Training Required for Asbestos Work

Asbestos certification is mandatory for all asbestos-related work performed on public and commercial buildings, including asbestos inspection, project design, project supervision, and asbestos removal and handling.

For applicable projects, you must be an accredited Asbestos Supervisor or Asbestos Worker whenever you create more debris than will fit in one standard waste bag, and you must be an accredited Asbestos Inspector to take even one sample of a product.

What Asbestos Training Do I Need? Do you want to...

  • ...Disturb more asbestos than will fit in one glovebag or waste container?

    If so, you must be certified as an EPA Asbestos Worker/Handler, and work under the supervision of a Certified Asbestos Supervisor. The Asbestos Worker course is four days in length, or you may also satisfy the requirement by taking the Asbestos Supervisor course. View Asbestos Worker/Handler Courses
  • ...Learn how to conduct asbestos abatement or how to supervise an asbestos abatement project?

    If so, you must obtain EPA Contractor/Supervisor Accreditation by taking the five-day Asbestos Supervisor course. This accreditation is mandatory for anyone supervising asbestos removal work where the debris will require more than one waste bag. You may also act as a worker, not just a supervisor, after completing this certification.View Asbestos Supervisor Courses
  • ...Collect samples to determine if a product contains asbestos, or inspect a building for asbestos?

    If so, you must obtain EPA Building Inspector Accreditation. EPA and OSHA require you to take at least the three-day Asbestos Inspector course. Asbestos Inspector Courses
  • ...Determine if the asbestos in a building is hazardous, and review possible response options for controlling asbestos?

    This would require the EPA Management Planner Accreditation. EPA requires you to take the Asbestos Management Planner course (Asbestos Inspector is a prerequisite).View Asbestos Management Planner Courses
  • ...Perform Class III asbestos work, for repair and maintenance operations, where Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) is likely to be disturbed?

    If so, you must obtain your Asbestos Operations and Maintenance license. View Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Courses
  • ...Develop the plans, specifications, cost estimates, and contract documents for an asbestos abatement project?

    If so, you must obtain EPA Project Designer Accreditation which requires a three-day training course. Note: this course has a prerequisite of extensive asbestos work experience or completion of the Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor course. View Asbestos Project Designer Courses
  • ...Renew a previous Asbestos license?

    The EPA requires you to take annual refresher courses to maintain each of your asbestos licenses. View all of our asbestos refresher courses that are offered here: View Asbestos Initial and Refresher Courses

Most Common Sources of Asbestos Exposure:

  • Workplace exposure to people that work in industries that mine, make or use asbestos products and those living near these industries, including:
    1. the construction industry (particularly building demolition and renovation activities),
    2. the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials), and
    3. during automotive brake and clutch repair work
  • Deteriorating, damaged, or disturbed asbestos-containing products such as insulation, fireproofing, acoustical materials, and floor tiles.

So what are the next steps?

We've simplified this complicated process into 4 easy steps to make sure you're protected:

  1. Get signed up with our easy online registration for an approved asbestos course
  2. Make it through the training and pass your course exam
  3. Submit the required applications and fees to the New York State Department of Labor Asbestos Licensingand Certification Unit
  4. Receive approval from the Asbestos Licensing and Certification Unit and you are good to go!

Training Required for Asbestos Work:

In 1986, the U.S. Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The act mandated specific training and accreditation for people doing asbestos inspections and work in schools. On April 4, 1994, AHERA accreditation became mandatory for all asbestos inspection, project design, project supervision, and project work done in all public and commercial buildings. New OSHA regulations match this EPA requirement. With only minor exceptions, you must be an AHERA-accredited inspector to take even one sample of a product. You must be an AHERA-accredited supervisor or worker whenever you create more debris than will fit in one standard waste bag or glovebag.

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Offered by an approved state Provider, our courses certify workers to perform asbestos-safe work. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions Page for full details on the asbestos laws or call us with any questions at 1-800-355-1751.


Mandatory Asbestos Training

Workers involved in asbestos abatement must first receive appropriate training from a New York State Department of Health accredited asbestos safety training provider. Asbestos workers must keep their training current by completing annual refresher training. You have a one-year grace period after your training expires in which to complete refresher training!