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Asbestos Worker Certification


Changing Regulations

Asbestos is a hazardous material that can cause serious long-term health issues and even death. Proper handling and abatement of asbestos requires specialized skills and knowledge. With the introduction of this certification program, the BC government is taking proactive measures to ensure that every worker on an asbestos-containing site can develop the necessary expertise to work safely and mitigate risks effectively.

All workers in British Columbia covered by the regulation must obtain their asbestos abatement certification by January 1, 2024 to continue working on any site where asbestos is present. Asbestos abatement contractors, who must also be licensed by WorkSafeBC by January 1, 2024, need to ensure all of their workers are certified for the work they perform.

While these regulations are new, the certification process is simple and straightforward. Take action now, to continue your work without disruption and secure your future as a certified professional — or to ensure your asbestos abatement business operates within the law.

NOTE: For full details on how asbestos training and certification works, please visit WorkSafeBC's Asbestos training, certification & licensing page .
If you work with asbestos in construction, this new certification program provides a path to a safer future

The BC government has recently unveiled a requirement for mandatory certification of all asbestos abatement workers and those who are likely to come into contact with asbestos as part of their work in the BC construction industry. It’s the first certification of its kind in Canada and aims to safeguard construction workers and ensure their well-being.

This page will provide you with the critical information you need on this important development in worker safety.

What You Need to Know

All workers in British Columbia covered by the regulation must obtain their asbestos abatement certification by January 1, 2024 to continue working on any site where asbestos is present. Asbestos abatement contractors, who must also be licensed by WorkSafeBC by January 1, 2024, need to ensure all of their workers are certified for the work they perform.

What You Need to Do
  1. REGISTER. To begin the certification process, go to the Asbestos Training Portal . You will need to . If you have already created a BCCSA website account or taken BCCSA training, such as SiteReadyBC, you can use your existing credentials to log in. You can create a free account in just a couple of minutes. For instructions on creating an account, click here (PDF).
    NOTE: If you’re an employer, you can also register your company inside the Asbestos course portal and thereby register your employees on their behalf. If you have any questions about how to do this, please contact (604) 636-3675.
    Register Now
     
    Upcoming Level 2 Skills Assessment & WorkSafeBC Examination Sessions
    Find your Level 2 assessment and exam session in our Training Schedule
  2. Choose the Certification level appropriate for the work you do:

    • Level 1 Certification: Foundational Awareness training is designed for workers involved in transporting asbestos-containing materials and disposing of asbestos-containing waste.
    • Level 2 Certification: Asbestos Safety training is designed for workers involved in performing asbestos abatement work.
    • Level 3 Certification: Asbestos Abatement Supervisor, for individuals that plan, manage, and oversee asbestos abatement sites. 
    • Level S: Surveyor Safety, for individuals conducting asbestos Surveying work. 

           
    If you’re unsure about which training level is appropriate for you, use this WorkSafeBC asbestos certification questionnaire .

  3. Complete the Online Training. Once registered in the appropriate certification level, you’ll gain access to a comprehensive online training program designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need and to enhance your understanding of asbestos, its risks, and the best practices for safe handling.


    Course(s) Level Formats CPD Points Prerequisites Cost
    Level 1: Foundational Awareness
    Online, self-paced (4-5 hours)
    3
    Prerequisites: None
    $100
     
    Level 2: Asbestos Safety
    Online, self-paced (4-5 hours)
    4
    Prerequisites: Level 1 Training
    $100
     
    Level 2 Practical Assessment
    Level 2: Asbestos Safety
    In-Person practical competency assessment (4.5 Hours)
    N/A Level 2 Training $750
    ACT Level 3
    Level 3: Asbestos Supervisor
    Online, self-paced (4-5 hours)`
    N/A
     
    Level 2 Certification
     
    $50
    ACT Level S
    Level S: Asbestos Surveyor 
    Online, self-paced (4-5 hours)
    N/A
     
    Level 1 Training
     
    $50
     
    Upcoming Level 2 Skills Assessment & WorkSafeBC Examination Sessions
    See the available Level 2 assessments and exam sessions in our Training Schedule
    • BCCSA invigilates Level 1, 2, 3, and Level S certification exams on behalf of WorkSafeBC. The cost for Level 1 - S exams is $50. Exam sessions are offered in person, or online. 
    • Once a course has been purchased, it is available for 60 days. If not completed within 60 days, the course(s) must be re-purchased.
    • BCCSA courses are available online, on-demand, and can be completed at your own pace within the 60-day period.
    • Time to complete the courses varies heavily based on the student's knowledge, experience, and other factors. However, users should expect to spend between 4 - 5 hours per course.
  4. Level 2 Skills Assessment. As part of the Level 2 certification process, you will undergo a skills assessment to ensure that you have acquired the necessary competencies to perform asbestos-related tasks proficiently.

    • The Level 2 Practical Skills Assessment cost is $750.
    • If you are pursuing Level 2 certification, you DO NOT need to complete the Level 1 WorkSafeBC exam. You can simply complete the Level 1 and Level 2 training courses, and go straight to the Level 2 Practical Assessment and WorkSafeBC exam. Level 2 covers Level 1. 
    • The WorkSafeBC Level 2 written exam is administered on the same day as your Level 2 Practical Assessment. There is no additional cost - it is included in the $750 course cost.
  5. Pass the Certification Exam(s): Upon successful completion of online training and skills assessment (Level 2 only), you’ll be ready to tackle the WorkSafeBC certification exam(s). Once you pass the certification exam(s), you will receive your official asbestos abatement certificate from WorkSafeBC, which is valid for three years.

    NOTE: Level 1 and Level 2 WorkSafeBC exam are administered by the BCCSA on behalf of WorkSafeBC and are submitted to WorkSafeBC. Results will be communicated to you by the BCCSA but your final certification is issued by WorkSafeBC. The exam invigilation cost is $50. If you are unsuccessful in your Level 1 - S exam(s), you can register for an exam re-write session for $50 through the ACT Portal. 
    Private Sessions: If you are a company and have 6 - 12 individuals that require an exam (any level), the BCCSA can invigilate a private session at your facility or at the BCCSA office. Private invigilation sessions are $50 per participant + the invigilator's travel and time if they are coming to you. Please contact asbestos@bccsa.ca if you would like to book a private session. 
     
Asbestos Certification Program

Act Now to Secure Your Future!

If you’re a worker:

Start the certification process and training as soon as possible to ensure you meet the January 1, 2024 deadline. By taking action today, you’ll avoid interruption of your employment in the asbestos abatement industry, and contribute to a safer working environment.

If you’re an employer:

Initiate the certification process today. Supporting your workers in obtaining their asbestos abatement certification will not only enhance their skills, but also help your organization comply with the new regulations.

Stay up-to-date

Asbestos worker certification is a new initiative for the BC construction industry. The BCCSA will be updating this page frequently, so please check regularly for new information.

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