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Asbestos Awareness Training


This is a Virtual Course

A virtual learning course is a course you can take using your own computer, completing the course online at your own convenience. You do not need to attend any classes, and you can print your own qualification off after you have successfully completed the course. Click here to purchase the course; you can pay by either debit or credit card, and you will then be ready to start the course.

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Asbestos training is a legal requirement and if you work on buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000, asbestos could be present. "The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 require mandatory training for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos at work" (Health and Safety Executive). You need to ensure you are aware of asbestos regulations and how they affect you.

Asbestos safety is paramount and this online asbestos training module, which has been developed by Virtual College working with partners Life Environmental Services (one of the leading asbestos management consultancies in the UK), is aimed at anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos. In addition to trades such as builders, joiners or roofers it is also aimed at anyone who needs to be aware of asbestos and asbestos related dangers such as facility managers in schools, housing organisations, hospitals, offices or shops.

By the end of this Virtual College course you 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 smok
  • Outline the types of asbestos and explain where asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) can be typically found within buildings and in plan
  • 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
  • Know the procedures to follow if any unintentional contact is made with ACMs and have knowledge of appropriate emergency procedures
  • Outline the legislation relating to asbestos, particularly with reference to regulations 4 and 5 of Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR)


Lesson Plan

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • An introduction to Asbestos Awareness
  • A history of asbestos
  • What is asbestos?
  • Risks and adverse effects on health
  • Typical uses of asbestos and ACMs
  • Legislation relating to asbestos and ACMs
  • Identifying, labelling, sampling and surveying ACMs
  • Basic and Emergency Procedures
  • ACMs that can be handled safely


The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Interview Process

No Interview required

Questions & Answers

Who is the course for?

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.

What will be studied?

•Welcome and Learning Objectives •An introduction to Asbestos Awareness •A history of asbestos •What is asbestos? •Risks and adverse effects on health •Typical uses of asbestos and ACMs •Legislation relating to asbestos and ACMs •Identifying, labelling, sampling and surveying ACMs •Basic and Emergency Procedures •ACMs that can be handled safely

Does the course lead to a qualification?

On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

This is a virtual course. You can view more details, or purchase the course online.

Course details

  • Attendance: Virtual Course
  • Start Date: Flexible
  • Hours per week: Flexible
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  • Start Time: Flexible
  • End Time: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Venue: E Learning - Online learning -You can do your course from home or work
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  • Qualification Name: Asbestos Awareness Training
  • Awarding Body: College Certificate

Contact Information


This is a virtual course. You can view more details, or purchase the course online.

You can also download a printable application form (PDF 209KB).

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