Licencing overview

This page tells you about the asbestos licensing system, including licences for asbestos removal and for licensed assessors.

The licensing section covers licensing, supervisor competency tests, and includes an up-to-date list of all licensed removalists and assessors in New Zealand.

Asbestos removal licenses

Type of license

What asbestos can be removed?

Class A 

Any type or quantity of asbestos or asbestos-containing material, including:

  • any amount of friable asbestos or ACM
  • any amount of asbestos-contaminated dust or debris (ACD)
  • any amount of non-friable asbestos or ACM.

 Class B

  • Any amount of non-friable asbestos or ACM.
  • ACD associated with removing any amount of non-friable asbestos or ACM.

No licence required

Up to and including 10m2 of non-friable asbestos or ACM, cumulatively, over the whole course of the removal project for the site.

ACD that is:

  • associated with removing 10m2 or less of non-friable asbestos or ACM
  • minor amounts of ACD, not associatedwith the removal of friable or non-friable asbestos.

Note - All removal work needs to be performed safely. Suitable controls need to be in place to ensure that the risks from asbestos have been minimised; including correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE), safe methods of work, decontamination facilities and the disposal of all asbestos waste in a licensed landfill.

Asbestos assessor licences

An asbestos assessor provides air quality monitoring during removal work, inspects the finished job and provides a clearance certificate.

An assessor’s licence is required to carry out air monitoring and issue clearance certificates for all Class A (friable) asbestos removal sites from 04 April 2018. Until that date, the work can be completed by an independent competent person.

Class B sites can have a clearance certificate granted by an independent competent person*.

Type of license

Scope of assessor work

Assessor 

From 4 April 2018: 

  • air monitoring during Class A asbestos removal 
  • clearance inspections for Class A asbestos removal 
  • issuing of clearance certificates in relation to Class A asbestos removal work.

From 4 April 2018 a licence is required for the above work. Until then it can be done by a competent person*

No licence required, must be a competent person*

  • Clearance inspections for Class B asbestos removal (which may include surface testing and air monitoring)
  • Issuing of clearance certificates in relation to Class B asbestos removal.

*Competent person means a person who has acquired, through training and experience, the knowledge and skills of relevant asbestos removal industry practice and who holds;

  1. a certificate for an asbestos assessor training course specified by WorkSafe, or
  2. a tertiary qualification in occupational health and safety, occupational hygiene, science, or environmental health.

Licence fees

The fees for asbestos-related licences are:

Item

Fee payable
(incl GST)

Notes

Application for Class A asbestos licence

$490.00

Licence valid for five years

Nominated Supervisor in Class A asbestos licence application

$470.00

Each Supervisor

Application for Class B asbestos licence

$490.00

Licence valid for five years

Nominated Supervisor in Class B asbestos licence application

$80.00

Each Supervisor

Application for Asbestos Assessor licence

$490.00

Licence valid for five years

Application for renewal of Class A or Class B asbestos licence

$490.00

 

Nominated Supervisor for Class A asbestos licence renewal

$470.00

 

Nominated Supervisor for Class B asbestos licence renewal

$80.00

Each Supervisor

Application to add a new nominated Supervisor to an existing Class A asbestos removal licence

$550.00

Each Supervisor

Application to add a new nominated Supervisor to an existing Class B asbestos removal licence.

$170.00

Each Supervisor

Replacement Licences

$120.00

 


We have specified the following asbestos assessor training courses:

  1. Australian VET standard CPCCBC5014A Conduct asbestos assessment associated with removal
  2. British Occupational Hygiene Society proficiency module P404 Air Sampling of Asbestos and MMMF and Requirements for a Certificate of Reoccupation Following Clearance of Asbestos.
  3. W504 Asbestos and Other Fibres
  4. British Occupational Hygiene Society proficiency module IP404

New Zealand-based training courses are now available.

Note - If you have a current assessor licence from Australia, you can operate in New Zealand until 4 April 2018. Your Australian licence acts as proof that you meet the competent person requirement.