Asbestos Awareness Course (Category A)

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Asbestos Awareness (Category A)
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Asbestos is an extremely hazardous substance that causes serious ill-health to anyone who disturbs or damages it. For this reason, all workers who may come across asbestos or asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) must be trained so that they can work safely. This includes accidental discovery of asbestos, and accidental damage to asbestos and ACMs.

This IATP accredited Asbestos Awareness (Category A) course provides a comprehensive introduction to the dangers of working with asbestos. By taking our training you will understand how to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. You will understand what asbestos is and where you may encounter it, the dangers associated with asbestos exposure, and what to do if you discover asbestos. This knowledge will help you or your team to stay safe around asbestos.

This course was last audited on: 12th September 2023
  • Written in compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice
  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • IATP approved - widely accepted equivalent to UKATA
  • Accredited by CPD and Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Online training course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

What you'll learn

By completing this training, you will understand:

  • Why asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) can be harmful and must be treated as hazardous substances.
  • The very serious ill-health effects of asbestos.
  • The control measures for asbestos required by the law.
  • The responsibilities of employers and employees.
  • What to do on discovery or accidental disturbance of asbestos-containing materials.

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Why take this course?

Every year in the UK over 5,000 people die from asbestos related diseases. The risk of serious ill-health is increased when workers who may potentially disturb asbestos during their work have not received the correct level of information, instruction and training to enable them to carry out their work safely and without risk to themselves or others.

Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees from getting hurt or ill through work activities and/or the work environment. Failure to comply with your duties and responsibilities as an employer may result in action being taken against you by the HSE or other enforcement agencies. By taking our Asbestos Awareness Category A training course, you will learn how to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Employees whose work could accidentally disturb asbestos may be at risk of ill-health, if the risks are not managed effectively. Employers must provide employees with information, instruction, and training suitable to the work that they are carrying out. This will ensure they understand the controls in place and know how to avoid disturbing asbestos during their work, helping to protect the health and safety of themselves and others. By taking our Asbestos Awareness Category A training course, employees will learn about the serious ill-health effects that asbestos exposure can have, so they recognise the importance of following training. The course will explain the common asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that are in many types of buildings, and how to avoid disturbing these during work activities.

Course content


In the first module of this course, we will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to asbestos awareness, including a brief history of asbestos, what it was used for and why. We will explain what asbestos is, how you may disturb it during your work and the risks to your health from asbestos exposure.

2The Control of Asbestos Regulations

This second module explains the legal and regulatory responsibilities of employers and employees, the main requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (the CAR 2012) and how they apply to dutyholders.

3Health Risks and Personal Factors

In the third module, we will explain the health complications and effects that arise after exposure to asbestos. You will learn about asbestos-related diseases, Workplace Exposure Limits and your requirements for respiratory protective equipment.

4Discovery of Asbestos or Accidental Disturbance of ACMs

In the final module, we will examine the dangers of disturbing asbestos. You will learn what to do if you discover asbestos unexpectedly, if you accidentally disturb Asbestos Containing Materials and the emergency procedures that you must follow.

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After completing the four modules, you will be invited to take the course assessment. This is made up of 20 questions and will test the knowledge you have gained from your training. The questions are multiple choice and are marked automatically, so you will instantly know whether you have passed. The pass mark for the assessment is 90% and you can take it as many times as you need to with no extra charge.

Who should take this course?

Our accredited Asbestos Awareness (Category A) course is designed for anybody who may accidentally encounter asbestos as part of their work. This includes the following job roles:

  • Electricians
  • Heating engineers
  • Ventilation engineers
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Roofers
  • Plasterers
  • Construction workers
  • Demolition workers
  • Plumbers
  • Painters and decorators
  • General maintenance workers

The HSE recognises online training as a viable learning method for Asbestos Awareness training. However, Asbestos Awareness training alone does not allow you to work with asbestos or conduct asbestos removal. Workers who plan to carry out work that will disturb asbestos or ACMs require a higher level of training, in addition to Asbestos Awareness.

Frequently asked questions

Can this training course help me apply for SSIP accreditations like CHAS and SMAS?

Yes, our Asbestos Awareness (Category A) course can act as evidence of industry-related training for accreditation applications, such as CHAS. It covers the requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice, which will help you understand how to fulfil the legal duties they set out. Knowledge of these topics form part of the training requirements set out by accreditation assessment bodies, so you must be able to demonstrate evidence of compliance in order for your application to be successful. Our course will contribute to the evidence you must provide during your application, to show that you have received the relevant training.

Please note that it will be down to each individual accreditation body to decide if our courses are sufficient for the training requirements of your specific business. This evidence only forms one part of your overall application process. It is up to you to prove you are fulfilling your legal duties and to supply sufficient evidence for everything the accrediting body requires in order for your application to be successful.

Is this Asbestos Training accredited?

Yes, our Asbestos Awareness course has been accredited by CPD and the IATP. It is also assured by RoSPA Qualifications.

Is this course UKATA accredited?

No, our course has not been accredited by UKATA, but it does follow the same syllabus as any UKATA accredited course. Instead of UKATA accreditation, it is accredited by IATP - a not-for-profit organisation working directly with the HSE.

Does this course qualify me to remove asbestos?

No. This is an Asbestos Awareness Category A course that teaches you how to recognise common asbestos containing materials and what to do to avoid disturbing asbestos, but does not qualify you to remove it.

What does Category A mean?

Category A Asbestos Training is for workers who may potentially be exposed to asbestos in the course of their work but who are required to avoid any work that may disturb asbestos containing materials (ACMs). If your work involves activities that will disturb asbestos, you will need a higher category of training than this course provides.

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