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ACAD offers access to a wide range of industry training.

Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAP)

The Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAP) is for new starters in the Licensed Asbestos industry who:

  • have no previous construction apprenticeship
  • are employed full time
  • have less than a year’s experience
  • are of any age

This is fully funded by CITB for ACAD members who are CITB levy payers.

Find out more about SAP.

Get in touch if you have any queries, or would like to enrol.


There’s a range of qualifications available.  We can help you select the best course for you; based on your employment and experience.

ACAD has delivered NVQ qualifications to our members for more than ten years, offering a consistent standard which fully meets the requirements set by CLC which underpin the CSCS card scheme.

Getting the right qualification



A New Operative

Full time employment
No previous construction experience
Less than one year’s experience

Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAP)

L2 NVQ Diploma Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) Licensed Asbestos

Qualifies for a Blue ACAD Skilled Worker card

An Experienced Operative

More than two year’s experience in the sector
Minimal or no training needs

On-site Assessment and Training (OSAT)

L2 NVQ Diploma Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) Licensed Asbestos

Qualifies for a Blue ACAD Skilled Worker card

An Experienced Supervisor

More than two years’ experience in the sector
L2 NVQ Diploma in the Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) – Licensed Asbestos

On-site Assessment and Training (OSAT)

L3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

Qualifies for GOLD ACAD Supervisor Card


Specialist Upskilling Programme

ACAD’s new routes to competence for the Licensed Asbestos sector developed through CITB.

Key Benefits:


  • Bespoke training tailored to an individual’s requirements
  • ACAD mentoring
  • Refresher training included
  • Fully funded

The Specialist Upskilling Programme and On Site Assessment and Training are for operatives with more than one years’ experience of licensed Asbestos, those returning to our sector after a break or those who have benefited from a previous construction apprenticeship.

The critical step is the assessment of a candidate’s current competence by a trained ACAD Assessor. This highlights gaps in an individual’s competence including any training requirements across Asbestos and supportive disciplines.

If the training requirement is a minimum of 5 days, a bespoke SUP is created. 4 days or less leads down the OSAT route.

The programme culminates in the achievement of the Competence Qualification Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) – Licensed Asbestos competence qualification. This is assessed by our experienced, technical assessors UK wide at your sites meaing no lost days.

CITB grant support
CITB provide substantial grant support for levy payers depending on the route selected. OSAT receives at least £400 with SUP varying between £2,525 and £3,025.

How to book
Programmes commence regularly throughout the UK, contact ACAD to secure your candidate’s place.


National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) are work-based qualifications which have been developed to recognise existing skills and knowledge to prove competence.  NVQ is ideal for operatives working within the industry who require an ACAD Skill Card and have experience but no formal qualifications.  They are open to anyone, regardless of age or previous learning or academic attainment.

Evidence is gained by on-site assessment carried out by ACAD assessors to verify the learner’s abilities and build a portfolio of evidence.  On-site assessment usually consists of a mix of observation and discussion, completion of work diaries and witness testimony.

For more information, please download our NVQ Brochure.

We offer the NVQ at two levels:

NVQ Level 2

Members £1,000 + VAT = £1200 + £83.75 registration fee = £1,283.75

Non Members £1,500 + VAT = £1,800 + £83.75 registration fee = £1,883.75

Are you a CITB Levy Payer? For a limited time you can save £350 on our published prices for the Level 2 NVQ! Contact us today on 01325 734134.

NVQ L2 Diploma in Removal of Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) – Licensed Asbestos

L3 S/NVQ Occupational Work Supervision

Members £1,000 + VAT = £1200 + £83.75 registration fee = £1,283.75

Non Members £1,500 x VAT = £1,800 + £83.75 registration fee = £1,883.75

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ACAD Head Office:
TICA House, 34 Allington Way,
Darlington, DL1 4QB

Contact Us

Call:  01325 466 704