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Lead-Safe Renovation Certification - Questions and Answers

Question: Are there special qualifications or education I will need to be a Lead Safe Company or Lead Safe Renovator?
Answer: There are no special qualifications for companies, but an individual who wants to become a Lead-Safe Renovator must complete an accredited Lead-Safe Renovation course before applying for certification.
 
Question: What are the fees associated with the certification?
Answer:

Individual Lead-Safe Renovator fee is $50/2 years and Lead-Safe Company fee is $75/2 years. Certifications are renewable every 2 years. 

Please note: Every Lead-Safe Renovator must be associated with a Lead-Safe Company and every project conducted by a Lead-Safe Company must have an assigned Lead-Safe Renovator.
 

Question:  If I renew my certification every two years do I have to take a refresher class every two years?
Answer:  No, WI requires you to take a refresher every four years.
 
Question: What if I am a resident of Wisconsin and took my training in another state? Will my training be accepted in Wisconsin?
Answer:  If the training was conducted by a trainer accredited by EPA or an EPA-authorized state, then it will be accepted in Wisconsin . If you complete your training out-of-state you must add a $25 processing fee to the $50 certification fee and provide additional information with your application. The additional information required includes:
  • A copy of your training certificate signed by a notary public as a true copy of the original – or the original may be submitted and will be returned when your certification card is mailed.
  • A clear color copy of the front and back of your driver’s license or other acceptable photo ID.
  • A 2” X 2” color passport-style photo of you, preferably submitted electronically as an email attachment and saved as a JPG file named with your name.
Question: What if I am a resident of Wisconsin and take my training in Wisconsin?
Answer: If your training is taken through a Wisconsin-accredited training provider, you simply complete your application form and submit it to the Department of Health Services with your $50 certification fee. Your training provider views your photo ID and submits your training completion information and photo directly to the Department so you don't need to send anything but the application form and fee. If you are your own company you may need to also submit your company application form and fee. You may use one check to pay for both your own certification and your company's certification.
 
Question: What if I live in another state but take my training in Wisconsin and want to become certified in Wisconsin?
Answer: If you are trained in Wisconsin you will need to apply for your individual and company certifications by completing the application forms and submitting them with the $50 fee for individual certification and $75 for the company certification. You may submit these fees on one check for a total payment of $125. Forms are available under the Resources Tab in the Contractor Corner.
 
Question: What if I live in Iowa – or other EPA-authorized state – and took my training there, too?
Answer: As long as the training provider is accredited by the State of  Iowa your training will be accepted in Wisconsin. You must, however, add a $25 processing fee to the $50 certification fee and provide additional information with your application. The additional information required includes:
  • A copy of your training certificate signed by a notary public as a true copy of the original – or the original may be submitted and will be returned when your certification card is mailed.
  • A clear color copy of the front and back of your driver’s license or other acceptable photo ID.
  • A 2” X 2” color passport-style photo of you, preferably submitted electronically as an email attachment and saved as a JPG file named with your name.
Question: Can an employee of a subcontractor, who is not certified as a lead-safe company, be in an area in which work subject to the lead renovation rule is being conducted if the subcontractor’s employee is trained by the general contractor’s certified lead-safe renovator on lead safe work practices to be used to perform assigned tasks and is under the supervision of the general contractor’s certified lead-safe renovator during the renovation activity?
Answer:

All companies performing renovations must ensure that all individuals performing renovation activities on behalf of the company are either certified lead-safe renovators or have been trained by and are under the direction of a certified renovator.  The Lead-Safe Renovation Rule does not prohibit companies from reaching an agreement with each other regarding which company will supply the certified renovator for the project who will be responsible for ensuring on-site compliance with the Rule and direct and train all uncertified workers.  However, all companies remain liable for ensuring compliance with the Rule.  Therefore, if for example, an investigation determined that no training was provided for uncertified workers and they were found to be working without proper containment, then all involved companies could be found in violation of the regulation, not just the one identified as the one that had agreed to provide the training and oversight of the worksite.
 

Question: Can an employee of a subcontractor, who is not certified as a lead-safe company, disrupt more than 6 square feet of painted surface in an interior room, or perform other work covered under the lead renovation rule, if the subcontractor’s employee is trained by the general contractor’s certified lead-safe renovator on lead safe work practices to be used to perform assigned tasks and is under the supervision of the general contractor’s certified lead-safe renovator during the renovation activity? 
Answer: See answer above.  The same answer applies in either situation.

Last Revised:  February 06, 2013