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 2022 course in mid-August 2021. The course dates for 2022 are stated below. Please note that each module will last two weeks apart from the module in which Easter falls, which in 2022 is during module six, which following feedback from those who undertook the CEP in 2021, will last three weeks.

Update (10 December) - We have now extended the deadline for applications for this CEP until Friday 17 December.

Applications for 2022 open W/C 16 August 2021
Closing date for applications 10 December 2021
Log-in details available First week of January 2022
Introductory Module 7 January
Module 1 21 January
Module 2 4 February
Module 3 18 February
One week break 4 March
Deadline for submission of first assessment piece 10 March
Module 4 11 March
Module 5 25 March
Module 6 8 April
Finish 28 April
Examination 12 May
Exam Result Notification 6 June
Examination (Re-sits) 16 June
Deadline for submission of second assessment piece   17 June
Results Released 12 July
Certificates Sent Out W/C 18 July

You will be award an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Training on successful completion of the course.

Please note that as places on this CEP are limited to a maximum of 60 it may be necessary to close the window for applications early if the number of  people to applying to undertake the CEP reaches that maximum before the planned closing date for applications.

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.

Update (10 December)  - We have extended the deadline for applications for this CEP until Friday 17 December.

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