Firm application, update, certificate replacement
All firm applications (certification and recertification), payments, updates and certificate replacement requests are done online. Acceptable methods for payments online include credit card, debit card, or electronic check.
Use EPA’s “Look for the Logo” campaign to promote your business!
As you know, EPA’s RRP requires firms working in older homes and child care facilities to be certified, train their employees, and follow lead-safe work practices. To ensure that your potential customers hire a Lead-Safe Certified firm, help spread the word by using EPA’s outreach materials to remind everyone to “Look for the Logo”! For more information or to download the materials for free, click here.
Help us encourage your potential customers to “Look for the Logo”. Feel free to place the widget on your webpage and highlight the print ad in an upcoming customer newsletter or email.
Firms that disturb painted surfaces in homes and child care facilities built before 1978 are subject to EPA’s renovation regulation and likely require firm certification. These firm certifications expire every five years. Firms must apply for recertification to extend their certification an additional 5 years. Firms are encouraged to apply early, at least 90 days before their expiration, to ensure their application is processed before they expire. You won’t be penalized for applying early, just be sure to select “re-certification” and your new 5-year certification won’t begin until your current certification expires. Click here for information about applying for re-certification. FYI, check your certificate for your firm’s expiration date (see example firm certificate below, the expiration date is circled in red), you can also check your expiration date using our online firm search tool. If necessary, you can order a copy of your certificate online.
Once submitted to EPA your application will be processed in 2 to 3 weeks. Once finished you will receive an email from email@example.com that includes your approval letter, certificate, and customized logo. Please check your email settings to ensure you’ll receive this message. You can also check the status of your application and download a copy of your certificate once issued by going to EPA’s E-Enterprise website. Use your CDX user name and password for access. Your application information appears under the “progress tracker” section.
Amending your application
A firm must amend their certification within 90 days of the date a change occurs to information included in their most recent application. If the firm fails to amend their certification within that period, the firm may not perform renovations or dust sampling until their certification is amended
To date, EPA has authorized 14 states to run their own renovation programs. Renovators and firms that only work within an authorized state(s) must be certified by each authorized state in which they do work, and would not be required to be certified by EPA. The authorized states are AL, DE, GA, IA, KS, MA, MS, NC, OK, OR, RI, UT, WA and WI.
If an individual renovator is certified by an authorized state they are also qualified to work in EPA administered states, with no additional training. EPA certified renovators wishing to work in an authorized state should contact the state to determine if additional training/certification is necessary. Regardless of whether a firm is certified by an authorized state, if they do work in an EPA administered state they must be certified by EPA. Click here to see the FQ’s related to this topic.
Frequent question database (FQ database)
EPA maintains a list online of Frequent Questions regarding the Agency’s Lead Program. It is regularly updated to ensure that you have access to the very latest information. When questions come up we recommend you first review the Frequent Questions, then if you cannot find the answer you’re looking for call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).
Here’s an example from the FQ database. Can the required records and documentation be stored electronically rather than as paper copies? The answer is “yes, the records can be stored electronically”. Take a look at FQ 23002-32220 for more details!