EPA Extends Lead Paint Recertification for Remodelers

Filed in Codes and Standards, Remodeling by on April 9, 2015 3 Comments

Can good news actually appear in the Federal Register? Why yes, it can…

Acknowledging the benefits of ensuring as many people as possible can take advantage of online-only recertification opportunities, 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 Remodelers leaders called for this extension during their November meeting with the Office of Management and Budget while the rule was under review. When EPA asked for comments on the extension, NAHB supported it, but urged EPA to expedite the process to provide the industry much-needed certainty.

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.

NAHB has repeatedly highlighted to EPA and the White House that these ongoing delays in the federal regulatory process would mean that more than 200,000 certified renovators would be denied the opportunity to take advantage of the savings resulting from the proposal.

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, because EPA will not be issuing any formal certificates.

It is important to note that the final rule only extends certifications for individual renovators whose certifications expire before changes to the refresher training can be finalized. These changes do not apply to firm certifications which expire after five years.

Furthermore, these changes do not apply to certified renovators operating in the 14 states (see map) that have taken delegation of the Lead RRP program. Recertification deadlines vary among delegated states and states would have to take legislative or regulatory action to alter recertification deadlines.

The final rule was signed by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on April 8 and will be effective upon publication of the rule in the Federal Register (expected to occur within 10 work days after the rule was signed).

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

This post was updated April 10 to include information about the EPA email.

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  1. David Cohen says:

    Will any kind of “extension” certificate be issued?

    • NAHB Now says:

      That is a good question. Tamra contacted EPA this morning, and officials told her that remodelers and other contractors should print out a copy of the email the agency sent to all certified renovators last night explaining the extension and keep it with their certification paperwork, should anyone need to see it for verification.

      They can’t do it themselves, the agency said, because the original certificates were generated by the training provider, not the agency. Thanks for asking, and we will amend the original blog post with this information.

  2. Bob Hanbury says:

    This is a great result from an effective effort to get these changes in a timely manner. Win. Win Win for all who work to comply with a complex Rule.

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