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Mold-Related Licensing: Frequently Asked Questions

Jurisdiction

  • What is a Mold Project?

    A Mold Project is defined as mold remediation, mold assessment, or mold abatement, of areas greater than ten (10) square feet undertaken for purpose of mold remediation or abatement.  It does not include:

    1. routine cleaning, or
    2. construction, maintenance, repair or demolition of buildings, structures or fixtures undertaken for purposes other than mold remediation or abatement.

    The mere presence of mold does not trigger any obligation to obtain an assessment or perform remediation. However, if a property owner does elect to hire either an assessor or remediator, for the purposes of mold assessment or remediation, those individuals must be licensed and follow the requirements in the law.

  • When does the new licensing requirement take effect?

    January 1, 2016. On or after January 1, 2016, it will be unlawful for any person to engage, advertise or hold themselves out as a mold assessor, remediation contractor, or abatement worker unless they have a valid mold license, issued by the Commissioner, for the type of work they will be performing. Individuals who do so may be subject to a civil penalty.

Licensing

  • What are the Mold-related Licenses?

    Presently, there are four (4) mold-related licenses:

    1. Mold Assessor License
    2. Mold Remediation Contractor License
    3. Mold Abatement Worker Supervisor License
    4. Mold Abatement Worker License

Mold Assessor License

  • Who is required to obtain a Mold Assessor License?

    Any business that:

    • engages in mold assessment on a project,
    • advertises that it is a mold assessment company, or
    • holds itself out as a mold assessment company.

    AND any individual who inspects or assesses property for the purpose of discovering:

    • mold,
    • conditions that facilitate mold, and/or
    • any conditions that indicate they are likely to encourage mold.

  • What must an applicant submit to obtain a Mold Assessor License?

    An applicant for a Mold Assessor License must:

    • be eighteen (18) years of age or older,
    • satisfactorily complete a Mold Assessor Training Course from a Department of Labor approved training provider,
    • pay the statutorily required application fee of $150, and
    • submit proof of:
      • Workers' Compensation coverage (if required),
      • Disability insurance coverage (if required),
      • Liability insurance coverage of at least $50,000 providing coverage for claims from the licensed activities and operations performed according to New York State Labor Law Article 32.

Mold Remediation Contrator License

  • Who is required to obtain a Mold Remediation Contractor License?

    Any business engaged in mold remediation.  Mold remediation is defined as the business of removal, cleaning, sanitizing, or surface disinfection of mold, mold containment, and waste handling of mold and materials used to remove mold from surfaces by a business enterprise, including but not limited to, sole proprietorships.

  • What must an applicant submit to obtain a Mold Remediation Contractor License?

    An applicant for a Mold Remediation Contractor License must:

    • be eighteen (18) years of age or older,
    • satisfactorily complete a Mold Remediation Contractor Training Course from a Department of Labor approved training provider,
    • pay the statutorily required application fee of $500, and
    • submit proof of:
      • Workers' Compensation coverage (if required),
      • Disability insurance coverage (if required),
      • Liability insurance coverage of at least $50,000 providing coverage for claims from the licensed activities and operations performed according to New York State Labor Law Article 32.

Mold Abatement Worker Supervisor License

  • Who is required to obtain a Mold Abatement Worker Supervisor License?

    Individuals who draft Mold Remediation Work Plans and serve as mold site or project supervisors. Mold abatement is defined as the act of removal, cleaning, sanitizing, or surface disinfection of mold, mold containment, and waste handling of mold and materials used to remove mold from surfaces by an individual.

Mold Abatement Worker License

  • Who is required to obtain a Mold Abatement Worker License?

    Any individual engaged in mold abatement.  Mold abatement is defined as the act of removal, cleaning, sanitizing, or surface disinfection of mold, mold containment, and waste handling of mold and materials used to remove mold from surfaces by an individual.

  • What must an applicant submit to obtain an Abatement Worker License?

    An applicant for a Mold Abatement Worker License must:

    • be eighteen (18) years of age or older,
    • satisfactorily complete a Mold Abatement Worker Training Course from a Department of Labor approved training provider, and
    • pay the statutorily required application fee of $50.

Exemptions to Article 32 Licensing Requirements

  • Are there any exemptions from these licensing requirements?

    Yes, the following persons/entities are not required to obtain a license in order to perform mold assessment, remediation, or abatement:

    1. A residential property owner who performs mold inspection, assessment, remediation, or abatement on his or her own property;
    2. A non-residential property owner, or the employee of such owner, who performs mold assessment, remediation, or abatement on an apartment building owned by that person where the property has four or less dwelling units;
    3. An owner or a managing agent or a full-time employee of an owner or managing agent who performs mold assessment, remediation, or abatement on commercial property or a residential apartment building of more than four dwelling units owned by the owner. This exemption will not apply if the managing agent or employee engages in the business of performing mold assessment, remediation, or abatement for the public; and
    4. A federal, state or local governmental unit or public authority and employees thereof that perform mold assessment, remediation, or abatement on any property owned, managed or remediated by such governmental unit or authority.

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