Certification is required for work that may disturb paint or coated surfaces in older properties. The Environmental Protection Agency has established many different certification courses depending on the type of work activity that you will be doing. The EPA along with local and state regulatory agencies manage and enforce lead certification requirements. Listed below are several accredited courses that you can attend to receive your certification. If you plan to do work that could disturb lead paint, then you are required be lead certified. Failure to comply with these strict laws could result in fines of up to $37,500 per day.
Lead certification classes vary in length due to the complexity of the training program. Some classes can be completed in as little as 1 day and others may require multiple days of attendance. Only accredited training providers can teach these classes and issue lead certification to students. ZOTA Professional Training offers a large selection of local lead certification courses to meet your needs. Click here to find a current listing available in your area. Course fill fast so register early to make sure you get the date and location you need.
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What is a Lead Based Paint Certification?
There are different Lead Based Paint Certification courses that cover different types of work activity (Lead Renovator, Lead Abatement Worker, Lead Abatement Supervisor, Lead Inspector, Lead risk Assessor, and Lead Dust Sampling Technician). Each course is designed to provide you with the necessary training to perform your job as safe and effective as possible. Each course is set up so it provides some classroom training that relates to the type of work you will be doing. You will also have a chance to show that you understand the requirements by performing some hands on activity. In most cases, you will need to prove that you are proficient by demonstrating to the instructor that you are able successfully pass each hands on skill set. Each course will typically have a short EPA test at the end that you must pass. Certification expires and you must attend a refresher course prior to the expiration date on your certificate to continue working.
Am I required to have Lead Certification?
Contractors and others who plan work that may disturb lead paint or coated surfaces in older buildings must have lead certification before beginning work. There are different types of courses you can attend depending on the work you are performing. Whether you are inspecting or testing for lead based paint, removing lead paint to abate a hazard, or simply remodeling a property older than 1978, you need to have lead certification.
NOTE TO REMODELERS: Even though you were hired to repair or remodel a property, your work could disturb lead paint. The EPA RRP Rule requires lead certification for contractors working in pre-1978 properties. This includes general contractors, property managers, landlords, electricians, plumbers, roofing and siding contractors, and more. If this applies to you, then you are required to attend the Lead Renovator Class and become lead certified before you start work. You must also apply to the EPA or authorized state to become a Lead Safe Certified Firm.
How do I get Lead Certified?
- Register for the certification course that is required for your work.
- Attend and successfully complete the training course.
- Receive your Lead Certification.
How much does it cost to become lead certified?
Lead certification cost can vary by course type and location. If you are already certified, refresher courses can be as little as $99.00 to renew your lead license. Initial courses tend to cost more because they cover more information usually over a longer period of time. Initial courses are typically held in the classroom and require hands-on training.
What is the EPA test?
Each certification course requires you to pass a short EPA test at the end. Test can range from 25 questions all the way up to 100 questions. Tests can vary, but they usually require 70 percent correct to pass. In the event of a failure, you may be allowed to do an immediate retake the same day. You will get certified once you attend all portions of the class, successfully perform all hands on skills, and pass the test.
Can I have more than one Certification?
Yes. Local, state and federal regulations may require multiple certifications for the work you do. You must know and understand the laws that apply to your work. Be sure to obtain the required lead certifications that apply to your work.
Does my company need to be certified?
Yes. Companies that perform lead based paint work activity are required to be lead certified. This is done by submitting an application for EPA Firm Certification. The EPA will review your application and issue an EPA Lead Safe Certified Firm certificate with your company name on it. In some instances, you may need to submit an application to an authorized state program. The EPA has a complete listing of authorized-state programs on their website. Check the requirements of your state if it is on the list. The EPA has up to 90 days to process your application. You are encourage to apply early to make sure you have your certificate before you start work.
Does my state have specific Lead Certification requirements?
Click on your state to find specific Lead Certification requirements for RRP Law compliance.
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