EPA Lead Renovator Refresher Certification


The EPA Lead Certification Renewal Course is designed for compliance with the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. Anybody who performs work in housing, schools or daycares older than 1978 must have current lead renovator certification. Individuals and companies that do not recertify and let their EPA Lead Renovator Certification expire could face fines of up to $37,500 per day, per infraction.

EPA-approved initial Renovator Certification for lead safe work practices is valid for five years. Individuals who fail to attend an EPA lead certification renewal course prior to expiration are required to retake the initial course to recertify. If you conduct work activity in one of the 14 EPA-authorized state programs, your lead renovator certification may expire sooner. State programs currently include: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Objectives for the course are clearly defined. Each lesson ensures that students understand EPA rules and regulations for renovating properties with lead-based paint. Students who complete the course will strengthen their knowledge on lead-based paint to help protect workers and residents from possible lead poisoning and contamination.

Renovators have two options available to recertify:

In-Person EPA Lead Certification Renewal: The 4-hour in-person lead refresher course will update you on standard procedures, safety regulations and hands-on practical training for construction professionals, so you can pass your exam with confidence.

On-Line EPA Lead Certification Renewal: The EPA has approved a 4-hour fully on-line lead refresher course without hands-on training. This option provides you the opportunity to attend training online, anytime, and from the convenience of your own home.

NOTICE: The online EPA Lead Renovator Certification Refresher course without hands-on training is valid for 3 years. Lead Renovators are only allowed to attend the online lead refresher course every other recertification period. Most state programs do not allow online refresher courses for EPA lead certification renewal. In-person EPA Lead Refresher classes are valid for 5 years.

Each student enrolled in the course will receive a high-quality educational experience that is meaningful and relevant to the field in which they will be working in. Our instructors are highly educated and experienced in fields related to construction and safety. Lesson plans are structured around real-life situations to provide students with the tools needed to succeed.

EPA Lead Certification Renewal Courses are available in several different cities all over the United States. Don’t waste another minute. Set yourself up for success and renew your certifications today.

Courses have limited space. Register now to guarantee your enrollment!

Have you never been certified yet? You need a Lead Renovator Initial Certification! Search courses here.

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NOTICE: You must have a current non-expired Lead Renovator Individual Training Certificate (your name and photo are on this certificate) to recertify with a 4-hour refresher course. If your certificate is expired, the EPA requires you to take the 8-hour initial course to become certified again.

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Do you want to get recertified online? Register here!

  • 4 hours of EPA Approved online training
  • All necessary supplies and material
  • A comprehensive full student manual

Students can register for an online course at any time.

Students MUST submit a copy of their current individual certification.

According to the EPA, the final rule signed on February 10, 2016, modified the requirement that the renovator refresher training course have a hands-on component under the RRP program.

“Under the final rule, Renovators can take a refresher course without the hands-on training every other time they get certified. A course without hands-on training can be taken completely online. Renovators who take the online training will be certified for three years; renovators who take the hands-on training will be certified for five years.” -U.S. EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

Online Refresher CourseIn-Class Refresher Courses
  • No Hands-On Training
  • Can Do Every Other Certification Period
  • Certification Lasts 3 Years
  • Hands-On Training
  • Can Do At Any Time
  • Certification Lasts 5 Years


EPA Lead Certification Renewal Course Objectives

  1. To protect workers and residents, especially children, from possible lead contamination.
  2. To obtain a clear understanding of the importance in minimizing and controlling the generation of lead particles and lead dust when performing renovation, remodeling, painting, rehabilitation and maintenance functions.
  3. To obtain a clear understanding of tools, systems and techniques required to control dust accumulation.
  4. To understand in full the EPA rules and regulations regarding the disruption of lead-based paint during renovation, remodeling, and rehabilitation.

Read a full overview of the RRP Rule here.


EPA Lead Certification Renewal – Renovator Certification Refresher Course Overview

Module 1: Regulations
Key message:
Know our audience. All contractors need to know all the regulations.

Module 2: Testing for Lead-based Paint
Key message: Test kits recognized by EPA can be used by Certified Renovators to check for lead-based paint.

Module 3: Review of Setup Practices
Key message:Keep the dust in the work area and make it easier to clean up.

Module 4: Review of Prohibited Practices, Personal Protective Equipment and Dust Control
Key Message: Traditional renovation practices produce dust, while lead safe practices will reduce dust making the renovation, repair, or painting work safer.

Module 5: Cleaning Activities and Checking Your Work
Key message: Do cleanup right. Use wet mops and HEPA vacuums. Traditional methods don’t do the job.

Module 6: Recordkeeping
Key message: Records must be complete, accurate and organized.

Module 7: Training Non-Certified Renovators
Key message:
Certified Renovators are responsible for teaching lead-safe work practices.

Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting Refresher Manual

Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting Refresher Presentation

Frequently Asked Questions


Who must be Lead-Safe Certified?

All firms that conduct lead renovation, repair and painting activities must be lead certified by the EPA under the lead RRP Rule. This includes any firm that receives compensation to conduct work that disturbs lead paint in pre-1978 residential properties and child-occupied facilities (e.g. daycares, elementary schools, pre-schools). This may include residential property owners and managers, maintenance staff, contractors, renovators, remodelers, carpenters painters, plumbers, electricians, roofers, siders and window installers.

  • Plumbers
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Electricians
  • Carepenters
  • Property Owners and Managers
  • Renovators
  • Painters
  • Contractors
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Professionals
  • Remodelers
  • Window Installers
  • Roofers and Siders

Where is lead paint found and why does it matter?

It is estimated that lead paint was used in more than 38 million residential properties built prior 1978. Lead paint can form toxic dust when it is disturbed during normal home repair activity. The EPA Lead RRP Rule is an effort to protect the public from lead poisoning, especially children under the age of six, associated with renovation, repair and painting activities. These types of activities can create hazardous lead dust when surfaces with lead paint and coated surfaces are disturbed. The RRP Rule requires workers to receive lead certification training to become lead certified renovators.

What are the EPA certification requirements?

Contractors are required to assign at least one lead certified renovator to each lead renovation project. Lead renovators are certified upon completion of an EPA accredited renovator lead training course. The initial EPA lead certification training is 8 hours in length, and the lead certification is good for 5 years from the date of lead certification course completion. State authorized lead certification programs may vary. To maintain their lead certification a certified renovator must complete a refresher lead certification training course prior to the expiration of their current lead certification. Note: The 4 hour refresher lead certification training course or the 8 hour initial lead certification training course can be used to recertify. If their lead certification expires, then the 8 hour lead certification training course must be taken again to regain their lead certification.

How can a firm comply with the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program?

A firm that would like to become lead certified to perform lead renovation, repair and painting activity must submit an application to the EPA. In addition, the firm must attest that it will assign at least one lead certified renovator to each project who has been lead trained by attending an EPA-approved lead certification class, use only individuals who are either lead certified or have received appropriate lead training to perform lead renovation, and follow all lead RRP Rule requirements.

Course Prerequisite

As required by the EPA, an individual must have proof of their lead renovator initial certification in order to receive their refresher certification. The individual certificate will have your name and picture on it; we are not able to accept the Firm’s certificate as a replacement. Registrants must provide a copy of their initial certificate to their training provider prior to attending the course.

In accordance with the EPA, if an individual certificate is not received, course attendance will NOT be reported to the EPA and a new certificate will NOT be issued. In cases where an attendee is unable to submit their most recent individual certificate, or if the certificate has already expired, the attendee will be required to attend an EPA Lead Renovator Certification Initial Course.

In 2015, the EPA announced an expiration deadline extension. Use the chart below to see if you are still eligible to certify by taking a Lead Renovator Refresher Course or if your individual certification has lapsed and you must now certify by taking a Lead Renovator Initial Course.

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Customer Reviews

 by William S on ZOTA Professional Training

Hands on training with props were useful. Great.

 by Gabe G on ZOTA Professional Training

I understand responsibilities of the EPA renovator and responsibilities as an owner. The instructor did very well, energizing and easy to understand.

 by Dylan F on ZOTA Professional Training

The instructor was an excellent teacher and very easy to get along with.

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 by Vincent F on ZOTA Professional Training

Very informative, easy to understand and ask questions.

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