Vibration at Work Open-Learning

Competence Course

Course Information

Cost Per Person:
£775.00 (£930.00 inc VAT)

Quote available on request.

Course Length:
24 days
7 online meetings over 24 days

Start Date
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On this Vibration at Work Assessments Training Course you will learn all the requirements of complying with The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 including both Hand-Arm and Whole-Body vibration exposure. Our highly experienced and qualified tutors will guide you through this open learning experience, where you will learn about current legislation and standards, the art of using vibration meters, analysing your measured data, understanding vibration and its effects on humans and a little look at some of the physics. You will be asked to submit video evidence of some of the practical elements and there are several quizzes and test to help you assess your progress. The course is spread out over a 4 week period so there is plenty of time to fit it in with your normal work.

Who Should Complete this Vibration at Work Training?

Any organisation where exposure of employees to vibration, is an issue should have a competent person for Vibration at Work Risk Assessments. This person may be a professional safety officer, a works manager or simply someone who has been given the responsibility for it. The course forms an ideal follow up to a NEBOSH diploma or can be simply stand-alone and you don’t need any prior knowledge or experience before you start.

If you are unsure whether this course is suitable for you, you can download Module 1 for free to try it out.

Aims and Objectives of this Vibration at Work Training

The course is designed to meet the requirements of the Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, giving you the knowledge and skills to be classed as "competent" to carry out Vibration at Work Risk Assessments. The subjects covered vary from the physical principles of vibration to the identification and management of vibration problems. Practical elements are included to help you with the task of reducing vibration exposure in the workplace.

  •          To ensure that you understand the principles of vibration
  •          To develop an understanding of the effects of vibration on people (Hand-Arm and Whole Body)
  •          To give you and insight into instrumentation and practical vibration monitoring
  •          To develop in-depth knowledge of Vibration at Work Legislation
  •          To provide you with an insight into the principles of vibration control
  •          To ensure you can prepare a report to satisfy HSE requirements


The open nature of this course means there are a number of ‘elements’ or ‘modules’ to complete, which do not necessarily have to be done in a particular order.

Module 1 – Overview webinar download

Distance learning with a downloaded webinar to get you up to speed with the basics and used to some of the terms and concepts so that you can get the most from the supported training sessions. There is also the first of the informal quizzes to complete following the video to test any pre-existing knowledge. Don’t worry, this course is for anyone at any level!

Module 2 – Video tutorials

Split into four sessions, each of 60 to 90 minutes, run each week for 4 weeks, so you have time to fit them into a busy schedule and have breaks between sessions to catch-up on anything you missed and to ask off-line questions of your tutor if needed. One of these sessions will be a guest speaker slot, to give you a varied perspective on one aspect of the course.

These sessions are also recorded, so if you miss one, you can catch up, albeit without the ability to ask live questions.

Further to this you get an extra one-to-one video tutorial session with your tutor, during which you can discuss anything you wish and get any specific questions answered and address any areas you feel you need extra assistance with.

Module 3 – Video lecture downloads

We have several pre-recorded lectures that cover specific sections of the syllabus, which allows you to sit and take in the information and note down questions to ask later. There are then quizzes or tests to test your knowledge leaned form that lecture.

Module 4 – Practical session

You will be given guidance on how to carry out practical measurement, including a video on what to do and what not to do, a guide including a measurement do’s and don’ts checklist and the opportunity to ask questions before you start. All you need to do is measure something at work or home and video record yourself doing it. You will then receive individual feedback from your tutor

Module 5 – Online tests

Although these do not form part of the assessment grade for the course, you will be required to partake in some of these and we do not like to leave you if you need extra support, so we will make sure you can get through them in full!

Module 6 – Project Report

The assessment for this course is based on a workplace project, which would normally include measurements taken at your company, followed by a report written up and submitted for marking. If you are unable to take measurements at work, then it is possible to use home DIY equipment, which can be done whilst the module 2 sessions are in progress.


Timeline Activity
Week 1
Live Video Tutorial Sessions
Tuesday Live Video Welcome Meeting
Wednesday Basics and physics of Vibration Live Video Tutorial
Any Day Introductory recorded webinar and Quiz (Optional)
Any Day The Effect of HAVS and WBV on Humans and Health Surveillance Video Lecture Download and Quiz
Any Day Engage in Facebook group
Week 2
Live Video Tutorial Sessions
Monday Instrumentation (guest speaker) Live Video Tutorial
Tuesday Vibration Control & Risk Assessment Live Video Tutorial
Wed-Friday Regulations & Exposure Video Lecture Download and Quiz
Any Day Engage in Facebook group
Week 3
Live Video Tutorial Sessions
Monday Calculations session Live Video Tutorial
Tuesday HAVS management Live Video Tutorial
Any Day How to make measurements and Quiz
Any Day Make a Start on your Practical Session
Any Day Engage in Facebook group
Week 4
Live Video Tutorial Sessions
Monday Practical feedback session & Wrap-up Live Video Tutorial
Mon-Wed Submit your practical session video
Any Day Report Writing and Project Briefing Video Download
Any Day Engage in Facebook group
Any Day One-to-one video session (can be any week)
Post Course
  Complete and return your project within 3 months!


What will you achieve?

Successful completion of the six modules will result in the awarding of a 3 Year Certificate of Competency, giving you the evidence, you need to prove your suitability for performing assessments in the workplace.


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