Effective April 22, 2010 anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint on a house built prior to 1978 will need to have a “certified renovator” on the jobsite.  This regulation includes all trades including but not limited to general contractors, handyman service providers, electricians, carpenters, window replacements and any maintenance work. 

The EPA began October 22, 2009 to accept applications from companies to be certified.  One of the requirements is that some one at each company must have taken and passed this course.


Lead poisoning is very hazardous to children. It is believed to contribute to reading and learning difficulties, behavioral problems, hyperactivity and may result in seizure, coma and even death.  The EPA wants to ensure that lead paint that is disturbed during a remodeling or renovation project is appropriately cleaned up and disposed of properly.  It will be the role of the certified renovator to ensure that this portion of the project is carried out correctly. 

The fine for not having a certified renovator on a job site could be as much as $37,500 per offense. 


The requirements to become a certified renovator are to attend an 8 hour EPA certified class and pass the appropriate test.  The company must submit an application to the EPA identifying the certified renovator on staff.  NOTE:  Any jobsite that is a residential home built prior to 1978 must have a certified renovator on the site.  Many companies will need to have more than one certified renovator on staff . 

Central Jersey NARI is offering EPA certified training to all members of the trades that are impacted. Materials will be included. For more information go to Events





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