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Regulators' training programme

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Our regulators' training programme dovetails field-work with classroom-based training in order to best help you develop the essential skills of a regulator.

The first two years of the programme focus predominantly on providing you with the legal knowledge that you will need to enable you to inspect, investigate and enforce the law. This is integrated with the foundation of core technical training that will enable you to identify health and safety problems, analyse situations, and judge legal compliance and any corrective action needed.

The regulators' training programme requires attendance at tutorial classes, usually lasting a whole working week. From some locations you may have to travel on a Sunday to arrive on time for the course to start and return home late on the Friday, all trainees will frequently be required to stay away from home for a whole working week. The first six months of the training programme is particularly intensive.

The third year of the training programme follows the same experiential learning process as the first two. It expands on the technical knowledge of occupational health and safety issues to enable you to competently deal with the multitude of business we regulate.

Throughout the three years of your regulators' training programme, your development and performance will be assessed against key developmental milestones. Your successful and timely achievement against these milestones will be an essential element in remaining employed by HSE as HM Inspector of Health and Safety. You will be required to pass an assessment centre where you will demonstrate you have learned some legal skills, and to complete two substantial written assignments where you will show practical application of the technical knowledge you have learned. Achievement of the development milestones, including a pass in the required assessments, will make you eligible for promotion to main grade inspector and the final elements of the training programme.

Successful completion of our Regulators' Training Programme will see you awarded a certificate from the National Examining Body in Occupational Safety and Health at level 7 (post graduate diploma). This qualification is unique to HSE and can only be achieved working as a regulator in HSE.

Please note HSE is currently modernising the RTP to move it to a blended learning approach from June 2017. We expect this will reduce the amount of classroom time, making the programme more flexible and reduce the time spent away from home. There will be no change in the level of attainment you will have to reach to be awarded the post graduate diploma.

Updated 2016-10-12