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 - 5304 student reviews)

Lead Renovator Certification
review userJose Orlando R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 7, 2016
was super nice n undertandeble class. the instructor super nice very respectfull n polite.. was super nice n undertandeble class. the instructor super nice very respectfull n polite..
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRichard C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 7, 2016
Instructor was great. Interesting and kept it up beat. Instructor was great. Interesting and kept it up beat.
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review userLouis T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
We all filled out a review sheet at the end of the class. He was great! We all filled out a review sheet at the end of the class. He was great!
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review userMbark O.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
The class is very good The class is very good
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review userDavid H.
3 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
Class was noisy and distracting Class was noisy and distracting
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review userDavid B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
Great class, instructor really knows her stuff. Great class, instructor really knows her stuff.
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review userGavin L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
David did a great job. Very thorough. The windowless/airless room was hard to take for 8 hours. David did a great job. Very thorough. The windowless/airless room was hard to take for 8 hours.
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review userElisabeth E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
The course was good with lots of useful information. The instructor was very knowledgable. Enjoyed the class The course was good with lots of useful information. The instructor was very knowledgable. Enjoyed the class
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review userEd R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
Mike did a good job teaching the course. He was very detailed, keep us involved and interesting. I would recommend him and... Mike did a good job teaching the course. He was very detailed, keep us involved and interesting. I would recommend him and your course to others. Ed
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review userAlan B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
Kate was excellent (a true professional). I was dreading this class but ended up enjoying it throughly. The instructor was... Kate was excellent (a true professional). I was dreading this class but ended up enjoying it throughly. The instructor was extremely well versed in the subject, and went out of her way to answer questions related to my specific field. I would highly recommend both the class and instructor to Anyone who works in a field that involves contact with or the removal of lead paint.
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review userChad D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
Robin did an excellent job of instruction in the class. I also liked the hands on experience with the materials that were... Robin did an excellent job of instruction in the class. I also liked the hands on experience with the materials that were brought in.
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review userEdward P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
The class was wonderful, easy to understand and a great instructor that make sure we were all in the same page. The class was wonderful, easy to understand and a great instructor that make sure we were all in the same page.
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review userrick z.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
The class was very informative. The instructors were awesome. They covered all the material very well and thorough. The class was very informative. The instructors were awesome. They covered all the material very well and thorough.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
It was great! Harold Decara made a boring subject interesting and showed important it is to the health of our future. I rate... It was great! Harold Decara made a boring subject interesting and showed important it is to the health of our future. I rate him an excellent, caring instructor. Thanks!
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review userSandra G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
Harold was very personable and knew the material well . I enjoyed the class very much Harold was very personable and knew the material well . I enjoyed the class very much
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review userJustin J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
Very good instructor. Highly recommend Very good instructor. Highly recommend
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review userJohn H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 6, 2016
Informational Informational
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review userMaciej P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 5, 2016
100% of satisfaction ,great time with great team ,,,with benefits 100% of satisfaction ,great time with great team ,,,with benefits
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review userKirk J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 5, 2016
Great job! Great job!
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review userKristina S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 5, 2016
Course was very interesting and useful. Instructor was very knowledgeable and made the material interesting. Course was very interesting and useful. Instructor was very knowledgeable and made the material interesting.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userMirabelle R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 5, 2016
Excellent Excellent
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review userRudy B.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 5, 2016
Very knowledgeable Very knowledgeable
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review userCurt R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2016
Very imformative! Answered all questions with confidence and gave great hands on training... Very imformative! Answered all questions with confidence and gave great hands on training...
Lead Renovator Certification
review userValerie A.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2016
Disappointed no snacks or food/drinks were served other than ice water for the cost. Otherwise great job Disappointed no snacks or food/drinks were served other than ice water for the cost. Otherwise great job
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review userChris C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2016
Very informative coarse. Very informative coarse.
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review userLindsay F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2016
AWESOME AWESOME
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review userJames C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2016
The Glass was Great!!!! Pete was a fantastic instructor / teacher. not only did he make the class fun but informative. The Glass was Great!!!! Pete was a fantastic instructor / teacher. not only did he make the class fun but informative.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJohn L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2016
Pete and paul were very professional and made a very long day tolerable. I will recommend them to people I know to their... Pete and paul were very professional and made a very long day tolerable. I will recommend them to people I know to their class
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review userKrzysztof K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2016
Very professional !!! Very professional !!!
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review userHector R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2016
Excellent. Excellent.
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review userRaymond M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2016
Instructors have a thorough knowledge of the subject and are excellent in it's presentation. Instructors have a thorough knowledge of the subject and are excellent in it's presentation.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userchad r.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2016
Instructor was very helpful and informative when asked him questions specifically pertaining to my situation Instructor was very helpful and informative when asked him questions specifically pertaining to my situation
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review userDavid K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 3, 2016
The training was great. I came in knowing very little about the subject matter that was being taught and left feeling very... The training was great. I came in knowing very little about the subject matter that was being taught and left feeling very comfortable. Worth the money.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDavid H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2016
I found the instructor to be knowledgeable and friendly. He kept the class interesting with just enough small talk which... I found the instructor to be knowledgeable and friendly. He kept the class interesting with just enough small talk which made it easier to stay focused on the material.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSteven L.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2016
Instructor was knowledgeable and he tried to make the subject as interactive and interesting as possible. Instructor was knowledgeable and he tried to make the subject as interactive and interesting as possible.
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review userSteve C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2016
Very good. Pete was an excellent instructor Very good. Pete was an excellent instructor
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review userDavid S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2016
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review userChristopher T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2016
Great class. Both instructors were very knowledgable. Will recommend to other tradesman. Great class. Both instructors were very knowledgable. Will recommend to other tradesman.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSaulo S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2016
It does take too long to get the certificate, more than a week. It does take too long to get the certificate, more than a week.
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review userPhilip D.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2016
He was very knowledgeable and communicated well. I don't know the requirements he was under but reading most of the book... He was very knowledgeable and communicated well. I don't know the requirements he was under but reading most of the book to us was why I didn't give him five stars. I appreciated his expertise in the areas I want to learn more about.
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review userJason H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2016
Good hands on training. Went over material in depth. Good hands on training. Went over material in depth.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2016
was a wonderful, knowledgeable, and enlightening experience. Instructor was up on what he was teaching and willing to get... was a wonderful, knowledgeable, and enlightening experience. Instructor was up on what he was teaching and willing to get that across. Thanks for the opportunity to join your class.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAaron B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 30, 2016
Excellent!!!!!!!! Excellent!!!!!!!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userRobert B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 30, 2016
The instructor for EI Frank Robinson was very prepared well knowledgable and thorough The instructor for EI Frank Robinson was very prepared well knowledgable and thorough
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review userMarissa F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 30, 2016
Great! Loved the intro- class was very informative! Great! Loved the intro- class was very informative!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDarren P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 30, 2016
Great course, intro was my favorite. Very informative!! Great course, intro was my favorite. Very informative!!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userJason D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 29, 2016
Not being one to enjoy sitting in a room for a long time, our instructor was able to keep the class interesting, informative... Not being one to enjoy sitting in a room for a long time, our instructor was able to keep the class interesting, informative and easy to follow. Thank you!
Lead Renovator Certification
review userAngel T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 29, 2016
Hello, the only i can say is one of the best in my área thanks Hello, the only i can say is one of the best in my área thanks
Lead Renovator Certification
review userDerek B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 29, 2016
Instructor was very nice, well educated in the field of EPA lead removal process, and all other areas of lead removal. The... Instructor was very nice, well educated in the field of EPA lead removal process, and all other areas of lead removal. The hands on training was well taught especially the fine detail that was presented. One huge impressive was the amount of material that was covered in the amount of time given so that all the fine details was covered in depth. She also answered any questions we had throughout the class regarding on the removal process and making sure there is no dust debris left on site. Highly recommend taking the course, defiantly if your in the reconstruction business.
Lead Renovator Certification
review userSanto G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 29, 2016
this class was conducted in a professional manner and was very informative this class was conducted in a professional manner and was very informative
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