Monday, April 22, 2013

EPA-Authorized States for the Lead Renovation, Repair, & Painting (RRP) Program

In an effort to enforce more stringent lead-safe programs, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has authorized 14 individual states so far to control the RRP Lead-Safe Renovation Program in lieu of the federal program.  If you are doing renovation, repair, or painting work on pre-1978 homes in any of the states listed below, you must be in compliance with the state-specific requirements. We've compiled the most up-to-date information available on each EPA-Authorized State below:
  • Alabama: Individuals performing RRP work in Alabama must register with the University of Alabama's Division of Environmental and Industrial Programs Alabama Individual App. The annual fee is $100. In addition, Renovators must work under an Alabama-certified contractor Alabama Contractor App. This annual fee is $300, paid to the Alabama Department of Public Health. 
  • DelawareAfter completing an approved training course and passing the required exam, an individual must submit an Application for Certification to DPH. A $100 certification fee is required, valid for two years. Firms must also be certified every two years, for an additional $100 fee.
    • Training Reciprocity: Individuals may attend training provided in another state, as long as the training provider is accredited by the EPA or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program. 
    • View DPH Firm and Individual Application Forms.
  • Georgia: Individuals performing RRP work in Georgia must register with the Georgia EPD (GA Renovator Application). The fee is $150, and it is valid for 3 years. In addition, Renovators must work under a Georgia-certified firm (GA Firm Application). The fee for firms is $125 for 1 year, or $300 for 3 years. 
  • Iowa: Individuals performing RRP work in Iowa must register with the Iowa Department of Public Health. This fee is $60 every year. Renovators must also work under an Iowa-certified firm. There is no fee for the firm certificate at this time. 
    • Training Reciprocity: Individuals may attend training provided in another state, as long as the training provider is accredited by the EPA or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program. In order for this cert to be recognized in Iowa, however, the student receive an 80% or better on the course exam.
    • View Iowa Lead Certification Classes.
  • Kansas: Individuals performing RRP work in Kansas must register with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Kansas Individual App. There is no fee at this time. In addition, Renovators must work under a Kansas-certified renovation firm Kansas Firm App. This fee is $200 for the initial firm certificate, with a renewal cost of $100 every five years. 
    • Training Reciprocity: Individuals may attend training provided in another state, as long as the training provider is accredited by the EPA or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program. In order for this certification to be recognized in Kansas, however, completion of an additional online exam is required.
    • View Kansas Lead Certification Classes.
  • Massachusetts: Individuals and firms performing RRP work in Massachusetts must register with the Massachusetts DLS (MA Renovator Application). The fee is $375, and it is valid for 5 years. 
    • Training Reciprocity: Individuals may attend training provided in another state, as long as the training provider is accredited by the EPA or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program.
    • View Massachusetts Lead Certification Classes.
  • Mississippi: Firms must be certified to perform RRP work in Mississippi. The annual fee is $350 paid to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Mississippi Firm App. Individuals performing RRP work in Mississippi must also register with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Mississippi Individual App. The annual fee is $75, unless you are the 1st or 2nd Certified Renovator associated with the Certified Firm you are working for. If you are the 1st or 2nd Renovator, you are exempt from this fee. 
    • Training Reciprocity: Individuals may attend training provided in another state, as long as the training provider is accredited by the EPA or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program. However, an additional 4-hour Mississippi refresher course must be completed to work in MS.
  • North Carolina: Individuals must register with the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services (NC Individual Application). Contractors must also register to become a Certified Renovation Firm (NC Firm Application), and there is a yearly $300 fee. 
    • Training Reciprocity: Individuals may attend training provided in another state, as long as the training provider is accredited by the EPA or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program. 
    • View North Carolina Lead Certification Classes.
  • Oklahoma: Contractors must register to become a Certified Renovation Firm with the Oklahoma DEQ. The registration fee is $300 per company. 
  • Oregon: Firms must be certified to perform RRP work in Oregon. The fee is $250 paid to the Oregon Health Authority Oregon Firm App and it is valid for five years. If you are a contractor registered with Oregon CCB (Construction Contractors Board) and you already have a contractor's license, the fee to become a certified firm is $50 Oregon CCB Firm App
    • Training Reciprocity: Individuals may attend training provided in another state, as long as the training provider is accredited by the EPA or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program.
    • View Oregon Lead Certification Classes.
  • Rhode Island: Individuals performing RRP work in Rhode Island must register with the Rhode Island Department of Health Rhode Island Individual App. The fee is $40 and is valid for five years. Renovators must work under a Rhode Island-certified Lead Hazard Control Firm Rhode Island Firm App. This fee is also $40 and is valid for five years.
    • Training Reciprocity: Individuals may attend training provided in another state, as long as the training provider is accredited by the EPA or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program, however students are required to pass an online reciprocity test with RI.
  • Utah: Individuals performing RRP work in Utah must register with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. The annual fee is $200. In addition, Renovators must work under a Utah-certified firm, with an annual fee of $250. You must also be a citizen of the U.S. to apply as an individual lead renovator in Utah. View all Utah Forms.
    • Training Reciprocity: Individuals may attend training provided in another state, as long as the training provider is accredited by the EPA or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program.
    • View Utah Lead Certification Classes.

Information updated 04-21-2017.