RRP Initial

Hybrid Class
Course Price Quantity
RRP Initial (6-hour Zoom class and 2-hour hands-on portion)
1. Zoom Class:
Instructor: Nick
Oct. 29 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Please select ONE of the following hands-on date locations:
Hands-On Class:
Instructor: Kate
Oct. 31 - 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Hands-On Class:
Instructor: Nick
Oct. 31 - 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Location: Homebuilders - 119 Airport Rd, Concord, NH

This Lead Renovator RRP Initial Certification course is 8 hours in length and includes approved lead safety training and the required certification exam.

Any contractor performing qualifying renovation, repair, or painting (RRP) work on pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities must employ at least one Certified Renovator who has successfully completed this training.

Companies must also submit an application to register as a Lead Safe Certified Firm with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the EPA-Authorized State in which RRP work will be performed.

This course is approved for purposes of certification under Section 402 of TSCA and/or EPA-Authorized State lead regulations for Lead-safe Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) work.

More about the RRP Lead Paint Regulations

Effective April 22, 2010, anyone who performs renovations, repairs, or painting in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities must comply with the Lead RRP Rule. Individuals and firms that are not certified could face fines of up to $41,056 per day.

The Lead-Safe RRP rule applies if your project disturbs:

  • More than 6 square feet of interior painted surface AND/OR
  • More than 20 square feet of exterior painted surface

There are 3 steps to be sure you are in compliance:

  1. Register and successfully complete this 8-hour lead certification course.
  2. Submit an application to EPA or EPA-Authorized state on behalf of your company (even if you're a sole proprietor). See below for details.
  3. Receive your certificate from class and your firm certificate, finalize any additional paperwork required by your state, and you are ready to get to work!

This course is provided by an accredited trainer who is approved by the EPA and/or EPA-Authorized lead program in compliance with all regulations in the state in which the course is being held. It will satisfy the 8-hour training requirement for individuals to attain certification in Lead Paint Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP). Individuals who attend the course, participate fully in the hands-on activities, and pass the certification exam will receive a Certified Renovator certificate.

Firm Certification

Firms, including sole-proprietors, landlords, etc. must submit an application stating that they will be utilizing a Certified Renovator to perform lead-safe work. Your training provider will discuss all registration requirements during class, and will provide the necessary forms when applicable.

To perform RRP work in an EPA-Authorized State (AL, DE, GA, IA, KS, MA, MS, NC, OK, OR, RI, UT, VT, WA or WI): Firm registration must be processed directly with the applicable state lead program(s).

To work in all other states: Firm registration must be processed with the EPA via an online application. The EPA Lead-Safe Firm fee is $300, and it is valid for 5 years.

Course Objectives

  1. To protect workers and residents, especially children, from possible lead contamination.
  2. To obtain a clear understanding of the importance in minimizing and controlling the generation of lead particles and lead dust when performing renovation, remodeling, painting, rehabilitation and maintenance functions.
  3. To obtain a clear understanding of tools, systems and techniques required to control dust accumulation.
  4. To understand in full the EPA rules and regulations regarding the disruption of lead-based paint during renovation, remodeling, and rehabilitation.
Read a full overview of the RRP Rule

EPA Lead Renovator Certification Initial Course Overview

Module 1: Why Should I be Concerned About Lead Paint?

  • Dust is the problem and contractors make dust. By working lead safe, you can make a difference.

Module 2: Regulations

  • Know the EPA and HUD Rules. These rules set forth specific and performance-based requirements that must be mastered to achieve compliance.

Module 3: Before Beginning Work

  • Plan before you start the work.

Module 4: Contain Dust During Work

  • Keep the dust in the work area and make it easier to clean up.

Module 5: During The Work

  • Traditional practices produce dust, while lead safe practices will reduce dust making the renovation, repair, or painting work safer.

Module 6: Cleaning Activities and Checking Your Work

  • Do cleanup right. Use wet mops and HEPA vacuums. Traditional methods don’t do the job.

Module 7: Recordkeeping

  • Records must be complete, accurate and organized.

Module 8: Training Non-Certified Renovation Workers

  • Certified Renovators are responsible for teaching lead-safe work practices to non-certified renovation workers.

Test and Course Evaluation

Certificates Same day as course completion
STATE REQUIREMENTS (Lead Renovator Certification Initial)
Individual Prerequisites None
Accrediting Body
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • For VT students — Vermont Department of Health
Individual App Requirements
  • Certificates are issued to the individual by the training provider
  • For VT students — In addition to RRP class, must attend 2-hour VT IRC class and then apply for Lead RRPM Supervisor license ($50 annually)
Individual Exam And Fees
  • 25-Question Course exam, 70% passing score
  • For VT students — In-class exam for RRP and IRC courses
Company Application Requirements $300 every five years
Refresher Training 4-hour Refresher class is required every 5 years, or 3 years if completed online without hands-on (online only permitted every other renewal period).
Reciprocity Non-expired RRP training from EPA or EPA-authorized state training provider is accepted for VT licensure.
Please note that these details are provided for informational purposes only. Consult with your local state or regulatory body to confirm your requirements for your specific situation. Nothing on this website constitutes, or is meant to constitute, advice of any kind. It is simply a database of publicly available information that is meant to assist with research on certain topics but is no way guaranteed as complete or free of error.

Who must be Lead-Safe Certified?

All firms that conduct lead renovation, repair and painting activities must be lead certified by the EPA under the lead RRP Rule. This includes any firm that receives compensation to conduct work that disturbs lead paint in pre-1978 residential properties and child-occupied facilities (e.g. daycares, elementary schools, pre-schools). This may include residential property owners and managers, maintenance staff, contractors, renovators, remodelers, carpenters painters, plumbers, electricians, roofers, siders and window installers.

  • Plumbers
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Electricians
  • Carpenters
  • Property Owners and Managers
  • Renovators
  • Painters
  • Contractors
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Professionals
  • Remodelers
  • Window Installers
  • Roofers and Siders

Where is lead paint found and why does it matter?

It is estimated that lead paint was used in more than 38 million residential properties built prior 1978. Lead paint can form toxic dust when it is disturbed during normal home repair activity. The EPA Lead RRP Rule is an effort to protect the public from lead poisoning, especially children under the age of six, associated with renovation, repair and painting activities. These types of activities can create hazardous lead dust when surfaces with lead paint and coated surfaces are disturbed. The RRP Rule requires workers to receive lead certification training to become lead certified renovators.

What are the EPA certification requirements?

Contractors are required to assign at least one lead certified renovator to each lead renovation project. Lead renovators are certified upon completion of an EPA accredited renovator lead training course. The initial EPA lead certification training is 8 hours in length, and the lead certification is good for 5 years from the date of lead certification course completion. State authorized lead certification programs may vary. To maintain their lead certification a certified renovator must complete a refresher lead certification training course prior to the expiration of their current lead certification. Note: The 4 hour refresher lead certification training course or the 8 hour initial lead certification training course can be used to recertify. If their lead certification expires, then the 8 hour lead certification training course must be taken again to regain their lead certification.

Do I have to take a Lead Renovator Certification Initial Course if I am a Lead Abatement Worker or Lead Abatement Supervisor?

Yes, if you are doing work that is covered under the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. However, individuals who have successfully completed an accredited abatement worker or supervisor course may take an accredited lead renovator certification refresher training course in lieu of the lead renovator certification initial training course to become a certified renovator.

How can a firm comply with the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program?

A firm that would like to become lead certified to perform lead renovation, repair and painting activity must submit an application to the EPA. In addition, the firm must attest that it will assign at least one lead certified renovator to each project who has been lead trained by attending an EPA-approved lead certification class, use only individuals who are either lead certified or have received appropriate lead training to perform lead renovation, and follow all lead RRP Rule requirements.

Does my state have specific Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program requirements?

Click on your state to find out specific lead renovator information.