What are IRC Practices?
The Vermont Lead Poisoning Prevention Law requires owners of residential rental buildings and child care facilities built before 1978 to do Inspection, Repair and Cleaning (IRC) Practices to help prevent lead poisoning in children. These are relatively inexpensive maintenance activities, which include inspecting the property for chipping and peeling paint.
IRC Practices must be performed by a person who is IRC Practices certified or who has an RRPM license or UCCO certification. We recommend that all rental property and child care owners or managers become licensed or certified. If you have an EMP certificate, you can continue to perform IRC Practices using this certificate for 5 years from the date the certificate was issued. After 5 years, you will need to take the IRC Practices training to become recertified.
How to Become IRC Practices Certified
To become IRC Practices certified, you must attend a Health Department approved IRC Practices training and take a test. You must get at least a 70% on the test to receive your certificate. Certificates will be sent by email within two weeks.
The IRC Practices training is offered in person and online. The total time for the training and test is about 3 hours.