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RPE Fit Testing - Advanced 2 day course in quantitative (Portacount) and 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 course only; attendance 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 2-day advanced course covering both quantitative (Portacount) and qualitative fit testing methods. 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 technical committee.

Prior experience

It is essential that delegates have experience of fit testing using the quantitative (Portacount) 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 quantitative fit testing is essential. If you do not have the advised level of experience then the RPE fit test - Introduction course would be more appropriate for you.

Note that although Qualitative fit testing at advanced level will be covered in this course, it is not essential for you to have prior experience of the qualitative fit test method in order to attend.

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
  • Quantitative fit testing using the Portacount both with and without the N95 Companion/Technology - theory and practical*
  • Troubleshooting

Who should attend:

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

More information on the Fit2Fit scheme is available at

Note this is a 2-day advanced course covering the both the quantitative (Portacount) and qualitative fit testing methods. However, if you are experienced only in the qualitative fit testing method, there is a 1 day course available which covers advanced level fit testing using the qualitative fit testing method only: RPE fit testing - Advanced 1 day course in 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 this course is £1,145 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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