As of October 1, 2022, "Essential Maintenance Practices (EMPs)” are now called “Inspection, Repair and Cleaning (IRC) Practices.” IRC Practices are the same as EMPs, except for these differences:
If you are EMP or IRC Practices certified, you are no longer able to perform paint repair of 1 square foot or more per interior room or exterior surface on pre-1978 rental housing and child care facilities. Repairs of areas larger than this need to be performed by someone who has Vermont Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair, Painting and Maintenance (RRPM) firm and supervisor licenses or the Uncompensated Child Care Operator (UCCO) certificate. Learn more about RRPM and UCCO credentials
You can still use your EMP certificate to perform IRC Practices (except for repairs) for 5 years from the date you took the EMP training. After that, you will need to take the new IRC Practices training to receive an updated certificate number.