PUWER Assessor Training Courses

These courses are ideal for anyone who intends to complete PUWER inspections and PUWER risk assessments.

These PUWER training courses strike a balance between learning and doing by using classroom learning, practical examples and live machine inspection.

We have several options for PUWER training:

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The Courses

PUWER regulations apply to the provision of all work equipment, including mobile and lifting equipment. It applies to all workplaces and work situations where the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW act) applies.

We have several options for PUWER training:


Machine Safety Training is at the heart of Spiers' approach to improving industry awareness and competencies. We want to support new and existing clients in developing and maintaining their competencies in house.

After a successful pilot of the PUWER Management micro workshop delivered at IOSH in September 2019, we’ve decided to carry on giving these short and concise sessions. We will give you the opportunity to get a quick snapshot of the subject from an industry expert.

The workshop will cover:

  • What is PUWER?
  • How is best to plan for PUWER? We will briefly show you our PUWER planning tool; PIPP ( PUWER Inspection, Planning & Prioritisation).
  • How to create a PUWER Management process which really works

Who is it aimed at?

These micro workshops are suitable for managers, supervisors and safety professionals who are looking for guidance on planning for PUWER compliance in the form of a short, concise delivery on the key points. This micro session may also be used towards your continued professional development (CPD).

When and where?

We will be delivering these micro sessions at our Spiers Training Centre in Tamworth, Staffs.

We will be hosting these events once every 3 months. Dates can be found on our Spiers Training Centre Page.

If you wish to book a seat, please call Jessica in our Training Team on 0843 289 2624, or submit an enquiry form here.

Level 1 PUWER Awareness Training (non-accredited)

This training is appropriate for managers, supervisors and safety professionals looking for either entry level or revision of the principles of PUWER and machine risk assessment.

Download the full brochure here.

Level 1 PUWER (Practical) (non-accredited)

This course focuses on the ability to observe, describe and recommend appropriate hazards and actions to be included in a PUWER inspection. This training is appropriate for people looking to develop towards certified PUWER Assessor (CPA) and as such, would suit engineering supervisors, engineering managers, health and safety managers and project managers who are involved in PUWER inspections.

Download the full brochure here.

Level 2 PUWER Assessor Training (non-accredited)

This training is appropriate for anyone looking for a combination of classroom and supervised practical experience.

Typically this course is attended by engineers being asked to complete PUWER inspections as a part of their role. However, it can also be of great interest to managers, safety professionals and OEMs. This course can be adapted to focus on key issues or types of machine / work equipment.

Download the full brochure here.

Level 3 - Certified PUWER Assessor CPA™ Qualification in PUWER Inspection

This PUWER training course is very similar to the Level 2 Assessor training. However, as this is an accredited course, it results in the learner (if they pass) acquiring a qualification.

Download the full brochure here.

View our next CPA course dates here.

In order to attend the CPA course, you must have both theory and practical knowledge of PUWER and PUWER inspections. You may want to attend one of our Machine Safety Workshops to start your PUWER journey. This will cover the basics of PUWER, and give you the knowledge you need to start your practical experience. It is also advised to complete our PUWER Level 1 – Practical course to get the ‘hands on’ experience before you undertake the CPA course.

This 3 day course, involves a mixture of classroom learning, theory assessment and carrying out a practical risk assessment on an industrial machine. The qualification is designed to assess the skills and understanding of the learner to inspect work equipment in accordance with PUWER 98, in a learning environment.

In relation to achievement of this qualification, the learner is expected to spend an estimated number of 13.5 hours in personal study. Additional learning will be recommended upon admission to the course…

PUWER assessort training details

Click here to read more about our Level 3 Certified PUWER Assessor CPA™ Qualification in PUWER Inspection

This will address the following areas:

  • Basic knowledge of The Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HASAWA)
  • Basic knowledge of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98)
  • Basic knowledge of the BS EN Standards referenced by PUWER
  • Basic knowledge and experience of Risk Assessment
  • Basic knowledge of Community Requirements (CE)
  • Basic knowledge of RiskMach Survey App (Free download available)

Who should attend?

It is ideal for those with technical responsibilities in the workplace including engineers, technicians, team leaders, supervisors and health and safety practitioners.

What are the learning outcomes?

Learning Outcome 1

Carry out inspections and report findings in accordance with PUWER 98 guidance

Learning Outcome 2

Understand the requirements and implementation of PUWER 98

Learning Outcome 3

Understand the principles of risk assessment as a result of PUWER 98 inspections

Learning Outcome 4

Understand how to identify control measures using hierarchy of control and European Standards

Where can I attend?

You have two options. You can either:

  • Option 1) Attend the course at our training centre in Tamworth, Staffordshire and choose a date by clicking this link to suit you.
  • Option 2) Attend the course at your own site (on the understand there will be a minimum of 4 delegates attending from your organisation). Submit an enquiry via this link to find out more.

The important bits

Learners are required to have prior experience of conducting workplace inspections and risk assessments of industrial machines. Evidence of this will need to be given at point of registration.

Should the learner not be able to demonstrate sufficient prior experience then the learner may continue on the course, but will not be able to sit the practical exam until suitable evidence is provided. (The exam must be sat within 6 months of the learner completing the course).

There are many ways of gaining relevant experience:

  • Attend a PUWER Level 1 practical course at the Spiers Training Centre (this is chargeable, prices on request). This 1 day course will focus on the practical skills of observation and inspection in the context of PUWER.
  • Expert remote review of your PUWER inspections
  • Complete Internal PUWER inspections
  • Complete other workplace inspection and risk assessment activities.

Interested in a course? Get in touch with us today

We can help you decide which course best suits your needs

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry requirements for PUWER training?

In order to benefit from this training the attendees will require the following:

  • - A basic understanding of how machinery works in your chosen industry
  • - A basic understanding of how machinery is operated and maintained in your chosen industry
  • - A basic understanding of safety management systems and how they contribute to risk reduction i.e. SSoW, SOPs, Permits to Work.

Note: A PUWER inspection may be completed by more than one individual. At least one of those individuals will have technical competence in mechanical, electrical and control system design.

What are the learning outcomes for each course?

On completion of this course attendees will be able to:

Understand how PUWER 98 relates to the Health and Safety at Work Act and other statutory requirements (L1 L2 L3)

There are many pieces of legislation that work together, at times overlapping, to form the legal landscape that machine safety exists within.

Understand the PUWER 98 ACOP and its intent with regards to safe machinery (L1 L2 L3)

The ACOP is 90+ pages but all the guidance should be taken in the context of the intent.

Understand when a PUWER Inspection is required, what the scope of inspection should be and what the limits are when making changes to the machine (L2 L3)

When, where, who, what, how.

Use examples to complete a simulated inspection of a machine including hazard identification (L2 L3)

We have structured exercises that break the process in to bite size pieces to aid learning.

Complete risk estimation individually and as a team (L2 L3)

There are literally hundreds of standards applicable to machine safety. We will identify some of the main safety standards common to most machines and show how these are applied in practical examples, using the simple control hierarchy from PUWER 98.

Apply a consistent rationale on Reasonably Practicable Vs. Practicable (L2 L3)

Dangerous moving parts are governed by ‘where practicable’ the rest of the ACOP is where ‘reasonably practicable’. We will show you what this means in practice and some of the inconsistencies in comparison to the CE marking conformity process.

Demonstrate understanding through a written assessment (L3)

We have online written assessments using practical examples that can be used to measure understanding and contribute towards evidence of competence.

Obtain an accredited qualification in PUWER inspection and PUWER risk assessment (L3)

Accredited (regulated) qualifications are reviewed, recognised and monitored by the regulatory bodies in order to make sure that they meet specific criteria and quality standards. The advantage of accredited (regulated) qualifications over a 'training course' is that the accredited option provides you with a guarantee of quality.

What does the programme contain?

Regulations 1 to 9 (excluding 6)

Policies and Procedures

Regulation 6


Regulation 7

Specific Risk

Regulation 10

Conformity with Community requirements

Regulation 11

Dangerous parts of machinery

Regulation 12

Protection against specified hazards

Regulation 13

High or very low temperature

Regulation 14

Controls for starting or making a significant change in operating conditions

Regulation 15

Stop controls

Regulation 16

Emergency stop controls

Regulation 17


Regulation 18

Control systems

Regulation 18

Control systems

Regulation 19

Isolation from sources of energy

Regulation 20


Regulation 21


Regulation 22

Maintenance operations

Regulation 23


Regulation 24


Who are the recommended delegates?

This PUWER training courseis recommended for all operations, maintenance, engineering, technical support and health and safety professionals involved in risk assessment and risk management, including leadership and management who are working with Machinery Safety.

This PUWER Training course is invaluable to any person or company looking to train for competency in PUWER inspection.

Where and How?

This PUWER Training course begins in the classroom at venues to suit you. We frequently run courses at our clients' locations outside and within the UK including London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester. The course includes inspection of machines that you have on site. Alternatively, the course can be modified to include task based learning activities in the work place.

What are the benefits of our courses?

Your managers, engineers, technicians, team leaders and health and safety professionals will be able to ensure that statutory requirements for inspection are met and that the risks on work equipment are identified and controlled in line with best practice and the law. This may avoid an accident in the future but will also provide evidence of systematic risk assessment and risk reduction which, in the event of a claim following an accident, would drastically reduce your company’s contributory negligence.

“We received a really good comprehensive explanation of PUWER and generally the standards which are applicable in our daily work. We are now competent to investigate further to improve our processes”

Balint Koszta - Design Rig Engineer, Dyson Ltd