A Remodeler’s Guide to EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator Recertification

Wondering what action has the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently taken concerning renovator certifications under the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule? Look no further: Administrator Gina McCarthy signed a final rule extending the certifications for certain renovators on April 8, 2015. The final rule amends existing regulations to extend renovator certification for those renovators whose certifications expire before changes to the refresher training course can be finalized. Remodelersneed to complete a refresher course to maintain their individual EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator certification depending on when the completed their initial training course.

Date Initial 8-Hour Training Course Was Completed By
Certified Renovator
Date By Which the 4-Hour Refresher Training Must Be Completed to Maintain Certification
On or Before March 31, 2010 Before March 31, 2016
Between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011 No later than one year from the initial 5 year certification date as shown on the certificate of initial training
After March 31, 2011 Within 5 years of the date the individual completed the initial training course


Renovation firm certifications expire every five years, so firms should be aware of their expiration date and plan ahead on submitting their recertification application at least 90 days before the expiration to be safe. The recertification will be extended five years from the current expiration date, regardless of how early the firm applies. They can apply and pay for the recertification online.

If your firm is one of the fourteen states who receive EPA authorization to manage their own lead renovation, repair and painting programs, then that firm must apply to and follow those state’s specific guidelines for recertification.

  • Alabama
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

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