Montana has many homes built before 1978 which may contain lead-based paint.  Montana companies doing work on these

homes and some other buildings are required to be trained and EPA Certified.  Since this is a requirement of EPA in all States, before hiring a contractor, owners of pre-1978 homes should ask for proof that the contractor is a "Certified Renovator".   

 Common renovation, repair, and painting activities that disturb lead-based paint can create hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to adults and children. The term renovation covers all activities done for compensation that disturb painted surfaces including most interior and exterior repair, remodeling, painting and maintenance activities.   But with careful work practices and thorough clean-up, renovations can be done safely. EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) lowers the risk of lead contamination from home renovation activities. It requires that companies performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 be certified by EPA and use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices.    Training, certification, and work practice requirements in the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule were effective April 22, 2010.   Non-compliant contractors may be fined up to $37,500.00 per violation.   

 To provide the EPA RRP training and certification, the MSU Fergus County Extension office is hosting the 8 hour certification class on May 16.  The class begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 6:30 PM with a break for lunch.  The cost of the certification is $200.00 per person.   The class will be taught by Mike Vogel, MSU Extension Housing and Environmental Health Specialist and EPA Approved Training Provider. Since the RRP Rule went into effect Vogel has trainer over 2000 contractors throughout Montana and U.S. 

 Pre-registration is required.

To register or


have questions please contact  Denise Seilstad of the  Fergus County Extension Office, at 535-3919 or stop by the office at 712 W. Main St., Lewistown.