UKATA Asbestos Awareness Online Training

The UKATA Asbestos Awareness online training is an essential requirement for any employee or contractor who may come into contact with any materials containing asbestos. It has been designed to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and is certified and approved by the United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA).


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UKATA Asbestos Awareness Category A

This UKATA course that we are offering for sale, is sold under license from SOCOTEC Asbestos Limited who is the UKATA approved Professional Member UK1369A, and this company EssentialSkillz are not a UKATA Professional Member for this classification of training, Asbestos Awareness Training

Asbestos has been used for thousands of years. Known since prehistoric times for a range of valuable properties – it is fire resistant, flexible and durable, and resistant to a wide range of chemicals – it has been used for items as diverse as candle wicks, insulation, fireproofing, clay pots and automobile clutches.

But, it is also extremely harmful to human life, causing asbestosis and a wide range of respiratory cancers, caused by the asbestos fibers. All types of asbestos use were banned in the UK in 1999, but it can still be present in buildings that were constructed or refurbished before then. In fact, HSE statistics show that, despite the ban, asbestos still causes the death of around 5000 workers each year, usually as a result of past exposure and because the related diseases often take a long time to develop and diagnose.

It is a legal requirement, under The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, for employers to provide all individuals who are likely to come into contact with any materials containing asbestos with information about the location and condition of the asbestos and to ensure correct safety procedures are followed.

SOCOTEC Asbestos Ltd’s UKATA Asbestos Awareness online training has been certified and approved by the United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA). Successful completion is marked by the receipt of the nationally-recognised UKATA Asbestos Awareness online training certificate, which is a prerequisite for anyone working with asbestos.

The UKATA Asbestos Awareness online course provides an in-depth training package covering a broad range of topics that address the relevant regulatory requirements: the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Regulation 10, and the Approved Code Of Practice L143 second edition, Managing and Working with Materials Containing Asbestos.

UKATA Asbestos Awareness modules are highly interactive, using images, links, and videos. The online course ensures that your employees and contractors can identify the presence of asbestos within a building, the different types of asbestos that they might come across and where asbestos may be found. It will help participants to understand the potential health risks caused by the asbestos fibres and highlight the requirements for protective equipment and safe working practices.

Read more about asbestos in our blog post.


Target Audience:

If you have no intention of removing Asbestos but work on buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000 this training is mandatory for you as you may encounter Asbestos Contained Materials (ACMs).  

In particular, it should be given to those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades where it is foreseeable that ACMs may become exposed during their work.

Self employed individuals, contractors and workers should make sure that they have the appropriate level of information and training to protect themselves and make sure that others are not put at risk from their work activities.

Examples of individuals who may come into contact with Asbestos include but, are not limited to the following:

  • Demolition workers
  • Construction workers
  • General maintenance staff
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Gas fitters
  • Painters and decorators
  • Joiners
  • Shop fitters
  • Plasterers
  • Roofers
  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Telecommunication engineers
  • Computer and data installers
  • Fire and burglar alarm installers
  • Architects, building surveyors and other such professionals

Course Objectives:

  • To detail what Asbestos is and the different types of Asbestos.
  • To highlight Asbestos related diseases and risk factors
  • To explain the legal requirements concerning Asbestos and how Asbestos is managed in the workplace.
  • To show the common types of Asbestos materials and where they may be found.
  • To detail the procedures for dealing with Asbestos related emergencies.


The UKATA course is divided into 4 modules. You must complete each module before progressing to the next.

The test has a minimum pass rate requirement of 80%. Upon successfully completing this test the user will be provided with a nationally recognised Asbestos Awareness Training certificate which is logged centrally by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) and can be downloaded and printed off.