If you conduct renovations, repairs, or painting (RRP) in California that will disturb painted surfaces in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities, you must be trained and certified as an EPA Lead Renovator. In order to avoid fines of up to $37,500 per day, the Lead Renovator must also work for a company that is registered with the EPA as a Lead-Safe Certified Firm - this includes Sole Proprietors!
In the state of California, the EPA enforces Lead RRP projects under its federal Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule, so there are no additional California requirements to comply with this law. Once you’re in compliance you can also perform RRP work in nearby EPA-run states including Nevada and Arizona without any additional training or paperwork! You can also work in Oregon, even though it is not an EPA-run state; however, you must submit additional paperwork to the state.
The RRP Rule applies if:
California contractors, painters, electricians, landlords, plumbers, property managers and more should be familiar with the RRP Rule and get certified in advance as it may apply to your next job. Better to be safe than sorry!
We also offer Lead Renovator Refresher training, with locations throughout California and an Online Refresher course, which is accepted in California! If your Lead Renovator certificate has NOT expired you are eligible to complete this Refresher course. The Refresher course is required within 5 years of your Initial training.
While you may only perform renovations on newer homes right now, several major cities in California have tested positive for lead exposure, so it is likely you will need to bid on work for a pre-1978 home or child occupied facility. Make sure you are prepared and legally able to bid on all renovation projects! It is a serious offense if you are not!
If you see a Lead RRP trainer on this website, you can guarantee they are EPA Accredited, and their courses certify renovators to perform lead-safe work throughout the state. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions Page for full details on the EPA's lead renovator rules or contact customer support on this page.
EPA Lead Certification is required for any renovation that disturbs more than 6 square feet of interior or 20 square feet of exterior lead paint in residential or child-occupied facilities built before 1978. Failure to comply puts you at risk to be fined by the EPA & Local Government.