Guidance: Asbestos Safety Training Equivalency/Reciprocity Application

All individuals who need a New York State Department of Labor (DOL) asbestos certificate to work on asbestos projects in New York State must first receive appropriate training from a New York State Department of Health (DOH) approved asbestos training provider or submit documentation to the DOH for a determination that they have completed equivalent training. This guidance document explains the equivalency application process as required by Title 10, Part 73 of the New York State Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) to obtain a DOH Certificate of Asbestos Safety Training (DOH-2832). Applicants should apply to this Department following the steps below. Please contact us if you do not fit these categories/prerequisites. Allow up to four weeks for processing.

If You Have Attended Non-New York State Training

  1. Submit a notarized Asbestos Safety Training Equivalency Application, DOH-4353.
  2. Submit proof of initial and all subsequent refresher training for each discipline you are applying for. This may include information such as:
    • course completion certificates
    • diplomas or
    • state issued training completion certificates (i.e., New Jersey ASB-24).

    In accordance with Federal (40 CFR Part 763) asbestos accreditation requirements, a lapse of more than 2 years between specific training courses will result in denial of your request. If you have a lapse of more than 2 years, you are required to take a initial course of training in order to certify and work in New York.

  3. Submit a photocopy of your most current state issued asbestos license(s) and/or certificate(s).
  4. Submit a photocopy of valid government issued identification.
  5. Your information will be reviewed and you will be notified if additional information is needed.
  6. You will be notified in writing of approval or denial. Denied applicants will receive reason for denial. If you are approved, you must complete a NYS approved refresher training course. Instructions will be provided in your approval letter.
  7. After you have successfully completed a NYS approved refresher training course, you will be issued a DOH Certificate of Asbestos Safety Training (DOH-2832).
  8. The DOH-2832 certificate must be submitted to the DOL when applying for certification. For questions on the DOL certification process, call (518) 457-2735 or visit their website.

If You Are a New York State Approved Instructor

  1. Submit a notarized Asbestos Safety Training Equivalency Application, DOH-4353.
  2. Submit the approved course roster(s) and course agenda(s) indicating the subject matter that you presented demonstrating that you provided instruction for all course topics.
    • If you did not instruct the course in its entirety or if there is lapse of more than 2 years between specific training courses, your application will be denied.
    • If you did not instruct a course in its entirety, you may reapply when you do.
    • If you have a lapse of more than 2 years, you may reapply if you instruct an initial course in its entirety.
  3. Submit the Asbestos Course Attendance Roster (DOH-4427) for the courses you instructed, corresponding to the course agenda/discipline for which you are seeking an equivalency.
  4. Your information will be reviewed and you will be notified if additional course documentation or information is needed.
  5. You will be notified in writing of approval or denial. Denied applicants will receive reason for denial.
  6. If approved, you will be issued a DOH Certificate of Asbestos Safety Training (DOH-2832).
  7. The DOH-2832 certificate must be submitted to the DOL when applying for certification. For questions on the DOL certification process, call (518) 457-2735 or visit their website.

For More Information

For additional information on the DOH equivalency process, please contact us at (518) 402-7940.

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