Careers in Asbestos Abatement & Environmental Remediation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has funded an effort by the City of Worcester’s MassHire Central Region Workforce Board to recruit, train, and place in stable, full-time jobs unemployed and underemployed residents from communities affected by environmental pollution, economic disinvestment, and Brownfields. These jobs offer starting salaries of $18-$20/hour or more.

“The term ‘brownfield site’ means real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” (Federal Brownfields Act of 2002)

In addition to providing free training that leads to four nationally recognized certifications, the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program offers free job placement assistance to participants who complete the four week training.

“I fully enjoyed the month-long training your office put on and appreciated the opportunity to participate with the other trainees. The trainers from Atlas and IEE were organized, informative, and very positive. Not only did they make the materials come alive, but also their personal engagement helped me complete and pass the courses. Finally, the MCRWB staff communicated with us very well.” (T.M., April ’22 graduate)

Please note: Guidance from program partners and the condensed training timeline requires perfect attendance so participants can earn all four free certifications within the training timeframe. Participants are strongly encouraged to arrange their affairs to attend each class.

If a participant must miss a class, program staff will try to help the participant “make up” the missed class/class material. Assistance is offered at the sole discretion of program staff and based on the availability of training resources, the nature of the absence, advance notification, and the participant’s academic performance. A participant with an excused unavoidable absence may be offered an option to complete missed training with a later cohort(s). If granted this option, a participant must complete the entire training for that certification (not just the portion missed).

“I want to thank MassHire for the opportunity to further my business licensing and help me grow with qualified candidates! Participating in this training also helped me discover all the other services MassHire offers. I can’t wait to work with MassHire in the future.” (A.V., May ’22 graduate)

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Each four week program is full time, Monday – Friday (generally 8AM – 4PM). Classes are taught in English, per state law. Participants who successfully complete the free four week training are eligible to earn four nationally recognized certificates/credentials: OSHA-10 hour Construction Safety, OSHA-40 hour Asbestos Worker/Supervisor, OSHA-40 hour HAZWOPER, and Massachusetts Deleading Contractor/Supervisor (32 hours).

Core Curriculum

  • OSHA-10 hour Construction Safety

  • OSHA-40 hour HAZWOPER 40 with Confined Space Entry

  • EPA-Certified Deleading Contractor/Supervisor Training (8 hours)

  • OSHA-40 hour Asbestos Abatement Supervisor/Contractor

  • Communications and leadership training

  • Contextualized and hands-on curriculum

Participant Eligibility, Screening, & Admissions

The program seeks applicants who have a strong interest in careers in hazardous materials handling and remediation. While we prioritize complete application packets from qualified City of Worcester residents, we welcome applications from all individuals desiring to improve their lives via training for a career in this high demand field.

After submitting a complete application packet (to include eligibility documents), prospective participants will be invited to a info session or asked to participate in a personal interview (in-person, phone, or videoconference). Applicants lacking a HS degree or equivalent may be administered The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE – English) (passing = minimum 7th grade literacy level).

Upon completing all program requirements, graduates will receive free job search and job placement assistance from MassHire Central Region Career Center Counselors. Please note: Potential employers may have additional hiring requirements, including an Asbestos/Lead Physical Exam, Respirator Fit Test, drug test, and/or a current, valid driver’s license. MassHire staff will work with program graduates and employers to find the best fit.

This program seeks to enroll highly motivated individuals from urban core communities in the City of Worcester, in 37 surrounding towns and communities, and in Gateway Cities throughout the Commonwealth. To be eligible, participants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents

  • Have a High School degree or equivalent (recommended but not required)

  • Under-employed or unemployed

  • City of Worcester residents may be eligible for $200/wk training support stipends

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Free Transportation to Offsite Trainings

Trainees must arrive on time at all designated training locations. To ensure trainees arrive on time and relieve travel stress/costs, the program offers free van transportation (provided by Knights Limo) to and from offsite trainings.

  • Using Free Van Service: Enrolled participants who want to use the free van service must reserve a spot by notifying program staff in writing at least one week in advance (48 hours at the latest).
    1. Pick up and drop off: In front of the building at 340 Main Street in downtown Worcester.
    2. Enrolled participants will be given a schedule that lists offsite training days and the times/locations to access the free van service.
    3. On days scheduled for off-site training, participants MUST be in front of the building at 340 Main Street at least 10 minutes before the free van is scheduled to depart.
    4. Parking in downtown Worcester: Limited and expensive. Trainees are encouraged to use free WRTA or ridesharing services to arrive on time.
  • Privately Owned Vehicle, Ridesharing service, Carpool: Trainees may use a POV, ridesharing service (e.g., Uber/Lyft), and/or “carpool” with other trainees. Program staff will not coordinate or reserve ridesharing services or carpools.
  • Non-reimbursable expenses: The program will not reimburse trainees for any travel expenses related to use of POVs or ridesharing services to get to or from (or park at) designated training locations. Trainees must arrive on time at all designated training locations.

Program Partners

The City of Worcester’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program was developed in partnership with representatives from the environmental services and consulting industry, community organizations, the City of Worcester Housing Development Division, and many other partners. The program combines the expertise and lessons learned from the MassHire Central Region Workforce Board’s previous adult job training programs with best practices and input from our valued community-based partner organizations and job training providers. Training and transportation are funded through the EPA’s EWDJT Grant Program. Our partners:

Partner Name Address Partner Classification
Atlas – ATC 73 William Franks Dr., West Springfield Training partner for OSHA
IEE 16 Upton Drive, Wilmington Training partner for MA Deleading Supervisor
City of Worcester Housing Development Division City Hall 4th floor, 455 Main St., Worcester Deleading Supervisor Coordinating partner
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce 311 Main St., Ste. 200, Worcester Business/Community partner
MassHire Central Career Center Business Engagement Services Team 340 Main St., Ste. 400, Worcester Massachusetts Workforce Association
Abide, Inc. 483 Shaker Rd., East Longmeadow Employer partner
Ascentria Care Alliance 11 Shattuck St., Worcester Employer partner
Kyle R. Blood GC 1387 Mass Ave., Lunenberg Employer partner
Banner Environmental Services, Inc. 672 Pleasant Street, Norwood Employer partner
Catamount Environmental, Inc. PO Box 160, Wilmington, VT Employer partner
E.T. & L. Corporation 873 Great Rd., Stow Employer partner
Fisher Contracting (MBE, WBE) 11 Webster Pl., Worcester Employer partner
Gold Star Builders, Inc. (MBE) 6 Jacques St., Worcester Employer partner
Muchkin Construction GC 4 Village Rock Lane, Natick Employer partner
Strategic Environmental Services, Inc. 362 Putnam Hill Road, Sutton Employer partner
We Fix It Renovate 11 Apex Dr., Suite 300, Marlborough Employer partner
Worcester Jobs Fund 340 Main St., Ste. 400, Worcester Community partner
Central MA Regional Planning Commission One Mercantile St., Ste. 520, Worcester Community partner
MassEdCo 484 Main St., Ste. 500, Worcester Community partner
YOU, Inc. – Seven Hills Foundation 81 Hope Ave., Worcester Community partner
Worcester Community Action Coalition (WCAC) 484 Main St., 2nd floor, Worcester Community partner
Grafton Job Corps 100 Pine St., North Grafton Community partner
Worcester Public Schools 20 Irving St., Worcester Community partner

Training Syllabi

View OSHA-10 hour Construction Safety Syllabus
View OSHA-40 hour HAZWOPER Syllabus
View OSHA-40 hour Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Syllabus
View Deleader Contractor/Supervisor Syllabus


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