Lead Certification California – EPA Renovator Training

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has passed Lead Paint Regulations for Lead Certification California - EPA Renovator Trainingcontractors, specialty contractors, property managers, and other individuals doing renovation work. These regulations cover people working in older homes, daycare facilities and schools built before 1978. Lead Renovator Certification Training in California is required to comply with the training and certification section of the regulations to become properly approved. Lead Certification California is intended to identify important information covered by the rules and regulations established for CA. This includes specialized work practices and procedures when working on these older homes or buildings. These procedures are designed to help prevent people, especially children under the age of 6 from being exposed and poisoned by lead paint or coated surfaces. Lead poisoning can have long term health effects. It is your responsibility to make sure you are doing your work lead-safe in CA.

Lead Certification California provides information you need to know about compliance. The information provided to you on this page should be used as an additional resource. The EPA’s RRP Rule requires Contractors and and everyone else doing renovations in these older properties to follow all local, state, and federal laws. Knowing all the laws is the one of the best ways to help stay in compliance. Failure to follow any required rules could have a negative impact on your business including regulatory fines and penalties. You should note that this may not be a complete listing of agencies you are required to comply with as part of the RRP Rule. If you are trying to follow the lead paint rules, then you should contact the governing agencies where you are doing your work to identify all rules that apply to your job.

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Lead Paint Certification Initial

Search locally provided California Lead Certification course that are convenient and close to you. These initial courses are 8 hours in length. You can get your certification in only 1 day! These courses have hands-on skills and provide all materials and supplies necessary to provide real world examples. Our students can easily apply what has been taught in the classroom to any real life project.

Are you already certified? Click here to find Refresher Courses available in your area to keep your certification valid.

California RRP Rule Enforcement

The Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, has been in effect since April 22, 2010. The Environmental Protection Agency and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created this rule under a joint venture. The rule is heavily EPA oriented but there are some additional requirements if the project you are doing is federally funded or owned. Many states across the nation including California follow the federal rule. People following the rule should understand, however, not all of the states follow the federal rule. Some states have chosen to enforce the rule. This means if you work in another state outside CA, you should verify if it is a federal or state run program. If the state has adopted the rules, they may have added additional requirements to comply with.

Enforcement Agency in California

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for enforcing the Lead RRP Rule in California. You can visit the EPA website to read the rule and find out how it applies to you. Visiting the sight on a routine basis will help you stay current on any updates.

Complying with the California Lead Certification Requirements

Individuals and companies do work under the rule are required to get certified to perform work in the state of California. There are easy steps to follow for compliance with California  Lead Paint Certification Requirements.

Steps for Certification in California:


  1. Register and attend a Lead Renovator Training class and successfully successfully pass the required exam. The class is 8 hours long. It typically begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. but timing can fluctuate a bit. Make sure to check availability to find the time that meets your needs. The average cost for RRP Certification is around $250, but just like most other things, location and demand have an effect on this. The hands-on skills provided during these courses ensures that you understand the content so you’ll be able to immediately apply it to your own work projects.
  2. Get  your lead certificate in only 1 day and maintain a copy of it on your job site while you do work in these pre-1978 properties. Hard copy or an electronic version is acceptable. According to the rule, a certificate saved on smartphone or computer is considered on site if you can pull it up. Please note that you are required to renew your certificate prior to the expiration in order to stay certified in the lead paint industry.


  1. All companies (also known as firms), including sole proprietorships, are required to submit a  EPA Firm Application to the Environmental Protection Agency. This is a two page application that basically acknowledges that your company understands  the requirements of the RRP Rule and you will use lead trained personnel to do the work. You will also be listed on the EPA’s web site as a Lead-Safe Certified Firm.
  2. Receive and maintain a copy of your company’s certificate provided by the EPA. It is recommended to keep a copy on hand as proof of certification when working on the job. It can take up to 90 days to get your certificate.

NOTE: please make sure you have both certificates before you begin your work. Both are required by the rule.

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Lead Paint Certification Initial

Helpful Links for California Lead Rule Compliance

Any California contractor working on projects in these affected properties must have their lead paint certificate. Please note that it doesn’t matter if you are licensed or not. Several useful links are provided below. They are intended to provide quick access to some of the more common agencies in CA that may provide specific work requirements in your location. These links will connect you to sites providing lead-based paint information and guidance. Each agency may have slightly different information from the others. Remember, you must follow the most stringent requirements that apply to your project. Types of information you may find could include inspection, lead based paint abatement and renovation, containment construction, cleaning and project clearance. Several CA agencies could have additional lead paint requirements that you must know before starting your project. These may include Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County. It is always a good idea to contact the respective agencies where you will be working to make sure you are in compliance with the rules.

Still Have Questions Concerning Lead Certification California?

Contact ZOTA Professional Training at 763-444-5323 to find out more. We are happy to help with any additional questions you have.