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Lead-Based Paint Safety Training

In collaboration with City of Wilmington Community Development, CFCC Workforce Development is offering a variety of lead-based paint safety training courses.

While lead poisoning can affect anyone, it is especially harmful to children under age six. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has specific certification requirements for renovators and other contractors; through CFCC’s courses, you can obtain this certification and meet the EPA’s requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Registration must be completed prior to attending class.
  • Participants must sign the contractor or volunteer agreement for the City of Wilmington at the time of registration. Visit the registration section for more information on agreements.
  • Refresher Courses: Valid EPA/State of NC qualifying documentation (Lead license and/or Lead Certificate) must be presented at the start of class. Failure to present valid documentation will result in disqualification to take the course.
What to Expect

EPA certification courses for renovators and abatement professionals are designed to cover a lot of information in a short time. Classes are one to four days in length depending upon the discipline. All disciplines, except for worker and project designer (not offered at CFCC), require a 3rd-party examination for certification.

Course Descriptions

Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (Initial Course)

Meets EPA training requirements for Certified Renovators that apply to contractors who renovate or repair housing, child-care facilities or schools built before 1978. Under the EPA RRP rules, trained contractors and workers must follow lead-safe work practice standards to reduce potential exposure to dangerous levels of lead during renovation and repair activities. The requirements apply to anyone who could potentially expose children to lead dust during their work and includes builders, painters, plumbers, and electricians.


Lead Worker

This course is designed for workers who must become certified in accordance with EPA regulations (40 CFR Part 745) to perform lead abatement work in target housing and child-occupied facilities. This EPA/NC-approved course includes training in abatement techniques and hands-on exercises. Requires pre-notification to regulatory authorities.


Lead Supervisor

This course is designed for supervisors of lead abatement projects disturbing painted surfaces in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities. Abatement supervisors must become certified in accordance with EPA regulations (40 CFR Part 745). This EPA-approved course includes comprehensive training in regulatory requirements, abatement techniques, and occupant protection plans, and community relations during lead abatement projects. Since 2010, individuals performing non-abatement maintenance or renovation activities that disturb painted surfaces must also be certified, lead renovators. Lead Supervisors will also need this additional one-day course if they are performing applicable work.

Requires pre-notification to regulatory authorities and may be used for licensing as a lead abatement professional in NC, SC, and FL.


Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting REFRESHER

Prerequisite: Initial Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting course. Training must have been within two years. This is a one-half day refresher course to licensing as mandated by EPA regulations. This course reviews the contents of the initial Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting course and is required by the EPA every five years. Abatement professionals may take this refresher instead of the initial course to satisfy EPA requirements.

The new EPA rules apply to contractors who renovate or repair housing, child-care facilities or schools built before 1978. Under the new rules, trained contractors and workers must follow lead-safe work practice standards to reduce potential exposure to dangerous levels of lead during renovation and repair activities. The requirements apply to anyone who could potentially expose children to lead dust during their work and includes builders, painters, plumbers, and electricians.

Please check with your state regulatory agency to determine whether or not they accept EPA-approved training.

Valid EPA/State of NC qualifying documentation (Lead license and/or Lead Certificate) must be presented at the start of class. Failure to present valid documentation will result in disqualification to take the course.


Lead Supervisor REFRESHER

Contractors who perform abatement activities involving lead-based paint in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities must maintain certification in accordance with EPA regulations. The LEAD SUPERVISOR training IS A PREREQUISITE FOR THIS REFRESHER COURSE mandated by EPA and NC regulations. EPA requires attendance at least once every three years, while NC and other states mandate refresher training within 24 months of the last course completion.

This class may be used for licensing as a lead abatement professional in NC, SC, and FL. Other states may also accept this training – please contact your state regulatory agency to determine whether or not they accept EPA-approved training.

It is recommended that students bring a calculator to the course.

Valid EPA/State of NC qualifying documentation (Lead license and/or Lead Certificate) must be presented at the start of class. Failure to present valid documentation will result in disqualification to take the course.


Lead Worker REFRESHER

The two-day Lead Worker Training is a prerequisite for this refresher course mandated by EPA and NC regulations.

Designed for lead abatement workers and may also be used to meet HUD training requirements for contractors performing renovations disturbing painted surfaces in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities. EPA requires attendance at least once every three years, while NC and other states mandate refresher training within 24 months of the last course completion. Requires pre-notification to regulatory authorities.

Valid EPA/State of NC qualifying documentation (Lead license and/or Lead Certificate) must be presented at the start of class. Failure to present valid documentation will result in disqualification to take the course.


Healthy Housing Principles

Healthy Housing Principles is one-day foundation training course is ideal for anyone who for anyone who touches a home as part of their work. The training will help you understand the connection between health and housing, and how to identify basic housing hazards and educate home occupants on practical solutions. The goal of healthy homes training is to take a holistic approach to identify and resolve problems that threaten the health and well-being of residents. The training focuses on utilizing the eight principles of healthy housing. During this course we will discuss the latest knowledge about how to manage: moisture and mold, lead-based paint, pests, allergens and dust, chemical hazards, radon and asbestos. This course is based on the new Healthy Housing Principles Reference Guide from the Building Performance Institute.


Healthy Home Assessments: Principles and Practices

The Healthy Home Assessments: Principles and Practices course is a two-day comprehensive, interactive and hands-on course that teaches you the essential knowledge of the eight healthy housing principles and how to apply these important concepts when assessing and characterizing health and safety risks in homes. This course will introduce you to how to take an environmental history from clients, as well as in-home education, basic building science for home assessors, visual assessment techniques, identifying and prioritizing health and safety concerns, basic environmental measurement and sampling, and risk communication and assessment reporting best practices. This course includes information on the best practices for environmental management of asthma. Where possible, the class will spend some time practicing a home environmental assessment in a local home applying the techniques learned.

Registration

Seats are limited! Pre-Registration via this web form is required. If you meet the qualifications to attend the course, you will be contacted in the order submissions are received. A website request form (located in the sidebar of this page) must be submitted for each class that you are interested in attending.

Within three business days, if you are qualified and seats are available for a class you expressed interest in, you will receive an email confirmation with further registration instructions. Please note, a web form does NOT guarantee a seat in the class nor is this a registration form.

You will receive a follow-up email with further instructions, including a registration form to complete and return to CFCC. This form must be completed & returned no later than 1 week prior to the class start date.

Note: Participants must sign the contractor or volunteer agreement for the City of Wilmington at the time of registration. Here’s a preview of the volunteer and contractor forms.

Location

Classes will be offered at the Cape Fear Community College North Campus located at 4500 Blue Clay Rd. Castle Hayne, NC 28429. See Maps and Locations .

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