Supervisor competency testing

How to organise a competency test for supervisors nominated on an asbestos removal licence.

Every applicant for an asbestos removal licence must nominate a supervisor. The supervisor’s role is to oversee licensed asbestos removal. Supervisors must be able to demonstrate competency in asbestos removal.

WorkSafe will continue to run competency testing until 31 January 2018. After 31 January anyone wishing to prove competency must undertake training to the relevant NZQA standard, or applicable Australian equivalent.

On 4 April 2018, the requirement to hold relevant unit standards run by training providers under the NZQA Framework takes effect.  Refer further to Training.

Who needs to sit a competency test?

  • Anyone without a current Certificate of Competence will need to sit the test for either Class A or Class B supervision (whichever they are applying for).
  • Current (as at 4 April 2016) Certificate of Competence holders with specified categories E or F will only need to sit a competence test if they are applying to supervise Class A work (they will automatically be able to supervise Class B work).

If you have no specified categories on your Certificate of Competence, or have any of the four categories A, B, C or D, you do not need to sit a competency test.

How to book your competency test

Competency tests are held at regional WorkSafe offices. You can make an appointment by emailing your nearest WorkSafe office.

Email contact details are listed in the form below. You will need to fill out the form below and take it to your appointment, along with photo ID.

Application for an asbestos nominated supervisor competency test (PDF 401 KB)

What are the tests?

There are two different tests, one for Class A Supervisors, and one for Class B Supervisors.

  • The Class A test is a written test of 25 multi-choice questions as well as more in-depth oral questions from a WorkSafe inspector.
  • The Class B test is a written test of 20 multi-choice questions.

Results will be emailed out shortly after the test.