How to Get Certified to Remove Asbestos

Asbestos removal can be a lucrative career offering steady work and income. Asbestos is a fibrous, insulating material that can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma if it's inhaled over a long period of time. Most real estate owners or property managers are keen to have it removed from their buildings. The requirements for becoming certified to remove asbestos vary from state to state, but there are some general steps that most states have in common.

Complete training through a state-approved provider. Your home state will certify, typically through its labor or environmental department, certain firms that can provide training on safe asbestos removal. The curriculum used by these firms must cover topics mandated by the state and must last a specified number of hours. For example, New Jersey requires asbestos workers to complete a 28-hour training course.

Take a state-mandated examination. Your training will prepare you to take a certification test, which will be administered by the state or by a third party the state has approved. The firm that provides your training should be able to give you some tips on what to expect on the test. Training firms take pride in the ability of their graduates to pass state certification exams.

Complete your license application. Apply for your license through the state agency that regulates asbestos removal activities--again, that should be your state labor or environmental department. You'll need to prove you have completed training and have passed the state examination. Some states may offer reciprocity if you've already been certified by another state to remove asbestos. Your license will need to be renewed periodically, so don't let it lapse.


  • Always make sure any firm offering training on asbestos removal is certified by the state in which you plan to operate. If the firm isn't certified, you may end up wasting your time and money.