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EPA Lead Certification

EPA Lead Renovator 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.

GreenEDU 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.

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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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Lead Renovator States

Recent Student Reviews (?)

William (Santa Cruz, CA) -

Great instructor very knowledgeable on all aspects of the course and the building trades. Lots of extra information on where to source tools for the job and materials.
I hope to take our company to another level of safety for the clients and our employees with implementing these steps.

Certified on: Apr 18, 2015
Trainer: Contractors State License Services

Tyler (Seattle, WA) -

Great training session full of great information.

Certified on: Apr 18, 2015
Trainer: Weecycle Environmental Consulting

Brenton (Seattle, WA) -

Very thorough, and informative.

Certified on: Apr 18, 2015
Trainer: Weecycle Environmental Consulting

Thomas (North Babylon, NY) -

June is great. Very easy going and personable. I was very comfortable with June as the trainer.

Certified on: Apr 17, 2015
Trainer: June Allman

Ryan (Houston, TX) -

Steve was a great instructor. He really knew his stuff and was very enthusiastic about the information he was presenting. The course has many problems in my eyes however. One day is not nearly enough time to review all the information being tossed out at you in this class. Two hours of scare tactics about Lead, and then only a few hours actually reviewing the procedures, regulations and best practices is a joke in my opinion. I'm very frustrated, mainly with the EPA, that this class provides a sense a fauxconfidence for contractors, allowing them to perform this work, but doing a very poor job of setting clear standards and practical "howto".
Yes, I am confident in my abilities to perform this work safely and effectively, however, the fines that are put in place by the EPA are woefully excessive when so little attention and stress is seemingly placed on actual training. I think this whole system needs to be reviewed.

Certified on: Apr 17, 2015
Trainer: Aerosol Monitoring and Analysis, Inc

Nathan (Weatherly, PA) -

June did a great job overall.

Certified on: Apr 17, 2015
Trainer: June Allman

Phil (Germansville, PA) -

The morning was drawn out and the afternoon felt rushed.

Certified on: Apr 17, 2015
Trainer: June Allman