Mold Program
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Overview

The Mold Program is responsible for enforcing Article 32 of the New York State Labor Law, establishes licensing requirements and minimum work standards for professionals engaged in mold assessment and remediation. There are three main components to the new law:

  1. Training: The Mold Program will protect consumers by requiring contractors to obtain appropriate training prior to being licensed to perform mold assessment, remediation or abatement services.
  2. Licensing: Contractors will not be allowed to advertise or perform covered work without the required license, with limited exceptions such as home or business owners performing work on their own properties.
  3. Minimum Work Standards: The Mold Program also establishes new minimum work standards for mold assessments and remediation activities by licensed professionals, including:
  • Protection against fraud by prohibiting the performance of both the assessment and remediation on the same property by the same individual;
  • Protection against fraud by requiring an independent mold assessment to define the scope of the remediation work;
  • Identification of disinfectant products, consistent with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards;
  • Provision of personal protection equipment to employees, as necessary;
  • Posted notice of the project and the contractor's licenses; and
  • Completion of a post-remediation assessment.

Compliance

The Mold Program establishes new minimum work standards for mold assessments and remediation activities by licensed professionals, including:

  • Protection against fraud by prohibiting the performance of both the assessment and remediation on the same property by the same individual;
  • Protection against fraud by requiring an independent mold assessment to define the scope of the remediation work;
  • Identification of disinfectant products, consistent with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards;
  • Provision of personal protection equipment to employees, as necessary;
  • Posted notice of the project and the contractor's licenses; and
  • Completion of a post-remediation assessment.

The Department of Labor enforces these work standards as well as mold-related licensing requirements.

Consumers may file a complaint regarding these standards by following these steps:

Complete the Mold Contractor Complaint Form. The information you report on this form will be used to investigate violations of Article 32 of the New York State Labor Law. Please type or write legibly. Please provide as much information as possible on this form and include all relevant documents.
Email the completed form along with any attachment(s) to [email protected] or mail the completed form to the address of your local district office listed below.

A representative from the Department will contact you if additional information is needed.

 

LICENSED MOLD CONTRACTORS

Licensing

Important! Please see the temporary rules for license and certification renewals and exam postponements.

It is 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.

Applications for mold-related licenses can be found on the Department's Safety and Health Documents and Publications page. For questions regarding mold-related licenses, please contact:

NYS Department of Labor
License and Certificate Unit
Building 12 - Room 161A
State Office Campus, Albany, New York 12240
P: (518) 457-2735

The Department will not be sending renewal reminders to mold licensees. Licensees are responsible for keeping track of their license expiration date and renewing their license accordingly. Applications for mold-related licenses and renewal can be found on the Department's Safety and Health Documents and Publications page.

Please consult the Mold-Related Licensing and the Mold License Renewal Frequently Asked Questions for details about the different mold-related licenses and their requirements.

Specific information for home inspectors can be found at Home Inspectors and Mold Assessment Licensing.

You may be required to take training in order to obtain a mold-related license. Please see the Required Training Courses to Obtain Mold-Related Licenses (PDF).

Licensed Mold Assessor and Mold Remediator Contractors

You can search for licensed mold assessor and mold remediator contractors by using the Department's Licensed Mold Contractors Search Tool.

Home Inspections and Mold Assessment Licensing

Persons who conduct home inspections as part of potential real estate transactions must also be licensed as a “Mold Assessor” IF their inspections/reports include an assessment of mold conditions in the home or property in question.

Excerpts From Labor Law Article 32:

Definition of “mold assessment”:

Ҥ 930. Definitions. As used in this article:

4. "Mold assessment" means an inspection or assessment of real property that is designed to discover mold, conditions that facilitate mold, indication of conditions that are likely to facilitate mold, or any combination thereof.”

Therefore, Home Inspectors need to be licensed if they also provide mold assessments as per:

“§ 931. Licensing requirements. 1. It shall be unlawful for any contractor to engage in mold assessment on a project, or to advertise or hold themselves out as a mold assessment contractor unless such contractor has a valid mold assessment license issued by the commissioner.”

Steps to obtain a “Mold Assessor” license:

  1. Attend a DOL approved Mold Assessor course. Approved training providers can be found on the DOL website.
  2. Pass the course.  Full attendance is required.
  3. The Training Provider for the course will issue a “certificate of completion” to the Licensee.
  4. Licensee will then submit the application form, appropriate fee and a copy of the “certificate of completion” to DOL.
  5. DOL will issue the Mold Assessor license, which is valid for two years.

 

For additional information contact:

New York State Department of Labor
Engineering Services Unit
Building 12, room 154
Albany, NY 12240
Phone: 518-457-1536

Licensed Mold Assessor and Mold Remediator Contractors

You can search for licensed mold assessor and mold remediator contractors by using the Department's Licensed Mold Contractors Search Tool.

 

Licensed Mold Contractors Search Tool

Training

The Mold Program requires contractors to obtain appropriate training prior to being licensed to perform mold assessment, remediation or abatement services.

For assistance in determining appropriate training, please see the Required Training Courses to Obtain Mold-Related Licenses (PDF).

For questions regarding mold-related training providers, please consult the following:

 

Approved Mold Training Course Providers

 

Mold Training Providers - Frequently Asked Questions

For further questions regarding mold-related training providers, please contact:

NYS Department of Labor
Engineering Services Unit
Building 12 - Room 154
State Office Campus, Albany, NY 12240
P: (518) 457-1536
F: (518) 457-1301

Documents

Contact

Albany District:

Counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Green, Montgomery, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington

State Office Campus, Room 166, Albany, NY 12240
(518) 457-2072 (office)
(518 485-8054 (fax)

Buffalo District:

Counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates

65 Court Street, Room 405, Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-7126 (office)
(716) 847-7138 (fax)

New York City District:

Counties: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens. Richmond, Suffolk, Westchester

One Hudson Square, 75 Varick Street (7th Floor), New York, NY 10013
(212)775-3532 (office)
(212) 775-3535 (fax)

Syracuse District:

Counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenengo, Cortland, Delaware, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins

450 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 479-3215 (office)
(315) 479-3333 (fax)