How to get an asbestos removal License in NSW

There are two licences for asbestos removal, as well as a licence to be an asbestos assessor.

They are:

WorkCover safety inspectors can issue on the spot fines to any individual or business that appoints an unlicensed asbestos removalist, and to licensed asbestos removalists who fail to notify WorkCover of licensed asbestos removal work.

ASBESTOSREMOVAL LICENCES

Class A licence

The class A licence allows you to remove friable asbestos, non friable asbestos and any asbestos contaminated dust or debris (ACD).

Class B licence

Theclass B licenceis more common and allows you to remove 10 square metres or more of non friable asbestos, like fibro sheets. Having a class B licence only allows you to remove the asbestos contaminated dust or debris (ACD) that is directly associated with the removal of non friable asbestos.

Only a person who conducts (or proposes to conduct),a business or undertakingmay apply for an asbestos removal licence.

No licence is required to:

  • remove less than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos
  • ACD that is associated with the removal of less than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos
  • a minor asbestos contamination not associated with the removal of friable or non-friable asbestos.

NOTE: all asbestos removal work must be carried out safely in accordance with the work health and safety legislation. Visitour asbestos pagefor more information.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to hold a licence you must:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • have at least one approved supervisor.
For Class A licences, you’ll need to provide:
  • a general construction induction card (or NSW statement of training number)
  • copies of the qualifications CPCCDE3015A (remove friable asbestos) and CPCCBC4051A (supervise asbestos removal)
  • evidence of experience (not more than 5 years old) working on at least 3 friable asbestos removal jobs over a 3-year period.

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For a Class B licence, you’ll need to provide:
  • a general construction induction card (or NSW statement of training number)
  • copies of the qualifications CPCCDE3014A (remove non-friable asbestos) and CPCCBC4051A (supervise asbestos removal)
  • evidence of experience (not more than 5 years old) working on at least 3 non-friable asbestos removal jobs over a 12-month period
Evidence of experience includes:
  • Class A licences
    • asbestos removal control plans
    • notes from tool box talks
    • air-monitoring reports
    • smoke tests
    • clearance certificates
    • safe work method statements
    • photos of your work
    • a reference letter from an employer or organisation, dated and signed on a business letterhead document.
  • Class B licence
    • invoices
    • tip receipts
    • contracts of work
    • safe work method statements
    • photos
    • a reference letter from an employer or organisation, dated and signed on a business letterhead document.

SafeWork NSWs Application process

How to apply

Note: You can save your application and return later.

  1. Select the ‘Apply online’ button.  https://mybusiness.service.nsw.gov.au/adl/asbestos-removal-new/ready-to-start
  2. Log in or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
  3. Complete the online form.
  4. Gather and upload your supporting documents, including the supervisor nomination form(s) (if applicable).
  5. Make your payment.
  6. Submit your application – this must be done within 60 days of starting your application.
  7. Book an appointment at a Service NSW Centre.
  8. Attend your appointment with your photo ID within 30 days of submitting your application.

More information about asbestos licences is available in our guide for applicants.

SafeWork NSWs Special requirements

Notifications

You must notify SafeWork NSW  five days before licensed asbestos removal work is commenced.  Once licensed you log into your page on the SafeWork NSW website and complete the online notification.  You must do this to gain approval before starting any asbestos removal work.  Remember when advising which Supervisor you will be using, it is a good idea to put more than one name, as the primary person may not be available on the actual day of removal and you can then use the alternate.

Health monitoring

You must have your workers health monitored before they begin asbestos removal work and then at least once every two years. The code of practice on how to safely remove asbestos has more information.

Adding supervisors

You can add multiple supervisors to your licence by completing this nomination form.

Replacing a card

To replace a licence card you need to complete this application form.