This Asbestos Awareness (Category A) course is designed to help workers understand and avoid the serious health risks associated with asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). 

Although the course makes reference to UK regulations, the information provided would be useful to anyone aiming to improve their knowledge of asbestos and its associated risks.

Why choose PCR Global as your training partner?

Our aim is to provide realistic training, with additional content, for less money, and with better support.

We know how busy you are. Our material is not padded out with content you do not need to know.

We are not a faceless organisation. If you want to speak to us, we welcome your call.

Our material is our own. We are not providing you content from somewhere else and making money off the back of it. This means we can keep the material up-to-date and your costs lower.

Can I tailor the course to my company specific needs? 

YES. We really recommend this!

1 - Demonstrate Leadership: 

Your Managing Director or Health and Safety Manager etc. can provide a video introduction to send the message direct to the workforce. 

Here, Stephen Euston the Managing Director of Manning Construction Limited introduces the Asbestos Awareness Course as part of their MATS (mandatory annual training scheme) - 6 courses produced for Manning Construction by the PCR Training Team.

2 - Evidence 'Beyond Compliance':

Producing robust, tailored, risk based in-house certificates as part of your training program will assist during your ISO, Achilles, CHAS etc. audits. 

3 - Reduce Costs:

We can reduce the cost further if you purchase multiple licenses.

Why take this Course?


In the UK, asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, this is  more than the number of people killed on the road.

Around 20 tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure

However, asbestos is not just a problem of the past. It can be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.

When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important that you protect yourself now.

Film: The Evil Dust - Late Lessons from Early Warnings

100 years ago asbestos started to be known as 'the magic mineral' which created a very profitable industry. And for almost as long, the industry has known that asbestos is extremely dangerous to people.

The documentary below is was part of the international awarded series “Late Lessons from Early Warnings”.

Year of Production: 2006

This is a video that should make us all think of the bigger picture.

Click in the icon below to watch the Film:

Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases:


Mesothelioma is a cancer which affects the lining of the lungs (pleura) and the lining surrounding the lower digestive tract (peritoneum). It is almost exclusively related to asbestos exposure and by the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal.

Asbestos-related lung cancer

Asbestos-related lung cancer is the same as (looks the same as) lung cancer caused by smoking and other causes. It is estimated that there is around one lung cancer for every mesothelioma death.


Asbestosis is a serious scarring condition of the lung that normally occurs after heavy exposure to asbestos over many years. This condition can cause progressive shortness of breath, and in severe cases can be fatal.

Pleural thickening

Pleural thickening is generally a problem that happens after heavy asbestos exposure. The lining of the lung (pleura) thickens and swells. If this gets worse, the lung itself can be squeezed, and can cause shortness of breath and discomfort in the chest.

*Please remember: that as this is an Asbestos Awareness course (Category A). The information provided is an awareness level.


  • What internet browser do I need to run the course?

    We recommend using Chrome or Firefox on a desktop for best results. However, all of the following are compatible: Desktop: - Chrome - Firefox - Safari - Microsoft Edge Mobile: - iOS Safari: 11 and up - Chrome - Samsung Internet NOTE: We DO NOT support Internet Explorer.

  • Do I need any previous training to take this course?

    No. No prior knowledge or training is required.

  • How long will this course take?

    Most people will complete this course in 1hr 30 minutes.

  • Does this course qualify me to remove asbestos?

    No. This is an Asbestos Awareness (Category A) course which teaches you how to recognise asbestos if you encounter it. This course does not qualify you to work on or remove asbestos. If you require Non-licensable work with asbestos including NNLW, please contact us and we can provide this training too.

  • Can the course be tailored to my workplace?

    Yes. At PCR we suggest that courses are tailored. We can use your own asbestos documentation within the presentation, and you can receive your certificate with your company logo on it.

  • Will I get a certificate from my study?

    Yes. Once you pass all the Modules, you will be able to download your certificate immediately.

  • How long will my certificate last?

    The HSE clearly state - "There is no legal requirement to repeat an entire formal awareness refresher training course every 12 months. However some form of refresher should be given, as necessary, to help ensure knowledge of asbestos awareness is maintained." - With this in mind, we have added a 12-month expiry date.

Who is the training for?

From the UK HSE:

Information, instruction and training for asbestos awareness is intended to give workers and supervisors the information they need to avoid work that may disturb asbestos during any normal work which could disturb the fabric of a building, or other item which might contain asbestos. It will not prepare workers, or self-employed contractors, to carry out work with asbestos-containing materials. If a worker is planning to carry out work that will disturb ACMs, further information, instruction and training will be needed.

Examples of those affected are listed below. There will be other occupations where asbestos may be disturbed in addition to those listed.:

  • General maintenance workers
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Joiners
  • Painters and decorators
  • Plasterers
  • Construction workers
  • Roofers
  • Shop fitters
  • Gas fitters
  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Demolition workers
  • Telecommunication engineers
  • Fire/burglar alarm installers
  • Computer and data installers
  • Architects
  • Building surveyors

Information, instruction and training about asbestos awareness should cover the following:

  • the properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of developing lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke
  • the types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and asbestos materials in buildings and plant
  • the general procedures to deal with an emergency, eg an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace
  • how to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos

Online learning (often referred to as e–learning) is increasingly used as a method of providing asbestos awareness training. HSE recognises the use of e-learning as a viable delivery method, among others, for asbestos awareness training, provided it satisfies the requirements of Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice L143 'Managing and working with asbestos'.


Workers who plan to carry out work that will disturb asbestos require a higher level of information, instruction and training, in addition to asbestos awareness. This should take account of whether the work is non-licensed; notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW); or licensed work and should be job specific.

What can I expect?

Narrated delivery

The course is presented by Andrew Protheroe MSc MSc CMIOSH DipNEBOSH EnvDipNEBOSH using the PCR Global 'Blackboard'

Relevant HSE information

The course contains up to date information from the HSE - including Questions and Answers from the 'Asbestos - WHERE IT HIDES' campaign'.

We find this add's reality to the training. 

Free downloads

We simply want to give you more for less. 

We have included three word documents that you can download and annotate to your situation: 

1 - Asbestos Tool Box Talk

2 - Asbestos discovery plan in buildings

3 - Asbestos Register witness log

Immediate certificate

On successful completion you will be able to download your certificate.


We pride ourselves on the support we provide those who trust us with their learning journey. 

At any time during your training you can gain access to technical support for IT or on the subject of asbestos itself. 

In the first instance, you can email or call Andrew Collins on: 


m: +44 7962 180459

An introduction to your Asbestos Awareness Training Team: 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome and guidance from your Tutor: Andrew Protheroe MSc MSc CMIOSH DipNEBOSH EnvDipNEBOSH

    • Introduction and guidance: From your Course Tutor - Andy Protheroe MSc MSc CMIOSH

    • Additional Items - Downloads: (1) Asbestos Tool Box Talk (2) Asbestos Discovery Plan (3) Asbestos Register Witness Log

    • End of Introduction

  • 2

    Module 1: Background - Properties, production and use of asbestos, and its effect on health

    • Module 1: Background - Properties, production and use of asbestos, and it's effect on health

    • VIDEO: How asbestos enters the lungs, and the damage it causes

    • Module 1: Assessment - Questions & Answers

    • End of Module 1

  • 3

    Module 2: Where can it found? - The types and uses of asbestos

    • Module 2: Where can it found? - The types and uses of asbestos

    • Where it hides: Important: Questions will be asked at the end of the Module

    • HSE: Where it hides (Industrial)

    • HSE: Where it hides (Residential)

    • Where it hides: Brownfield sites

    • Brownfield sites: Supporting information and photographs

    • Module 2: Assessment - Questions & Answers

    • End of Module 2

  • 4

    Module 3: Legal requirements - Responsibilities

    • Module 3: Legal requirements - Responsibilities

    • Module 3: Assessment - Questions & Answers

    • End of Module 3

  • 5

    Module 4: Emergency action - preparedness and response.

    • Module 4: Emergency action - preparedness and response.

    • Module 4: Assessment - Questions & Answers

    • End of Module 4

Further Course Information


This course is intended to furnish you with the knowledge to safely identify asbestos and where it may be found. It does not qualify you to work with asbestos. 


Most people complete this course in under 1 hour 30 minutes.

Certificate Expiry: 

The certificate issued for this course will expire 1 year from the date of successful completion.

For technical support and guidance

Please email or call Andrew on +44 (0)7962 180459

The PCR Global Asbestos Awareness Course (Category A)

Built by those that do, for those that do.

  • Providing you more

    We have included three key documents free of charge for you to download. The Asbestos Tool Box Talk, Discovery Plan in Buildings and Asbestos Register Witness Log can be annotated to your specific situation - this saves you a great deal of time and effort.

  • Relevant and up to date content

    Our material follows the most up-to-date guidance from the United Kingdom HSE (Health and Safety Executive). You will not be provided with information that is purely there to 'pad out' the content. We know how busy you are.

  • Competent support

    Your personal Asbestos Awareness Training Team are here to help before, during and after your training. If you have any queries you will only speak to knowledgeable consultants and trainers.