10852NAT Course in working safely with asbestos containing materials

This half day course bridges the gap between courses in asbestos awareness, asbestos removal, supervision and assessment.

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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 work safely with asbestos containing materials is a skill every tradesperson should have from the start of their career.

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About this course

This course was developed in response to industry consultation and government consultation aiming to bridge the gap between the course in asbestos awareness, asbestos removal, supervision and assessment. It covers skills and knowledge in worksite preparation, PPE requirements, safe drilling and decontamination.

Duration: 1/2 day (4 hours)

Student/trainer ratio: 10:1

Course objectives and content

  • Understanding of each individual’s duty of care
  • Worksite preparation
  • Personal protective equipment requirements
  • Safe drilling and cutting techniques
  • Decontamination processes
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Qualifications for successful participants

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10852NAT Course in working safely with asbestos containing materials

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Combine training courses for comprehensive asbestos safety skills

10852NAT Course in working safely with asbestos containing materials can be held in conjunction with 11084NAT Course in asbestos awareness. Participants seeking to complete 10852NAT must have successfully completed 11084NAT, or an equivalent course, prior to starting their training.

To assist in this, RTOs often runs 11084NAT Course in asbestos awareness in a morning session, followed by 10852NAT Course in working safely with asbestos containing materials in the afternoon. This allows participants to complete the prerequisite training prior to starting the second course.

Asbestos facts

  • 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.

10852NAT Course in working safely with asbestos containing materials FAQs


Completing this course does not allow you to undertake asbestos removal. Participants looking to gain qualifications in asbestos removal should consider completing CPCCDE3014 Remove non-friable asbestos training. This course qualifies successful participants to receive a Class B asbestos removal licence from SafeWork NSW.

This course is a requirement if you are working in the Australian Capital Territory in select occupations.

Height Safety Engineers recommends that every tradesperson should undertake asbestos safety training. Although asbestos has not been used in the building and construction industry in several decades, it remains incredibly commonplace in older buildings and is often found on renovation and demolition sites.

Having the skills to safely work in areas of asbestos contamination assist workers in mitigating the risks of contracting cancers and other diseases associated with exposure to asbestos fibres.

Both 10852NAT and 11084NAT are nationally recognised units of competency. This means, no matter where you are in Australia the statement of attainments issued for these courses will be recognised.

We understand that there are a range of other asbestos safety courses available in the market – many of them conducted online and over shorter periods of time. However, prospective participants should be aware that it is extremely unlikely these courses contain nationally recognised units of competency, and the certificates issued may not be recognised at your workplace or job site.

10852NAT and 11084NAT are mandated by the ACT Government as competencies that must be held by any tradesperson looking to work in the Territory.


In order to enrol in this course, participants must have completed 11084NAT Course in asbestos awareness or an equivalent course.

A statement of attainment for this prerequisite must be provided to HSE prior to starting training.

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