Gov. Inslee's "Stay Home Stay Healthy" proclamation deemed lead classes to be essential business activities.

Therefore, we are allowing in-person classes to resume. The training classes are required to follow the workplace safety guidance from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries to host the classes. However, if you are uncomfortable attending a class, you may still apply for an individual extension of your certification by contacting Cynthia Sanderson at cynthia.sanderson@commerce.wa.gov or by phone (360) 725-2941. For RRP renovators only: if your renovator certification would normally expire between March 1 and August 31, 2020, your new extended expiration date is September 30, 2020. Please consider using our approved on-line refresher training at Pro Tech or Real Estate Training 4U. You can call Pro Tech at (360) 359-1431 or Real Estate Training 4U at (877) 755-2121. For your firm application to be processed, you must have at least one employee that holds a valid and current renovator certificate. The Department of Commerce is furloughed on the following days: June 29, 2020, July 10, 2020, July 17, 2020, and July 24, 2020. Our offices are closed on those dates.

The purpose of the Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) is to minimize exposure from lead-based paint dust during renovation, repair, or painting activities. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and interior demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. Firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools, must be certified by the Department of Commerce and use certified renovators who are trained by an approved training provider to follow lead-safe work practice.

Becoming a Certified Individual and Certified Firm

Firms can become certified by sending an application to the Department of Commerce for a fee of $25. Renovation Firm applications are found under Other Resources on this page.

Individuals can become certified renovators and/or dust sampling technicians by completing the appropriate eight-hour training course from an approved training provider (PDF).

Activities that each renovator discipline may perform:

  • Renovator: either performs or directs workers who perform renovations.
  • Dust Sampling Technician: optional dust clearance sampling for renovation activities.

Homeowners do not need to be certified

If you are a homeowner performing renovation, repair, or painting work in your own home, the RRP does not cover your project. However, you have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of your family or children in your care. If you are living in a pre-1978 home and planning to do painting or repairs, please read a copy of EPA’s Renovate Right (PDF) lead hazard information pamphlet (print pamphlet on 8.5″x11″ paper, double-sided, flipped on long side).