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Asbestos Inspector Certificate

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) certifies individuals who conduct asbestos inspections and assessments. This certification ensures that individuals performing asbestos inspections are properly trained and qualified.

Agency contact information:

Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of
625 Robert St. N.
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
(651) 201-5000 | (888) 345-0823 (MN toll free)
Asbestos Program
(651) 201-4620
Contact Info: Asbestos Program


Asbestos Professionals 

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The Minnesota Department of Health Health is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.


Minn. Stats. 326.73


Minnesota Rules 4620.3330


Individual Asbestos Certification Application

Application forms are available on the MN Dept. of Health website, Asbestos Forms section.


An individual applying for certification as an asbestos inspector must show evidence of either:

1) Work experience of least 500 hours in the field of building inspection, asbestos-related work, safety, industrial hygiene, or hazardous materials control;

2) Completion of an apprenticeship program within the general commercial construction trades approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Division of Voluntary Apprenticeship, or registered with the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training;

3) Licensure by Minnesota as a building official;

4) A bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, industrial hygiene, industrial technology safety, or physical or life science, and 40 hours of on-site asbestos inspection experience accompanying a Minnesota-certified asbestos inspector; or

5) Registration or certification as a registered architect, licensed professional engineer, certified industrial hygienist, or certified safety professional.

An individual certifying as an asbestos inspector must include with a completed Asbestos Certification Application:

1) Include a photocopy of your training course diploma(s). You must have completed a Minnesota approved initial or refresher training course within the past year.

2) Include a clear photograph of yourself. It must show your head and upper shoulders occupying an area of 1 inch by 1 inch. Do not cut the photo to size. Write your name on the back of the photo.

Review the Asbestos Inspector Factsheet.


Include a cashier's check, business check or money order, made payable to the Minnesota Department of Health. Do not send cash. Personal checks are not accepted. This fee is not refundable.

Initial or renewal certificate - $100

Duplicate certificate - $25

Licensing surcharge to be assessed

The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring a 10% surcharge of no less than $5 and no more than $150 on each business, commercial, professional or occupational license. The funding from this surcharge will go to MN.IT Services (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology (OET)), which is establishing an electronic licensing system for the state. The surcharge will be in place through June 30, 2015. See Minn. Stat. § 16E.22.

Period of Issuance:

An asbestos inspector certificate is valid for 12 months after the completion date on the diploma for the most recently completed training course. The asbestos inspector certificate is not transferable.

Length of Determination Process:

Allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

Other Pertinent Information:

The certification process is described in more detail on informational sheets available from the MDH, Asbestos Program.

Direct questions to the MDH, Asbestos Program (651) 201-4620.