- May 8, 2020 – EPA released a COVID-19 policy statement regarding EPA’s lead-based paint program. The COVID-19 public health emergency is affecting the certification process for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead-based Paint Activities (Abatement) Program and the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program. This policy statement applies only to individuals certified by the U.S. EPA under the Abatement Program and the RRP Program, not those certified by an authorized State, tribe or territory. Authorized States, tribes and territories may take a different approach under their own authorities. Already certified individuals operating under the U.S. EPA administered programs may be unable to take in-person third-party exams or complete the in-person hands on activities required as part of the certification or recertification process because most exam and training providers are closed due to the public health emergency. Although performing regulated activities without complete or proper certification is a violation of EPA’s lead-based paint regulations, U.S. EPA’s enforcement memorandum of March 26, 2020 (Temporary COVID-19 Enforcement Policy), provides that EPA may exercise its enforcement discretion with regard to such violations if your interim certification or certification expired on or after March 13, 2020 and it was not possible to complete your certification or recertification process solely due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. If you continue to perform regulated activities, we recommend that you follow the terms of the Temporary COVID-19 Enforcement Policy. You should review the Temporary COVID-19 Enforcement Policy in its entirety and pay particular attention to the following:
- Make every effort to comply with your environmental compliance obligations;
- Document the cause and circumstances of the noncompliance; and
- Complete the third-party exam or refresher training course as expeditiously as possible when it is practicable to take in-person third-party exams for certification or complete the in-person hands on activities for recertification.
Allowing individuals whose interim certification or certification expired on or after March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency to continue to participate in the EPA Abatement and RRP Programs during this public health emergency will contribute to the public health goal of protecting children and others from lead paint hazards. https://www.epa.gov/lead/newsroom
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“EPA modified the requirement that the renovator refresher training course have a hands-on component under the RRP program. Under the final rule, Renovators can take a refresher course without the hands-on training every other time they get certified. A course without hands-on training can be taken completely online. Renovators who take the online training will be certified for three years; renovators who take the hands-on training will be certified for five years. Modifying the hands-on requirement would give renovators easier access to trainings saving them time and money and possibly resulting in a higher number of renovators taking the refresher course.”
REFRESHER COURSE INFORMATION: The extension period has now passed. Individuals must take a refresher course within 5 years of their certification. If you have missed this deadline, you will be required to take the initial course again. The previous ruling was: Individuals who complete a renovator course accredited by EPA or an EPA authorized program on or before March 31, 2010, must complete a renovator refresher course accredited by EPA or an EPA authorized program on or before March 31, 2016, to maintain renovator certification. Individuals who completed a renovator course accredited by EPA or an EPA authorized program between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, will have one year added to their original 5-year certification.”
Refresher courses are 4 hours long. The cost is $125 and includes the EPA Student Handbook
Classes continue the second Friday of each month.
Renovators seeking re-certification who complete a 4-hour refresher training before the expiration of their current certification are certified for a period of five years from the date they complete the refresher course, not from the date of expiration of their previous certification. Renovators will have to take the 8-hour course if they fail to take the refresher training before the expiration of their current certificate.
We also want to let everyone know that it is their responsibility to bring their course certificate with them to class to prove they are eligible to take the refresher course. If you took the class from Advance Concept, no need to worry, we have your certificate on file. Please let us know before class so we can have your copy ready.
Advance Concept Education is an EPA RRP Certified Instructional Facility.
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