Renovation Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) Classes


EPA Enforcement Alert newsletter:  Compliance with New Federal Lead-Based Paint Requirements


How EPA's Lead Rule Affects Renovations, Repair and Painting (RRP)

In April 2008 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a rule that will have a significant impact on the renovation and remodeling industry. The Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) will change how contractors go about working on certain buildings constructed before 1978.

April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Important Dates to Note:

  • April 22, 2010: Full implementation and enforcement of the RRP.
  • June 18, 2010: Delay in enforcement of RRP rule announced.
    • Renovation firms and workers have additional time to obtain necessary training and certifications to comply with its new lead rules, EPA announced June 18, 2010. Read the enforcement memo
  • September 30, 2010: Full enforcement of RRP rule.

The RRP rule requires two separate certifications.

Certified Firm: The actual company that performs the work must be a Certified Firm. This is a relatively simple administrative process.

Certified Renovator: The Certified Renovator is a named individual who works for a Certified Firm. A Certified Renovator must be assigned to each project and must be present on the job site for certain specific phases of the job. A Certified Renovator may not delegate these specific responsibilities to a non-certified person. The Certified Renovator is also responsible for training all non-certified workers who will be doing actual work on the project. However, non-certified workers may not perform the specific duties required of the Certified Renovator.


Criterion Environmental Training (CEI) is an EPA accredited training provider for the RRP Classes.  Classes are held in locations throughout California and Hawaii based on demand. Please check out our Class Schedule for a list of current and future classes.


The registration fee includes all class materials and supplies. Please note that the class has a mandatory hands-on skills assessment that the students must participate in and be assessed as "proficient" by the instructor in order to sit for the test. The course fee also includes a final exam. Class sizes are limited to 30 students.

We Travel

CEI will also provide these classes as needed in U.S. Territories or other States.
Please contact us if you need a class closer to your location or if you have a group that would like to sponsor a class.

CEI is currently Scheduling Classes throughout California and Hawaii.  Call Nate Seward at 805.644.8347 or send an email to: for more information or with questions. 


Visit our RRP Class Dates page to see the current list of class dates and locations.


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