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Course Description

The Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) course is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) / US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certification course designed for all workers that disturb painted surfaces in housing and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978 including: renovation contractors, maintenance workers in multi-family housing, painters, and other specialty trades. Under the rule, child-occupied facilities are defined as residential, public or commercial buildings where children under age six are present on a regular basis.

The RRP course is intended for students who have no prior knowledge of lead-based paint, but the certification is required regardless of experience. Students learn how to assess and work with lead-based paint hazards in a way that is safe and constructive for themselves and others. To maintain their certification students must complete a 4-hour Refresher course every 5 years.

Initial Certification

The Initial Certification course has 8 contact hours. Classroom training (including a written exam) requires approximately 6 hours of the total time for the course, and 2 hours are set aside for Hands-on Skill Sets in the Lab involving 11 skills evaluated by the instructor.  It can qualify as 4 continuing education units (CEU) toward Home Energy Professional Recertification.

Completion of the course will register your name with EPA as a Certified Lead; Renovation, Repair, and Painting Professional. The company you work for, whether it is a multi-person operation or you are simply a sole proprietor, will still need to register as a Certified Firm with EPA. To complete that application go to EPA's online Certified Firm Registration page.

Refresher Certification

The Refresher Certification course has 4 contact hours and can qualify as 2 CEU toward HEP Recertification. Certified RRP Contractors must complete a refresher course within 5 years of initial certification to maintain their standing with EPA. 

Course Objectives

  • Identify appropriate lead-safe practices for a job
  • Perform and direct lead-safe work practices
  • Provide hands-on training to non-certified workers
  • Use EPA-recognized test kits to identify lead-based paint
  • Maintain containment areas to minimize the spread of dust
  • Implement the cleaning verification procedure
  • Prepare and maintain required records

Organization of Course

This is a lecture-lab course with 6 hours of classroom powerpoint lecture followed by 2 hours of hands-on lab time to complete the Initial Certification or 3 hours of classroom lecture and 1 hour of hands-on lab time for the Refresher course. Full participation is expected and required.

Grading Criteria and Passing Score

The final exam is a written 25-question test and each student must pass with a 70% score or higher. Students that do not pass will be allowed to retake the exam in accordance with the Montana Weatherization Training Center retesting policy.
For Initial Certification students must attend all 6 hours of lecture and complete 2 hours of hands-on skill assessments.
For the Refresher certification students must attend 3 hours of lecture and complete 1 hour of hands-on skillsets.


  • All contractors doing work for compensation in structures built prior to 1978

Course Fees

  • Initial certification (8 hour) - $300 per person for the public
  • Refresher certification (4 hour) - $150 per person for the public
  • Free for associates of the Montana Weatherization Workforce
  • All course materials provided


The University reserves the right to cancel programs if the registration minimum of 6 students is not met. If you are registered and confirmed, you will be notified 48 hours in advance, should the class be canceled. In this event, the University’s liability is limited to the full refund of your registration fee.

*  Course fees apply for professionals NOT covered by Montana's Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program (LIWAP) Funding. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations, made by the student, received within 48 hours of the course. If you are unable to attend, a substitution can be made at any time without charge.

To see when the next session is scheduled, visit the Course Calendar.

For additional information contact the Center at [email protected] or you can call (406) 586-0070.


To view and register for upcoming courses, follow this link to the MSU Academic Technology and Outreach page