Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP)

The Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) aims to minimize exposure to 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, harming adults and children. Firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, childcare facilities and schools, must be certified by the Department of Commerce and use certified renovators 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. Firms must have at least one certified renovator employed with the firm. RRP Firm applications are found on the Certification Information page.

Individuals can become certified renovators and/or dust sampling technicians by completing the appropriate 8-hr training course from an approved training provider. Classes can be found on our Training Calendar. If the individual is certified as a renovator with EPA or another authorized state, they will need to register their renovator certificate with Commerce. Renovator registration applications are found on the Certification Information page.

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 home (primary residence), the RRP rules do not apply to your project. However, you are responsible for the safety of your family or children in your care and your neighbors. If you live in a pre-1978 home and plan to do repairs, painting remodels, or renovations, please read a copy of EPA’s Renovate Right (Spanish version). If you rent or flip your home, the RRP rules apply to your project(s).