This Asbestos Inspector Initial Certification course is required for those individuals who want to conduct inspections and assessments for asbestos containing materials (ACM). As an accredited Asbestos Inspector, you may conduct asbestos building inspections to identify and assess the condition of asbestos containing materials for asbestos building surveys including activities for building renovation, building demolition and property assessments.
The Asbestos Inspector Initial training course is 24 hours and provides in-depth knowledge and instruction on state-of-the-art asbestos inspection methods and procedures including extensive real-life practical experience that you can immediately apply to your work activity. Get certified today and start working tomorrow.
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The purpose of this course is to train individuals conducting asbestos inspections on methods and procedures including:
- Understand roles and responsibilities of the asbestos building inspector
- To become familiar with characteristics of asbestos and uses
- Understand asbestos exposure and associated health effects
- Understand building systems and components
- Know legal, liability and relationship responsibilities
- Understand pre-planning and asbestos inspection protocol
- Assess conditions of asbestos containing materials
- Report interpretation and development
Asbestos Inspector Initial Course Overview
- Background Information on Asbestos
- Potential Health Effects Related to Asbestos Exposure
- Functions, Qualifications, and the Role of Building Inspectors
- Legal Liabilities of Building Inspectors
- Understanding Building Systems
- Public/Employee/Building Occupant Relations
- Pre-Inspection Planning and Review of Previous Inspection Records
- Inspecting for Friable and Non-friable Asbestos-Containing Material
- (ACM) and Assessing the Condition of Friable ACM
- Bulk Sampling and Documentation
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Recordkeeping and Reporting
- Regulatory Review
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get certified as an asbestos Inspector?
To become a properly trained and accredited asbestos inspector you will need to seek training from a training provider that offers courses approved by the EPA or a state to conduct asbestos training pursuant to the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan. Most states also require a license to perform this work. Your training course completion certificate is a general prerequisite to applying for such a license. The asbestos inspector training course is 3 days in length. EPA Accredited asbestos training courses are offered in five separate disciplines; Asbestos Abatement Worker, Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor, Asbestos Inspector, Asbestos Management Planner and Asbestos Project Designer. Some states may refer to these training disciplines by different, yet similar names.
How do I know if my state has additional requirements to become licensed as an asbestos inspector?
Many states administer an asbestos program including having additional requirements to become licensed as a licensed asbestos inspector. The Environmental Protection Agency has compiled a list names and contact numbers for states that administer their own asbestos program. If your state administers their own program, you should contact them to identify state-specific requirements for becoming licensed as an asbestos inspector.
What is the applicability of Federal asbestos inspector accreditation requirements under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) to real estate appraisers?
Real estate appraisers may not assess the suspected presence, location, or condition of asbestos in a school building or a public and commercial building during an appraisal unless they are accredited pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP), as conducting an examination, either visual or physical, to determine whether a substance contains asbestos qualifies as an “inspection” as defined by the MAP. EPA advises real estate appraisers to obtain asbestos inspector training and accreditation only if they determine that they will be undertaking inspections and examinations that would fall within the activities that trigger accreditation requirements under TSCA and the MAP. If an appraiser relies entirely upon an existing asbestos inspection report for a particular building that they are appraising, for purposes of estimating the impact of the presence or condition of asbestos on the value of the property, that appraiser would not need to be accredited.
I am the CEO of what used to be a modestly large property management firm. As I near retirement, we've stopped hiring new people to replace those who retire. Recently our Certified Lead Inspector and Certified Renovator employees retired, so I figured I'd take the class myself so we'd be able to keep on top of our much smaller current portfolio of properties. After 30 years of running renovations, sending employees to training and record keeping I thought the class would be a snooze and huge waste of my time. Just be sure, I ordered and read the entire textbook in advance, so I figured there was nothing for me to learn in the class. I was wrong.
The instructor, Robert, was amazingly able to make the dry material interesting and to relate it to real world issues. Just a simple "for instance," he asked "what's in the bottom of your toolbox." At home last night I found at least a quarter inch of dust in my nail bags and bottom of the tool box. As I reached for the air hose to blow it out, I remember what Robert said about using a HEPA vac to clean up the dust instead of blowing air.
And biggest of all, my entire half century of working with lead and lead paints, I learned to think of protective measures in terms of PPE. Robert convincingly showed how environmental and engineering controls can be safer, cheaper and more comfortable.
The class shifted my entire mindset from PPE to not making dust in the first place. This will be useful in just about everything we do, not just lead work. My nailbags are now cleaned and oiled and I found all the little tools that had gotten lost in the debris at the bottom of my tool box.
At one point in the class I thought I'd caught Robert making a mistake or exaggeration. At break I asked him about it. He seemed really interested in my question. He researched and showed me why he was correct.
I highly recommend Robert as an instructor.
10/10 Very informative and responsive to questions.
Instructor did an excellent job. He took his time with each person and explained it until they were able to understand.
I didn't know how harmful it really was to children. Bob did great, taught us the best of his and everyone else's knowledge.