Many of you may remember that I took (and passed) the Certified Renovator training required by the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 must be certified by EPA. They must also use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.

Now, I have never installed a window for a living, but because this issue is very important to the industry, I wanted to make sure I knew everything about the certification. That’s why I took that course five years ago.

I received an email last week reminding me that my five-year Certified Renovator designation is about to expire. I was then given information on the company’s four-hour Refresher Training. Upon completion of that class, I would get a new certificate good for the next five years.

Have you all been keeping up with your training? Has anything changed as far as the RRP rules? Manufacturers, are you encouraging your dealers to renew their certifications? I would love to hear from you. Post a comment here.

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