The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared a modification to the refresher training program for renovators currently obligated under the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. EPA enables renovators to take an Online EPA refresher course without the usual mandatory hands-on training, once, every other recertification instead of every time.
Under the modified rule, after a renovator takes the online EPA refresher training course, their subsequent refresher training should include hands-on training program. The certification from the online refresher training course is valid for 3 years. Once a renovator takes the training course, their next refresher course must be completed with the inclusion of hands-on training and must be taken within 3 years of their previous certification. The hands-on training certification lasts 5 years.
“Professional training for certification under the EPA’s RRP Rule will help keep families safe from lead exposure through any home improvement work being done in their home. In 2015, around 500,000 remodelers and contractors who acquired certification at the time that the RRP training course started in 2010, must be re-certified by the EPA to continuously work safely in houses that may possess hazardous lead paint.,” stated on Lead Safe Certified.
Certified renovators who were grandfathered under EPA lead-based paint courses—or any others offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) before the 2010 adoption of the RRP Rule—are recommended to enroll in a refresher training course with a hands-on component.