BREAKING NEWS: NAHB Moves Needle on EPA Online Lead Paint Training
More Options for Remodelers But Challenges Remain

Remodelers who are certified by the EPA to work on homes that may contain lead paint under the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP) now have the option to complete refresher training online, the EPA just announced.

Members should note that EPA recertifications obtained via an online refresher course will be valid for only three years, versus five years for hands-on training courses, and can only be exercised every other recertification cycle. 

"As a longtime advocate for a simplified recertification process, NAHB Remodelers appreciates that the EPA's changes provide some flexibility, but the limited and convoluted parameters of the online training option are unnecessarily complicated and could affect the number of renovators who opt to become recertified," said NAHB Remodelers Chair Tim Shigley, CGR, CAPS, CGP, GMB, GMR.

A March 31 recertification deadline looms for over 100,000 remodelers, and thousands more later in 2016 and 2017. To determine your own deadline for EPA recertification, use NAHB Remodelers'
"What You Need to Know about EPA Lead-Safe Recertification."

For online or in-person refresher training, remodelers should contact their local home builders association or find a course on the EPA's website. 

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