Asbestos licensing

An asbestos removal licence is held by a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU). Workers carry out licensed asbestos removal work on behalf or for the PCBU who holds the licence. Individual workers do not hold an asbestos licence but must meet certain training requirements.

There are two types of asbestos removal licences:

  • friable asbestos - class A
  • non-friable asbestos - class B

An asbestos removal licence issued by NT WorkSafe is valid for five years.

Friable asbestos - class A asbestos removal licence

A 'class A' asbestos removal licence is for businesses removing any amount of friable asbestos. Class A licence holders must ensure the removal of friable asbestos is directly supervised by a nominated supervisor.

Nominated supervisors for class A asbestos removal work must

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have at least three years of relevant industry experience
  • have certification in CPCCDE3015A Remove friable asbestos and CPCCBC4051A Supervise asbestos removal

Non-friable asbestos - class B asbestos removal licence

A class B asbestos removal licence only covers workers for the removal of:

  • more than ten square metres of non-friable asbestos
  • any asbestos contaminated dust or debris associated with the removal of this non-friable asbestos

A class B licence does not authorise the removal of friable asbestos (class A asbestos removal work).

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 removal work supervisor must

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have at least one year of relevant industry experience
  • have certification in CPCCDE3014A Remove non-friable asbestos or CPCCDE3015A Remove friable asbestos

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 'How to safely remove asbestos' code of practice for further information.

For information about notification requirements for asbestos removalists visit the asbestos notification page.

Asbestos assessor licence

Under the WHS Regulations, 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‚Äč

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

Interstate licences

Asbestos removal licences and asbestos assessor licences granted under a corresponding WHS law can be used in the Northern Territory.

Related Forms and Resources

Application for a replacement licence - Asbestos
Application for an asbestos assessor licence
Application for an asbestos removal licence
Application for change of details - Asbestos assessor
Change to nominated supervisor - Asbestos removal licence
Applicant guide asbestos removal and licensing