Is this course for you?

This course is aimed at National Health staff and contractors required to perform the duties of a Competent Person (Decontamination) as defined in NHS Guidance.  Pharmaceutical staff could find this course of benefit as evidence of training.


To enable delegates to carry out the recommended yearly and revalidation testing procedures on large* porous load sterilizers in accordance with NHS Guidance.


 By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Explain the main responsibilities of key personnel involved with sterilization equipment 
  • Assess possible hazards associated with large porous load autoclaves and their engineering services 
  • Reference and describe specified testing procedures
  • Calibrate and use specified test equipment
  • Carry out yearly periodic tests 
  • Correctly interpret test results and produce a detailed report.

Prerequisite to attending the course

You should have completed STM2 - Large porous load sterilizers - quarterly testing (to NHS guidance) before attending this course.

Related Courses

On completion you may wish to consider attending the DAPD - Authorised person (decontamination) - role and responsibilities (to NHS guidance) or our Washer Disinfector, Endoscope courses.

 * Large porous load sterilizers are those that can accommodate one or more rectangular boxes measuring 300 x 300 x 600mm of volume 54 litres


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.