EPA Extends Lead Paint Recertification for Remodelers
Staff Report 04/14/2015
Good news Remodelers! Have you been struggling to get your Lead Certification updated? Well, there is soon to be an easier way! EPA has issued a final rule extending the certifications of thousands of remodelers under the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) program that would otherwise have expired before planned improvements to the rule could be made.
NAHB did not want to put remodelers in the position of taking time-consuming, in person recertification classes if a quicker online version would soon be available. Remodelers, contractors, and multifamily property managers who became certified renovators prior to EPA’s RRP rule taking effect had a recertification deadline of July 1.
EPA has indicated it is likely the rule allowing online recertification classes will not be finalized until near the end of 2015.
Under the RRP rule, only certified renovators can legally work in homes built before 1978 due to the potential risk of disturbing lead-based paint. Certified renovators must renew their EPA certification every five years by completing an EPA-approved certified renovator refresher training course that includes a minimum of two hours of hands-on training.
Under the final rule:
- Individual renovators who received certification on or before March 31, 2010, now have until March 31, 2016 to get recertified.
- Individual renovators who received certification between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, will have one year added to their five-year certification.
- Subsequent certifications for renovators receiving the extension will be five years.
Certified renovators should have received an email from EPA spelling out these new rules and confirming whether their certifications are being extended. NAHB reminds certified renovators to make sure this email did not get stuck in a spam filter, you may need it as verification that your certification has been extended.
For more information on the EPA Lead Paint rule or to contact them for questions, click here.