Keep your staff safe - Our Background | Industry Training Academy NZ
Industry Training Academy is a company that has morphed from Ian Napier working in the demolition industry and becoming aware that people were not operating in a safe manner around hazardous materials, such as asbestos.

Ian wanted to pass on his knowledge of laws and the industry which he had accrued over time and pass on the obligations required by the asbestos industry. As early as 2012 he was delivering training to WorkSafe, Fletchers EQR and local councils.

Ian and his brother Donald set about building on their knowledge and qualifications to enable them to provide high quality training for the industry. Ian continued to study both overseas and locally until he held several qualifications including being an accredited NZQA and Australian instructor and training assessor. Donald already had excellent teaching skills from his experience in the Defence Force and was able to apply these skills to the training needs of the industry.

As a strong believer in altruism, Ian has developed an ethical and professional approach to the way he does business. As a result, he is very proud to say that Industry Training Academy have delivered the largest amount of WorkSafe approved A, B, Supervisor and Assessor courses in New Zealand.

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Over time Industry Training Academy has grown to the point of delivering training at our two established training facilities in Auckland and Wellington, and Christchurch will be operating soon. ITANZ have also undertaken a number of in-house training sessions to meet the need of our clients. We have travelled to Hamilton, Napier and Te Awamutu. We have also taken training our to work depots within the Auckland area. We always look for ways to meet the customers’ needs.

Industry Training Academy has a commercial auspice agreement with FreshAir East Coast/Deltawest Holdings (RTO Code 40599) who are the registered training organisation who issue the certification for all Nationally Recognised Asbestos Removal courses delivered and assessed by Industry Training Academy.

We now have Mark Atkinson as Head of Training, Donald Napier and James Lord delivering training to make workplaces safer throughout New Zealand. Eugenia Dobson is the training administrator based in Auckland.

We are always looking at ways to make our training more interactive and interesting. Active participation in the sessions along with practical components are vital to successful learning. We will go out of our way to cater for the learning styles/needs of all of our candidates.

Meet Our Trainers

Ian Napier - Director

In 2000, after a successful career in the Royal New Zealand Navy and the NZ Police Ian decided he wanted a change in direction initially creating a landscaping and earthworks company which eventually morphed into Demolition. It was during this period that he became aware of Asbestos and the health effects this carcinogen caused during demolition work. He became a COC supervisor for asbestos removal then qualified IP402 Surveyor and WorkSafe qualified assessor. This gave Ian a range of skills which assists him in delivering training today – he calls it ‘industry teaching industry’ or ‘mates helping mates’.

One of the main drivers for Ian to enter the training arena was that he wanted to pass on his knowledge of laws and the industry which he had accrued over time and pass on the obligations required by the asbestos industry. As early as 2012 he was delivering training to WorkSafe, Fletchers EQR and local councils.

Ian continued to study both overseas and locally until he held several qualifications including being an accredited NZQA and Australian instructor and training assessor.

As a strong believer in altruism, Ian has developed an ethical and professional approach to the way he does business. As a result, he is very proud to say that Industry Training Academy have delivered the largest amount of WorkSafe approved A, B, Supervisor and Assessor courses in New Zealand.

Ian’s last words: ‘My promise is to enhance the asbestos removal industry through quality, approved training that meets the highest standards’

Mark Atkinson

Mark Atkinson

Mark Atkinson is a New Zealand Licensed Asbestos Assessor, Internationally certified Asbestos Assessor, Surveyor and a member of the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society. Mark has gained a BSc in Environmental Studies (Hons) and a Cert in Education for Further and Adult Higher Education (FAHE).

Along with his extensive experience in the Systems Approach to Training (SAT) he is qualified as a National Vocational Qualified (NVQ) Assessor through his experience serving in the military for a number of years.

This affords Mark with an excellent background along with his experience in Asbestos related work to deliver information that will help you understand and comply with the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 allowing you to put these regulations and principles into practice, thereby creating a safer environment for all.

Mark believes we can’t change the past, but we can and will help to improve the future around the awareness, concerns, and issues that Asbestos has impacted on our lives.

Donald Napier

Donald Napier is a qualified NZQA and AQA Instructor, a New Zealand Licensed Asbestos Assessor, Internationally certified Asbestos Assessor, Surveyor and a member of the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society. Donald was awarded a state award for services to training, specifically for the development of a governmental Initiated Training Academy and for the establishment of a modernised training curriculum by Queen Elizabeth II in 2011. This includes the development of online training curriculum offered to the whole of the NZ Government.

Coupled with his extensive experience in the systems approach to training he also holds a qualification for training assessment and evaluation for the full curriculum of asbestos related courses both in New Zealand and Australia.

Deploying on a number of military operations Donald has operated in highly toxic environment such as nuclear and chemical weapons manufacturing complexes in Iraq during the destruction of their weapons of mass destruction.

This provides Donald with an excellent level of understanding in working in hazardous environments and will present information that will help you both comply with the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 but will also assist in keeping you safe in the performance of your work.

Online training – Donald was at the forefront of the development of the ITANZ / Fibresafe NZ Online Training Courses developed for the British Occupational Hygiene Society IP404 and IP402. These online courses were developed during the COVID-19 shutdown period and those who have competed the courses have achieved an excellent pass rate. Recently these were presented at the British Occupational Hygiene Virtual Conference 2020 but also at the meeting of the FAAM (Faculty for Asbestos Assessment and Management) conferences.

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