This is a work-based learning programme

All AE(D)s wishing to register with IHEEM are being assessed under a competency framework developed and agreed with IHEEM and managed by Eastwood Park Training.

This is a unique programme with IHEEM that involves a rigorous assessment of competencies and skills. Here are the steps in the process:

Step 1 Initial assessment

There will be a full assessment interview to discuss the process in some detail, review your existing competencies and knowledge. This will involve an experienced decontamination Authorising Engineer (Decontamination) and Eastwood Park’s Learning & Development Manager.

You will be taken through the six assessment modules:

1 Management Skills
2 Equipment processes *
3 Roles and responsibilities and legal aspects
4 Decontamination and microbiology fundamentals
5 Standards and guidance
6 Validation, calibration, periodic testing and maintenance

* This includes: sterilisation, washer disinfectors, water standards, environmental controls, purchasing & specifications and packaging methods 

Step 2 Individual development plan

At a meeting Eastwood Park will work with you to identify your existing knowledge in the context of the above modules and where there might be gaps or training and development requirements.

This will be supported by a detailed personal development plan and the next steps to achieving your AE(D) registration.

This might well include additional training, some of which may be met by Eastwood Park and would be part of the programme fee. Other needs may be fulfilled by other sources. However we cannot identify these until after your initial assessment interview.

Step 3 Building your evidence portfolio

A significant part of the programme is building sufficient evidence to demonstrate competency in all of the above modules. You will be supported throughout this period by your own personal assessor and you will have access to your own e-portfolio system to help make it as straight forward as possible. We will demonstrate the system at the very start of the process.

Step 4 Final assessment

Once any additional training or development has been completed and evidence gathered (there is a two year time period limit for this), following a last quality assessment review meeting, the final part of the journey is a formal interview with the IHEEM panel, who in turn will review the evidence presented to them and make the final decision on appointment.

Step 5 Authorising Engineer (decontamination)

This process will lead to you achieving your goal of being a highly valued member of the IHEEM register of Authorising Engineers (decontamination).

Further Information

NB: This programme could take up to 2 years to complete, subject to experience and evidence available.

For further information download the programme handout or contact Sales on +44(0)1454 262777


Eastwood Park, Falfield, was formerly the NHS national training centre for healthcare engineering and now, as an independent company, we are the leading provider of technical healthcare engineering training in the UK.      

City & Guilds

This course has City & Guilds assured programme status.


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Decontamination lab

The decontamination labs feature a range of decontamination and infection control equipment.