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 daily, weekly and quarterly testing procedures on large* porous load sterilizers in accordance with NHS Guidance.


Delegates will acquire the skills and knowledge to:

  • Explain the role of sterilization within the decontamination process 
  • Relate the properties of steam to its saturation temperature and its pressure
  • Define terms most commonly used in basic microbiology and sterilization
  • Assess possible hazards associated with large porous load autoclaves and their engineering services
  • Explain the main responsibilities of key personnel involved with sterilization equipment 
  • Calibrate and use specified test equipment
  • Carry out periodic testing to quarterly level and complete associated records
  • Correctly interpret test results and explain certification responsibilities

Prerequisite to attending the course

A basic knowledge of large porous load sterilizers and steam sterilization.

Related courses 

Following this course you may wish to consider progressing to STM3 - Large porous load sterilizers - annual testing & revalidation (to NHS guidance)

*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 accredited programme status.

COVID-secure measures

Following a review of the new government guidance we want to reassure you that the essential training booked at Eastwood Park for the coming weeks is going ahead as planned.

We are operating a COVID-secure environment and will be seeking the co-operation of everyone attending to strictly adhere to these arrangements throughout their stay and we will continue to carefully monitor the situation.

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Decontamination lab

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