OMB Clears Online Lead Paint Recertification Training

In a victory for common-sense regulation, remodelers facing a March 31 deadline for refresher training under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule can now complete that training online.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the final rule  permitting the online option Jan. 21.

This action comes less than two weeks after 2015 NAHB Remodelers Chair Robert Criner met with White House officials to again advocate for a simplified recertification process for NAHB members and others who do work in homes that may contain lead paint.

The rule will apply in all states where EPA administers the LRRP rule, but not in the 14 states that administer their own programs.

With the March 31 recertification deadline looming for many remodelers, and thousands more later in 2016 and 2017, Criner had asked OMB officials to expedite their review.

The final rule also eliminates the requirement that firms, training providers and contractors be certified or accredited in each EPA-administered jurisdiction where they work.

EPA now must finalize and publish the final rule. Once that takes place, NAHB will share the new requirements and any additional details with members.

To learn more, contact Tamra Spielvogel.

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  1. Scott Houston says:

    Notify me of any changes to NC requirements for lead paint removal certifications!

  2. Glen rogers says:

    Does recertification online apply to contract remodelers in Oklahoma?

    • NAHB Now says:

      It may or may not, depending on what your state regulatory agency decides.

      Contractors and training providers working in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin are working under EPA-authorized state programs and thus are subject to state regs.

  3. ROB FOLEY says:

    ANY TIMELINE AS TO WHEN THE EPA WILL FINALIZE THE RULE? AND WHO WILL BE ADMINISTERING THE ONLINE COURSE? EPA OR PRIVATE SECTOR,

  4. Bill Robinson says:

    This is a little confusing and can easily be mis interpreted, can you clarify?

    “The final rule also eliminates the requirement that firms, training providers and contractors be certified or accredited in each EPA-administered jurisdiction where they work.”

    • NAHB Now says:

      The rule had said that, for instance, if you want to work in Nebraska and Iowa, you need to be certified in both states. The final rule eliminates that requirement.

  5. Bill Robinson says:

    I was not aware the rule had said that for RRP.
    Is it maybe related to abatement instead?

    I am an RRP trainer and have not been teaching this.

    Please clarify!

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