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Competency testing for supervisors

This page tells you how to organise a competency test for Supervisors nominated on an asbestos removal licence. 

Every applicant for an asbestos removal licence must nominate a Supervisor. The Supervisor’s role is to oversee licensed asbestos removal. 


Who needs to sit a competency test?

  • Anyone without a current Certificate of Competence will need to sit the test for either Class A or Class B supervision (whichever they are applying for).
  • Current (as at 4 April 2016) Certificate of Competence holders with specified categories E or F will only need to sit a competence test if they are applying to supervise Class A work (they will automatically be able to supervise Class B work).

If you have no specified categories on your Certificate of Competence, or have any of the four categories A, B, C or D, you do not need to sit a competency test. 

NOTE: If applying for a Class B licence, you can submit your licence application to WorkSafe and have up until October 2016 to organise a competency test for your nominated Supervisor. You can continue to remove non-friable asbestos during that time as long as your application is acknowledged by WorkSafe and you use dust control equipment with equipment that may cause asbestos dust.


Book your competency test

Competency tests are held at regional WorkSafe offices. You can make an appointment by emailing your nearest WorkSafe office.

Email contact details are listed in the form below. You will need to fill out the form below and take it to your appointment, along with photo ID.


What are the tests?

There are two different tests, one for Class A Supervisors, and one for Class B Supervisors. 

  • The Class A test is a written test of 25 multi-choice questions as well as more in-depth oral questions from a WorkSafe inspector.
  • The Class B test is a written test of 20 multi-choice questions.

Results will be emailed out shortly after the test.


Last updated 11 July 2016

[image] tools and resources iconTools to help you prepare

To help you prepare for your test, we have published all the potential test questions and the Asbestos Approved Code of Practice is available which should be used as a study guide. Remember that you can still refer to the Asbestos Regulations.

Asbestos Approved Code of Practice

Asbestos Regulations


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.