Inspection, Repair and Cleaning (IRC) Practices Certification Training

Inspection, Repair and Cleaning (IRC) Practices Certification Training

Please note these changes to EMPs after October 1, 2022: 

“Essential Maintenance Practices” will be called “Inspection, Repair and Cleaning (IRC) Practices.” IRC Practices will be the same as EMPs, except for these differences:   

  • If you are EMP certified, you will no longer be 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 will need to be performed by someone who is licensed under the Vermont Renovation, Repair, Painting and Maintenance (RRPM) regulations.
  • You will still be able to use your EMP certificate to perform EMPs (except for repairs) for 5 years from the date you took the EMP training. After that, you will need to take the new IRCs training to receive an updated certificate number. 

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. 

Starting October 1, 2022, IRC Practices must be performed by a person who is IRC 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. 

To become IRC certified, you must attend a Health Department approved IRC training and take an exam. You must get at least an 80% on the exam to receive your certificate. Certificates will be sent by email within two weeks.

The IRC training is offered in person and online. The total time for the training and exam is about 4 hours.

In-Person IRC Practices Training

The in-person training is a 3-hour class, including time for the exam. We recommend you review the IRC Practices Course Manual before attending the class.

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Online IRC Practices Training

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Live 2-hour Virtual Class

  • The class will be held using the Microsoft Teams meeting platform.
  • When you register for the live virtual class, you will receive a link to the Eventbrite page that will have a link to the class.
  • You are required to review the IRC Practices training materials before attending the class.
  • You will be able to ask questions during the class.
  • At the end of the class, you will receive a link to the exam. You have until noon the next day to complete your exam.
  • Attendance will be taken during the class and the exam link will only be sent to those who attend the class.

IRC Practices Training Materials

If you are completing the online training, please review these materials before you attend the live virtual class or Q & A session:

  1. IRC Practices Course Manual – after you register, a link to the course manual will be emailed to you two weeks before the class.
  2. Introductory Videos – watch the four videos below. The total viewing time is about 15 minutes.

Introductory Videos


If you have any questions about the classes or are having problems accessing the training materials or videos, please email [email protected].