On December 9, 2010, Georgia passed additional requirements for its contractors and painters in the state for compliance with the EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. Then in July, 2011, Georgia officially became an EPA Authorized state, with permission for its Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to administer and enforce the RRP Program in Georgia in lieu of the EPA.
Many contractors who were certified between December 2010 and July 2011 do not realize that they must comply with the Georgia renewal requirements, which state that renewal training must be completed every three years, rather than the EPA renewal requirements which are every five years. In addition to attending a refresher course, Certified Renovators must pay a $150 renewal fee, and the Certified Firm that they work for must also pay a $300 registration fee every three years.
Certified Renovators who fail to complete the Georgia refresher training within three years of their initial course must pay twice the normal renewal fee to receive a one year extension to complete the refresher training requirements.
Refresher training can be completed at any time prior to the Certified Renovator's expiration date, so GreenEDU recommends registering early to make sure you avoid additional fees or any lapses in your certification. A full schedule of Georgia refresher courses is available at www.greenedu.com/lead-renovators-certification-refresher-courses?state=ga.
- Renovations completed for compensation;
- In residential houses and apartments built before 1978;
- In child-occupied facilities such as schools and daycare centers built before 1978;
- When disturbing more than 6 square feet of lead painted or coated surfaces per interior room; or
- When disturbing more than 20 square feet of lead painted or coated surfaces on exteriors.
- When replacing windows of any size; or
- Partial demolitions of structures, walls, or components that are not entire structure demolitions.
Clarification for EPA Certified Contractors