The EPA authorized a final rule to extend certifications for specific renovators (those who received their initial EPA lead certification before March 31, 2011) under the RRP Program. Please keep in mind that EPA RRP lead refresher extensions only apply to renovators who receive recertification training course within the time frames described below.
They don’t just apply to firm certifications, but individual renovators as well, who may need their initial certification.
In January 2015, the Agency had suggested a rule that would, among other things, modify the requirements for the refresher training course that renovators will need to take in order to become recertified. EPA is extending the certifications of a large number of renovators (read below for list of renovators) that would elsewhere expire before that rule could be finalized. EPA is taking these steps so that, in the event that the alterations in the proposed rule are completed, those renovators can benefit from the changes. Certifications were extended just for renovators whose certifications expire before modifications to the refresher training are to be finalized.
EPA lead refresher extension rule has not yet been released in the Federal Register, however you can find links to a prepublication copy of the notice on EPA website.
Under the final rule:
- Individual renovators who received certification on or before March 31, 2010, now have until March 31, 2016, to get recertified.
- Individual renovators who received certification between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, will have one year added to their 5-year certification.
- Subsequent certifications for renovators receiving the extension will be five years.
Also, EPA RRP lead refresher extensions only affect renovators that belong to EPA’s renovation program but not to renovators under accredited state programs.
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