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Asbestos Workers

Class A Asbestos Removal Course
(Friable Asbestos Removal)



$ 575 + GST per person



8 Hours (1 day)


Unit Standard

NZQA Unit Standard 29766



This course is designed for tradespeople who may be at risk of encountering Class A asbestos or need to work around friable asbestos.



CSP – Construction Safety Passport (with us), Constructsafe, The White Card (Australia), SiteSafe (NZ), or other similar proprietary health and safety induction certification recognised in New Zealand; or demonstration of equivalent knowledge and skills in health and safety in the construction industry.


This training course was developed for tradespeople and businesses that require to remove and manage asbestos or asbestos-containing materials (ACM) under Class A. Tradespeople tasked to remove friable asbestos must complete this training before undertaking any kind of job.

Class A asbestos is known as friable asbestos. The name is given to asbestos materials that are powdery or can become dust from being crushed when dry, which is considered the most dangerous class of asbestos. With little pressure from one’s hand, it can become dust and release hazardous fibres into the air. This poses a big threat as it can easily come in contact with skin or be inhaled by anyone in the area. In many countries, cancer developed by those exposed to asbestos remain the number one workplace killer.

Friable asbestos products are common in building materials such as roofing, ceilings, floor tile backing, low-density boards (LDB), thermal insulation, sprayed coatings, weathered Class B asbestos, and asbestos-contaminated dust (ACD) produced from Class B products.

Managing and working with this type of asbestos requires a Class A license. Class A jobs also require the presence of someone licenced to supervise asbestos removal. It is considered more dangerous than Class B asbestos removal (remove non-friable asbestos) because it can be easily disturbed. This course will cover both the theoretical and practical components of this type of asbestos removal.

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Who should attend this friable asbestos removal training course?

  • Individuals who wish to apply for a Class A asbestos removal licence

  • Individuals who wish to undertake Class A asbestos removal work

  • Individuals planning to eventually apply to become a licensed asbestos supervisor

Topics covered

WorkSafe New Zealand recognises this Friable Asbestos (Class A) Unit Standard 29766. People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Prepare for friable asbestos removal

  • Prepare asbestos removal area and removal site

  • Isolate removal site

  • Carry out friable asbestos removal process

  • Carry out decontamination process

  • Clean up work site

  • Contribute to and use documentation in line with New Zealand regulatory requirements


Occupational Health and Safety > Hazardous Substances and Materials

Available Grade


Participants will also be able to increase their asbestos awareness, differentiate between friable and non-friable asbestos-containing materials (ACM), and learn about the disposal requirements for friable asbestos (Class A). All equipment necessary to undertake training will be provided by an experienced trainer.

Workplace practices for asbestos removal must meet obligations required under current law including but not limited to: Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016, WorkSafe New Zealand Approved Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos, and any subsequent amendments and replacements.

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