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RPE Fit Testing – Advanced 1 day course in qualitative fit testing

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Concern over the quality of RPE fit testing in the UK has led to the development of a competency scheme, known as 'Fit2Fit'. This advanced course is suitable for those who are well on the way to becoming competent fit testers and are possibly considering applying for accreditation under the Fit2Fit scheme. This course will provide training covering the syllabus of the Fit2Fit scheme and is suitable for those wishing to refine their skills in preparation for Fit2Fit accreditation. Note that this is a training courses only; attendence will not lead to Fit2Fit accreditation (more information on how to go on to achieve Fit2Fit accreditation is available at This course is also suitable for those fit testers who just wish to hone their skills and learn more on the general aspects of RPE.

This is a 1-day advanced course covering the qualitative fit testing method only. All course presenters are Fit2Fit accredited fit testers and some were actively involved in the development of the Fit2Fit scheme and are members of the Fit2Fit techical committee.

Prior experience

It is essential that delegates have experience of fit testing using the qualitative fit testing method. Fit testing experience should cover the relevant range of tight fitting facepieces - perhaps having been actively fit testing for at least 6 months. Additionally, delegates should have a basic working knowledge and understanding of RPE and be conversant with HSE guidance documents HSG53 and HSE 282/28. Those who have previously attended the RPE fit test - Introduction course and the RPE Essentials course should have the required level of knowledge, but additional practical experience of fit testing using the qualitative method is essential. If you do not have the advised level of experience then the course RPE fit test - Introduction would be more appropriate for you.

Delegates will need to bring along their own fit test equipment for use during the practical sessions.

Course includes:

  • Knowledge of RPE
  • The role of fit testing
  • Principles of fit testing
  • Qualitative fit testing using either Bitrex or Saccharin - theory and practical
  • Troubleshooting

Who should attend:

Experienced fit testers who are seeking additional training, including those aiming for Fit2Fit accreditation in qualitative fit testing.

More information on the Fit2Fit scheme is available at

Note this is a 1-day advanced course covering the qualitative fit testing method. However, if you are experienced in both the qualitative fit testing method and the quantitative (Portacount) fit testing method, there is a 2 day course available which covers advanced level fit testing using both these methods: RPE fit testing - Advanced 2 day course in quantitative (Portacount) and qualitative fit testing.


The course will be run at the HSL laboratory in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of the course is £625 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).



Please note the invoice option is not available within 4 weeks of the course date, or for overseas customers.  If you are selecting the invoice option for payment, it will be mandatory to input a purchase order/reference number as we are unable to process booking forms without this.

For further dates and additional information email: or contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

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