UKATA certificate or IATP?

There are many organisations that offer certificated asbestos awareness training and accreditations such as UKATA, IATP, RoSPA, IOSH and  IIRSM. However, only two organisations (IATP and UKATA) appear to be universally accepted by the insurance industry, local authorities, major construction contractors and all members of the SSIP such as CHAS, SafeContractor, ConstructionLine, Exor and SMAS. So, to make our Online Asbestos Awareness course as widely accepted as possible the choice was simple IATP or UKATA.

Who are UKATA?

UKATA is a Private company limited by guarantee without share capital, trading as the UK Asbestos Training Association Ltd, it charges fees for membership and was set up in 2008.

UKATA and the HSE

In October 2014 UKATA criticised the HSE over a ‘free’ interactive web app developed by the HSE as part of their “Every Job Beware Asbestos Campaign 2014-2015”. A spokesperson from UKATA was quoted saying: “The app gives a false impression of asbestos related risk and can even encourage untrained personnel to perform asbestos work.” 

UKATA were quick to criticise the app created by HSE with the board of directors of UKATA stating they were disappointed to see the introduction of the web app produced by HSE.

In response, the HSE stated that it was “surprised and disappointed that UKATA appears to be arguing for the removal of free advice aimed at those who might otherwise remain unaware of the risks they face with regards to asbestos.”

The government body continued: “HSE’s Beware Asbestos campaign is aimed at, and reaching, thousands of trades people and workers who undertake jobs on a daily basis that intentionally or unintentionally disturb asbestos.”

“Many of these workers are ignorant of the risks they face when they carry out common tasks such as drilling holes in textured ceilings and replacing old panels around baths.

“The web app takes already existing advice on how to do these tasks safely and presents it in an easy to understand way that workers can carry around with them. The web app is very clear in stating what jobs tradespeople must not do, and indeed helps them to find and contact licensed asbestos contractors in their area who can do these jobs for them.”

It added: “While commercially available courses, such as those provided by UKATA’s members, play an important part in educating workers on what they must do, it is also vital that as many workers as possible know about the risk they face from asbestos and the simple measures they can follow to protect themselves.” To view the HSE web app click here.

Here at Commodious we work closely with the HSE and much of the information in our courses is taken from the HSE web site. We are committed to the same objectives as the HSE to make Britain a ‘Safer’ place to work and ‘live’ in and as such we did not understand the criticism aimed at the HSE by UKATA, It looked to us that UKATA was acting as a trade protection organisation rather than an independent training organisation. So, we turned our attention from UKATA to IATP.

Who are IATP?

Independent Asbestos Training Providers IATP. The IATP are a nationally recognised not-for-profit organisation that works in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). IATP ensure that any online training provider is individually audited to ensure the Asbestos course provided meets all IATP standards and requirements. IATP are what they say on the tin, truly an Independent Training Provider Organisation and IATP are a not for profit organisation. They maintain a list of all training providers, including Commodious and no provider is favoured over any other, you ‘makes your choice and takes your pick’. Consequently as IATP have a good reputation with the HSE and are truly independent we chose to register our Online Asbestos Awareness Training course for accreditation and certification with IATP rather than UKATA. More information.

Asbestos awareness online training

Our course is free, to access our free asbestos course please contact us or visit There is no assessment or certificate issued with our free course. 

But for only £10+VAT (and volume discounts are available – please contact us if you purchase more than 5) you can complete an assessment at the end of the course, you will receive an instant downloadable IATP accredited certificate and 1 CPD valid for 1 year and recognised as meeting the training and awareness requirements of relevant legislation and regulations including The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 regulation 10 sections 232 to 235, and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It also meets the requirements of CHAS, SafeContractor, Construction line, Exor, SMAS and other SSIP registrations plus HSE safety training requirements.