Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Filling out the EPA's Firm Application for Lead Renovation through CDX

As of September 15, 2015, the EPA will no longer accept the EPA Lead Safe Firm Applications via mail. All applications for certification should now be submitted online via the EPA website. Below we have compiled the necessary steps to complete this application online. 

Anyone performing work on pre-1978 homes who will be disturbing a painted surface is required to comply with the EPA Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. This requires that at least one person employed by the company has taken the EPA Lead Renovator Certification Course, and also that the company is registered with the EPA as a Lead Safe Certified firm by following the steps below. Even if you work for yourself as a Sole Proprietor, you still need to complete this second Firm Certification step to be in full compliance.


Begin at: http://www2.epa.gov/lead/getcertified and click on the link in Step 2: APPLY FOR FIRM CERTIFICATION/RECERTIFICATION ONLINE.

1. Select "No" if this is your first time registering with the EPA.

2. Next, select "New Renovation firm ($300)" from the Certification options:
EPA Firm Certification online application

3. You will then be re-directed to the CDX portal to complete your application. To begin a new application, select the green Register button under "New to CDX?"

EPA Lead Safe Firm Registration

4. The next screen will prompt you to create a user profile. Enter your personal information and set up your CDX account.

5. Next you will see the screen below. Search for your Firm Name, and if it does not exist in the system yet select "Create My Own".

EPA Firm Certification online

6. Next, select if the Firm has had an previous lead violations against it. You can also select to have the EPA list your company as a certified Renovation Firm on their website:

7. The following screen will prompt you to enter payment information to pay the $300 certification fee via Credit/Debit Card or ACH Withdrawal.

EPA Lead Certification for Firm

8. The final step to to attest to the information you have provided in your application, and digitally sign and submit your information.  You will receive a confirmation email from the EPA/CDX with your receipt. Within 90 days, the EPA will review your application and mail you a Certified Lead-Safe Firm Certificate.

For technical issues with the CDX system, you can call 888-890-1995.

If you have any questions at all about the Lead Certification process or training courses, please don't hesitate to call our office at 646-564-3546!