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Asbestos Awareness (Category A) Training Course

Online Asbestos Awareness Training
£25 +VAT

Asbestos is an extremely hazardous substance that can cause 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 and helps employers to comply with the law by ensuring that their workers are appropriately trained in order to work safely.

Note: the information covered in this course is presented at an awareness level for anyone who needs to understand what asbestos is and what is generally required in law. It does not cover the legal requirements to carry out work with asbestos, because such work requires practical training additional to this awareness course.

  • Complies with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  • Ensures compliance with UK Health and Safety legislation
  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • Accredited by CPD & IATP, approved by RoSPA
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Audited and Approved by IATP

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The IATP are a nationally recognised not-for-profit organisation working in conjunction with the HSE. This IATP accreditation logo on our course gives you the confidence to know that our Asbestos Awareness Training has been independently audited and meets the relevant Category A Asbestos Regulations.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is beneficial to dutyholders (building owners, those responsible for premises through a contract or tenancy, or those with control of a building), employers who carry out demolition, maintenance or repair, employers who carry out work which is liable to expose employees to asbestos, and anyone who works in these types of trades.

This Category A asbestos course is especially suitable for anyone who works in professions such as:

  • Heating and ventilation engineers.
  • Demolition workers.
  • Carpenters, joiners and construction workers.
  • Plumbers.
  • Roofing contractors.
  • Painters, decorators and plasterers.
  • Fire and burglar alarm installers.
  • Shopfitters.
  • Gasfitters.
  • Computer installers and telecommunications engineers.
  • General maintenance staff.
  • Cable layers and electricians.

Note, workers who plan to carry out work that will disturb asbestos require a higher level of training which is not supplied by this course. This training does not allow you to work with asbestos-containing materials. If this is the level of training you need, then it's necessary to attend a course with practical demonstrations of control measures and personal protective equipment.

Do You Comply With Asbestos Regulations?

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) regulations, employers have a legal duty to provide adequate control of employees’ exposure to harmful substances in the workplace.

Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 states that any employee liable to be exposed to asbestos must be given adequate information, instruction and training to ensure they can safeguard themselves and other employees and carry out their work effectively. This level of training is known as Category A Asbestos Awareness training.

Specific responsibilities under The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 include:

  • Preventing exposure to the fibre or, where not possible, make sure it is kept as low as reasonably practicable.
  • Keeping exposure below a certain control limit.
  • Presuming that all materials contain asbestos unless there is evidence to the contrary.
  • Keeping an up to date written record of the location and condition of any asbestos materials or presumed asbestos-containing materials.
  • Ensuring written records are sufficient to allow another person to identify the materials.
  • Assessing the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from these materials.


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Approved by RoSPA logo

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. The certificate displays our IATP accreditation.

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 approved by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, as providing quality and content-approved training.

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

Module Description
1 Introduction Legal duties, who will benefit from the course, what is asbestos, the risks from asbestos, the main uses of asbestos in buildings, other uses of asbestos, activities that cause risk from asbestos, what asbestos was used for, why asbestos was used, who is at risk from exposure, types of asbestos, and risks to health from exposure to asbestos fibres.
2 The Control of Asbestos Regulations Dutyholders under the CAR Regulations, how to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises, areas of the premises to be inspected, work in demolition, maintenance or other, how to identify the presence of asbestos, risk assessment, plans of work, information, instruction and training, and other requirements of the CAR Regulations.
3 Health Risks and Personal Factors Health risks from asbestos, friability of ACMs, asbestos-related diseases, asbestos and smoking, Workplace Exposure Limits, respiratory protective equipment, and health and medical surveillance.
4 Discovery of Asbestos or Accidental Disturbance of ACMs HSE guidance EM1, EM1 flowchart, unexpected discovery of asbestos, accidental release of asbestos, and emergency procedures.

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Aims of the Course

By the end of this course, learners will:

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


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 90%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

  Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos Training

Is this Asbestos Training accredited?

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

Is this course UKATA accredited?

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

Does this course qualify me to remove asbestos?

No. This is an Asbestos Awareness Category A course which teaches you how to recognise asbestos if you encounter it 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 work that will disturb asbestos, you will need a higher category of training than this course provides.

Do I have to do Asbestos training every year?

There is no legal requirement for you to do asbestos training every year. However the HSE recommends that the training is conducted annually. We will print a recommended renewal date of one year on your certificate upon completion.

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