As many contractors are staring down the barrel of a March 31, 2016 deadline to re-up certification for the EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMP) has cleared a proposal to offer recert-training online.

According to a recent NAHB brief, the deal which which was struck on January 21 with the OMB was brokered by 2015 NAHB Remodelers Chair Robert Criner. Criner has long advocated for a simplified recertification process for contractors who work in homes that may contain lead paint. The EPA still must finalize and publish the final rule, but at least now it includes the online training option, which should prove to be easier and less expensive for companies and personel to renew their RRP certification.

In addition to allowing the online training option, the final rule reportedly also eliminates the requirement that companies and personnel be certified, and training providers be accredited, in the jurisdiction where they work, opening up further options for all parties to renew certification.

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