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EPA Certified Renovator Training

Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Program

Effective April 22, 2010, contractors who perform home improvement activity in housing built prior to 1978 and any child occupied facility must be certified in accordance with the new EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule.

To obtain your EPA Certification, complete the following two steps. You do not have to complete either step prior to starting the other:

  1. You need to become an EPA Certified Firm by applying for an EPA certification. Visit the EPA website to obtain your application. Complete and submit your application to the EPA with the appropriate fee ($300). EPA has up to 90 days to process your application.
  2. Each EPA certified Firm must assign an EPA Certified Renovator to each project. Certified Renovators are typically lead persons and supervisors. They are required to be present during setup and tear down, and clean-up activities, and are required to train other workers on how to safely conduct work. They are responsible for record keeping and ensuring the work is done in a lead safe manner and in accordance with regulations. To become a Certified Renovator, you must take a full day eight-hour EPA Certified Renovator Training Course and pass the test administered at the end of the training. You will receive your EPA Certified Renovator certification in the mail in one to two weeks.

All trainings, course materials, and tests currently provided by the Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Program are in English only. These courses are only approved for purposes of certification under Section 402 of the TSCA.

Currently Available Renovator Refresher Training:

There are no City-sponsored trainings currently scheduled. All regional trainings are posted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website at https://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/pub/index.cfm?do=main.trainingSearch.  It’s updated daily and training providers are required to give at least 7 days’ notice. Be sure to check this website regularly so that you don’t miss the next available training.


To register for a 4-hour training: Email a PDF icon Refresher Training Registration Form with a copy of your current EPA Certified Renovator Certification and payment of $135 as instructed on the registration form.

Enrollment Confirmation

DO NOT show up for any class unless you have received an enrollment confirmation.

Enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis, based on receipt of completed registration form and proof of successful completion of approved training courses (if applicable). Be sure to provide the required information or you will not be registered. We will contact you shortly after receipt of this material and confirm your registration.

If classes are already full and you are unable to attend a specific scheduled training, you will be given priority for the next available class. Persons who have submitted their registration forms and payment will be notified immediately of future classes when they become available.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing and received by our offices via mail or email to lead-safe@sandiego.gov at least 5 full working days (Monday-Friday not including holidays) prior to class in order to receive a refund. The sender is responsible for assuring receipt of all cancellation notices.

EMail Notifications

After registered persons have been given the opportunity to confirm their participation in new classes, we will update the website and notify everyone on the Contractor Distribution List of the newly scheduled classes via email. To be included on the Contractor Distribution List, send you name and email address to lead-safe@sandiego.gov and request to be added to this list.

Training Location

All trainings are held at the Ridgehaven 1st floor training room, located at:
9601 Ridgehaven Court
San Diego, CA 92123

Childcare Providers / Landlords / Teachers / Medical Professionals / Contractors / Residents

Is the 8-hour training not right for you? Please contact us to see if we can provide training or presentations to meet the specific needs of your organization or community event.

"Keys to Lead Safety" Video

View this 15-minute presentation to learn the basic principles of lead-safe work practices.


Online Training PowerPoint Presentations - Presentaciónes de Capacitación en PowerPoint

The Lead Safety and Healthy Homes website has additional information about program services and lead poisoning symptoms and prevention.

La página Web de LSHHP tiene información adicional acerca los servicios del programa y los sintomas y la prevención del envenenamiento por plomo.