Asbestos Awareness Course (Category A)

Asbestos Awareness (Category A)
£25 +VAT

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 work with potential ACMs, 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 has been updated and is legally accurate in line with any guidance changes that have resulted from Brexit legislation - including any revisions to deadlines.

  • Written in compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • Accredited by CPD and IATP, and Assured by RoSPA
  • Online training course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted next working day
  • Downloadable PDF certificate available on completion

Who should take this course?

Our accredited Asbestos Awareness (Category A) course is designed for anybody who works with, or near, asbestos at work. This includes the following job roles:

  • Heating engineers
  • Ventilation engineers
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Roofers
  • Plasterers
  • Construction workers
  • Demolition workers
  • Plumbers
  • Painters and decorators
  • General maintenance workers
Please note that as this is a Category A Asbestos Course, the information in this course is an awareness level of training. It does not allow you to work with asbestos or conduct asbestos removal. Such work requires practical training additional to this course.


CPD Approved
RoSPA Approved
IATP Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training. Additionally, this course is audited and approved by the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) as meeting Category A Asbestos Regulations.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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Course content


In the first module of this course, we will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to asbestos awareness. 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 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 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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Aims of the course

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.


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.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Is this Asbestos Training accredited?

Yes, our Asbestos Awareness course has been accredited by CPD and the IATP. It is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

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 are liable to 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.