Union County College To Offer EPA/HUD-Approved Building Renovation Training

CRANFORD – Beginning in January 2011, Union County College, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, will offer a comprehensive series of training courses to meet the federal and state requirements for New Jersey contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that may disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child-care facilities and multi-family dwellings.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New Jersey Department of Community Affairs have approved New Jersey’s community colleges, through the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, as the accredited training provider for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Department of Housing and Urban Development (EPA/HUD) Renovation, Repair and Painting Program.


Contractors must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Firms must use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Renovators include renovation contractors, maintenance workers in multi-family housing, painters, and other specialty trades.

The NJ Department of Community Affairs is subsidizing the training through the state’s community colleges to reduce the training costs for contractors and their workers.

Union County College will be offering the training program in January 2011.  The training offers four certificates to attendees in one combined 20-hour class for the low subsidized tuition of $190 per person plus $72 for text and materials.

The combined package includes: EPA Model Renovator Initial Certificate, the EPA Dust Sampling Technician Certificate, the NJ DCA Rules & Regulations Certificate, and the OSHA Hazardous Communications Certificate.

Union County College will offer the 20-hour class at the Elizabeth Campus on the following dates: January 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; January 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; January 13 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and January 14 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Certificates are awarded upon successful completion and will be distributed after the conclusion of the course.

For more information, or to register, visit www.njworkforce.org/epa.html, or call the NJ Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development at 1-609- 393-9000.

The NJ Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, a central one-stop contact, develops and delivers education and training programs to New Jersey businesses, agencies and organizations. New Jersey’s community colleges formed the Consortium in 2004 to provide workforce training to businesses large and small in the Garden State.

Union County College is a comprehensive community college serving approximately 35,000 credit and non-credit students. It is committed to serving the higher educational needs of Union County. The College has an open admissions policy for both transfer and career programs and is dedicated to the fundamental values of public higher education. The first of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, Union County College provides opportunities for higher education for people of diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds in a multi-campus setting. The College has campuses located in Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield and Scotch Plains. For more information, visit www.ucc.edu.

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