Develop your knowledge and skills in training and assessment 

The IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Distance Learning course in Training is delivered in partnership with the Ulster University. It will support you in developing your training skills and basic knowledge of training and assessment.  

Training course content and assessment

After a common introductory module the course comprises of six modules as follows:

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Professional and Academic Qualifications
  • Planning and Organising Laboratory Training
  • Communication
  • Learning Techniques and Presentation Skills
  • Assessment and Evaluation

See below for details for the course dates. More information on the learning outcomes for each module can be found here

You can access course content through a designated area of the Ulster University's website, which includes candidate email and discussion forums.  The IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice (CEP) in Training is assessed through two assessment pieces and an online examination:

  • Your first assessment piece should critically capture how the discussion forums have assisted your learning during the course 
  • Your second assessment piece should show what you will change in your own practice as a result of doing this course and the steps you would take to do so
  • The online examination lasts 90 minutes with 42 questions in total composed of 36 multiple-choice and six short answer questions covering all course modules.

Training course dates

We will start taking applications for the 2023 in the week commencing 15 August 2022. The course dates for 2023 are stated below. Please note that each module last two weeks apart from the module in which Easter falls, which in 2023 is during module six, that module will last three weeks.

Applications for 2023 open W/C 15 August 2022
Closing date for applications 9 December 2022
Log-in details available First week of January 2023
Introductory Module 6 January
Module 1 20 January
Module 2 3 February
Module 3 17 February
One week break 3 March
Deadline for submission of first assessment piece 9 March
Module 4 10 March
Module 5 24 March
Module 6 7 April (Good Friday)
Finish 27 April
Examination 11 May
Exam Result Notification 5 June
Examination (Re-sits) 15 June
Deadline for submission of second assessment piece   16 June
Results Released 11 July
Certificates Sent Out W/C 17 July

Update 30/11/2022:  Please note we have now reached our maximum of 60 participants for this course in 2023 so we have had to close the window for applications earlier than planned. If you apply to do the course now you will placed on a reserve list and if anyone drops out of the course within the fortnight places will be reassigned on a first come first served basis

How to apply for training

To undertake this CEP you must have active Member (MIBMS) or Fellow (FIBMS) status of the IBMS at the point of application and you must maintain your membership throughout the duration of the qualification. To apply you  will need to submit via email to the IBMS Examinations Team:

Payment can be made via Purchase Order (which should accompany the completed application form) or by card payment. If you wish to pay by card, you will be contacted for your card payment details once the application form has been received.

On the application form you are requested to briefly describe why you are applying to undertake the qualification. Your application will not be accepted or rejected based on what is stated instead this information is being requested simply to enable us to understand your level of experience and the motivation for applying.

Training resources

You can find articles and online resources to support you in completing an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Training in our Resources section

Training deferrals, withdrawals and mitigating circumstances

If you wish to defer, withdraw or highlight any mitigating circumstances please contact as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Training please contact