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Legionella Training Achieves UK City & Guilds Accreditation

SOCOTEC (formerly ESG) has recently been accredited by City & Guilds for Legionella training.
SOCOTEC Group: Legionella awareness training seminar.
Legionella awareness training seminar.


City & Guilds are the leading skills development organisation in the United Kingdom, providing services to training providers, employers and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today’s workplace.


To gain Accreditation, SOCOTEC was assessed by an Accreditation External Quality Assurer to ensure they could provide evidence that the training programmes met the City & Guilds quality benchmark criteria. The requirements included: course delivery, the use of quality training and assessment materials, organisation resources, documented quality assurance strategy and procedures, data management and issuing of certificates.


Having met the City & Guilds Accreditation requirements, SOCOTEC is proud to hold City & Guilds Accreditation for three Legionella training courses. The Responsible Persons training course, held over one day, is client focussed, providing duty holders and those with management responsibilities with essential information on guidance, legislation, risk assessing and the role of the responsible person; ensuring those being trained are fully equipped to manage the Legionella risk on a day to day basis.


The General Awareness Course is run over half a day, providing a basic introduction to Legionella management and control including the legal and technical requirements to ensure water systems are maintained safely. The basic awareness and end user training – a one hour course - is a short but detailed introduction to Legionella management and the importance of usage evaluation and flushing.


The City & Guilds Assessor commented: “The organisation has a very well presented training programme, with effective policies and procedures to support this. This meeting was interesting and constructive and the training programme observed was again well presented with the back-up of a good PowerPoint presentation.”


Paul Sear, technical manager, Water Hygiene, SOCOTEC, said: “With our City & Guilds Accreditation, customers can be assured of the quality of the training being received, allowing individuals to be suitably trained to manage the risk of Legionella effectively. It is also a great reflection on the quality of our training staff.


SOCOTEC specialise in Legionella risk management, as part of our water hygiene and safety services, to help ensure clients are compliant with their legal requirements. As specialists, our Legionella training courses allow us to share our knowledge with clients as well as raise awareness and understanding around Legionella control.”


For more information on SOCOTEC’s accredited Legionella training programmes, please visit


SOCOTEC in the UK 

In the UK, SOCOTEC is the leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, offering comprehensive solutions for the Infrastructure & Waste and Environment & Safety sectors. The company, which employs more than 1,400 people, delivers in excess of seven million tests a year to over 5,000 customers. With a history dating back over 100 years, SOCOTEC UK, formerly ESG, has nationwide coverage on client sites and a network of 20 UKAS accredited laboratories, and continues to be a significant driver of change and innovation within the industry. By helping clients design solutions and remain compliant to changing legislation, international standards and economic conditions, SOCOTEC has become the UK’s leading partner in its chosen sectors for technical expertise and services. See for more information.


About The SOCOTEC Group

The SOCOTEC Group is a leading player in testing, inspection and certification (TIC). We ensure the integrity and performance of assets and people’s safety, helping clients around the world manage risk and improve performance throughout their projects’ lifecycles. The SOCOTEC Group operates in 25 countries on five continents. We provide our services to the same high standards wherever we work, adapting them to match the specific conditions of local markets. Learn more at

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