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Get the Lead Out! Certification Deadline Looms

Your guide to avoiding $37,500 per day penalties and getting certified before the EPA’s lead paint rule takes effect April 22.


(From left) Brantley Waites, Joe Tooley and Jim DeWitt taking the EPA lead paint certification course at EHX Spring 2010.
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CE pros not already certified as lead renovators under the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule, which goes into effect April 22, are probably getting nervous.

Those not in compliance face $37,500 per day penalties, according to CEDIA.

Companies affected include:

  • Those working in residences built before 1978
  • Those working in buildings occupied by pregnant women or children under six built before 1978
  • Those renovating, repairing or painting in areas more than six square feet in an interior room or 20 square feet on an exterior wall
  • Those replacing windows and/or doors

To become certified, companies must …

1. Complete a CEDIA online course ($49)

2. Attend a hands-on portion of the training hosted by CEDIA at select ADI locations ($149)

3. Pass an exam, offered during the hands-on portion of training

4. Companies complete an application to become a certified firm ($300) and have one employee who has earned the Certified Lead Renovator credential.

For a schedule of hands-on Certified Lead Renovator training at ADI locations, click here.



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