Can renovator training courses, both initial and refresher courses, be taught online or via distance learning?
The final Renovation, Repair and Painting regulation, like the abatement program, permits the use of alternative training techniques (e.g., video training, computer-based training) as a supplement to the hands-on skills assessment, or as a substitute for the lecture portion of the training course requirements outlined in § 745.225.
In addition, § 745.225 of the final rule requires all training programs, including those using alternative training methods, to meet the minimum hourly requirements for hands-on activities in their training courses. Under § 745.225, all training programs are also required to administer a course test and conduct a hands-on skills assessment.
To ensure the quality of such alternative programs, the final rule requires training providers who opt to use alternative techniques to submit all materials as specified in § 745.225 as a part of their application for accreditation. These materials include copies of the course agenda, and student and instructor manuals.
The accreditation of alternative training programs will be based on EPA's review of the training materials submitted under § 745.225, including the course agenda and manuals. In its review, the Agency will consider on a case-by-case basis the provisions made by a training program to ensure the quality of its course materials. Based on that review, the Agency may accredit programs offering alternative training and instructional methods.