The EPA is currently undergoing considerations that would permit renovators certified under the RRP (Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting) rule to complete their recertification classes entirely online. Currently, recertification requires participation in a 4 hour long course featuring 40 minutes of hands-on training. The hands-on sessions require that renovators to travel to a specialized facility.
According to the EPA, moving recertification classes to an online platform will allow renovators to earn their certification in a less time costly manner than physically attending classes.
“EPA officials want a 100% online recertification course because they believe it will make it easier to get recertified without reducing the course’s value. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) applauds the move, saying that hands-on training has resulted in significant travel costs.”
Unsurprisingly, this move is not without opposition as some groups dispute the merits of online recertification. Namely, companies that currently operate recertification classes feel their hands-on training is a crucial element of RRP recertification.
Whether you’re supportive of a move to an online program or not, there will be nearly 10 months to wait before any final verdict is reached. Come July 1st, nearly 200,000 people will need to have their recertification already completed; thus online recertification will have to wait until next year at the earliest.