Firms that require LEAD RRP Certification

In general, anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 (Dec. 31, 1977 and back) must be certified.  This includes all firms, even sole proprietorships.

Examples of the types of firms covered:

  • Residential rental property owners/managers
  • General contractors
  • Special trade contractors, including
    • Painters
    • Plumbers
    • Drywall
    • Carpenters
    • Window Installers
    • Electricians

Firms can’t advertise or perform renovation activities covered by the regulation in homes or child-occupied facilities, even though they are certified renovators, built before 1978 without firm certification.

The PCLB, is it going away?

Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board plays fast and loose with disciplinary process

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State lawmakers call to abolish the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board

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For 44 years, the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board has regulated contractors without any government oversight. That could end soon. Today, state and local leaders said they want the Florida Legislature to abolish the licensing board and fold the work under county government, like other similar boards in the state. The calls follow a Tampa Bay Times investigation that detailed the fast and loose approach of how the board handles complaints against contractors. The Times also found that homeowners feel cheated, ignored and even stonewalled. Contractors feel the same way and some believe the board targets anyone who speaks out

Florida Solar Contractors

GOOD NEWS…. To our SOLAR CONTRACTORS: We have now separated our SOLAR course,  so you have your OWN SPECIFIC COURSE FOR SOLAR TECHNICAL! Current students log into your Student Locker and see the scheduled SOLAR TECHNICAL CLASSES/WEBINARS…. the first one is on JANUARY 20th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. If you need any help please Call us at 1-877-542-3673

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New Exemptions

As of July 1, 2016, section 489.103, F.S. is amended to add a new exemption for apartment community employees or apartment management company employees. The employees are exempted from contractor licensing requirements when they are performing minor repairs to existing electric water heaters, electric heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems when the repair costs do not exceed $1,000.00 and are not the functional equivalent of replacing the system. Employees are required to have one year of apartment maintenance experience and hold an apartment maintenance technician’s certificate from the National Apartment Association (NAA) to qualify for the exemption. The NAA certification course must be accredited by the American National Standards Institute and consists of a 90 hour training course covering identified topics and completion of examination requirements. The exemption only applies to employees of apartment communities of 100 apartments or greater and does not prohibit local jurisdictions from creating local license requirements for the performance of such work.

Who is on the CILB?

The Construction Industry Licensing Board consists of 18 members: 4 general contractors, 3 building or residential contractors (with at least 1 building contractor and 1 residential contractor), 1 sheet metal contractor, 1 pool contractor, 1 plumbing contractor, 2 building officials of a municipality or county, 1 roofing contractor, 1 air conditioning contractor, 1 mechanical contractor, 1 underground utility and excavation contractor and 2 consumer members.

Now all they have to do is get along and agree…

EPA Refresher Course

On February 10, 2016, the Administrator signed a final rule to make several revisions to the RRP and Lead-based Paint Activities Programs. The revisions will improve the day-to-day function of the programs by reducing burdens to industry and EPA, and clarifying language for training providers.

First, EPA modified the requirement that the renovator refresher training course have a hands-on component under the RRP program. Under the final rule, Renovators can take a refresher course without the hands-on training every other time they get certified. A course without hands-on training can be taken completely online. Renovators who take the online training will be certified for three years; renovators who take the hands-on training will be certified for five years. Modifying the hands-on requirement would give renovators easier access to trainings saving them time and money and possibly resulting in a higher number of renovators taking the refresher course.

 Second, the Agency removed jurisdictions under the abatement program. Eliminating jurisdictions will lower burden and costs for applicants because they will send fewer applications and pay less in fees. Third, EPA added clarifying language to the requirements for training providers under both the RRP and abatement programs. Adding language to clarify what constitutes a violation would make the regulations consistent with other lead-based paint program regulations. This does not change any requirements for training providers.

 You can find information about the rule and a pre-publication copy of the Federal Register notice on EPA’s Lead Program website at www.epa.gov/lead.

Change to application process (EPA)

Effective September 15, 2015 EPA will no longer offer the option of submitting lead program applications by mail. This applies to all individual, firm and trainer applications required by EPA’s lead renovation and abatement programs. After that date all applications, payments, updates and certificate replacement requests will be done online using the Agency’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) system. This change is part of an Agency effort to decrease cost and increase efficiency. Although this option was only recently added for individuals and trainers, it has been available to firms for some time. At present, nearly 90% of firm applications are submitted online. Acceptable methods for payments online include credit card, debit card, or electronic check.