How to become certified in asbestos removal

Requirements for becoming a certified:

How to apply to be a Certified Asbestos Worker in Washington State

You will need this certification if:

You want to be a certified asbestos worker. Individuals must complete a Washington State Certified 4-day course that meets the requirements of WAC 296-65-005 and WAC 296-65-010 for asbestos abatement workers. Topics focus on all aspects of abatement operations including asbestos types, uses and building material types; health hazards; regulations; worker protection and decontamination issues; personal protective equipment; site safety; state of the art work practices and engineering controls. Hands-on training includes the use of respirators; removal and repair of simulated asbestos materials; glove-bag installation, use and removal; construction of containments; decontamination; and proper entry and exit procedures from the regulated area. The initial course requires successful completion of the class and a final exam score of 70% or higher. Certification license cards are issued from the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries.

What you will need:

  1. Read Washington rules for becoming a Certified Asbestos Worker at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=296-65-010
  2. Attend a 32-hour Asbestos Worker training course.
    For a list of approved trainers, go to www.Lni.wa.gov/AsbestosTrainers.
  3. Upon completion of training, you will be issued an Asbestos Worker Certification.
  4. Note: Certification expires 1 year from the date it is issued.

  5. Annually complete an 8-hour Asbestos Worker Refresher training course prior to expiration.

 

How to apply to be a Certified Asbestos Supervisor in Washington State

You will need this certification if:

You will supervise asbestos abatement projects or oversee asbestos workers. Individuals must complete a Washington State Certified 5-day course that meets the requirements of WAC 296-65-007 and WAC 296-65-012. The course includes all of the content in the 32-Hour Asbestos Worker course as well as supervision and management, administrative programs, how to select and set-up engineering controls properly, how to conduct air monitoring, and how to set-up and manage supplied air breathing systems. Hands-on exercises are included such as setting up and calibrating air sampling equipment, Type C systems, respiratory protection, glove-bagging, calculating and locating ventilation requirements for an enclosure, and 3-stage personnel decontamination. Certification license cards are issued from the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries.

What you will need:

  1. Read Washington rules for becoming a Certified Asbestos Supervisor at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=296-65-012
  2. Attend a 40-hour Asbestos Supervisor training course.
    For a list of approved trainers, go to www.Lni.wa.gov/AsbestosTrainers.
  3. Complete 1600 hours of work in one or more of L&I’s five qualifying work categories.
  4. IMPORTANT: Have your employer(s) complete an Affidavit of Experience (F413-078-000)

  5. Upon completion of training and verification of hours, you will be issued an Asbestos Supervisor Certification.
  6. Note: Certification expires 1 year from the date it is issued.

  7. Annually complete an 8-hour Asbestos Supervisor Refresher training course prior to expiration.

How to apply to be a Certified Asbestos Contractor in Washington State

You will need this certification if:

You are bidding or working on an asbestos removal project in Washington State.

What you will need:

  1. An active Contractor Registration with the WA Dept. of Labor and Industries.
    Not registered? Go to www.Lni.wa.gov and search "Registering as a Contractor"
  2. A Certified Asbestos Supervisor on your payroll.
    IMPORTANT: If this employee is not certified, refer to "How to apply to be a Certified Asbestos Supervisor in Washington State"
  3. A completed L&I Asbestos Contractor Application for Certification
    Get the form: www.Lni.wa.gov/Forms/pdf/F413-007-000.pdf
  4. A completed application and payment submitted to L&I (Instructions on application.)

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How to Apply to be a Certified Asbestos Contractor (F413-077-000)

If you are already certified

— You must report your asbestos removal projects.

All asbestos projects involving more than 48 square feet of material (or 10 linear feet of piping or ducting) having potential to release asbestos fibers must be reported to the department 10 days prior to starting.

Notify L&I of your asbestos projects.
Use this online form to notify L&I of asbestos projects.

Need to replace a lost or stolen card?

Application for Lost or Stolen Asbestos Certification Card (36 KB PDF).

Need to verify certification?

Asbestos Abatement Contractors Registered with L&I.

 

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