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Asbestos Awareness (Category A)

  Duration: 2-3 hours

Our quick and effective industry-standard Asbestos Awareness Course (Category A) provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to keep yourself and others safe from asbestos.

£25.00 +VAT

Asbestos Awareness (Category A)

£25.00 +VAT

Why Take This Course?

Our Asbestos Awareness course is trusted by hundreds-of-thousands of learners who need to demonstrate immediate compliance with relevant legislation. The course is quick and easy to access with a certificate dispatched the next day. It is developed and kept up to date by experts from a leading training provider with over a million learners.

By taking our training you will be complying 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.

*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.

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Who Is This Course For?

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
Construction workers
Demolition workers
Painters and decorators
General maintenance workers

What Will I Learn?

 Course Content

Module 1

Introduction - 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.

Module 2

The 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.

Module 3

Health 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.

Module 4

Discovery 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.


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.

 Learning Outcomes

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.

Who Has Accredited This Course?

Our Asbestos Awareness course has received Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) approval and Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) approval. This means that you and your team can learn in confidence that our course is fully up to date, factually correct, trusted and meets the relevant Category A Asbestos Regulations.

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For 100 years, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has been working to change both legislation and attitudes surrounding accidents.

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The Independent Asbestos Training Providers are a nationally recognised not-for-profit organisation working in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive.

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Established in 1996, The CPD Certification Service is the independent CPD accreditation centre working across all sectors, disciplines and further learning applications.

Meet The Experts

This course has been developed by our authoring team who have over ten years experience in delivering training that’s comprehensive, accessible and easy to understand. The course has also been written in partnership with one of High Speed Training’s health and safety experts, Neil Murray.

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Neil Murray

Health and Safety Consultant

Neil is a widely experienced senior health and safety professional, director and consultant with significant experience across a wide range of industries and work activities. Neil worked for twenty three years as one of HM inspectors in the Health and Safety Executive, taking on the roles of Principal Inspector for the construction of the Channel Tunnel and Head of Construction and Marine Policy, as well as being a nominated inspector for asbestos work. For the past two decades, Neil has led the health and safety transformations of major national and international organisations that have produced outstanding health and safety performance and commitment.

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Why High Speed Training?

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Our fully online courses are developed by industry experts so you can trust that they are up to date with industry thinking, accurately detail the latest legislative changes, and provide you with the relevant tools and actions to take forward in your working life.

Digital and printed certificate

Once you've successfully completed your course, we'll send a hard copy certificate via post the next working day. You can also download a digital copy immediately upon completion.

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You can access our courses on any device at any time, anywhere. We design all of our training to work around you and, whilst our courses all have an approximate duration, we save your progress automatically so you can take them at your own pace.

Our promise to you

We try to make buying online training as easy and straightforward as we can but we understand that sometimes our courses might not be right for you. If you are disappointed in any aspect of the training delivered by us we are happy to issue a full refund if you contact us within 14 days of your initial purchase.

Buying For A Team?

Discounts for small teams

If you are buying training for a small team you’ll automatically get a 10% discount for any order of ten courses or more (including the same course or a combination of courses).

Free management suite

On any order of ten or more courses we’ll add our Management Suite to the order for free making it easy for you to distribute courses and keep track of your team’s training.

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Looking for training for a large workforce? Get in contact with our sales team for information about custom courses, bulk discounts, and get a quote today.

What Do Our Learners Think?

It’s our mission to deliver training that is of the highest quality and helps people to be engaged, effective and safe in the career they’ve chosen. See what our learners think about our Asbestos Awareness (Cat A) course:

Frequently Asked Questions

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, 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 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 activities that will disturb asbestos, you will need a higher category of training than this course provides.

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Once you have paid for and successfully completed your training, we will send a certificate to you by first class post. You will also be able to download a copy of your certificate immediately upon course completion.


Continued support

If you need any assistance from us, from purchasing right through to receiving your certificate, our friendly customer support team is always happy to help you. Alternatively, you may find the answers you are looking for on our dedicated Help page.

Asbestos Resources

We’ve produced a range of free articles and resources to answer your questions on asbestos as well as provide useful tips and guidance to help you in your career.


How to Conduct an Asbestos Risk Assessment

Free asbestos risk assessment template download and guidance on how to conduct a risk assessment for work that may disturb asbestos.

Answering Your Asbestos Awareness Questions

We answer a long list of your frequently asked questions about Asbestos, Asbestos Removal and Asbestos Exposure. Further resources provided.

Asbestos: Hidden Secrets, Killer Lies (by Linda Reinstein)

Linda Reinstein (of the ADAO) shares with us her personal experience of the killer that is asbestos, and why she founded the ADAO to take action.

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