IP403 Asbestos Fibre Counting (PCM)

IP403 International Proficiency Qualification Asbestos Fibre Counting (PCM)

Envirospect is the only Australian accredited training organisation currently approved to deliver IP403. (as at 25/06/2019)

IP403 Asbestos Fibre Counting (PCM) is proudly offered by Envirospect as a qualification in the suite of international asbestos qualifications. Asbestos analysts have a key role to play in helping to ensure that control measures for asbestos removal and remediation are effective, and that buildings are safe for re-occupation after asbestos removal works have been carried out. This qualification covers the full fibre counting process, from preparing filters through to reporting and evaluating findings..


The qualification is designed to improve the knowledge and skills required by asbestos analysts in line with approved methods for fibre counting, and to convey an understanding of the accuracy and limitations of these methods and the requirements for quality control.

Suitable for anyone who undertakes fibre counting as part of their work (e.g. laboratory analysts). It may also be useful for those who undertake other parts of asbestos clearance procedures (e.g. asbestos assessors) in order to build their level of knowledge.


2 days including assessment and exams.

Who should attend?

Candidates for this course are expected to be aware of the methods for asbestos air sampling, analysis and clearance procedures.

Candidates will preferably have prior experience of analysing fibre count samples and may already be participating in a quality control scheme.

Candidates also need good literacy and numeracy skills to complete the examinations.

Entry requirements

Understanding of the methods of sampling, analysis and clearance procedures for asbestos removal.

Prior experience of analysing asbestos air samples.

Course content

  • Setting up of microscopes. 
  • Filter preparation, fibre counting and outline of air sampling equipment.
  • Calculation of results, quality control, reporting and communication.


The qualification is structured into five sections, each with an indicative time allocation:

  1. Introduction and setting up of microscope   10%
  2. Filter preparation, fibre counting and outline of air sampling equipment 25%
  3. Calculation of results, quality control, reporting and communication 15%
  4. Practical Work   50%

Achieving the Qualification

Candidates are required to pass three mandatory components to be awarded the qualification; one assessment and two written examinations.


Formative practical assessment (FP).

Written Examinations  

Written theory examination (WT);  

Written practical examination (WP).