How to Get An Asbestos License in California

After attending asbestos training, there are additional steps to obtain your asbestos license with the state of California.

Asbestos Contractor Registration


For Asbestos Abatement Supervisors/Contractors and Workers.

Registration with Cal/OSHA is required for contractors and employers that remove asbestos having an asbestos fiber content of more than 0.1% and 100 square feet or more of surface area of asbestos-containing material.

  1. If you have not already attended a course, view our asbestos abatement supervisor and asbestos worker initial schedules.
  2. Contact the Cal/OSHA Asbestos Unit at ACRU@dir.ca.gov and request an application package. This will provide the applicant with the most specific and complete information needed to complete the application process. The applicant will also have to contact the Contractor's State License Board (CSLB) to apply for the appropriate license or certification.

    Public and private employers performing work on their own property do not need a CSLB license, but do need Cal/OSHA registration.

    To register, you must provide proof of the following:

    1. Certification or license from the CSLB unless a public and private employer operating on their own premises.
    2. Health Insurance or a trust account of $500 per employee to cover the cost required of medical examinations and monitoring (except for contractors without employees).
    3. Worker's Compensation Insurance coverage. This applies even if the applicant does not have any employees at the time their application is submitted to the Asbestos Unit.
    4. Certified Supervisor(s) who has the experience and authority to manage the asbestos removal process and who can act as the OSHA competent person(s).
    5. Training consisting of Cal/OSHA-approved initial and annual refresher AHERA training courses.
    6. Supervisors must take a Cal/OSHA approved AHERA Contractor/Supervisor initial course and annual refresher. The initial training is a 5 day course the refreshers are one day courses. Classes are offered in English only.
    7. Abatement workers must take a Cal/OSHA approved AHERA Workers initial course and annual refreshers. The initial training is a 4 day course and the refreshers are one day courses. Worker classes are available in both English and Spanish.
    8. Compliance with all applicable asbestos related standards
    9. Written asbestos removal operating policies and procedures
    10. List of equipment necessary to perform such work
    During the initial review process we check the applicant's documents, evaluate their compliance history, and review their procedures. We may require additional information, explanations or procedure revisions. If the applicant passes the initial review process, we issue certificates of registration. These are valid for one year unless revoked.

  3. Apply with California State License Board (CSLB) for Asbestos Certification C-22 License: View Application & Instructions ($75.00).
  4. Pass the CSLB Asbestos Certification Exam
    • The examination can be scheduled as soon as 15 days from the acceptance of your CSLB application. A study guide and more info for the examination is available from CSLB online at http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Resources/StudyGuides/C22StudyGuide.pdf or by calling the 24-hour automated phone system at (800) 321-CSLB (2752).
    Check your asbestos contractor registration status.

Asbestos Consultant (CAC) Registration


For Asbestos Inspectors, Management Planners, and Project Designers.

Any person who contracts to provide professional health and safety services relating to asbestos containing construction material, which comprises 100 square feet or more of surface area, as defined in Title 8 California Code of Regulations 1529. The activities of an Asbestos Consultant include building inspection, abatement project design, contract administration, sample collection, preparation of asbestos management plans, clearance monitoring, and supervision of Site Surveillance Technicians.

  1. If you have not already attended a course, view our Asbestos Initial Management Planner, Asbestos Abatement Project Designer, and Asbestos Abatement Contractor/Supervisor, as well as all subsequent annual refresher courses. (To be accredited as a Management Planner, the EPA requires Building Inspector accreditation as a prerequisite).
  2. Prerequisites:
    • Possession of valid AHERA training certificates including: Initial Management Planner, Abatement Project Designer, and Abatement Contractor/Supervisor, as well as all subsequent annual refresher courses (Building Inspector accreditation is a prerequisite for Management Planner); AND
    • 1 year of asbestos related experience and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Architecture, Industrial Hygiene, Construction Management, or a related biological or physical science; OR
    • 2 years of asbestos related experience and a Bachelor's degree; OR
    • 3 years of asbestos related experience and an Associate of Arts degree in Engineering, Architecture, Industrial Hygiene, Construction Management, or a related biological or physical science; OR
    • Training consisting of Cal/OSHA-approved initial and annual refresher AHERA training courses.
    • 4 years of asbestos related experience and a High School Diploma or equivalent
  3. Required Fee: $500 (Payable to the Asbestos Consultant Certification Fund)
  4. Apply with the application package.
Check your asbestos consultant registration status.

Certified Site Surveillance Technician (CSST) Registration

Any person who acts as an independent on site representative of an Asbestos Consultant. The Site Surveillance Technician monitors the asbestos abatement activities of others, provides asbestos air monitoring services for area and personal samples, and performs building surveys and contract administration at the direction of an Asbestos Consultant.

  1. Possession of valid AHERA Training Certificates including: Initial Building Inspector and Asbestos Abatement Contractor/Supervisor, as well as all subsequent annual refresher courses.
  2. Required Fee: $400 (Payable to the Asbestos Consultant Certification Fund)
  3. Required Work Experience and Education including:
    Six (6) months of asbestos related work experience under the supervision of a certified Asbestos Consultant and a High School Diploma or equivalent education. After three (3) months of qualifying work experience, an applicant may request to sit for the certification exam. However, the additional three (3) months of qualifying experience must be completed before the certification card can be issued to that person. The additional experience must be verified by the individual(s) having direct knowledge of the applicant's experience and must use form BP 7180A.
  4. Apply with the application package.
Have additional questions on becoming a California asbestos contractor? Give us a call at 646-564-3546 and we'll be happy to assist you
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