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Perc Dry Cleaning Owner/Manager and Operator Certification

To operate a perc dry cleaning facility in New York State, the owner or manager must have a valid Owner/Manager certificate.

To operate a perc dry cleaning machine in New York State, the operator must have a valid Operator certificate.

Initial Certification

To obtain the required NYSDEC Owner/Manager and Operator certificate(s), the owner and/or manager of each facility and every person at the facility who physically operates the Perc dry cleaning machine(s) MUST take the appropriate NYSDEC-approved 16-hour training course and pass the appropriate exam(s).

Once earned, certification is valid for a period of five(5) years. See below regarding renewal of certification.

As a NYS-Certified Perchloroethylene (Perc) dry-cleaning professional, it is your responsibility to know the many regulatory requirements and to make sure that your Perc dry cleaning operation is run according to the rules.

Vendors for Perc Dry Cleaning Owner/Manager, Operator, Inspector Training and Certification

NYSDEC has approved the following three training organizations to offer required 16-hour Perc dry cleaner Owner/Manager and Operator training courses:

Center for Environmental Technology
69-46 185th Street, Suite 1A
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
(347) 494-5488
(917) 446-5776
(347) 494-5413 fax

NCA International
252 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001-5201
(212) 967-3002

North East Fabricare Association
580 Main Street
Reading, MA 01867
(800) 446-1174

Contact these organizations directly regarding course dates, locations, and fees.

Renewal of Certification

A renewal notice is sent to the address on file several months before expiration.

Owner/Managers and/or Operators of perc dry cleaning equipment must apply for certificate renewal, pay a renewal fee and certify that they have read the information in the downloadable renewal booklet (renewal booklet can be found here), to renew their Owner/Manager and/or Operator certificate(s).

If You Move, We Need Your New Address

To keep your perchloroethylene dry cleaner Owner/Manager and/or Operator certificate valid, it is important that we have your current, correct mailing address on record. We need YOUR current personal mailing address. This is especially important at renewal time.

Remember your perchloroethylene dry cleaner owner/manager and/or operator certification is issued to you personally, just like a driver's license or passport, not to the shop where you work.

If you change your personal mailing address, please send a change of address notification to:

Professional Testing Corporation
Attention: NYSDEC Certifications
1350 Broadway, Suite 800
New York, NY 10018

through email to:

or by telephone at:

(212) 356-0660

Please include your certificate number and both your old and new mailing address in your notice.