Overview

Contractors have training, certification, and licensing requirements in order to remove asbestos containing materials (ACM). Most removals involve friable ACM and require the organization to become licensed by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) as an Asbestos Hazard Abatement Contractor. Non-friable ACM removals (i.e. roofing) usually do not require the contractor's license, but training is still required.

Additional training and certifications are required in Ohio to conduct asbestos inspections, bulk (material) sampling, and air sampling. Asbestos contractors and other organizations who want to have their personnel perform these activities will need to certify these individuals as Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialists.

This page acts only as a guide for certification

It does not include information regarding medical monitoring, personal protective equipment, and other equipment needed for asbestos abatement. Insurance to perform asbestos abatement work is also usually required and more costly than regular general liability insurance.

Feel free to contact TSI with any questions

ODH Asbestos Hazard Abatement Contractor Licensing

Personnel

  • One Asbestos Hazard Abatement Specialist (AHAS) is required to provide on-site supervision. State certification requires completing the ODH Asbestos Application for Certification. ODH application requires a $200 fee and completion of an Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Initial Training Course. TSI currently charges $649 for a 5-day course.

  • All workers must be certified as Asbestos Hazard Abatement Workers (AHAW) or as Asbestos Hazard Abatement Specialists (AHAS). State certification requires completing the ODH Asbestos Application for Certification for each worker. ODH Worker applications require a $50 fee and completion of an Asbestos Worker (4 day) or Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor (5 day) Initial Training Course. TSI currently charges $549 for the 4-day worker course and $649 for the 5-day course.

  • Any workers planning to become abatement specialists (supervisors) need the Contractor/Supervisor course. If they have previously taken the Worker Course, then they need to take all 5 days of the Contractor/Supervisor course to get the Abatement Specialist license. If they have previously taken the Contractor/Supervisor course to get their worker license, then all they need is to complete the Abatement Specialist application and send in the state fee.

  • All personnel licenses and training must be renewed annually. State certification renewals are the same cost as the initial certifications. Annual Asbestos Worker Refresher and Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Refresher training courses are 1 day. Refresher course costs are approximately $169/student for a Contractor/Supervisor Refresher and $149 for an Asbestos Worker Refresher.

Company

  • A company license is required in addition to personnel certifications. The company must complete an ODH Asbestos Contractor Licensure Application which includes a $750 fee. The application also requires the contractor submit a written copy of their company's Asbestos Abatement Compliance Program. This program includes asbestos work practices, medical monitoring, and a respiratory protection program. TSI can assist with the development of this program for a $250 fee. The company license must be renewed annually and costs $750 each year.

Cost Summary

The following certification and licensing costs are based on a company with 1 supervisor and 3 workers.

Item Initial Cost Estimate Annual Renewal Cost Estimate
Personnel Training $2,296 - $2,596
- Supervisor @ $649
- 3 Workers @ $549 - $649
$616-$676
- Supervisor @ $169
- 3 Workers @ $149 - $169
ODH Personnel Certifications $350
- AHAS (Supervisor) $200 x 1
- AHAW (Workers) $50 x 3
$350
- AHAS (Supervisor) $200 x 1
- AHAW (Workers) $50 x 3
ODH Asbestos Contractor License $750 $750
Contractor Compliance Program $250
- Optional
None
Totals $3,396 - 3,946
- Based on 2013 fees
$1,716 - $1,776
- Based on 2013 fees

Contractor Training Requirements to Remove Only Non-Friable ACM (i.e. Roofing)

Personnel

  • One Asbestos Competent Person to provide on-site supervision. Competent persons are selected by the employer based on qualifications and training. Training requirements include completing the Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Initial Training Course. TSI currently charges $649 for a 5-day course.

  • All other workers need asbestos training specifically addressing the non-friable materials (i.e. roofing) to be removed. TSI usually provides these classes specifically for a contractor at their facility or ours. Individual quotes are provided based on class size and location. The asbestos worker course also qualifies workers to perform removal of any types of asbestos materials. State licensing is not required if the material is kept non-friable.

  • Training must be renewed annually. The Asbestos Competent Person is required to take a 1-day Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Refresher training course, which is available on our open enrollment schedule. Annual Asbestos Worker Refresher training courses for non-friable, single types of asbestos material are about 4 hours. TSI usually provides these classes specifically for a contractor at their facility or ours.

Company

  • No company license is required for this type of removal

Cost Summary

The following costs are based on a company with 1 supervisor and a varying number of workers.

Item Initial Cost Estimate Annual Renewal Cost Estimate
Personnel Training Supervisor $649 x 1
- Workers are quoted individually, usually as a group class
Supervisor $169 x 1
- Workers are quoted individually, usually as a group class
ODH Personnel Certifications None None
ODH Asbestos Contractor License None None
Asbestos Compliance Program None None

Requirements to Conduct Asbestos Inspections & Sampling: Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialist

In order to conduct any sampling or perform pre-demolition asbestos surveys, any person involved in performing these is required to be an Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialist (AHES). An AHES needs to take 2 courses which are usually both offered during the same work week. These courses include the Asbestos Building Inspector (3-days) and the Asbestos Management Planner (2-days). Once both of these classes have been completed the individual can apply to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to become an AHES.

Initial Certification

Annual Renewal

  • In order to maintain the AHES certification, a 1-day Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner Refresher course is required. TSI currently charges $189 for this course. The AHES certification would have to be applied for every year and costs $200. The current total annual cost of recertification is $389