UKATA or IATP certificate? What's the difference?

Put quite simply, there is no difference between either UKATA or IATP as certification bodies. Both Asbestos Awareness Online Training certificates are universally recognised. So if you have read enough and just want an instant certificate then click the buy now link below for an instant IATP certificate, or for more information about UKATA and IATP read on.

If you are after refresher training go to the IATP asbestos awareness product page.

There are many organisations that offer certificated asbestos awareness training and accreditations such as UKATA, IATP, RoSPA, IOSH and IIRSM. 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 came down to IATP or UKATA.

Who is IATP?

IATP Asbestos Registration

Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP). 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 a true Independent Training Provider and a not for profit organisation. Commodious has more common ground with IATP than UKATA. So for accreditation and certification of our online Asbestos Awareness Training course we chose IATP rather than UKATA.

More Information

If you want more information on our online asbestos awareness training course please visit our IATP asbestos awareness product page.

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.

Commodious 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’ and as such we did not understand the criticism aimed at the HSE by UKATA. It appeared that UKATA was acting as a trade protection organisation rather than an independent training organisation. So, we selected IATP rather than UKATA as our accreditation body.