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Board of Industrial Trades

Important Message in Reference to COVID-19


In accordance with Title III, Section 312 of the “COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, “the Act”, professional or occupational licenses that expire during the declared public health emergency are considered valid.

As noted on the coronavirus.dc.gov page under the section listed Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, once the public health emergency is over, licensees will have 45 days to renew a license and renewal notices will be sent at that time.

For the latest information on the District Government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will begin accepting renewal applications for occupational and professional licenses starting July 1, 2021. Enforcement of licensure will begin on September 1, 2021. Additional information will be issued in the near future.

General Information

The District of Columbia Board of Industrial Trades was established to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the District by ensuring that individuals engaged in these trades have the specialized skills and training required to perform such services for the public.

The Board license law, which governs asbestos workers, plumbers, electricians, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, steam and operating engineers, and those in the elevator trades (with the exception of District of Columbia and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority employees). The Board may establish bonding and insurance requirements, subcategories of licensure, education, and experience requirements for licensure, and other requirements.

The Board is comprised of 15 tradespersons, who are appointed by the Mayor and licensed in the District: three plumbers; two electricians; two refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics; two steam engineers; two asbestos workers; one elevator mechanic; one elevator inspector; one elevator contractor; and one consumer member. Eight members of the Board constitute a quorum.

The Board meets on the third Tuesday each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.

Board meeting minutes are available at www.open-dc.gov.


Apply for license

Click to apply for a license.


Items Needed for Application

All Applicants

  • One 2”x2” passport-style photo (.jpeg format)
  • Government-issued identification card (e.g., driver’s license)
  • Debit or credit card to pay application, exam or license fees

Asbestos Workers

  • Certificate of completion of an EPA/OSHA-certified asbestos course or
  • Valid Asbestos Worker/Supervisor license


  • Employment verification letters, letter of good standing, NASCLA accreditation
  • Valid state-issued electrician license


  • Certificate of completion
  • Valid Asbestos Worker/Supervisor license

Trade Contractors

  • Proof of Registration/Certificate of Good Standing
  • Local Representative Affidavit
  • Designated DC-licensed master tradesperson
  • Surety bonds for company and master. Bond forms are provided in the online application


  • Certificate of completion
  • Employment Verification Letter


  • Certificate of completion
  • Employment Verification Letter

Steam Engineers

  • Employment Verification Letter



Exams may be scheduled online or by phone.

To schedule online, visit psiexams.com. New users will need to create an account and register prior to scheduling an exam. Once registered, select “Schedule and examination” and then:

  1. Select Government/State Licensing Agencies
  2. Select District of Columbia exams
  3. Select Account for the type of licensing exam that you are seeking

Applicants may also schedule by phone at 1 (855) 557-0616.



Asbestos Worker
Expiration Date: 31-July
Renewal Year: Odd
Expiration Date: 30-Nov
Renewal Year: Odd
Elevator Maintenance

Expiration Date: 30-Nov
Renewal Year: Odd
Plumbers and Gasfitters
Expiration Date: 31-March
Renewal Year: Even
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Expiration Date: 30-Sep
Renewal Year: Even
Steam & Other Operating Engineers

Expiration Date: 30-Sep
Renewal Year: Even

Letter of Certification/License Verification
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Meeting Dates  

Please contact the Board to confirm meeting dates/times/locations.

  • January 19, 2021
  • February 16, 2021
  • March 16, 2021
  • April 20, 2021
  • May 18, 2021
  • June 15, 2021
  • July 20, 2021
  • August - Recess
  • September 21, 2021
  • October 19, 2021
  • November 16, 2021
  • December 21, 2021

Contact Us

Board Members

Brian Cooper, Chair – Elevator Contractor
Richard Jackson, Vice Chair – Master Plumber/Gasfitter
Khidhar Abdulshakur – Asbestos Worker
Michael Dalton – Consumer Member
Petrick Washington – Elevator Mechanic
Constantin Rodousakis – Master Electrician
Terrence Hughes – Master Plumber/Gasfitter
Michael Johnson – Master Plumber/Gasfitter
Garth Grannum – Master Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
Alvin Venson, Sr. – Master Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
Alex Lemu – Class 1, Steam Engineer
Courtney Braxton – Asbestos Worker Supervisor
Shawn Ellis – Class 1, Steam Engineer
Tanya Lewis – Master Electrician
Vacant – Elevator Inspector

Board Staff

Nicole McClendon – Program Coordinator
Jennifer Champagne – Board Administrator

For more information, please contact DCRA’s Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration using our online inquiry form, via email at dcra@dc.gov, by phone at (202) 442-4320.

Address: 1100 4th St SW Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20024
Direct Email: opla.industrialtrades@dc.gov

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