Course Descriptions

 

 

4-Day EPA AHERA Worker Initial

This initial course is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for workers engaged in the abatement of asbestos-containing materials (ACM). Classroom instruction is combined with practical hands-on activities to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the asbestos abatement workplace. This course complies with ASHARA revision to the EPA Model Accreditation Plan. A G.E.S. certificate is provided for each student upon successful completion of the course.

8-Hr EPA AHERA Worker Refresher

This recertification course is required annually to maintain a person's abatement work certification. This course complies with ASHARA revisions to the EPA Model Accreditation Plan. The course updates local, state and Federal regulations with emphasis on the skills and knowledge needed to properly perform asbestos abatement operations. Topics covered in the 4-day course are also reviewed. A G.E.S. certificate is provided for each student upon successful completion of the course.

40-Hr EPA AHERA Supervisor Initial

This course is necessary for the accreditation of individuals to supervise an asbestos abatement project. All persons who will serve as the competent person on an asbestos abatement project must take this course. The supervisor course addresses EPA, OSHA, Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia regulations for asbestos abatement projects. It is ideal training for building owners, regulatory officials, industrial technicians and safety officers who need to be knowledgeable of the details regarding abatement projects. This course complies with ASHARA revisions to the EPA Model Accreditation Plan. All students participate in detailed hands-on activities. A G.E.S. certificate is provided for each student upon successful completion of the course.

8-Hr EPA AHERA Supervisor Refresher

This annual refresher class is required for asbestos abatement supervisors to maintain their accreditations. The course focuses on new state and federal regulations, abatement methods and competent person responsibilities. The course will also review initial course topics. A G.E.S. certificate is provided for each student upon successful completion of the course.

16-Hr EPA Operations & Maintenance

This course is required for school maintenance and custodial staff who conduct activities that may disturb asbestos or presumed asbestos containing materials. It is an ideal program for a host of trade groups such as plumbers, electricians, air conditioning, heating personnel, and maintenance personnel. This certification is required for OSHA Class III competent person. There is an annual 4-hour recertification requirement in the State of Maryland. A G.E.S. certificate and identification card are provided for each student upon successful completion of the course.

4-Hr Operations & Maintenance Refresher

This recertification program is for individuals who have completed the initial 16-Hour Operations and Maintenance course. The course will review the information presented in the initial program, such as asbestos and its uses, health effects, engineering controls, respiratory protection, and work practices. Federal and state regulatory requirements are also reviewed. A G.E.S. certificate and pocket identification card are provided for each student upon successful completion of the course.

2-Hr Asbestos Awareness

This course is required for all individuals who work in areas when the may contact asbestos. It is designed to provide the "basics" on asbestos hazards in buildings, and applies to all school maintenance and custodial staff operating under EPA / AHERA and OSHA standards. This course provides the minimum level of training necessary for an individual to enter an asbestos regulated area. A G.E.S. certificate is provided for each student upon successful completion of the course.

Lead Courses

16-Hour Lead Abatement Worker

This certification program is designed for lead workers in MD, DC and VA. The course covers MD, DC and VA lead-based paint regulations and methodologies. A G.E.S. certificate that is valid in MD, DC, VA and a Maryland photo identification card is issued to each student upon successful completion of the course and exam.

8-Hour Lead Abatement Worker Refresher

The refresher course for this discipline is required every 3 years in MD, DC and VA. The course reviews the topics covered in the initial 16-Hour course with specific emphasis on new requirements and procedures. A G.E.S. certificate that is valid in MD, DC, VA and a Maryland photo identification card is issued to each student upon successful completion of the course and exam.

16-Hour Maryland Maintenance & Repainting Supervisor (currently not available)

This initial training course is designed for those who will supervise projects for compliance with Maryland's Lead Paint Risk Reduction Standard in rental properties. The course is also necessary to supervise other work activities that may disturb lead-based paint by home improvement contractors and others in affected rental properties. Detailed hands-on activities allow students the opportunity to become comfortable with performing risk reduction procedures. A G.E.S. certificate and Maryland photo identification card are provided for each student upon successful completion of the course.

Other Hazmat and Safety Courses

Mold Worker Training

This course that educates individuals on the fast growing industry of microbial remediation. Topics include an Introduction to Mold, Health Concerns due to Exposure, PPE and Respiratory Protection, Remediation and Drying Techniques.

8-Hour Confined Space Entry

This course meets the training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.146, for Permit-Required Confined Space Entry. The Confined Space Entry course provides students with an understanding and working knowledge of the regulations and requirements necessary to properly identify permit-required confined spaces and to perform work safely in, and around, confined spaces. Detailed hands-on activities involving atmospheric monitoring, ventilation, and hazard isolation are included. A G.E.S. certificate and pocket identification card are provided for each student upon successful completion of the course.