Construction Industry Training Network (CITN)

Asbestos Abatement Certification: Level 1 - Foundational Awareness (WorkSafeBC Approved)
Gold Seal: 1 Credit
Monday, December 4th, 2023
Registration Deadline
Sunday, December 3rd, 2023
Event Description

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. 


Any worker conducting asbestos abatement work in relation to a building must be certified, even in situations where a company license is not required. To find out more about who needs a certificate please click here


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


This course provides comprehensive knowledge about asbestos, its historical usage in various settings, and the hazards associated with different types of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Participants will gain an understanding of asbestos-related health risks, exposure routes, acceptable workplace practices, and the importance of health monitoring. Additionally, the course covers relevant regulations, roles, and responsibilities, and the principles of waste transportation and disposal related to asbestos.


This course consists of the following parts:

Level 1 Training - 6 Hours -  Virtual Live Instructor-Led 

Exam - 1 Hour -  In-person (Until the WorkSafeBC-approved online exam portal is available).


This course is a WorkSafeBC Authorized Asbestos Abatement Training course provided by MBC Group.


PART 1: Theory  


Section 1: Introduction to Asbestos

  • Definition of Asbestos
  • Historical Use of Asbestos in Building Materials, Industrial Settings, and Manufactured Products
  • Types of Asbestos-Containing Materials and Associated Hazards
  • The Abatement Process and Abatement Work
  • Definition of Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACMs)
  • Distinguishing Between Friable and Non-Friable ACMs
  • Purposes of Hazardous Material Surveying and the Sampling Process
  • Purpose of Air Monitoring for Asbestos, Requirements, and Results

Section 2: Asbestos and Health

  • Primary Routes of Exposure to Asbestos
  • Health Effects of Asbestos Exposure (e.g., Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer)
  • Acceptable Workplace and Personal Hygiene Practices -Synergistic Effects of Asbestos Exposure and Other Exposures (e.g., Smoking)
  • Understanding Exposure Limits
  • Importance of Health Monitoring (e.g., Pulmonary Function Test and/or Annual Chest X-rays)
  • Accessing the WorkSafeBC Exposure Registry Program

Section 3: Legal and Regulatory Framework

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Workers, Supervisors, and Employers under the Workers Compensation Act
  • Sections of the OHS Regulation (Parts 6 and 20) Associated with Asbestos-related Work
  • Rights of Workers (Right to Know, Right to Participate, Right to Refuse Unsafe Work)
  • "As Low As Reasonably Achievable" (ALARA) Principle
  • Distinctions Between Low, Moderate, and High-Risk Work Procedures
  • Purposes of Exposure Control Plans, Hazardous Materials Surveys, and Safe Work Procedures

Section 4: Waste Transportation and Disposal

  • Requirements for a License to Transport
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Requirements 


This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and group discussions to ensure participants gain a deep understanding of asbestos-related topics and compliance requirements.


PART 2: Certification Exam

Participants will required to take part in a 1-hour certification exam after completing the 6-hour online theory portion.  The exam is currently only being conducted in person at the MBC Group's training location. (until the WorkSafeBC-approved online exam portal is available). Participants will be provided a choice of exam dates and times by the instructor.


Upon successful completion of the exam (a score of 80% or higher achieved), participants will receive their official Level 1 Asbestos Awareness Certificate, which is valid for (3) three years*.  Certificates are issued directly from WorkSafeBC to participants. CITN will not receive a copy of the certificates. Participants will receive an email with a PDF version and also be mailed a hard copy certificate.


*Certification length is still under review and is subject to change by WorkSafeBC.  



  • Participants must be 18+ years old to participate.
  • Participants are required to provide one (1) piece of government-issued photo ID for verification at the start of the session.
  • No-shows or late arrivals (more than an hour) will forfeit the course fees.


Course hours can be used towards the Gold Seal Certification application for credits, subject to approval upon review. Note: every 6 hours of learning equals 1 Gold Seal credit. 


Delivery Method: Blended Session (Virtual & In-person)  – MS Teams & Burnaby Classroom


Course Fee Includes: Access to the course, course materials, and a digital certificate upon completion. 


Sharing a single registration between two or more individuals is not permitted. Please register each person who will be in attendance.




There are no prerequisites for this course.


Who Should Attend

Level 1 Certificate is required for those that transport asbestos-containing materials, or dispose of asbestos-containing waste


Level 1 course is also recommended for those who do not need a certificate but who would benefit from general asbestos safety knowledge. For example, if you sometimes encounter asbestos-containing materials during your work (e.g., electricians, plumbers, HVAC contractors, flooring contractors) but are not an abatement worker, taking Level 1 training can help you learn how to work safely around asbestos.



Contact & Support

For support or inquiries, please email or call 604-293-2339.

All prices in Canadian dollars
Ticket Price
Attendee Registration for Workshop
BC Road Builders Member $67.50
CITN Member $67.50
ICBA Member $67.50
Non-Member $75.00
8:00am - 2:00pm
Additional Information


  1. Computer or laptop
    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cell-phones may not be adequate.
    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS
  2. Webcam – in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class
  3. Microphone
  4. Internet connection - For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. Minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.
  5. A quiet space with minimal distractions - microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.  
  6. Comfortable chair 
Cancellation &
Refund Policy
Cancellations received at least 5 business days prior to the webinar date will result in a full refund.
Registrants who do not attend/log into a webinar, and/or who do not notify CITN of cancellation at least 5 full business days prior to the course date will be assessed the full cost of the webinar. There will be no refunds or credits in this case.
Substitution of attendees is permitted up to and including the day of the webinar.
CITN may have to postpone or cancel webinars due to insufficient enrolment, in which case CITN's liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.
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