Is this course for you?

This course is aimed at operators of instrument washer disinfectors. These will include Sterile Services Technicians/SSD staff and any other person who is responsible for the operation of an instrument washer disinfector.


To enable delegates to meet their responsibilities as operators of washer disinfectors 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 and correct loading of a washer disinfector
  • Explain the principles of operation of an ultrasonic cleaner 
  • Explain the periodic testing requirements of washer disinfectors and ultrasonic cleaners
  • Carry out daily testing of surgical instrument washer disinfectors employing thermal disinfection
  • Describe the process of weekly testing of surgical instrument washer disinfectors employing thermal disinfection
  • Complete & define the importance of log books for washer disinfectors
  • Operate surgical instrument washer disinfectors employing thermal disinfection & ultrasonic cleaners

Additional information

Practical exercises form an important part of this course, enabling delegates to fulfill their role. If delivered in-house at client premises, equipment must be provided by the client to accomplish this.

Related courses

DTM - SSD supervisors / managers (to NHS guidance)

Depending on your role you may wish to progress as follows:

STM2 - Large porous load sterilizers - quarterly testing (to NHS guidance)

Suitable for Test Persons:
WTM1 - Washer-disinfectors - periodic testing (to NHS guidance)

Suitable for Operators:
STO1 - Transportable steam sterilizers - operators (to NHS guidance)
STO2 - Large porous load sterilizers - operators (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 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.