Can contractors submit their application to EPA before they complete the required training, or must the application be submitted after the training is complete? Is there a proof of training required by the EPA in order for the contractor's application to be approved?
To become a certified renovator, you must successfully complete a renovation training course taught by an accredited training provider. The course completion certificate serves as your proof of certification - no application to EPA is necessary. If you are a sole proprietorship or individual doing business as a renovation firm, you must also become a certified firm by submitted a completed "Application for Firms" with the correct amount of fees. As part of your application, you will be required to certify that your firm will comply with the requirements of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule, including ensuring that all individuals performing renovations activities on behalf of the firm are either certified renovators or have been trained by a certified renovator.
No proof of training is required at the time you submit your application.