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Are persons who conduct the asbestos portion of an environmental assessment required to be certified under the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) if they do not collect asbestos samples?

Yes. If a person is conducting an environmental assessment that includes the identification and assessment of asbestos containing building materials either in a regulated school or public or commercial building, AHERA requires that such a person be properly trained and accredited as an inspector, regardless of whether or not the person is actually collecting samples.