Asbestos Licensing Unit
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is responsible for licensing and regulating asbestos contractors and asbestos consultants. The Department’s Bureau of Central Intake and Licensure processes applications for licensure and refers complex applications to the asbestos licensing office for final review. The Division of Regulation is responsible for complaint analysis and investigations, and the Office of the General Counsel provides prosecutorial services for disciplinary cases. The Department engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.
Important Information (Hot Topics)
Renewal fees for asbestos consultants and contractors will be permanently reduced by 50 percent prior to the November 30, 2014 renewal. Asbestos licensees’ initial licensure fees will also be reduced by 50 percent which will save more than $207,000 in fees within the next three year period.
Continuing Education Requirements reduced for Activation of an Inactive License
HB 517 was approved by Governor Rick Scott on April 6, 2012 and reduces the continuing education required to activate an inactive license. You now only have to complete one renewal cycle of continuing education instead of completing continuing education for all the renewal cycles your license was in an inactive status. Applicants will need to provide proof of completing the continuing education requirements in effect at the last renewal date immediately prior to their application. Those requirements are included in Chapter 61-31.504, F.A.C.:
A license issued under this chapter must be renewed every 2 years. Before an asbestos contractor’s license may be renewed, the licensee must complete a 1-day course of continuing education during each of the preceding 2 years. Before an asbestos consultant’s license may be renewed, the licensee must complete a 2-day course of continuing education during each of the preceding 2 years.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is responsible for the oversight of asbestos licensing. There is no professional board.
Methods of Licensure:
By Endorsement - No
By Examination - Yes
By Reciprocity - No
Business Entity - Yes
A breakdown of application and licensure fees is provided with application packets.
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for examination development, administration, review and grades. Below are shortcuts to their examination pages.
Candidate Information Booklets
Computer Based Testing
Special Accommodations for Testing - ADA
Information for Licensees
Biennial License Renewal Fee
Asbestos Consultant = $155
Asbestos Contractor = $155
Business Organization = $255
The fees above include a $5 unlicensed activity fee.
Continuing Education Requirement
Consultant – Completion of two days of refresher courses for each calendar year prior to the license renewal date.
Contractor – Completion of a one day course for each calendar year prior to the license renewal date.
Continuing Education Information
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for the management of continuing education providers and courses. Below are shortcuts to their continuing education pages.
Continuing education main page
Continuing education policy
List of continuing education providers and courses, and hours required
Reporting requirement for criminal convictions
As of October 1, 2009, Section 455.227(1)(t), Florida Statutes requires all professional licensees to report to the department within 30 days of being convicted or found guilty of, or having plead nolo contendere or guilty to a crime in any jurisdiction. The statute also requires the reporting of any convictions that occurred prior to October 1, 2009. A licensee who fails to report that information may be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, suspension or license revocation. To report this information, complete the criminal self-reporting document and mail it to the department.
Information for Continuing Education Providers
The Division of Regulation is responsible for enforcement of professions and related businesses licensed by DBPR under the Division of Professions to ensure that the laws, rules and standards set by the legislature are followed. To file a complaint visit MyFloridaLicense.com.
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