The Portland Tribune recently published an article on HBA’s new Spanish test for those taking our Lead-Based Paint Certified Renovator – the first test of its kind in the state. This initiative was to ensure the health, welfare and safety of workers and the community, as well as to ensure a greater pass rate by Spanish-speaking members of the industry. HBA’s Education & Sustainability Manager Kaitlin Torney worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Oregon Home Builders Association (OHBA) to get the test translated into Spanish and approved by the EPA. The Spanish test has been available to renovator classes in Portland since July and it has already created an uptick in pass rates.
“The more workers and contractors we have in Oregon certified to safely handle projects involving lead-based paint the better,” Torney said. “Since the Spanish-language written test became available, participants who previously failed the English test have now earned their certification, and we see more and more people asking for the test in Spanish. This addition by the HBAMP is the latest in training and educational opportunities that further industry standards to promote the health and safety of our communities.”
Read the full article, “Obtener la certificacion (get certified) en Espanol” at the bottom of the page here.