EEA’s Asbestos Course Descriptions


Environmental Education Association offers several asbestos courses that will leave you certified in New York State, able to meet and recognize various legal requirements. Learn how to tackle asbestos testing, sampling and abatement projects including designing and monitoring. We also offer several asbestos refresher courses to make sure your certification remains up to date.




  • 4-8 Hours — All asbestos certificates must be renewed annually under NYSDOH and USEPA requirements. Attendees must provide proof of eligibility to attend.
  • Online training is done via live webinar. Each user must have their own device, a webcam and speakers in order to participate.



  • 16 Hours — For those who perform asbestos abatement air sampling activities. This asbestos course includes both personal exposure assessment sampling and project area sampling.



  • 24 Hours — For any person who plans the scope, timing, phasing and/or remediation methods used on any asbestos abatement project.



  • 40 Hours — Designed for those who oversee the scope, methodology or quality control on an asbestos abatement project (other than contractor/supervisor). Course includes a project site visit.



  • 40 Hours — For those who manage, supervise and act as OSHA certified competent persons during asbestos abatement activities, providing supervision and direction to workers engaged in asbestos removal, encapsulation, enclosure and repair.



  • 32 Hours — For any person employed on an asbestos abatement project whose duties involve the removal, encapsulation, application or enclosure of any asbestos containing material (ACM).



  • 24 Hours — Meant for individuals who investigate or conduct surveys for asbestos containing materials. Includes building renovation, building demolition, property assessment and property appraisal practices.



  • 16 Hours — For those responsible for facility asbestos mitigation, including management of data, response action planning, project scheduling and administration, or coordinates any activities of an operations and maintenance program. Asbestos inspector training is a prerequisite.



  • 16 Hours — For facility or building maintenance staff who conduct asbestos activities that will not exceed the disturbance of not more than twenty-five (25) linear or ten (10) square feet of asbestos containing material.  This training meets OSHA and EPA AHERA asbestos awareness training requirements for construction workers and local education agency (LEA) staff who may disturb asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) during building maintenance.

    Once this additional training is completed, attendees will be adequately trained to conduct smallscale, short-duration activities and/or minor fiber release episode cleanup and repair procedures.

    Required topics include proper methods for handling ACBM; information on proper use of respiratory protection; hands-on training in the use of respiratory protection, other personal protection measures, and good work practices; information pertaining to various regulations and relevant technical information.



  • 16 Hours — For workers whose duties require them to be on an asbestos abatement sites and enter a regulated work area, but do not require their handling of asbestos materials, including building management/design, maintenance, and utility personnel.



  • 4-8 Hours — All asbestos certificates must be renewed annually under NYSDOH and USEPA requirements. Attendees must provide proof of eligibility to attend.



  • 8 Horas — Todas las certificaciones de trabajadores de asbestos  deben renovarse  todos los años en conforme con  los requisitos de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos (USEPA) y el Departamento de Labor del  Estado de  Nueva York (NYSDOL). Los asistentes deben demostrar que han completado una formación inicial o de refresco en la misma disciplina en los últimos veinticuatro meses para ser elegible para la recertificación.


Local education agency (LEA) Asbestos designated person

  • 2 Hours online or in-person — A local education agency (LEA) is required to designate a person to ensure that all LEA responsibilities and/or requirements are properly implemented (40 CFR part 763.84(g)(1)).  EEA provides this on-line or in-person course to meet AHERA (40 CFR part 763.84(g)(2)) requirements for a “LEA Designee”.  Topics include health effects of asbestos; detection, identification and assessment of ACBM; options for controlling ACBM; asbestos management program; related federal and state laws.


ASBESTOS Awareness - LEA Maintenance Workers

  • 2 Hours online or in-person —  The local education agency (LEA) must ensure that all maintenance and custodial staff who work in a building that contains ACBM receive a minimum of two hours awareness training, whether or not they are required to work with ACBM. New custodial and maintenance employees must be trained within 60 days after the commencement of employment.

    Required topics include  asbestos and its uses and forms; health effects associated with asbestos exposure; locating ACBM identified throughout each school building in which they work; recognizing various conditions of ACBM; name and telephone number of LEA designated person; information pertaining to the availability and location of management plan.


ASBESTOS Awareness - OSHA construction

  • 2 Hours online or in-person — OSHA requires employers to institute and ensure participation in a worker training program for construction employees exposed to fiber levels (either measured or anticipated) at or above the permissible exposure limit (0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter (f/cc) as an 8-hour, time-weighted average (TWA) and/or the excursion limit (1.0 f/cc as a 30-minute TWA)).

    This course provides workers with the basic knowledge and skills to identify and avoid asbestos hazards in construction sites. The course covers the following topics:

  • The history and uses of asbestos
  • The health effects and risks of asbestos exposure
  • The types and locations of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) and presumed asbestos-containing materials (PACM) in buildings
  • The OSHA standards and requirements for asbestos in construction, including the permissible exposure limit (PEL), the regulated areas, the engineering controls, the work practices, the personal protective equipment (PPE), the medical surveillance, the recordkeeping, and the training
  • The methods and techniques for recognizing and preventing asbestos exposure, such as visual inspection, sampling, labeling, posting, and notification
  • The procedures and protocols for handling and disposing of asbestos waste
  • The emergency response and incident reporting for asbestos-related incidents

The course is based on the OSHA regulations at 29 CFR § 1926.1101 (PDF) (53 pp, 408K, about PDF) and follows the OSHA guidelines for asbestos awareness training. The course lasts 2 hours and includes lectures, videos, quizzes and interactive exercises. The course is suitable for workers who may come into contact with asbestos but who do not disturb it, such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, painters and general laborers.

The course does not qualify workers to perform asbestos abatement or removal activities, which require additional training and certification. Upon completion of the course, the participants will receive a certificate of attendance. The course must be repeated annually to maintain compliance with OSHA.