Training is an important part of the new licensing system for both licensed and unlicensed asbestos workers.

Training for licenced workers

In order to hold one of the new licences from 4 April 2018, workers in Class A and B, Supervisors and Assessors will need to receive specified training.

Relevant unit standards have been developed and providers are now offering training under the NZQA Framework.

Training for unlicenced workers

From 4 April 2016, a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) must ensure that workers carrying out asbestos-related work  or unlicensed asbestos removal work are trained in the identification and safe handling of, and suitable control measures for, asbestos and asbestos-containing material. This can be delivered through in-house training or instruction. Information on safe-handling and identification and control measures are available from resources on the WorkSafe website and section 12 of the ACOP: Management and Removal of Asbestos.

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Workers doing asbestos-related work or unlicensed asbestos removal

  • Asbestos identification and safe handling instruction (this training can be provided in-house).

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Workers doing licensed asbestos removal

  • Class A removal training, or
  • Class B removal training (estimated to be a 2-day training course).

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Supervisor training

  • Class A, or Class B, worker removal training plus separate unit on supervision ( a four-day training course).

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Assessor training

This is a five-day training course. Training is not needed if the individual has a qualification listed in the Regulations, plus relevant knowledge and experience.

Until 4 April 2018, a supervisor can be a Certificate of Competence holder.

On 4 April 2018, the requirement to hold the relevant unit standards assessed by training providers under the NZQA Framework take effect.

It the meantime competency testing is possible.

Find out more about the qualifications of supervisors

Asbestos-related work is:

  • genuine research and analysis:
  • sampling and identification in accordance with the regulations:
  • removal or disposal of asbestos or asbestos-containing material (ACM), including demolition work, in accordance with the regulations:
  • the transport and disposal of asbestos or asbestos waste in accordance with the regulations:
  • demonstrations, education, or practical training in relation to asbestos or ACM:
  • fire-fighting:
  • a response to an emergency:
  • maintenance and servicing work involving ACM in accordance with the regulations:
  • rectifying work to ACM undertaken in accordance with these regulations:
  • display, or preparation or maintenance for display, of an artefact or thing that is, or includes, asbestos or ACM:
  • work that disturbs asbestos during mining operations that involve the extraction of, or exploration for, a mineral other than asbestos:
  • laundering asbestos-contaminated clothing in accordance with these regulations:
  • work carried out in accordance with a method approved by WorkSafe:
  • work involving soil that a competent person has determined does not contain ACM or friable asbestos in a quantity that is likely to lead to airborne contamination at a level that exceeds trace level:
  • work involving naturally occurring asbestos managed in accordance with an asbestos management plan. 

 See Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016, regulation 7 (2), (3) and (4)(external link)