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Asbestos Awareness Catergory A Training
Asbestos Awareness Catergory A Training
Asbestos Awareness Catergory A Training
Asbestos Awareness Catergory A Training

This Asbestos Awareness Category A training course is aimed at anyone who may be exposed to asbestos during the course of their work. The course will make learners aware of the dangers as well as legislation and basic safety precautions.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will receive a UKATA certificate, valid for one year from the date of completion.

  • Online, self-paced training
  • Complete in two to three hours
  • UKATA and CPD accredited
  • Suitable for many professions
  • 24 hour learner support

In the UK, more than half a million non-domestic premises and houses are still thought to contain some form of asbestos.

Why take this course?

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that around a quarter of the 5,000 or so people dying from asbestos-related diseases each year in Britain are tradespeople, such as joiners, electricians and plumbers. This is why Asbestos training is a legal requirement; so you and your staff can avoid the risks.

This course is classed as Category A training and is aimed at making learners aware of the dangers associated with unknowingly coming into contact with asbestos. It does not train them to work with asbestos containing materials (ACMs).

This course has been developed in conjunction with Life Environmental Services - one of the UK's leading environmental compliance and risk management consultancies.

Lesson plan

This course contains the following lesson plan:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • An Introduction to Asbestos Awareness
  • The History of Asbestos and its Early Uses
  • What is Asbestos
  • Exposure to Asbestos
  • Typical Uses of Asbestos and ACMs
  • Legislation Relating to Asbestos
  • Basic Safety
  • Summary

E-learning content

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the properties of asbestos in terms of the risks to and effects on health caused by exposure to asbestos and the increased risk to those who smoke;
  • Outline the types of asbestos and explain where asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) can be typically found within buildings and in plants;
  • Describe the main reasons for the use of asbestos insulation, asbestos insulating boards, asbestos cement and other ACMs;
  • Describe the risks of fibre release from ACMs;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how you would find information about the presence of asbestos before starting work;
  • State the procedures to follow if unintentional contact is made with ACMs describe appropriate emergency procedures; and
  • Outline the legislation relating to asbestos, particularly with reference to regulations 4 and 5 of The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR).


On average this course takes two hours to complete. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly individuals study and absorb the material. Learners can proceed as quickly or slowly as they like. Our learning management system automatically records progress, so learners can pause and resume the training easily.


When learners have successfully completed the course and attained the 80% required to pass the test, they will receive an UKATA accredited certificate.

The UKATA certificate will be valid for one year from the date of successful completion of the course.


The content of this course has also been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

Target audience

This course is aimed at anyone who may be exposed to asbestos, such as those involved in refurbishment, demolition, general building or maintenance work, where there is a risk of disturbing asbestos during the course of their work. This includes a wide range of professionals such as plumbers, architects, cable layers, roofers and caretakers.

Study requirements

Hardware: a preferred screen size of 10 inches or more is strongly recommended, although an absolute minimum of seven inches is required. The hardware device must also support a mechanism for playing sound and video. Video will be in the form of MP4 files.

Suitable Environment: Training should be undertaken in a quiet learning environment free from distractions (uninterrupted).

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Buy this course now for £30 + VAT

This course is not currently available to buy online but our team can set you and your learners up manually with the training.

Please call 01943 885 085. If you have multiple learners, bulk discounts may be available.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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