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

The course comprises of six modules (two weeks study each) as follows:

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

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

The course dates for 2021 are:

Applications for 2021 open W/C 17 August 2020
Closing date for applications 11 December 2020
Log-in details available First week of January 2021
Introductory Module 8 January
Module 1 22 January
Module 2 5 February
Module 3 19 February
One week break 5 March
Deadline for submission of first assessment piece 11 March
Module 4 12 March
Module 5 26 March
Module 6 9 April
Finish 22 April
Examination 6 May
Exam Result Notification 1 June
Examination (Re-sits) 10 June
Deadline for submission of second assessment piece   11 June
Results Released 6 July
Certificates Sent Out W/C 12 July

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

How to apply for training

You will need to submit to the IBMS Examinations Team:

You can also submit a copy of your application and payment by post to Examinations, IBMS, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.

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.

Please note that places are limited to 60 candidates and that candidates will only be allowed to undertake one of the four distance learning courses at a time.


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