Asbestos Certification Courses to be Held

The South Dakota State University Engineering Extension Office in Brookings, South Dakota will hold six separate courses on asbestos abatement and handling.

In addition to offering one-day refresher/recertification courses, the office will hold multiday initial courses for management planners, inspectors and contractor/supervisors.

The initial courses will be held:

• Contractor/Supervisor Course — March 10-14, SDSU
• Inspector Course — April 28-30, SDSU
• Management Planner Course — May 1-2, SDSU

The refresher/recertification courses will be held:

• Contractor/Supervisor Refresher/Recertification Course — April 30, Days Inn, Brookings
• Inspector Refresher/Recertification Course — May 1 (a.m.), Days Inn, Brookings
• Management Planner Refresher/Recertification Course — May 1 (p.m.), Days Inn, Brookings

Once an individual has completed an initial course and passed the certification exam, a one-day recertification class must be taken each year to remain certified. In addition, once every three years, the individual must successfully pass the recertification test, which is given at the end of the recertification class each year. Participants in the initial courses would then be eligible to attend the SDSU Refresher Courses, which are typically held annually during the second week of May.

“They put on a good class, they’re very thorough on what they do and make sure everyone is well trained on what they need to know to do their jobs properly,” said Bruce Smidt, a program specialist with the Sioux Falls Community Development Office. Smidt has attended the class annually since 1996. “We’ve recommended it to other organizations because they do such a good job of putting on the class.”

According to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, an individual is permitted to attend the recertification course up to 90 days prior to the expiration date of one’s current certification card. One is also permitted to take the course up until 90 days after the expiration date of the current certification card.

For more information or to request a registration form, email or call SDSU Engineering Extension at or (605) 688-4101.

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