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If you want to remove or inventory asbestos, you must have a valid certificate to be listed in the register (in Dutch) for asbestos removal and surveyal. The register is administered by Ascert, Foundation for Asbestos Certification (Stichting Ascert, in Dutch).
Certificates for working with asbestos
If you have a certificate, this demonstrates that you know how to work professionally and safely with asbestos. There are several certificates.
Process certificate for asbestos surveyal (Procescertificaat voor asbestinventarisatie)
For companies that want to survey asbestos in buildings or installations.
Process certificate for asbestos removal (Procescertificaat voor asbestverwijdering)
For companies that want to remove asbestos in buildings or installations.
Personal certificate (Persoonscertificaat) (DAV-1, DAV-2, DTA)
For persons who want to remove asbestos in buildings or installations.
How to apply for certification
You can apply for a certificate through an organisation that is appointed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid, SZW) as a certifying body. These organisations supply the register (Asccert) with data of certified persons and companies, revoking of certificates or suspensions of certified persons or companies.
The organisations that supply process certificates at this time are:
The organisations that supply personal certificates are:
You can read more about the requirements for asbestos removers in the certification schemes (in Dutch) drawn up by Ascert.
Foreign asbestos removers
For asbestos removers from abroad who have received their professional qualifications in another EU member state, an EEA state or Switzerland, also need to register. The same requirements apply as for Dutch asbestos removers. Asbestos removing and surveying companies and persons must have Dutch certificates. If you have qualifictaions from other another country, the certifying bodies can determine whether or not a foreign certificate is equivalent to the Dutch certificate. If the certificate is found to be equivalent, they may then issue a Dutch certificate.
If a certified asbestos remover or a certified asbestos removing supervisor wants to work in the Netherlands temporarily or occasionally, they must also notify the certifying body before they start work. If you intend to work temporary or occasionally in the Netherlands your professional qualifications may be assessed before you start work for the 1st time. The certifying body may decide you must complete an adaptation period or take an aptitude test.