Recently, the California Contractors State License Board (CLSB) issued an Industry Bulletin confirming that contractors may not perform abestos removal or abatement work if the work is not performed within the contractor's license classification(s). An asbestos abatement certification by itself is not a CSLB contractor's license classification. To obtain such a certification, the applicant is not required to have four years of experience, the minimum experience requirement for the CSLB to issue a contractor's license.

Contractors who want to become certified to perform asbestos removal and/or abatement must be tested by CSLB and also register with the Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal OSHA). Once registered, the contractor must submit verification of the Cal OSHA registration to the CSLB. The CSLB will then add "ASB" on the license to indicate that asbestos removal/abatement can be performed within the contractor's license classification(s).

To read the CSLB's Industry Bulletin, click here, and to read the related legal opinion, click here.