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Latest ARCA News Magazine now available online

Issue 93 of the ARCA News magazine is packed with information on the asbestos management industry, news on the Association’s recent activities, guidance and member news.

Did you know ARCA has joined Build UK and launched a new website, and Contamination Expo is a new event at which ARCA will be exhibiting and speaking?

Don’t miss out … read the latest issue of the journal for the asbestos management industry 

ARCA operative training course supports administration staff

It is unusual to see a female undertake an asbestos removal operative training course, yet recently two females attended the course at ARCA.

ARCA_News_Training_New_Operative_Females__LandscapeEven though their roles are in operational administration, these ladies wanted to understand more about asbestos removal on-site and the operative’s duties, to help them in their roles at Colt Industrial Services Ltd.

After the training course Keira Finnerty commented, “I’ve been working for Colt Industrial for almost 17 years supporting our contract managers and assisting with the documentation required for a licensed asbestos removal project. My colleague and I undertook two of the three days to obtain an overview of the asbestos removal process through theoretical and practical training.”

“The course was excellent and the trainer delivered the information well, including demonstrations. I now understand clearly lots of elements, some I’ve only seen on paper, and how critical these are for the safety of our teams, such as face-fit masks and how they work – I even wore one!”

“This ARCA course was a real eye opener for me as I’m new to the industry, I joined Colt Industrial eight months ago and got promoted to the asbestos division of the company this week,” said Hollie Clarkson. “By taking this course I’ve learnt things that I wouldn’t have been able to in the office and I understand what our operatives actually have to do on-site. It has also highlighted the importance of my role in supporting our on-site teams with tasks such as training needs analysis.”

“The trainer, and also all the other candidates, were very welcoming and supportive throughout the course. I never thought I would be building an airlock in my first week of work!”

The ARCA trainer, Shaun Wilson, commented, “It’s great that member companies also consider the training needs of their administration staff, as they have an important role to play in the health and safety of the teams on-site.”

RSPH asbestos surveying & analysis qualifications gain Regulatory approval

Qualifications delivered & assessed by ATaC now Ofqual regulated

10th February 2016 – ATaC, the UK’s leading association for asbestos management services, is pleased to announce that it has received approval from RSPH (Royal Society for Public Health), the regulated awarding organisation, to continue to deliver four asbestos qualifications which were recently approved for Ofqual registration.

Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessment in England, so responsible for making sure that:

  • regulated qualifications reliably indicate the knowledge, skills and understanding students have demonstrated
  • assessments and exams show what a student has achieved
  • people have confidence in the qualifications that Ofqual regulate
  • students and teachers have information on the full range of qualifications that Ofqual regulate

The RSPH qualifications to gain this recognition are the Level 3 Awards in: asbestos surveying, asbestos air monitoring and clearance procedures, asbestos bulk analysis and asbestos management for duty holders.

Gaining Ofqual accreditation means that these RSPH qualifications have met the required standards of the industry and are assessed at the appropriate level. So for candidates this means these qualifications have received the stamp of approval from the regulator and there is assurance of high standards in all elements of the qualification.

“We are delighted that these asbestos qualifications, which are unique to RSPH, have been added to the Register of Regulated Qualifications” stated Richard Burton, Head of Qualifications at RSPH. “This means candidates have access to nationally recognised qualifications. Also, as the awarding body we will continue to ensure that these qualifications meet the needs of the industry.”

“Ofqual approval for these qualifications is excellent news,” commented Steve Platkiw, the ATaC Manager. “For candidates this gives assurance and comparability with other Ofqual recognised qualifications. Also, in the future this Ofqual status will benefit government funded apprenticeships for our industry.”

As an RSPH approved centre for delivering these qualifications, ATaC undertook a thorough audit which covered a range of aspects such as, professional and consistent delivery and assessment, as well as, accessibility to qualifications and the welfare of candidates at ATaC’s facilities.

Information on these qualifications can be found on the ATaC web site

ARCA Training & Qualifications Guide 2016 now available


The ARCA Training & Qualifications Guide for 2016 includes 24 courses and qualifications for asbestos removal and testing industries.

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There are training courses for operatives, supervisors, contract managers and directors involved in asbestos removal, along with RSPH and NVQ qualifications for the asbestos removal and testing industries.

Locations and dates are available for you to start planning for 2016 … information is online or you can call us on 01283 505777

More candidates join the ARCA ILM qualification

More candidates have commenced ARCA’s ILM Level 4 Certificate in Leadership & Management qualification, by taking the ‘Motivating People in the Workplace’ unit.

“This was a very interesting unit to develop and deliver, especially to candidates who were so enthusiastic and interactive. They were motivated!” commented James Mennell, ARCA Trainer & Assessor. “We covered theories of motivation and how some well-known companies have put these into practice, relating this information to the asbestos industry.”

“It was encouraging to talk to candidates, who have different experiences within the industry, on how they could see this knowledge being applied to their role, in their business.”

The ARCA trainers who delivered the first ‘Motivating People in the Workplace’ unit received some complimentary feedback.

“A very interesting and thought provoking course, which was well presented.” Colin McCartney of Damada Asbestos Removal Ltd.

“Well done ARCA trainers. They made a complicated subject easy to understand and enjoyable.” Chris Dobson of Thompsons of Prudhoe Ltd.

“The ARCA trainers captured my full attention for the two days with well presented and interesting material.” Philip Sayer of Esoteric Environmental.

“A good course which the trainers presented very well.” Rick Bradbury of Bradley Demolition Ltd.

“Thank you ARCA for a well delivered and very informative course” Willie Docherty of Stork.

 Be a leader in the asbestos industry – find out more about the ARCA ILM qualification