Cornell University

Workplace Health & Safety

237 Main Street, Suite 1200, Buffalo, 716-852-4191

Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting

The new Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (LRRP) affects anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.  This would include: residential rental property owners/managers, general contractors, property managers and maintenance personnel and special trade contractors, including: HVAC, painters, plumbers, carpenters and electricians.  

After April 2010, the new federal law will require contractors to become EPA Lead Certified Renovators.  Cornell University's Lead Based-Paint program is pleased to announce the launch of Lead Renovation, Repair Initial and Lead Renovation, Repair Refresher training to enable contractors and renovators to satisfy the new federal requirement.

Lead Remodeler Renovator Initial

To become a certified renovator, an individual must successfully complete an eight-hour initial renovator training course and pass the hands-on skills assessment and exam.  We offer the lead training both publically "for fee" and by contract training classes.

Public Training Programs:  Our instructors will travel to your location for training requests of a minimum of 12 students per session. Maximum limit of 24 students.  There is no hosting costs. The Lead Renovation Remodeling and Repair Initial class course fee is $199 and Lead Renovation Remodeling and Repair Refresher course fee is $150 per student. We are happy to send you handouts for any marketing efforts on your end. Just contact us at (716) 852-1444 x 109.

Contract Training Program(s): The 2012 Monroe County Lead Renovation Remodeling and Repair Initial and Lead Abatement Worker contact training class schedule and on-line registration links can be found below:

Lead Remodeler Renovator Refresher

This half-day refresher course is targeted to those individuals who previously completed the following EPA-accredited or EPA-authorized State-accredited courses. They are:

  • Joint EPA-HUD Lead Safety for Remodeling, Repair and Painting, 2003 (EPA 747-B-03-001)
  • EPA Model Training Course Minimizing Lead-Based Paint Hazards During Renovation, Remodeling and Painting, 2000 (EPA 747-B-00-005)
  • HUD Addressing Lead-Based Paint Hazards during Renovation, Remodeling and Rehabilitation in Federally Owned and Assisted Housing Course
  • HUD Lead-Based Paint Training for Remodelers and Renovators Course
  • State of Connecticut Lead-Safe Work Practices for Painting, Remodeling and Maintenance Course
  • State of Main Lead-Smart Renovation (a.k.a. Lead-Safe Renovator) Course
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Lead-Safe Renovator Worker and Supervisor
  • State of Wisconsin Lead Low-Risk Worker Course
  • Craven County, NC, Lead-Safe Work Practices Course
  • Baker Lead-Safe Work Practices Training
  • Connor Interim Controls/Lead-Safe Work Practices and Awareness Manual
  • NESHTA Lead-Based Paint Maintenance Training: Work Smart, Work Wet, Work Clean to Work Lead-Safe
  • Occupational Knowledge Interim Controls/Lead Safe Work Practices and Awareness Training

A student must successfully complete a half-day renovator refresher training course and pass the hands-on skills assessment and exam.


Scott Balfour, is a Master Lead Inspector and adjunct faculty member of Cornell University.  Scott has over 20 years of experience and has provided expert testimony and training for over 5000 students in the lead inspection, risk assessment, abatement and training field for various health departments, the U.S. Navy and Army, the F.D.I.C., universities and rehab programs around the country.

Arthur Wheaton, is the director of WNY Labor & Environmental Programs for Cornell University ILR School.  He has a master of science degree in labor relations and human resources from Michigan State University.  Arthur also holds a bachelor of science degree in Social Science Pre-Law in Economics, History, and Political Science from Michigan State University.  He has years of experience teaching and developing joint labor/management programs, train-the-trainer workshops and online teaching and a special interest in health and safety programs and committees.  Arthur is licensed by the USEPA as a lead abatement worker and certified as a lead remodeler/renovator/painter and as an instructor for the lead remodeler, renovator, painter initial and refresher courses.

Certification Policy

The EPA requires all applicants of the Lead Remodeler Renovator training to submit one-color passport photo with identifying name on the back (or a 600 x 600 pixel jpeg image having 24-bit color depth with a maximum file size of 240 KB on CD with identifying name written on the CD).  Individuals registering for the Lead Remodeler Renovator Refresher training not certified by Cornell University must provide a photocopy of the certificate received from a qualifying EPA-Accredited or EPA-authorized State-accredited course.  Post notification and certification will be delayed if the required photograph and certificate are not provided, or if the photograph provided does not meet the required specifications.  To register, complete the registration form and mail or fax to:

Cornell University ILR
Veronica Moore, Program Assistant
237 Main Street, Suite 1200
Buffalo, NY 14203-2719
(716) 852-3802 | Fax  


The Lead Remodeler Renovator Initial course starts at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 6:00 p.m.  The Lead Remodeler Renovator Refresher course is a half day program starting at 8:00 a.m.  It concludes upon the completion of the hands-on portion of the training.  You will be sent exact details with your registration confirmation.  Check-in and review of materials begin at one-half hour before the course starting time.  Enrollment in each course is limited.  As a result programs are often quickly filled.  Early registration is recommended.

For More Information

Contact Veronica Moore at (716) 852-4191 or