More online courses are available than ever, so choosing the right one for you and your business can be overwhelming. To help make the decision easier, training accreditation bodies use their expertise to audit courses and offer their endorsement to the training providers that meet their standards.
One such accreditation body is IATP: Independent Asbestos Training Providers. Commodious are an IATP member, and we deliver an online asbestos training course that the IATP has audited.
In this article, we have answered questions about IATP to help organisations better understand what it does and what it means to have its accreditation.
IATP is an abbreviation for Independent Asbestos Training Providers.
They are a nationally recognised, non-profit organisation that collaborates with the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) to audit, approve and accredit asbestos training in the United Kingdom. It is one of several membership organisations for asbestos training providers that is 'recognised' by the HSE.
It is important to note that the HSE does not endorse or approve any particular training provider or promote any membership organisation over any other. They also do not require a person to receive asbestos training from any specific organisation.
Instead, the HSE requires that a competent person delivers any asbestos training and complies with current legislation and guidance, including the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the L143 Approved Code of Practice.
The IATP has several purposes and aims. Its main objective is to ensure that its members are competent to deliver asbestos training and that this training is fully compliant with current and relevant legislation, regulations, Approved Codes of Practice, and guidance.
They also work with several national and international organisations to raise awareness of the risks associated with asbestos exposure and highlight the importance of suitable asbestos training.
The IATP website displays all its members, indicating the training organisations it has audited approved and accredited.
Individuals seeking an asbestos course can use this page to discover an appropriate training provider and verify that a training provider claiming IATP approval or accreditation is on the approved list. Approved training providers will also display the IATP logo in their training materials.
There are four IATP membership levels that training providers can attain:
The specific membership level that a provider attains will depend on the training they provide. There are also two membership levels for those that do not offer asbestos training:
Choosing to receive asbestos training from an IATP member removes the need for an individual or business to prove that a competent person delivers it and complies with the HSE's requirements, as the IATP will have already completed this process before it grants membership.
Getting IATP approval or accreditation demonstrates that the training content has been audited and fulfils industry requirements.
IATP auditors are subject matter experts who may determine if the training curriculum provides learners with accessible, useful content that assists them in complying with asbestos rules and best practices.
Obtaining this accreditation indicates to prospective learners that the training covers all the information they need to conduct their asbestos-related activity safely and legally. It demonstrates that professionals will readily endorse the course as effectively achieving its goals and that learners will get the knowledge and confidence required for their roles.
Yes, Commodious is an IATP member.
We have been through the IATP's robust audit, assessment and verification processes, which confirmed that our Asbestos Awareness course complies with the requirements of the relevant Approved Code of Practice (L143) and that we have the competence to deliver this training.
The IATP logo will feature on learners' asbestos awareness certificates upon completion of our course. This additional quality seal to their certification demonstrates that they have received training that meets industry standards.
Our IATP accreditation ensures everyone interested in our asbestos training follows the guidelines established by the regulations, the HSE and industry best practices.
If you have further questions about our IATP membership, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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