Listed below is general information to assist you as you complete the attached application. Detailed instructions are provided on the application. For more information about the Contractors State License Board's (CSLB) asbestos certification, please refer to Business and Professions Code (BPC) sections 7058.5 and 7058.6 (see below for excerpts).
Please be aware that the asbestos certification functions as an overlay to the other classification(s) held by the licensed contractor and requires registration with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) of the Department of Industrial Relations in order to perform asbestos-related work. For example, a licensed contractor who holds the C-15 Flooring and Floor Covering classification, the asbestos certification, and DOSH registration can perform asbestos-related work only in areas relating to flooring and floor coverings.
The C-22 Asbestos Abatement classification is a stand-alone classification that, in conjunction with DOSH registration, allows the performance of asbestos-related work in and on buildings and structures, without the need for any other license classification that may be held by the licensee (see below for more information on the C-22 classification). Contractors who do not have the asbestos certification or the C-22 Asbestos Abatement classification may still bid on projects that involve asbestos-related work as long as they subcontract the asbestos-related work to a duly licensed contractor who holds DOSH registration and either the asbestos certification or C-22 Asbestos Abatement classification.
You may wish to contact DOSH prior to applying for the asbestos certification or the C-22 Asbestos Abatement classification to be sure that you understand their requirements for registration since DOSH registration is required in order to perform asbestos related work. DOSH's Asbestos Contractors' Registration Unit (ACRU) can be reached at (916) 574-2993 or ACRU@dir.ca.gov, or you can visit their website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/ACRU/ACRUhome.htm.
Do not submit this General Information and Instructions section with your completed application - the actual application begins immediately following this section on Application - Page 1 of 2. Before you submit your application, please review and be sure that you have complied with the following items.
- Enclose the nonrefundable $125 application fee with your completed application to add the asbestos certification to an existing license. CSLB cannot process your application without the appropriate fee made payable to the Registrar of Contractors. (BPC section 7138 and Title 16, California Code of Regulations [T16 CCR] section 811)
- Your application may be returned to you if it is insufficient or incomplete. You must provide any missing information, make corrections, and resubmit your completed application to CSLB within 90 days after the date that it was returned to you or your application will be deemed abandoned and become void. You cannot reinstate an abandoned application - you must submit a new application and $125 application fee if you wish to reapply.
- Your license must be in good standing (i.e., renewed active or inactive, but not expired or suspended) before the certification can be added.
- Leave no space blank. If a particular question or request for information does not apply to you, write "N/A" in the blank space to indicate that the question has received your attention but that it is not applicable.
Complete the application and all accompanying forms legibly in black or dark blue ink, or on CSLB's website using the Easy-Fill feature. Forms completed in pencil will be returned to you. Please make sure that you and other authorized individuals sign and date the forms, where applicable.
BPC SECTIONS 7058.5 AND 7058.6 EXCERPTS
BPC section 7058.5 states, in part, "(a) No contractor shall engage in asbestos-related work, as defined in Section 6501.8 of the Labor Code, that involves 100 square feet or more of surface area of asbestos containing materials, unless the qualifier for the license passes an asbestos certification examination.
No asbestos certification examination shall be required for contractors involved with the installation, maintenance, and repair of asbestos cement pipe or sheets, vinyl asbestos floor materials, or asbestos bituminous or resinous materials.
'Asbestos' as used in this section, has the same meaning as defined in Section 6501.7 of the Labor Code."
BPC section 7058.6 states, in part, "(a) The board shall not issue an asbestos certification, as required by Section 7058.5, unless the contractor is registered with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Section 6501.5 of the Labor Code. The board may issue an asbestos certification to a contractor who is not registered, provided the contractor in a written statement acknowledges that he or she does not perform asbestos-related work.
The board shall notify both the division and the contractor, in writing, of the contractor's passage of the certification examination, for the purpose of allowing the contractor to satisfy the requirement of paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 6501.5 of the Labor Code. The contractor shall register with the division within 90 days from the date the contractor is notified of the passage of the certification examination. The board may require a reexamination if the contractor fails to register within 90 days following issuance of the notification. Applicable test fees shall be paid for any reexamination required under this section.
(b) Any contractor who is certified to engage in asbestos-related work shall present proof of current registration with the division pursuant to Section 6501.5 of the Labor Code upon application for renewal of their license, if the contractor engages in asbestos-related work, as defined in Section 6501.8 of the Labor Code.
(c) A contractor who is not certified pursuant to this section may bid on and contract to perform a project involving asbestos related work as long as the asbestos-related work is performed by a contractor who is certified and registered pursuant to this section and Section 6501.5 of the Labor Code."
C-22 Asbestos Abatement Contractor License
As mentioned above, the C-22 – Asbestos Abatement contractor performs abatement, including containment, encapsulation, or removal, and disposal of asbestos containing construction materials, as defined in Section 6501.8 of the Labor Code, in and on buildings and structures. All work performed and all documentation prepared by an asbestos abatement contractor shall be done in accordance with DOSH regulations and requirements.
The Board shall not issue an asbestos abatement contractor license unless the applicant or contractor is duly registered with DOSH pursuant to Section 6501.5 of the Labor Code or has an active application for registration in process with DOSH. All holders of the C-22 – Asbestos Abatement contractor classification shall have completed DOSH registration training requirements, as contained in Section 1529 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.
This classification does not include any addition to or alteration, repair, or rehabilitation of the permanently retained portions of such buildings and structures. Hazardous substance removal and remediation, as defined in BPC section 7058.7, are specifically not included in this classification.
If you would like to add the C-22 – Asbestos Abatement classification to your license, you must complete and submit the Application for Additional Classification (13A-2). Also, please refer to the License Classifications link on the Applicants page of CSLB's website for full information about the experience requirements and other provisions relating to this classification.