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UKATA Licensable Work with Asbestos


The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Regulation 10 requires every employer to ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given to their employees who are or who are liable to be exposed to asbestos, or who supervise such employees.

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, ACoP L143 (Second Edition) Regulation 10, Paragraph 246 - 253 specifies the training that is required for those undertaking licensable work with asbestos containing materials as defined by CAR 2012. This is also further stated in the Health and Safety Guidance Document– Asbestos – The Licensed Contractors Guide (HSG247), Appendix 4.1.

Occupational Relevance

Any persons carrying out licensable work with asbestos containing materials, as laid down in CAR 2012. This would normally include, but is not limited to, licensed asbestos removal contractors and ancillary trades such as scaffolders who undertake licensed asbestos ancillary work, companies maintaining negative pressure units and class “H” vacuums and those required to enter into enclosures to carry out other ancillary work.

Courses Currently Available


  • Licensed Asbestos New Operative

  • Licensed Asbestos Operative Refresher

  • Licensed Asbestos Supervisor Refresher

  • Licensed Asbestos Contracts Manager Refresher



Initial Training

Initial training is required for employees new to licensed asbestos work. There are certain key topics that must be covered by people involved in asbestos removal work.

The Initial Training Modules 1-27 are set out in Appendix 4.1 of HSG 247 (Asbestos – The Licensed Contractors Guide). Modules 20-23 apply to scaffolders only.

  1. Types, uses and Risks of ACMs

  2. Health Hazards

  3. Legislation

  4. Site set up, maintenance and dismantling

  5. Controlled stripping techniques

  6. Respiratory protective equipment

  7. Personal protective equipment and clothing

  8. Transit procedures and decontamination

  9. Cleaning and clearance air testing

  10. Plant and equipment

  11. Waste management and disposal

  12. Emergency procedures

  13. Non-asbestos hazards

  14. Fault-finding

  15. Roles and responsibilities

  16. Site inspections and record keeping

  17. Management systems and monitoring

  18. RAs and POW


Practical Modules

24. Decontamination and transit procedures

25. Use and maintenance of RPE

26. Construction of enclosures and airlocks

27. Use of controlled stripping techniques

Refresher Training

The aim of refresher training is to identify good and bad practice and to ensure that the good practice is shared and that bad practices are stopped. Refresher training aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • fulfil identified training needs;

  • impart new information, eg changes in legislation and work practices (such as use of new equipment or wetting techniques);

  • remind employees of the risks they face working with asbestos;

  • reinforce procedures such as the use of hygiene facilities, use and maintenance of RPE and how to use controlled removal techniques.



A day’s training means at least 6 learning hours, not including breaks.

  • Licensed Asbestos New Operative - 3 days

  • Licensed Asbestos Operative Refresher - 1 day

  • Licensed Asbestos Supervisor Refresher - 1 day

  • Licensed Asbestos Contracts Manager Refresher - 1 day


Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded the relevant UKATA Licensed Asbestos certificate.

Certificates are valid for 12 months.

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