Lead-based paint certification is available through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA oversees lead paint training programs and classes offered in all but 14 states. The remaining states are permitted to offer training programs and classes on their own. Lead paint training programs and classes can be found through a number of universities and organizations, as well as private firms.
As of April 2010, the EPA requires any contractor who performs services that might release lead-based paint chips or dust into the environment to complete an 8-hour certification course and exam (www.epa.gov). Certification is valid for five years. It indicates that a contractor is trained in practices that avoid lead contamination. It is required for any contractor performing renovations on a structure built before 1978. Certification training focuses on teaching contractors to use lead-safe work practices, including techniques that minimize the amount of dust produced, contain the area in which work is conducted and ensure a thorough cleaning of the area after renovations have been completed.
Here is a list of concepts commonly covered in lead-based paint certification courses:
- Lead inspection
- Risk assessment
- Dust clearance tests
- Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule
- HUD's Lead Safe Housing Rule
List of Common Courses
Lead-Based Paint Renovator Training Course
This course introduces students to the hazards of lead-based paint and the ways in which renovation practices can disturb lead-based paint on walls, fixtures, windows and doors. It provides contractors with instruction in lead-based paint containment, management and cleanup. Students are also taught thorough and accurate recordkeeping practices and methods of working within federal, state and local government regulations.
Lead-Based Paint Renovator Refresher Course
A refresher course is intended for contractors who want to become certified as a lead-safe renovator, but have already completed previous lead-safe training courses approved by the EPA or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It addresses EPA and HUD regulations, as well as EPA-approved testing equipment. Additional topics covered include instruction in how to avoid hazardous renovation practices.
Lead-Based Paint Dust Sampling Course
This course provides dust-sampling technicians with instruction in lead-based paint dust clearance testing techniques. It includes an introduction to federal and state lead-based paint regulations, as well as any relevant local testing standards. Additional subjects covered include methods for conducting a visual inspection of the work area, determining where and how to collect dust samples, analyzing dust content laboratory results and explaining these results to a client.
Lead-Based Paint Abatement Course
Training for lead abatement professionals focuses on identifying and removing hazards associated with any materials containing lead including lead-based paint. The course provides an overview of the dangers of lead contamination emphasizing its effects on people. Students are instructed on how to identify, clean-up and dispose of materials containing lead-based paint that might be found inside and outside a renovation site, including any that might be in the soil surrounding the structure.