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 Iowa Lead Safety Classes

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Course Descriptions
Local Community College Class Information
Facts About Lead Safety in Iowa (.pdf)
Is Your Contractor a Lead Safe Renovator? (.pdf)
FAQs for Lead-Safe Renovators

All Iowa Community Colleges are Approved Iowa Lead Safety Training Providers.
Advanced registration is required forall workshops. Contact your college to register today.

Which Class Do I Need?

  • Renovator Certification for those who do work on "target properties."
    • Requires 8 hour training course and exam.
    • Certification for individuals and firms by submitting application to the Iowa Department of Public Health is required under EPA policy. We will have those applications available during class. (This course qualifies with the PMSB for 4 safety CEU's).
  • If you already have Lead Safe Work Practices (LSWP) training, IDPH will allow you to grandfather into the Renovator Certification with a 4 hour upgrade course.
  • Abatement Contractor -- Initial Course: 40 Hours - supervise lead abatement projects.
  • Abatement Worker -- Initial Course: 24 Hours - to work on lead abatement projects.
  • Worker to Contractor -- Initial Course: 16 Hours - certified Abatement Workers who want to supervise.
  • Reciprocal Contractor -- Initial Course: 8 Hours - currently certified in another state and want to work in Iowa.

Lead Abatement Contractors and Workers must reapply annually with the Iowa Department of Public Health and successfully complete an 8-hour Abatement Refresher course every 3 years.

Definitions & Clarifications

Abatement: A specific activity that results in the permanent elimination of LBP or LBP hazards. The intent of abatement is directly related LBP. Generally speaking most lead abatement projects involve federal funds. Lead abatement can only be performed by certified lead abatement workers and contractors. Lead-safe renovators may not perform lead abatement.

Renovation: Renovation activity is basically a catch all for all of the other activities that take place. Renovation is not directly intended to eliminate LBP even though LBP may be eliminated as a result. Renovation can be performed by certified lead abatement contractor and worker who have taken the Lead Safe Renovator training, certified lead-safe renovators, and by non-certified individuals who have been trained on-the-job.

Any individual currently certified as a lead abatement worker or contractor is required to take the 4-hr Renovator Refresher course or the 8-hr Renovator Intial course, IF they also do renovation work. Most abatement workers and contractors do both renovation and abatement. These certified lead abatement workers and contractors would not, however, certify as a lead-safe renovator too. They are already considered certified at a higher classification as abatement workers or contractors. The IDPH will send them a letter stating that "they have taken a course that has met the requirement for education in renovation". Their names also appear on IDPH's website as both an abatement worker/contractor and as a renovator. Certified lead abatement workers and contractors do not need to fill out an application for certification as a lead-safe renovator.