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EPA Grants Extension for Certain Certified Renovators

Extension for Certain Certified Renovators

Posted by: Brightwood Real Estate Education
Updated: August 10, 2017
 

 

On April 8, 2015, the Administer of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the final rule to extend the certifications for certain individual renovators. This rule pertains to individual renovators who received certification prior to March 31, 2011.

Under the final rule:

  • Individual renovators who received certification on or before March 31, 2010, now have until March 31, 2016, to get recertified.
  • Individual renovators who received certification between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011, will have one year added to their 5-year certification.
  • Subsequent certifications for renovators receiving the extension will be five years.

Please note that these extensions only apply to individual renovators. It does not apply to firm certifications. Further, these extensions only apply to certifications that fall under the EPA’s Lead-RRP Program; it does not apply to renovators under authorized state programs.

Why the Extension?

In January 2015, the EPA proposed a rule that could change the refresher training requirements for recertification. One amendment under consideration in the rule is to remove the hands-on required module of the refresher training.  If removed, renovators could take the refresher course online, without having to travel to a classroom. If the agency does issue a final rule to eliminate this hands-on requirement, it may not happen until the end of 2015. The EPA is extending the deadline for the renovators whose certifications would have otherwise expired before the rule could be finalized.

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Why is Certification Important?

On October 27, 2015, the EPA announced 75 enforcement actions from the past year related to the Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) regulations. To learn more about the enforcement actions, read the press release

To learn more about this extension, see the Lead-based Paint Programs; Extension of Renovator Certifications rule document. For more information on the EPA Lead-RRP Program, visit www.epa.gov/lead.