UKATA Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos awareness training is required to be given to employees whose work could foreseeably expose them to asbestos. In particular, it should be given to all demolition workers and those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades where it is foreseeable that their work will disturb the fabric of the building because ACMs may become exposed during their work.

Asbestos awareness training is not training to work with any forms of asbestos. It is likely to form the first part of training for work with asbestos.

Every employer must make sure that anyone who is liable to disturb asbestos during their normal work, or who supervises those employees, gets the correct level of information, instruction and training so that they can work safely and competently without risk to themselves or others.

What will I know and do?


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.

This course will assist employers in meeting this requirement by explaining the properties of asbestos and its effects on the health of individuals, the types, uses and likely occurrences of asbestos and ACMs in buildings and plant, the general procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency and how to avoid the risks from ACMs

Course objective

To provide an awareness and develop the knowledge amongst employees as regards the hazards and risks posed by asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The course further gives an overview of the legislative measures in place to permit employees to safeguard themselves and others affected by work activities.

Who is it for?

Supervisors and trades personnel, including trainees such as but not limited to: demolition workers, construction workers, general maintenance staff, electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, painters and decorators, joiners, plasterers, roofers, heating and ventilation engineers, telecommunication engineers, fire and burglar alarm installers, computer installers, architects, building surveyors, shopfitters and other such professionals.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

For further information please see the latest version of the IELTS Handbook or consult the IELTS website.

How to study

You can choose how to study for this qualification in a number of different ways such as;

  • Classroom based learning

  • Distance learning

  • E-learning

  • In-house training


The UKATA Asbestos Awareness course usually takes around 3.5 - 4 hours to complete.


Attainment of the learning outcome for the qualification will assessed by a multiple choice examination consisting of at least 15 questions under exam conditions.

Candidates will be required to achieve a score of at least 12 out of 15 (80%) in the examination.

How much will it cost?

The fee displayed will be the final cost per person.

  • Classroom based learning - £25.00 + VAT

  • Distance learning - £25.00 + VAT

  • E-learning* - £15.00 + VAT

  • In-house training - Please contact us for a quotation

*Please note that our e-learning course is NOT UKATA accredited and is awarded via Highfield qualifications.


A full range of asbestos guidance and publications can be found on the HSE website by clicking here

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