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Training Approval Scheme

Training approval brings the value of IIRSM's independent brand and educational standards together with your expertise to form an attractive and competitive partnership for the delivery of quality training.

We consider approving courses from all risk-related disciplines including, but not limited to, business continuity, crisis management, emergency planning, environmental management, health & safety, insurance, operational risk, quality management, security and project risk management.

The process provides an confirmation that your training meets the quality standards expected of IIRSM's Training Approval Scheme. 



Getting your training approved by us, provides you with the following benefits:

  • Confirmation that your training meets the standards of the scheme, providing greater authority and distinction.
  • Use of IIRSM’s ‘Approved Course’ logo on promotional, course materials and delegate certificates. 
  • Your courses listed on the Approved Courses page of IIRSM’s website.
  • Jointly badged delegate certificates.
  • Discounted IIRSM membership for delegates who attend your approved courses.
  • Discounted IIRSM corporate membership and increased profile raising for your organisation, and access to a wealth of benefits for your staff, associates, consultants or trainers. 

Our training approval process assesses:

  • Learning experience 
  • Technical content 
  • Facilities (face-to-face training only) 
  • Trainer/ subject matter expert competence
  • Quality 

There are four steps to gaining training approval: 

Step 1 - Read the Training Approval Scheme Information and Guidance

This document fully explains which courses are eligible for the scheme, the assessment process and the conditions you must comply with. The document is available to download at the bottom of this page. 

Step 2 - Complete and submit your application 

This involves completing the application form and providing us with all of the supporting materials. On receipt, your application will be reviewed by a member of the IIRSM professional development team to ensure we have all of the required information. At this stage, you will also be required to pay the approval fee. 

Step 3 - Detailed review

In conjunction with the IIRSM professional development team, a suitably qualified assessor will conduct a review of the documentation you have submitted to ensure it meets our assessment critiera. 

Step 4 - Decision notification

You will be notified of the outcome of the detailed review.


The non-refundable application fee operates on a sliding scale depending on the number of courses you are submitting.

Where courses are particularly complex or niche, or if you are seeking approval of more than 20 courses, additional fees may be charged. You will be notified of this after you have submitted your enquiry form.  

All fees are subject to VAT for those paying in the UK.

If you pay the full application fee upfront for the 3 year approval period, you will receive a 10% discount. However, you can pay by 3 annual instalments if you wish to spread the cost.

Fees are reviewed annually on 1 July. 

No. of courses

Application fee paid upfront - includes a 10% discount

Application fee paid by instalments

1 - 5

£1161 (save £129)

£430 per year

6 - 10

£2338 (save £260)

£866 per year

11 - 15

£3502 (save £389)

£1297 per year

16 - 20

£4679 (save £520)

£1733 per year

Please refer to the Training Approval Scheme Information and Guidance for more information on fees.


Prior to completing your application, please read through the Training Approval Scheme Information and Guidance document, which can be downloaded below.

If you have any questions, about completing your application, please do get in touch with our team at or +44 (0)20 8741 9100.

All applications and supporting evidence should be sent to


Utilise your technical expertise and develop your skills in training evaluation. 

IIRSM's Training Approval scheme reviews 3rd party risk related training courses against our Training Approval assessment criteria. 

We're looking for IIRSM Members and Fellows to support with the technical aspect of the course review. In particular, we are interested in hearing from you if you have knowledge of: 

  • Anti-bribery legislation 
  • Anti money laundering legislation 
  • Confined space 
  • Environmental awareness 
  • Lock-out tag-out 
  • Forklift safety 
  • Paedatric first-aid 
  • Project risk management 
  • Safeguarding 
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus 
  • Security 
  • Working at height 

Interested in finding out more? Email for more information about this voluntary role.