Permit-to-Work Training

£25 +VAT

Permit-to-work systems are necessary for high risk activities and those that may compromise existing safety procedures. As a result, if you work in an industry that often carries out high risk work, it’s crucial that you know what a permit-to-work is and what it should cover.

This course will explain the purpose of permit-to-work systems and what type of high risk activities may require them. It covers what sections a permit should contain, who has the responsibility for preparing them, and the duties of everyone who will need to carry out work covered by a permit. On completion of the course, you will understand how to prepare a permit, or how to follow it if your workplace receives one, so you can ensure everyone carries out high risk work safely.

This course has been updated and is legally accurate in line with any guidance changes that have resulted from Brexit legislation - including any revisions to deadlines.

  • Written in compliance with UK legislation and guidance
  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • Accredited by CPD and Assured by RoSPA
  • Online training course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 1-2 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted next working day
  • Downloadable PDF certificate available on completion

Who should take this course?

Our Permit-to-Work Course is designed for anyone who will be creating and issuing permits, as well as those who will supervise or carry out the work covered by a permit. It explains the duties of everyone responsible for the permit, from the point of issue to the work’s completion.

Anyone who carries out high risk work, such as in confined spaces, working at height, asbestos work, hot work, railway maintenance, and more, should take this training.


CPD Approved
RoSPA Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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Course content

1Introduction to Permit-to-Work Systems

The hierarchy of controls, the position of permit-to-work systems in the hierarchy of controls, what is a permit-to-work, what are the key principles in a permit-to-work, what types of work may require a permit-to-work, when should permit-to-work systems be used, who should take responsibility for the preparation and issuing of permit-to-work systems, why are permit-to-work systems important, health and safety law, and the Health and Safety Executive.

2Creating a Permit-to-Work

What is a risk assessment, who should carry out a risk assessment, the role of safe systems of work and permit-to-work systems in risk assessments, principles of a model permit-to-work, permit title and reference number, job location, duration of permit, including date and time and extension or shift handover, plant or equipment to be worked on and description of work to be done, hazard identification and precautions required, emergency arrangements and monitoring equipment, personal protective equipment, issue and acceptance of permit-to-work systems, extension of permit-to-work systems, and hand back and cancellation of permit-to-work.

3Control Measures for Permit-to-Work Systems

Common work activities covered by permit-to-work systems, examples of work occupations involved, safe place of work, safe work equipment and safe plant, hot works on tanks and drums, isolation of plant and machinery, isolation of plant and area of work, training and competence, supervising and carrying out work under a permit-to-work, monitoring permit-to-work systems, display and cancellation of permit-to-work systems, and emergency arrangements.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand what types of work may require a permit-to-work and why.
  • Know who is responsible for preparing and issuing permits.
  • Understand the duties that managers, supervisors and workers have under permit-to-work systems.
  • Know what information a permit-to-work should contain.
  • Be aware of what personnel must do before permits are issued, when they are in place, and when the work is completed.
  • Understand the importance of ensuring that all those affected by the work activities covered in the permit-to-work understand the controls and procedures, and are trained and instructed correctly.
  • Understand the importance of emergency procedures and how they relate to the permit-to-work.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 15 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.