Free EPA lead certification for contractors

Pike County offers incentives for qualified contractors, paying for the course and inviting their bids on county home rehabilitation projects.

| 04 May 2022 | 02:36

    Milford, PA. Pike County is offering a free EPA Lead Certification Renovator Training to qualified contractors on May 17, 2022. EPA Lead-Safe Certification is required by federal law for anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978. Pike County will reimburse qualified contractors that complete this training for the EPA Lead-Safe Firm Certification Fee, which typically costs $300. More information is available at or by contacting Kayla Orben, assistant executive director for community services, at (570) 952-6485 or

    To be eligible for the training, contractors must be licensed as a home improvement contractor with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, have at least three years of experience doing residential rehabilitation, and meet other eligibility criteria. Contractors must also submit their qualifications to Pike County with the intent of bidding on housing rehabilitation projects.

    The county expects to rehabilitate at least 10 homes in 2022. The value of these contracts will exceed $225,000. These projects will be financed by a grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, under the administration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development. Pike County has spent more than $1.65 million on housing rehabilitation projects since 2010.

    The course is an accredited EPA-approved Lead Renovator Certification Course and will be facilitated by Zack Academy. This incentive is limited to the first 25 respondents. Contractors that benefit from this incentive agree to respond to bid requests from the county.