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Course in asbestos awareness

Get your statement of attainment with our 4 hour asbestos awareness course.

Please note 11084NAT Course in asbestos awareness replaced 10675NAT Course in asbestos awareness. This course fulfils the requirements of WorkSafe ACT for working in the Australian Capital Territory.

Asbestos is one of the most insidious and dangerous substances you can come across. When the loose fibres are inhaled or swallowed, it can lead to mesothelioma, a deadly and incurable cancer.

Unfortunately, asbestos was widely used in commercial and residential construction prior to the 1980’s. Whenever a building with Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) is renovated or demolished, it poses significant health risks to workers. Over the years, large amounts of asbestos have even been found buried underground after old structures have been carelessly demolished.

Knowing how to identify areas where asbestos contamination is a skill every tradesperson should have from the start of their career.

Our 11084NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness is a nationally accredited course. It is aimed at workers who may be potentially exposed to asbestos or ACMs. This includes electricians, builders, handymen, air conditioner installers, cleaners, engineers, landscapers and demolition crews.

About this course

The course is designed to give you the knowledge to identify and properly report asbestos containing materials and can be completed in 4 hours.

Gaining your statement of attainment for this course allows you to enter any work site where asbestos may be present. This will allow you to get on with the job you need to complete.

Completing the 11084NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness is mandatory in the ACT for all workers who are reasonably likely to work with asbestos or ACMs.

Please note – completion of the 11084NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness does not permit you to physically handle asbestos in any way or to work in an area where there is exposed asbestos.

Duration: 1 Day (4 hours)

Student/Trainer Ratio: 20:1


Course Objectives and content

  • Knowledge and skills to identify when and where asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) may be present
  • Knowledge of the hazards and risks associated with asbestos exposure and inhalation
  • Precautions that need to be taken if asbestos is present
  • Reporting procedures
  • An understanding of each individuals general duty of care

Some quick facts about asbestos

  • Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that resists exposure to fire, sound, water, and chemicals.
  • It is composed of millions of fibers. Fibres that become airborne pose serious health risks to anyone who breathes them in.
  • Asbestos never deteriorates. This is why it was originally used for construction purposes as it is such a strong yet lightweight material.
  • There are two types of asbestos – friable (bonded) and non-friable (non-bonded).
  • Friable asbestos is a material containing asbestos that when dry, is in powder form or may be crushed or pulverised into powder form using your hand. This material poses a higher risk of exposing people to airborne asbestos fibres.
  • Non-friable asbestos products are solid and you can’t crumble them in your hand. The asbestos has been mixed with a bonding compound such as cement.
  • The fibres of non-friable asbestos can still be dangerous. When cracked, damaged or drilled through, the fibres can become airborne and therefore inhaled.

Qualifications for successful participants

Statement of Attainment in:

11084NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness

Additional course information

Prerequisites & Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for 10675NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness
Where this course is being run on the same day as 10852NAT Course in Working Safely with Asbestos Containing Materials, the participant must be deemed competent in this course prior to proceeding with the second half of the day.
All students must be eligible to receive nationally recognised training within Australia and provide a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon enrolment.

Want to combine this with 10852NAT Course in Working Safely with Asbestos Containing Materials? Call us on 1300 884 978 for our special discounted rate for the packaged courses!

Who should attend?

This training is mandatory in the ACT, for all workers who the PCBU [a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking, e.g. an employer] reasonably believes will work with asbestos or asbestos containing material. The training applies not only to supervisors but to everyone from entry level to senior management. It applies not just to builders but to the broadest range of people working on homes and property, including cleaners, architects, plumbers, labourers, landscapers, engineers, fencers, glaziers, locksmiths, professional handymen, construction workers, air-conditioning technicians, plumbers, electricians and anyone else who may come into contact with asbestos containing materials.
It is recommended that participants have year 10 level reading and writing capabilities.

Can overseas visitors complete this training course?

This will depend on the type of visa that you have.

For example restrictions apply to international visitors who hold a Student Visa. Any course undertaken by a Student Visa holder must be conducted by a provider who is registered on CRICOS. As Elbon Consulting Services Pty Ltd is not CRICOS approved we are unable to accept enrolments into any of our courses from any international visitor that holds a Student Visa.

International visitors who hold a Working Holiday Visa may be eligible to enrol into our courses once they arrive in Australia. This is important as some occupations in Australia will have legislative and/or licencing requirements relating to qualifications. International visitors will still be required to provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier) prior to enrolling into any Nationally Recognised Training. When registering for your USI number if you select Non-Australian Passport (with Australian Visa) as your form of ID, you will need to enter your Non-Australian passport number when creating your USI. The following details on the passport must match in order to verify in the USI registry system:

  • Family Name
  • Given Name(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Country of Passport

Students from New Zealand will not be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport until your passport has been registered with the Australian Department of Immigration. This will only happen when the student crosses the border into Australia. Once the passport is registered with the Department of Immigration it can be verified and the student will be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport.

If you are an International Visitor, you will need to provide a copy of your Visa and/or Passport by emailing Your Visa details will be verified for eligibility to participate in accredited training within Australia. If you are ineligible, a full refund of fees paid will be provided.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer is not available for this accredited course.

Learner support

We may be able to provide you with learning support. If you think you may need assistance with reading and/or writing, please contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist.

Course Fees

For more information and an obligation free quote please call our office on 1300 884 978. Group discounts may apply. Please also refer to the Payment Terms and Conditions available on our website and in the Student Handbook.

What do I bring?

All necessary equipment and learning materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided for training completed at our training facilities. Please wear comfortable clothing and enclosed footwear.

Where can I train?

Training can be conducted in one of our dedicated state-of-the-art training facilities or be conducted on your site.

Ready to enrol your team in our Asbestos awareness course?

Simply click the ‘Enrol’ button above. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 1300 884 978, we’d be happy to provide you with any more information that you might need.