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Benchtop Sterilisers (Type N) – Maintenance and Testing

Course ref: BTS

Duration: 4 days

Course Description:

This course covers a mixture of theory and practical sessions, and you will learn how to carry out weekly, quarterly & annual testing on “N” type small steam sterilisers.

Who Should Attend:

The course is aimed at National Health staff and contractors required to perform the duties of a Competent Person (Decontamination) as defined by NHS guidelines.


Learners are expected to have a basic working knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering principles. Minimum age for entry onto the course is 19 years old.

Course Aim:

Learners will be able to carry out the recommended daily, weekly, quarterly, and annual testing procedures on small steam sterilisers for the sterilisation of non-wrapped solid products. (N-Type), in accordance with British/European Standards and HTM01-05 NHS Guidance.

Course Objectives:

On conclusion of the course the delegates will be able to:

  • Explain the role of sterilisation within the decontamination process.
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of key personnel.
  • Describe language and definitions most commonly referred to in decontamination.
  • Identify risks associated with small steam sterilisers.
  • Describe and explain the basic properties of steam.
  • Describe the principles of pressure & temperature measurement.
  • Summarise the principles of operation of an “N” type small steam steriliser.
  • Prepare and operate specific test equipment.
  • Carry out periodic testing to all levels, and for all specified timescales.
  • Interpret test results and produce detailed reports.


On successful completion of the course learners will gain an Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Certificate in Benchtop Sterilisers (Type N) - Maintenance and Testing.

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What Next?

Students should consider enrolling on the Level 5 Diploma in Medical Equipment Technologies.

Course Duration:

4 Days

Course Fees:

    £979 + VAT (Accommodation available at an additional cost)


Training is delivered at our purpose built training facility located in the West Midlands Find Out More

Upcoming Dates:

  • 2020
  • 28 April - 1 May
  • 27 - 30 October



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