Thursday, January 22, 2015

RRP Lead Renovator Refresher Online Training - Just Around the Corner?

As the five year anniversary of the EPA's Lead Safe Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule approaches this April, many professionals are preparing to take their required 4-hour RRP Refresher training to renew their EPA Lead Renovator Certification, and re-certify their companies with the EPA.

Recently, the EPA announced that it was proposing a change to the RRP Ruling in regards to this refresher training requirement, presenting the possibility of removing the hands-on section of the refresher course. Currently, online RRP Refresher training is not approved by the EPA, but this action would potentially open the door for alternative learning formats.

From the EPA:
"On January 14, 2015, EPA proposed minor revisions to the RRP Program to improve the day-to-day function of the program by streamlining refresher training and clarifying language for training providers. The public has 30 days to submit commentson the rule. You can find information about the rule and a link to the Federal Register notice on EPA’s Lead Program website
EPA is proposing to eliminate the requirement that the renovator refresher training course have a hands-on component under the RRP program. Eliminating the hands-on requirement would give renovators easier access to trainings, saving them time and money and possibly resulting in a higher number of renovators taking the refresher course. EPA is also clarifying what constitutes a violation for training providers. In addition to these revisions, the Agency is requesting comment on extending the renovator recertification deadline until this rule can be finalized so more renovators can take advantage of the streamlined requirements for refresher training."

If the revisions are passed, students would theoretically be allowed to attend online training classes for the Lead Renovator Refresher class, rather than attending an in-person class for their recertification.

For now,  GreenEDU's network of trainers continue to provide top-notch initial and refresher Lead Renovator Training across the US. Visit www.GreenEDU.com to view our schedule and learn more.