Asbestos: Inspector - Course 2

Asbestos: Inspector


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  • CEUs: 2.1
  • FBPE Provider #: 0004021 21.0 CEHs
  • FBPR Asbestos Licensing Unit: Provider #0000995; Course #FL49-0002859
  • Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Coordinator Melissa Hamilton     email:     phone: (352) 392-9570 or 352-294-3879
  • This initial three-day course has been granted full approval by the EPA and the State of Florida to meet AHERA/ASHARA accreditation requirements for inspectors performing asbestos work in K-12 schools, as well as in public and commercial buildings.
  • The course includes a Florida-specific interpretation of regulations.
  • You receive hands-on and practical instruction on how to conduct asbestos surveys and inspections.
  • You will practice assessment and inspection techniques during a simulated survey.
  • The cost of the course includes course materials and the examination at the end of the course.
  • Participant must be present for entire course time to receive CEUs and a Certificate of Accreditation.
  • Daily breaks are scheduled. You will be allowed a one hour break for lunch. 
  • Required Exam:  50 question multiple-choice/closed book with a score of 70% or higher to pass.
  • An annual refresher course is required for re-accreditation. 
  • Respiratory Fit Testing:  OSHA requires medical monitoring prior to fit-testing and initial use of respiratory protection.  Although students will learn principles of respiratory equipment and observe a variety of respiratory protection equipment, they will not be exposed to conditions that may put them at physical risk.  After training, students will be required by their employers to obtain medical clearance in accordance with OSHA if they will use respiratory protection as part of their job duties.

This course is for inspectors who perform asbestos work in K-12 schools and public and commercial buildings. In Florida, Asbestos Inspectors must work under the direction of a Florida Licensed Asbestos Consultant.

Persons who plan to do asbestos work in other states should contact that state to verify that accreditation, licensure and other requirements are met.


“Great class. Really helpful in understanding components of inspection.”

“I like the usefulness of information presented for my workplace.”

"Great coverage of the regulations.  Russell does an amazing job of tying everything together."


Toi Akien, LAC

Mr. Akien is an Environmental Scientist with an Engineering and Geotechnical Consulting Firm in Delray Beach, Florida. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certified Inspector and Risk Assessor, an ACAC Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC), and a Licensed Asbestos Consultant (LAC). He has been an instructor at UF TREEO since 2017.

Brian J. DuChene, PE, LAC

Mr. DuChene serves as the statewide Manager for Facilities Consulting Services for Terracon, based in their Winter Park, FL office.  He has over 25 years of engineering and indoor environmental consultant experience with U.S. and international consulting firms.

He has provided instruction for asbestos and other courses offered by UF TREEO since 1989. He has co-developed the curriculum materials for UF TREEO’s AHERA Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner Refresher course and developed the curriculum for the Laws and Rules for FL Professional Engineers courses offered by UF TREEO. He also served as course director, and developed the curriculum for the accredited asbestos training courses provided by a large consulting firm.

Karen M. Meyer, CIH, LAC

Ms. Meyer is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, FLAC, and is National Client Manager at Partner Engineering and Science.  She received her degree from the University of Miami.   She has intensive experience in asbestos consulting and in all forms of environmental and industrial hygiene, including indoor air monitoring and personnel training.  She has been an instructor with UF TREEO’s asbestos training programs since 1990.

Russell Stauffer, PE, LAC

Mr. Stauffer, PE and LEED-AP, is a Professional Engineer in Florida and New Jersey with a BS from Temple University and a Master’s degree from the University of South Florida.  He is a FL Licensed Asbestos Consultant.  Since 1986, he has had experience in the Asbestos Industry and has been involved in over 5,000 projects in all aspects from initial meetings and surveys to implementation of the abatement management plan.  He has been an instructor at UF TREEO since 1988.

David Wiggins, P.A.

Mr. Wiggins is the CEO and President of Hazardous Operations, Inc.  He has been the in the Environmental Health & Safety field since the 1980’s.  In 1994, he joined the State of Florida where he was the Supervisor of Environmental Health & Safety for the State Buildings overseeing all aspects of training for Asbestos, Lead, Indoor Air Quality, Underground Fuel Storage tanks, Hazardous Waste Operations, PCB’s and Water Quality projects. He has been an instructor with UF TREEO since 1996.



Florida Board of Professional Regulation: Asbestos Licensing Unit

The Asbestos Program for the State of Florida is run by the Florida Board of Professional Regulation: Asbestos Licensing Board. UF TREEO is an approved training provider. 

You can contact the Florida Board of Professional Regulation: Asbestos Licensing Unit directly for answering questions concerning the scope of working with asbestos in the State of Florida.

Contact Information: 

For more information contact Melissa Hamilton (352) 294-3879


Day One

  • Registration and Check-in
  • Opening Remarks
  • Role and Qualifications of the Inspector and the Management Planner
  • Asbestos - The Problem (Background Information)
  • Break
  • Asbestos - The Problem (cont.) (Health Effects)
  • Building Systems
    • Interrelationships
    • Construction Documents
    • Structural Systems
    • Mechanical Systems
    • Electrical Systems
  • Lunch on Your Own
  • Regulatory Review
  • Break
  • Regulatory Review
    • AHERA, FL Law (255 & 469)
  • Adjourn

Day Two


  • Photos for Picture Identification Cards
  • Legal Liabilities and Defenses
  • Public Relations and Communications
  • Recordkeeping and Report Writing
  • Lunch on Your Own
  • Personal Protection and Respiratory Protection (Regulations and Requirements)
  • Personal Protection and Respiratory Fit-Testing (Classroom and Demo Hands-on Training)
  • Course Review
  • Exam Review and Tips
  • Adjourn

Day Three


  • Survey:  Inspection Plan (Pre-Inspectoin; Review of Previous Inspection Records)
  • Break
  • Survey:  Physical Assessment of Friable Suspect Material Hands-On Training
  • Builk Sampling Protocol and Demonstration of Sampling Techniques  Hands-On Training
  • Lunch on Your Own
  • Walk-Through Inspection and Group Projects (UF/TREEO Facility)
  • Break
  • Course Wrap-Up and Critique
  • Exam for Inspector Accreditation (50 Questions)
  • Adjourn