Is this course for you?

This course is aimed at personnel involved in operating large porous load sterilizers. These may include Sterile Services Technicians/SSD staff and any other person who is responsible for the operation of a large porous load sterilizer.


To enable delegates to meet their responsibilities as operators of large porous load sterilizers as defined in British Standards and devolved National Health service, (NHS), guidance.


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

  • Describe the complete reusable medical device decontamination process
  • Describe the operator & decontamination roles and responsibilities
  • Explain the principles of operation of large porous load autoclaves 
  • Explain the reasons for correct usage and loading of sterilizers
  • Explain the relationship between saturation temperature and pressure of steam
  • Carry out daily testing on large porous load sterilizers
  • Describe the weekly testing process for large porous load sterilizers
  • Complete & define the importance of log books for large porous load sterilizers
  • Operate large porous load sterilizers


This course is scheduled according to demand, or available as an onsite. If you are interested in attending then please contact us to be notified when an event is scheduled, or to discuss having this course run at your location.

Additional information

Practical exercises form an important part of this course, enabling delegates to achieve the training objectives. If delivered on-site the client must ensure that sterilizer equipment is made available and provide a permit to work in support of training.

Related courses

Delegates may wish to proceed as follows:

If in a Test Person role:
STM2 - Large porous load sterilizers - quarterly testing (to NHS guidance)

If in a SSD Manager role:
DTM - SSD supervisors / managers (to NHS guidance)


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.