A Refresher on the Safe Way to Renovate, Repair & Paint
The objective of the four hour EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Certified Renovator Refresher course is to review the relevant and important information given in the RRP Certified Renovator Initial training course, and to provide any current or up-to-date information regarding any regulatory changes, changes in state-of-the-art work practices, and/or any other changes to the RRP Certified Renovator discipline.
Online Refresher Course
In-class Refresher Courses
|No hands-on training
Can do every other certification period
Certification lasts 3 years
Can do at any time
Certification lasts 5 years
*Students MUST complete all course modules and pass the final exam before the expiration date of their previous certificate.
*Certification earned from completing this E-Learning course is approved for work performed in the following states: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, ND, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, WY. In order for your certification to be recognized in Washington state you must submit a reciprocity form to the Washington Department of Commerce after completing the course.
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- Concerns about Lead-based Paint and its Health Effects
- EPA and HUD Regulations
- Priorities Before Beginning Work
- Containing Lead Dust During Work
- Lead Safe Work Practices to be Used During Work
- Cleaning Activities and Checking Your Work
- Training Non-certified Renovation Workers
OSHA – Lead in General Industry 29 CFR 1910.1025, Lead in Construction 29 CFR 1926.62, Respirator Requirements 29 CFR 1910.134
EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) – Requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA-authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices. To learn more about the RRP Rule visit the EPA’s website.
The material will be presented through various media types including: lectures, slide presentations, videos, and printed material.
EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Final Rule (40 CFR 745) requires that renovations conducted for compensation, must be performed by Certified Firms using Certified Renovators. Renovation firms that wish to work in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities must apply to EPA and pay a fee in order to become certified. Renovators seeking to become Certified Renovators must successfully complete an EPA-accredited renovator course or a course accredited by an EPA authorized State or Tribe. This course is the EPA model course (such as this one) for Certified Renovators and as such meets all requirements in 40 CFR 745.90.
A comprehensive review of EPA and HUD regulations covering renovation, repair and painting work in target housing.
03 Testing for Lead-based Paint
An overview of EPA-approved lead testing kits and paint chip sampling process.
04 Review of Setup Practices
Upon completion of this module you will be able to: Establish containment systems that will keep dust inside of the work area to allow you to clean more efficiently at the end of the day and at completion of the job; Identify containment requirements for interior renovations; and, Identify containment requirements for exterior renovations.
05 Review of Prohibited Practices, Personal Protective Equipment and Dust Control
Upon completion of this module, you will know: What work practices are prohibited under the RRP Rule because they create dangerous amounts of dust and paint chips; What practices to use to control dust, debris or paint chips; and, What personal protection you need to work safely.
06 Cleaning Activities and Checking Your Work
Interior and exterior cleaning techniques, how to check your work, cleaning verification procedure, clearance testing, and safe disposal practices.
In this section, you will learn about records required for each job. Records must be retained and made available to EPA, upon request, for 3 years following completion of renovation.
08 Training Non-certified Renovators
In this section, you will learn how to perform on-the-job training of non-certified renovation workers.
Frequently Asked Questions
If a company has several legal entities, does each entity have to become a certified firm?
Yes, if the corporate structure is such that the parent company is not liable for actions of the separate legal entities.
If a certified inspector or risk assessor determines that a component was installed post-1978 and is therefore free of lead-based paint, can the renovation firm rely on this determination?
Yes, as long as the renovation firm has obtained a copy of the determination. The firm must retain a copy of the determination for three years after completion of the renovation.
If a general contractor hires a subcontractor to work at a renovation site, does the subcontractor need to be a certified firm if the subcontractor does not disturb any paint?
Firms performing tasks that disturb no painted surfaces whatsoever do not need to be certified. However, since conditions at the job site may be difficult to predict, EPA strongly recommends that all firms involved in the renovation be certified and use properly trained and certified personnel. For example, a firm hired to install an HVAC system after demolition of painted surfaces has taken place may find that to complete the job painted surfaces need to be disturbed. The HVAC firm may not engage in activities that disturb painted surfaces if it is not certified.
As every renovation job is different, it is up to the firm acting as the general contractor to determine what activities are within the scope of the renovation and to ensure that other firms are properly trained and certified for the tasks they will be performing. All firms, including the firm acting as the general contractor, are responsible for making sure the renovation is performed in accordance with the work practice standards, including keeping containment intact and making sure lead dust and debris do not leave the work site. General contractors should keep in mind that if a firm hires a subcontractor that fails to follow the work practice standards or otherwise violates the Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule, the firm that hired the subcontractor is also responsible for the violation.
If a project disturbs six square feet or less of interior surface or twenty square feet or less of exterior surface, is it necessary for a firm to comply with the pre-renovation education requirements, such as distributing the pamphlet?
No. A project that disturbs six square feet or less of interior painted surface or twenty square feet or less of exterior painted surface is not considered a “renovation” under the Rule. It is considered a minor maintenance and repair activity. As long as this type of disturbance does not involve any prohibited work practice, window replacement or demolition of painted surfaces, a firm need not comply with the pre-renovation education requirements.
If I received renovator certification in an authorized state, what do I need to do to work in EPA-administered jurisdictions?
There are no additional requirements. To become a certified renovator or certified dust sampling technician, an individual must successfully complete the appropriate course accredited by EPA or by an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program. The course completion certificate serves as proof of certification.
EPA renovator certification allows the certified individual to perform renovations covered by this section in any State or Indian Tribal area that does not have a renovation program that is authorized under subpart Q of this part.
If there are differences among EPA's, HUD's, and my State's lead-safe work and housing requirements, which ones do I have to comply with?
You must comply with all applicable requirements. The initial 8-hour renovator training course will teach you how to perform lead-safe work practices safely and effectively in compliance with the EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule and the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule. The RRP Rule is not intended to supersede or preempt any more stringent State or local laws.
If my firm already has abatement certification, is separate RRP certification necessary?
RRP firm certification is not required to perform lead abatements. However, if your firm performs, offers, or claims to perform renovations as well as abatements, after April 22, 2010 it must be a certified renovation firm.
Is my EPA renovator certification accepted in all states and tribal areas?
Not necessarily. Whether to accept certification from another jurisdiction is up to the individual state or tribal area. EPA cannot compel states or tribes to adopt programs identical to the Federal program or to establish reciprocity provisions. However, EPA continues to encourage states and tribes that may be considering establishing their own renovation programs to keep reciprocity in mind as they move forward.
Is work done by friends, a brother-in-law, or volunteers covered by the RRP Rule if no one is compensated?
No. The RRP Rule only applies to renovations performed for compensation. Compensation includes pay for work performed, such as that paid to contractors and subcontractors; wages, such as those paid to employees of contractors, building owners, property management companies, child-occupied facility operators, State and local government agencies, and non-profits; and rent for target housing or public or commercial building space.
Even if you are not required to comply with the RRP Rule, it is important to be aware that renovation activities can create hazardous lead dust and chips. The key to protecting yourself and your family during renovation is to use lead-safe work practices. Information on these practices is available in the EPA Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right, available in English and Spanish by visiting
Must a certified lead abatement professional also become trained and certified to do renovation or repair work?
Yes. Because some skills are different (such as cleaning verification), renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) training and certification is required even if someone already has abatement certification. Please note that if you previously completed an eligible renovation training course before October 4, 2011, you may take the 4-hour refresher course instead of the 8-hour initial course from an accredited training provider to become a certified renovator. For a list of eligible courses, visit http://epa.gov/lead/trainerinstructions.html#refresher.
Must maintenance workers at kindergartens and elementary schools become certified renovators if they perform renovations covered by the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule in the portions of the school that are child-occupied facilities? Are the schools exempt?
On or after April 22, 2010, all renovations covered by the RRP Rule must be directed by certified renovators and must be performed by certified renovators or individuals trained by a certified renovator. The RRP rule requires any firm, including a local government agency, that performs, offers, or claims to perform renovations to be certified by EPA.
My firm acts as a general contractor - we subcontract the entire renovation job to other companies rather than using our own employees. Under the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, does my firm need to have a certified renovator at the job site?
Not necessarily. All firms performing renovations, including general contractors, must ensure that all individuals performing renovation activities on behalf of the firm are either certified renovators or have been trained by a certified renovator.
A firm acting as a general contractor may satisfy this requirement by hiring another certified firm that also takes responsibility for ensuring that all individuals performing the renovation activities are either certified renovators or have been trained by a certified renovator.
With respect to assigning a certified renovator who is responsible for any OJT and regularly directing other workers, a firm acting as a general contractor my satisfy this requirement by hiring another certified firm that in turn assigns a certified renovator to the job. However, this does not discharge the general contractor’s liability to ensure compliance with the RRP Rule.
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