Our training courses

We have a number of upcoming training courses listed below. Visit the training calendar page to find out the next scheduled course dates.

You can also download and read our training courses brochure for a full sample programme, or contact us to discuss our in-house and bespoke training options.

List of courses

You can register your interest for any of these courses using the booking form below or via the related pages on the left.


Access auditing and the Equality Act

Two day course

Aim
To develop access auditing skills as well as an appreciation of the practicalities of implementing access into building management practices.

About the course
This is our most popular course. It is aimed at anyone seeking to gain an understanding of the practicalities of access improvements in light of the Equality Act. It is ideal for anyone considering NRAC accreditation, or looking to undertake workplace audits or design assessments.

This long-running two-day programme covers the following areas:

  • Accessibility awareness.
  • The Equality Act 2010, other legislation and design standards.
  • Principles of inclusive design, design guidance and access strategies
  • Appraisal and auditing methodologies, formats for reports and making priorities and recommendations.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience undertaking access design appraisals and access audits in supervised exercises.

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Accessible Housing: Category 3 – Wheelchair User Dwellings

One day course

Aim
To gain an in-depth understanding of the new standards in Approved Document M Category 3 – Wheelchair user dwellings.

About the course
In October 2015, the revised Part M to the Building Regulations came into force. Approved Document M (ADM), Volume 1 relates to the new housing standards, Categories 1 – 3.

This course is aimed at access professionals, designers, buildings control officers, planners, developers and housing providers who need to fully understand the technical details pertaining to wheelchair user dwellings, and the key differences between the design of ‘wheelchair adaptable’ and ‘wheelchair accessible’ dwellings. The programme has an interactive workshop format, with practical exercises to ensure understanding of the more complex requirements for Category 3 kitchens and bathrooms.

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

  • Understand how the new standards will be applied and the roles of planning and building control authorities.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the technical requirements of ADM Category 3 and the difference between ‘wheelchair adaptable’ and ‘wheelchair accessible’ dwellings.

The course can be attended as a stand-alone course or as a follow-up to the Accessible Housing Standards course on ADM Category 1 and 2.

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Accessible Housing Standards

One day course

Aim
To gain an overview of the new housing design standards, with a focus on the technical requirements of Approved Document M Category 2 – Accessible and adaptable dwellings.

About the course
In October 2015, the revised Part M to the Building Regulations came into force. Approved Document M (ADM), Volume 1 relates to the new housing standards, Categories 1 – 3, namely:

  • M4(1) Category 1: Visitable dwellings
  • M4(2) Category 2: Accessible and adaptable dwellings
  • M4(3) Category 3: Wheelchair user dwellings.

This course is aimed at access professionals, designers, buildings control officers, planners, developers and housing providers requiring an overview of the new housing standards. The technical component of the course focuses on Category 2, which is the nearest technical equivalent to the Lifetime Homes standards. The inclusion of practical exercises ensures that delegates have an opportunity to apply their knowledge of Category 2 and consolidate their learning.

The Accessible Housing Standards course includes a basic overview of ADM Category 3 and is an ideal introduction to the Accessible Housing: Category 3 Wheelchair User Dwellings course which covers the technical requirements of this category

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IOSH Access and inclusion – Design and Management of the Built Environment

One day course

Aim
To understand the legislative requirements and explore the benefits of universal design and inclusive management practices to meet the needs of all users, including people with a range of additional needs and/or disabilities.

About the course
The course provides a holistic approach to accessibility – giving delegates an all-round perspective on the disability discrimination elements of the Equality Act.

This content is tailored to the needs of anyone responsible for people accessing and using buildings. It is ideal for facilities and estates managers as it blends awareness training with building design and management.

The day includes practical sessions, including a brief audit of the venue for safety, fire and accessibility issues. The IOSH Access and Inclusion certificate is awarded to delegates upon successful completion of an assessment on the day.

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IOSH Fire safety and disability – Managing additional needs

One day course

Aim
To understand the legislative requirements and responsibilities for the safe evacuation of all building users, including people with a range of additional needs and/or disabilities.

About the course
This workshop is tailored to the needs of the built environment professionals especially building managers. It blends awareness of a range of user needs with technical and practical skills. The course provides a holistic approach to fire evacuation, including a brief risk assessment of the venue for safety, fire and accessibility issues.

  • By the end of this course you will be able to:
  • Understand the challenges of robust fire evacuation strategies for a range of user needs
  • Explore a spectrum of user needs and reasonable adjustments
  • How to develop Personal and Generic Emergency Escape Plans (PEEPS and GEEPS) for staff and visitors
  • Examine means of escape strategies for people with additional needs including use of refuges, lifts, and assisted evacuation methods and equipment.

The day includes a short test giving delegates the opportunity for an IOSH licensed qualification.

Note: IOSH Managing Accessibility combines IOSH Access and Inclusion and IOSH Fire Safety and Disability and is available as an 8-hour in-house programme.

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Using plans and understanding access to buildings

Half day course

Aim
To gain an understanding of planning and building control processes and become familiar with a range of architectural drawings.

About the course
This course is most relevant to facilities and building managers, access officers, and prospective access auditors as well as anyone planning building alterations who has little or no previous experience of using or reading plans. This is also a useful course for those with previous training in this area who require a refresher course.

Participants will become familiar with a range of architectural drawings and how they are used within the building industry, including an overview of planning and building control processes. Delegates will be involved in practical exercises, working in small groups to read and interpret plans at different scales. The course is delivered in the context of access into and within buildings and explores some of the common access issues around entrances, doors and accessible WCs and how to identify these on plan.

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

  • Understand and use scale.
  • Recognise plans, elevations and sections, with an understanding of how they relate to the built structure.
  • Recognise typically used architectural symbols.

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Register your interest

If you are interested in one of our upcoming training courses, please register your interest using the form below.

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