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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 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. 
  • Enhances your organisations training courses. Validates the credibility of your courses.
  • Enables corporate organisations to raises employee competence and confidence in their job role.

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: 


These documents fully explain which courses are eligible for the scheme, the assessment process and the conditions you must comply with. The documents are available to download at the bottom of this page. 


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


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


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.

Fees are reviewed annually on 1 July. 

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

No. of courses Application fee paid upfront 1st year
2nd year
3rd year
1-5 £1744 £978 £427 £427
6-10 £2980 £1568 £780 £780
11-15 £4202 £1996 £1208 £1208
16-20 £5438 £2428 £1641 £1641
20+ Please contact us to discuss      





Prior to completing your application, please read through the Training Approval Scheme Information and Guidance document and the e-learning and/or face to face standards documents depending on the type of course(s) you will be submitting, all documents 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. 


“We’re delighted to achieve further approval for many of our iHASCO eLearning courses from IIRSM. We value their independent and professional assessment of the content of our courses and it gives us great satisfaction to be able to promote our courses with their seal of approval.” Alex Wilkins, Head of Business Development, iHASCO

"That our courses are approved by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management helps us to elevate our training proposition and provide real value to our customers and their employees. Customers of Cardinus Risk Management appreciate the accreditation as it assures the quality and standard of training, and establishes the commitment to training excellence that Cardinus provides. We’ve worked with the IIRSM for many years now and the approval process for our courses helps ensure that the content and format are of a high quality, which ultimately helps to improve safety outcomes for our customers. " Stephen Smith, Cardinus

''Our stress and stress risk courses are approved by IIRSM and demonstrate to customers added value to their organisations that the courses have met the IIRSM high quality standards. The courses are up-to-date research based and provide delegates with best practice and knowledge from real life examples. Current delegates wish to “Develop and implement a robust stress risk management process” along with training all managers. There is the benefit of receiving a IIRSM Certificate when the course is completed which is a huge added bonus to all delegates – this demonstrates the value of IIRSM approval." Jessica Smyrl, YSM Solutions

"The courses approved by IIRSM helps to maintain the International standards in Health and Safety through our valued customers and clients which inturn reflects the IIRSM standard and values. We are delighted to say our valued students earned a great dignity in the work field based on the standards they learn through IIRSM. We are focusing on students who are looking for health and safety related jobs abroad. 100's of students passed from our institution for the last 8 years, from that many students are placed in different Organizations around the globe." Mohanlal T C , CEO, Acentria Safety Solutions (India) Pvt Ltd

"We have used IIRSM as a main awarding body for 3 years. The initial set up was extremely easy and we were guided through the process in a professional manner. This ease of use has continued throughout the 3 year period.

The acknowledgement from both the client's and the learner's perspective of the quality of the IIRSM marque has been reassuring. We are proud to use IIRSM alongside other awarding bodies.

I fully recommend IIRSM to any potential training organisation" Paul Boyes, Managing Director, Intellelearn

"In this competitive market, for a training provider to be distinct, memberships and accredited courses are crucial.
Being approved by IIRSM, recognizes our institution and reassures our clients that they are receiving the best training out there." Jennifer De Jesus, Coordination Manager HSE, DISS

"With the support of IIRSM approval e-learning on the iProtectu software we have gained  ISO 9001, ISO 45001 and ISO 14001. The training is easy to understand and has depth of topics. The IIRSM training approval gave us further reassurance of the quality.‘’ Richard Smith, Director, Facilities Management Southern

"iProtectU have developed IIRSM approved training which is available to all users. The training is effective, engaging and supports positive change supporting organisation in raising awareness in subjects such as COVID-19, manual handling, home working, DSE and fire awareness. IIRSM have been instrumental in ensuring a high standard of training is developed to meet learning outcomes" Wayne Beck, Managing Director, iProtectU

"The IIRSM approved training modules included in iProtectu’s software package was one of the main reasons why we chose this company. To be able to use recognised training has given the company a sense of reassurance and confidence that iProtectu's software was the right choice for our company.” Artisan