Determine What Lead Class You Need

We’re offering you the following information to assist you in your decision of what course(s) you will need. A link that will take you to the training portion of our website is provided after each description.  If you do not see a particular course listed on our calendar, click here to let us know what you’re looking for.

EPA Lead-Based Paint Renovator

EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 be certified by EPA (or an EPA-authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practice

Firms that Require Certification

In general, anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be certified. This includes all firms, even sole proprietorships.

Examples of the types of firms covered:

  • Residential rental property owners/managers
  • General contractors; and
  • Special trade contractors, including painters, plumbers, carpenters and electricians.

Firms cannot advertise or perform renovation activities covered by the RRP Rule in homes or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 without firm certification.

EPA Lead-Based Paint Renovator Initial

$195/person

This one-day (8 hour) course will familiarize renovators and contractors with the EPA requirements employed when disturbing lead-based paint during renovation activity in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied buildings.  The course will include classroom training and comprehensive hands-on training including paint testing and use of plastic sheeting. Click here to register.

EPA Lead-Based Paint Renovator Refresher

$135/person

This half-day (4 hour) course will review the major topics of the initial training and allow EPA certified renovators to recertify and continuing doing renovation activity that is regulated by the EPA.  The course will include classroom training and comprehensive hands-on training.  This course is required for continued certification.  Click here to register.

EPA/HUD Model Lead Dust Sampling

This course was developed by the U.S. EPA, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to teach contractors how to conduct non-abatement lead dust clearance testing under and clearance examinations under HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Rule.

Note: Effective October 1, 2020, every rental unit in the city of has to be tested by a Certified Lead Dust Wipe Technician and remediated to be at least lead safe. The law states members of your staff can perform the lead safe inspections if they become EPA certified-trained lead dust sampling technicians.

EPA Lead Dust Sampling Technician (LDST)

$195/person or $125 with previous lead renovator cert

This one-day (8 hour) course will educate and prepare the student for work as a Lead Dust Sampling Technician.  This certification allows student to perform clearance sampling following EPA regulated renovation activity, HUD scheduled maintenance activity and collect surface wipe samples to comply with the City of Philadelphia Lead Safe requirements for rental properties built before March, 1978.  The course will include classroom training and comprehensive hands-on training.  Click here to register.

PA Lead Abatement (Removal) Contractors

Those performing these services are required to be trained and certified by EPA or an authorized state (Criterion is authorized by the State of PA). Abatement is a set of measures designed to eliminate or reduce lead-based paint hazards in accordance with standards established by the EPA.

  1. The term includes the following:
    • The removal of lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust, the permanent containment or encapsulation of lead-based paint, the replacement of lead-painted surfaces or fixtures and the removal or covering of lead-contaminated soil.
  2. The preparation, cleanup, disposal and post-abatement, clearance-testing activities associated with these measures.
  3. Less-than-full abatement whereby the sources of lead contamination are reduced sufficiently to create a “lead-safe” environment rather than a “lead-free” environment.

PA Lead Worker Initial

$475/person

This is a two-day (16 hour) training program designed to familiarize abatement workers with lead, its health effects, regulations and proper abatement procedures. It includes hands on training involving respirators, work area preparation, removal techniques (i.e. chemical stripping, heat gun, etc.), clean up procedures and decontamination.  Click here to register.

PA Lead Worker Refresher

$150/person

This one-day (8 hour) course will review the major topics of the initial training.  It will also update any changes in federal, state and local regulations and introduces state of the art abatement techniques.  This course is required for continued certification.  Click here to register.

PA Lead Supervisor Initial

$550/person

This four-day (32 hour) training program is inclusive of the worker training, providing additional information about contract specifications, legal and insurance considerations, record keeping and supervisory techniques required to successfully complete a lead abatement project in public/target housing.  Click here to register.

PA Lead Supervisor Refresher

$150/person

This one-day (8 hour) course will review the major topics of the initial training. It will also update any changes in federal, state and local regulations and introduces state of the art abatement techniques. This course is required for continued certification.  Click here to register.

PA Lead Inspector / Risk Assessor

Lead inspections and lead risk assessments are useful first steps, which can lead to more thoughtful decisions on managing lead-based paint and lead hazards.

Lead abatement is an activity designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. Abatement is sometimes ordered by a state or local government, and can involve specialized techniques not typical of most residential contractors.

EPA, HUD and some States require individuals and firms who perform abatement projects in pre-1978 buildings to be certified and follow specific work practices. Those performing these services are required to be trained and certified by EPA or an authorized state (Criterion is authorized by the State of PA). Samples using an XRF (X-ray Fluorescence) gun and paint chip samples are typically collected during a lead inspection.

PA Lead Inspector Initial

$450/person ($700 if combined PA Lead Risk Assessor Initial)

This three-day (24 hour) class certifies individuals to conduct lead-based paint inspections using HUD guidelines and perform clearance wipe tests. The course emphasizes proper inspection techniques, state-of-the-art instrumentation and elements of an inspection report. Differences between single family and multi-family inspections are discussed along with current HUD and EPA clearance levels.  Click here to register.

PA Lead Risk Assessor Initial

$375/person ($700 if combined PA Lead Inspector Initial)

This two-day (16 hour) course emphasizes the lead-based paint risk assessment process from HUD. Each student learns what the hazards are under Title X and which abatement and / or interim control solutions work. Soil and dust sampling techniques are discussed along with the elements of a risk assessment report.  Click here to register.

PA Lead Risk Assessor Refresher

$195/person

This one-day (8 hour) course emphasizes the lead-based paint risk assessment process from HUD. Each student learns what the hazards are under Title X and which abatement and / or interim control solutions work. Soil and dust sampling techniques are discussed along with the elements of a risk assessment report.  Click here to register.

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