Permit-to-Work Training

CPD Approved RoSPA Approved
For me
For teams
  • 100% online training

  • Start when you like

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

  • Instant assessment and result

  • Train teams of all sizes

  • Bulk discounts starting at 10% off 10 courses

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

  • Free Management Suite (10+ courses)

£26 +VAT

include vat

Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

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 was last audited on: 10th Feb 2023

Written in compliance with UK legislation and guidance

  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • Accredited by CPD and Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Online training course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 1-2 hours
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

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.


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.

Screenshots (click to view)

If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!

Interactive Demo

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.

 Download Course Overview (PDF)


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.

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.

Course reviews

How do our courses work?

Illustrated image of hand reaching for payment card

Purchase and payment

Add your chosen course to your basket. Once you’ve added all the courses you need, follow our step-by-step checkout process where you can purchase using Debit or Credit card.

For companies ordering 5 or more courses, you’ll also be given the option to pay by invoice.

Illustrated image of a key and an open box

Course access

Once you’ve completed your purchase, look out for an email containing the details you’ll need to start your training. 

If you’ve purchased a single course, we’ll send you a unique course code. You can use this to add your training to an existing account, or create a brand new one. 

Purchased multiple courses for training your team? We’ll email you all the login details you need to distribute to your staff.

Illustrated image of a printed certificate, an envelope and a stopwatch


If your delivery address is in the UK, we will send a hard copy of your certificate to your UK postal address once you’ve completed your course. Although we try to deliver your certificates as soon as possible, please allow 3-4 working days for delivery.

Don’t want to wait? You can instantly download your digital certificate as a PDF after course completion.

Additionally, please note that if your company is paying by invoice we can only issue certificates after your order has been fully paid.

Illustrated image of a question mark, an email and a mobile phone

Continued support

Our friendly customer support team is happy to help at any stage of your training. Call us on 0333 006 7000 or contact, and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have. 

Additionally, have you seen our help page? It’s full of useful information to help guide you through your training experience.