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How to Get a Licence to Remove Asbestos

There are two types of asbestos removal licences and they can only be issued to a person who conducts a business or undertaking:

1. Friable asbestos - class A asbestos removal licence

A ‘class A’ asbestos removal licence is for businesses removing any amount of friable asbestos (material that contains asbestos and is in a powder form or that can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to a powder by hand pressure when dry). Class A asbestos removal licence holders must ensure the removal of friable asbestos is directly supervised by a nominated supervisor. Class A asbestos removal licence holders are also authorised to carry out class B asbestos removal work.

Nominated supervisors for class A asbestos removal work must be at least 18 years old and have at least three years or relevant industry experience. The nominated supervisor must also have certification in CPCCDE3015A Remove friable asbestos and CPCCBC4051A Supervise asbestos removal (see course here).

Class A asbestos removal licence holders are also authorised to carry out class B asbestos removal work.

2. Non-friable (bonded) asbestos - class B asbestos removal licence

A class B asbestos removal licence only covers work for the removal of more than ten square metres of non-friable asbestos or any asbestos contaminated dust or debris associated with the removal of more than ten square metres of non-friable asbestos. The licence does not authorise the removal of friable asbestos (class A asbestos removal work).

Non-friable asbestos materials include asbestos cement sheeting, often called fibro, used in many Queensland buildings before 1990. The sheeting was used for cladding, roofs and fences and can often be found as backing boards in wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms.

Where class B asbestos removal work is being carried out by more than one person, the licence holder must ensure a supervisor is readily available to the workers carrying out the asbestos removal work.

A class B asbestos removal work supervisor must be at least 18 years old and have at least one year of relevant industry experience. The supervisor must have certification in CPCCDE3014A Remove non-friable asbestos (view course) or CPCCDE3015A Remove friable asbestos.

When applying for a class B asbestos removal licence, the applicant does not need to provide WorkCover Queensland with details about supervisors for class B asbestos removal work.

Although a licence is not required to remove ten square metres or less of non-friable asbestos material, all asbestos removal work must be carried out properly using safe work procedures (refer to the WHS Regulation 2011 and asbestos removal code of practice for more information).

Asbestos removal licences issued under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 are valid for a period of five years.

Important: Holders of valid bonded asbestos removal certificates issued under the repealed Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008 have previously been issued with a letter extending the validity of their certificate until 31 December 2013. This has been extended until 31 December 2014 to provide people with more time to complete the VET course CPCCDE3014A Remove non-friable asbestos being provided by certain registered training organisations. This date of 31 December 2014 applies despite any other expiry date on the old certificate issued under the repealed WHS Regulation 2008. Workers needing to complete the VET course CPCCDE3014A Remove non-friable asbestos are encouraged to book a place in a course as soon as possible to ensure they obtain certification of their competency before the transition period expires at the end of 2014.

If you are a worker and do not hold an old bonded asbestos removal certificate issued under the repealed Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008, and wish to conduct class B asbestos removal work for a PCBU you will need to obtain a certificate for the course CPCCDE3014A Remove non-friable asbestos (see our course page here)

How to apply for an asbestos removal licence

Step one - Download and complete Form 80 - Application for asbestos removal licence for Class A or Class B (PDF) ensuring that the required documents are attached.

Please download and read the following document when completing this form:

Step two - Submit the application form, supporting documents and required fee to WorkCover Queensland.

Step three - WorkCover Queensland will contact you if any additional information is required.

Step four - If approved, WorkCover Queensland will issue the licence to the PCBU.

View Pinnacle’s course offerings for: CPCCDE3014A Remove non-friable asbestos, CPCCDE3015A Remove friable asbestos (coming soon) or CPCCBC4051A Supervise asbestos removal.

Asbestos assessor licence

Under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, an independent licensed asbestos assessor is required to carry out certain functions connected with class A asbestos removal work. These are:

  • air monitoring
  • clearance inspections
  • issuing a clearance certificate.

Asbestos assessor licences are valid for a period of five years and are issued to individuals, not a business.

Further information

  • For asbestos course enquiries call Pinnacle Safety and Training on 1300 990 810
  • You can view the most up to date Regulator requirements on the WorkCover Queensland website.

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