, instead of just watching videos, but Jim did offer phone number to call anytime.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames C.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2016
The Instructor was very informative and knowledgeable. I would recommend this class! The Instructor was very informative and knowledgeable. I would recommend this class!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSawyer D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2016
Great class Great class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJonathan W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2016
The course was very informative and hands-on. The hands-on activities will surely help me remember the proper steps to take... The course was very informative and hands-on. The hands-on activities will surely help me remember the proper steps to take when on the job site!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJosh G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2016
Course was engaging and the hands on activities were very helpful. Instructor was knowledgeable and helpful. Course was engaging and the hands on activities were very helpful. Instructor was knowledgeable and helpful.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlex D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 22, 2016
Great job. No steps missed. Handled the big room well. Great job. No steps missed. Handled the big room well.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCraig M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Cindy did an excellent job, kept everyone interested while hammering each point home. In the end, training was done in an... Cindy did an excellent job, kept everyone interested while hammering each point home. In the end, training was done in an efficient manner. Great instructor
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlexander W.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Very informative, she was enthusiastic about the topic as well. Hands on activities were sufficient to cement the lecture... Very informative, she was enthusiastic about the topic as well. Hands on activities were sufficient to cement the lecture material in my mind.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userElizabeth S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
She was awesome and did a really good job presenting the material as well as offering any help needed. She was awesome and did a really good job presenting the material as well as offering any help needed.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSamuel R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
She was very thorough and made the class very enjoyable to partake in She was very thorough and made the class very enjoyable to partake in
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDan B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Kate was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and kept the course interesting. Excellent instructor. Kate was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and kept the course interesting. Excellent instructor.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJoseph S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Instructor was thorough and kept it interesting for the whole class Instructor was thorough and kept it interesting for the whole class
Lead Renovator Certification
review userTravis S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
The instructor was very interactive with the class. She made it easy to follow along and even with a class clown there, she... The instructor was very interactive with the class. She made it easy to follow along and even with a class clown there, she kept her cool and made sure you understood each section. Her interaction with the class made it a fun experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userWeizhou Q.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Good lesson with hands on experience. Good lesson with hands on experience.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSiegfried G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Very good Very good
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJonathan P.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Staff was pleasant to work with and got us checked in promptly. The location might have been a little sketchy from the outside... Staff was pleasant to work with and got us checked in promptly. The location might have been a little sketchy from the outside but was fine once inside.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userApril B.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
The course was really well done. I think it can be done on line though in my opinion. The course was really well done. I think it can be done on line though in my opinion.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJared R.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Micah did all he could to make lead safety interesting and gave us reasonable breaks. Most of the information was just... Micah did all he could to make lead safety interesting and gave us reasonable breaks. Most of the information was just not applicable to me personally, and I feel there should be a program designed just for exterior workers/college works interns. That way we can focus on the applicable info and not waste so much time with the other stuff
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDeanna M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Micah was a great choice for teaching this class- he made possibly the most boring topic that exists somewhat interesting... Micah was a great choice for teaching this class- he made possibly the most boring topic that exists somewhat interesting and fun.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userKatherine D.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Twas a good session. I enjoyed the applicable stories. Indoor Projects don't apply to my line of work, was hard to pay... Twas a good session. I enjoyed the applicable stories. Indoor Projects don't apply to my line of work, was hard to pay attention. Couldn't hear the ladies that came in and read off the sheet... Micah was good though, keep giving him more shifts.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAlanna D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Lead Renovator Certification
review userCollin C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Fantastic Instructor! Stressed the important things well. Fantastic Instructor! Stressed the important things well.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userPatricio B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
He is a great person and professional as well. The course was easy task be in thanks to Micah, his experience and professionalism... He is a great person and professional as well. The course was easy task be in thanks to Micah, his experience and professionalism were the key for me to understand every single step in becoming a Lead Renovator. I highly recommend to take this course, and if is with Micah Godfrey, you'll enjoy it!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAndrew N.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 21, 2016
Class was good, if a little repetitive. Instructor was well informed and did a great job providing context and real world... Class was good, if a little repetitive. Instructor was well informed and did a great job providing context and real world examples. Could have kept the class a little more on track in the morning but overall, very good.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMichael B.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2016
My instructor was very nice and well educated. My instructor was very nice and well educated.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJames U.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2016
Micah did a good job of making it interesting and also was weary of how long and dry the class can get. Offered many chances... Micah did a good job of making it interesting and also was weary of how long and dry the class can get. Offered many chances to get involved and class went very smooth!
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