The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a change to the refresher training for renovators currently required under the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP). Specifically, EPA will allow renovators to take a refresher course without “hands-on” training, such as an online course, once every other recertification instead of requiring hands-on training every time.
Under the revised rule, once a renovator takes the refresher course without the hands-on training, their next refresher training must include hands-on training. The certification from the refresher course without hands-on training will last for 3 years. Taking the course without hands-on training is optional but once a renovator takes the course, their next refresher course must include hands-on training and be taken within 3 years of their previous certification. The certification from taking a course with hands-on training will last for 5 years.
Certified renovators who were grandfathered under EPA lead-based paint courses, or any offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) before the 2010 adoption of the RRP Rule, are required to attend a refresher course with a hands-on component.
To view a copy of the pre-publication revised rule, click here.