Lead-Safe Recertification Course: The Choice is Yours

For those remodelers and other contractors who received their EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator certification on or before March 31, 2010, the unprecedented extension the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted last year is quickly coming to an end.

March 31 marks the last date these remodelers can complete a refresher training course to maintain their certifications under EPA’s Lead; Renovation, Repair and Painting program in those states where it is administered by EPA.

As NAHBNow has previously reported, EPA has modified the rule to give remodelers the choice of completing the training in an online-only format – but if they choose the online route, the recertification is good for three years, rather than five.

After that, they must take a 4-hour refresher training that includes hands-on learning every other time they need to recertify.

The following graphic further explains this process. Additional details are below.

After March 31, the clock continues to tick for the second phase of renovators, as well as for those renovators not affected by the extension. Those who became certified between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011 must be re-certified within six years from the exact date they completed the original training course.

For remodelers certified after March 31, 2011, and not granted an extension by EPA last year, their deadline is within five years of the completion of the initial training course.

If any EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator does not complete a refresher training course before their certification expires, he or she must instead retake the initial eight-hour training course to continue to be certified.

Learn more about the rule at nahb.org/leadpaint, or contact Tamra Spielvogel at 800-368-5242 x8327.

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