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Asbestos non-licensed operative


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to undertake non-licensed work with asbestos including NNLW as defined in the approved code of practice (ACoP), currently L143 Second Edition, Regulation 10 - Training for non-licensable work.


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours per day


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to undertake non-licensed work with asbestos including NNLW as defined in the approved code of practice (ACoP), currently L143 Second Edition, Regulation 10 - Training for non-licensable work. It is essential for recently trained employees, particularly those new to asbestos work, to consolidate their newly acquired skills and knowledge by putting them to use on the job. Supervisors and managers will play an important role in coaching these members of staff. Training on its own does not make people working with asbestos competent. Training must be consolidated so that the person becomes confident, skilful, and knowledgeable in practice on the job.


  • properties of asbestos and its effects on health
  • types, uses and occurrences
  • the difference between licensed and non-licensed
  • risk assessment and the purpose of the plan of work
  • safe work practices, control and preventative measures
  • recording, reporting and correcting defects
  • respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
  • personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • hygiene and decontamination
  • site set-up
  • controlled removal techniques
  • waste handling procedures
  • site clean-up and clearance procedures
  • emergency procedures
  • requirements and procedures for medical examinations
  • sampling
  • air monitoring
  • other work hazards
  • relevant regulations, ACoPs and guidance that apply to asbestos work

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:

  • operative and craft

Delegates pre-requisites

Delegates should have previously completed Asbestos Awareness training in accordance with paragraph 235 of ‘Managing and working with asbestos – Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 Approved Code of Practice and guidance’

Instruction/ supervision

As a minimum, course trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • an award in education and training (or equivalent, as per requirements for approved training organisations)
  • successfully completed training to this standard
  • at least 3 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment. Practical training must be in a safe environment.

Training providers must ensure that the course content and delivery meet the requirements set out in ACoP L143, paragraphs 235 - 251.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.

The following practical equipment must be available during the training course:

  • a fully functioning Decontamination Unit (including functioning hot shower, disposable towels, nail brush, shower gel)
  • PPE (coveralls, disposable underwear, transit shoes)
  • RPE (full face and ori nasal RPE kits)
  • equipment for control techniques (Class H vacuum cleaner, safe access equipment, wetting equipment (killa sprays etc), installed simulated materials based upon range of tasks to be undertaken, waste bags, tac rags, multi needle wet strip injection machine

The class size and delegate/trainer ratio must not be more than 10:1 to allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery method should be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • a blend of classroom and remote

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more practical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at a basic level.


For the successful completion of training, delegates must complete an end of course knowledge and practical assessment. The assessment must cover all learning outcomes.

Where this training is assessed using multiple-choice questions, a minimum of 30 questions must be asked and delegates are required to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 80%.

Quality assurance


Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


Refresher training for non-licensable operatives should be given every year, or more frequently if:

  • work methods change
  • the type of equipment used to control exposure changes
  • the type of work carried out changes significantly
  • gaps in competency are identified

Approval date

30 November 2020

Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes
 The delegate will be able to: Additional guidance to support learning outcome: 
state the properties of asbestos and its effects on health

to include:

  • the increased risk of developing lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke
list the types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos

to include:

  • asbestos materials in buildings and plant
describe how to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos  
recognise the difference between licensed work, non-licensed work (NLW) and notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW)

to include:

  • notification requirements (ASBNNLW1)
state the procedures to follow on discovery of asbestos containing materials  
describe the general procedures to deal with an emergency

to include:

  • an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace
  • non asbestos hazards
explain how to interpret and amend a plan of work for non-licensed activities

to include:

  • NNLW
demonstrate the correct use, cleaning, maintenance and safe storage of RPE and PPE

to include:

  • checking RPE and PPE is working correctly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and information
explain why a good seal between the face and RPE is required

to include:

  • the relevance of fit tests
  • the importance of being clean shaven
explain the importance of hygiene requirements  
describe requirements and procedures for medical examinations for NNLW  
carry out decontamination procedures  
demonstrate state waste handling procedures

to include:

  • bagging
  • storage
  • disposal
undertake the removal of a simulated ACM

to include:

  • the wearing of full PPE and RPE
  • use of suitable control measures
undertake site clean-up and clearance procedures

to include:

  • the certificate of arrangements
  • statement of cleanliness
recognise other work hazards and explain how to control, record and report them

to include

  • working at height
  • electrical
  • slips, trips and falls them
explain their responsibilities as a Non-Licensed Operative, and those of their supervisor and employer  
list the relevant regulations, ACoP and guidance that apply to asbestos work, and other regulations that deal with the carriage and disposal of asbestos

to include:

  • ACoP L143
  • EM and A series – HSG210 Task Essentials

Additional information about this standard