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.

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.

Asbestos warning signs.

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

Qualifications for successful participants

Statement of attainment in:

10852NAT Course in working safely with asbestos containing materials

Double-bagged and tied tools that have been used in work containing asbestos.

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, HSE 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.

Discuss your training needs with our team on 1300 884 978.

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.

Additional information about training at HSE

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.

All course participants should have at least Year 10-level literacy and numeracy skills. A literacy and numeracy assessment will be conducted prior to the start of the course to assist us in providing adequate course material.

Participants must also be eligible to receive nationally recognised training within Australia. They must also provide us with a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon enrolment. If you do not have a USI, one can be created here: CLICK HERE.

Some courses will have prerequisite training that will need to be completed prior to undertaking the selected course. A statement of attainment for the prerequisite course must be presented prior to the start of training. Please refer to the FAQ section, above, for details of any prerequisites your course may have.

Height Safety Engineers does not offer recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer due to the high-risk nature of our training courses. It is also anticipated that participants will be new entrants or refreshing knowledge and skills in the area of study.

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 training@heightsafety.net. 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.

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.

Training can be conducted in one of our dedicated state-of-the-art training facilities or be conducted on your site with the use of our mobile training simulators

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