What is Legionella Training and why do you need it?

By: James Greenwood on Mar 18, 2021

Legionella bacteria have the potential to cause serious harm to people’s health if not carefully controlled. When Legionella can grow and are sprayed in water, they can cause the potentially fatal form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease.

As a result, all employers or those in charge of premises  with a man-made water system must take steps to ensure the system is well maintained and the potentially harmful bacteria controlled.

Legionella training is an essential and mandatory component of any Legionella control management programme. In this blog post, we explore the different types of Legionella training programmes, who they are suitable for and the benefits of training.

What types of Legionella training programmes are there?

There are a number of accredited Legionella training programmes. City & Guilds and Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance are the two most well-known accreditation bodies with the most relevant and up to date course content. On completing training, individuals receive a recognised certification. The one-day courses are run by approved training centres and trainers, including WCS Group.

Training programmes include:

Legionella Control for Responsible People

This course is for staff involved in the management of building water systems, particularly those individuals who have been nominated as the responsible or appointed person. 

The course equips people with essential knowledge about Legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease, which will enable them to understand how best to manage the risks within any water system. It focuses on the formal management requirements for the control of Legionella bacteria and emphasises the responsibilities of the Statutory Duty Holder, the appointed Responsible Persons and those involved in water hygiene control.

Individuals can choose from the City & Guilds Accreditation or Highfield ABC Level 3 Qualification. 

Legionella Control for Hot and Cold Water Systems

This course is for staff involved in monitoring and managing hot and cold water systems to ensure the risk presented by Legionella bacteria is minimised. 

The course provides individuals with an overview of Legionella control in typical hot and cold water systems. It will benefit anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of how to apply relevant legislation, including ACOP L8, within their day to day duties.

Individuals can choose from the City & Guilds Accreditation or Highfield ABC Level 2 Qualification. 

Legionella Awareness in Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers

This course is for staff involved in managing, supervising, and monitoring cooling towers and evaporative condensers to ensure the risk presented by Legionella bacteria is controlled. 

The course is designed to raise awareness and reduce the risk associated with Legionella bacteria. Like the Hot and Cold Water Systems course, it will benefit those wanting to better apply relevant legislation within their day to day duties.

Individuals can choose from the City & Guilds Accreditation or Highfield ABC Level 3 Qualification. 

Safe Water in Healthcare Premises - HTM04-01

This City & Guilds Accreditation is for staff involved in the management of building water systems in healthcare facilities, and particularly those in operational management.

The course concentrates on the formal management requirements for the control of Legionella bacteria and other waterborne pathogens in water systems. It provides an overview of HTM 04-01 Parts A, B, C and D Supplement and emphasises the holistic approach to water hygiene via the formation of Water Safety Groups and creation of the Water Safety Plans. 

Is it a legal requirement to have Legionella training?

As a duty holder or responsible person, you are not legally required to complete training to perform your duties. However, training forms a big part of a person's ability to work competently and safety. As a result, the Health & Safety Executive Approved Code of Practice L8 (ACoP L8) states:

“Those specifically appointed to implement the Legionella control measures and strategies should be suitably informed, instructed and trained and their suitability assessed. They must be properly trained to a level that ensures tasks are carried out in a safe, technically competent manner, and receive regular refresher training.”

What are the benefits of Legionella training?

Legionella training is an important part of a Legionella control management programme. All individuals involved in the programme should be appropriately trained and competent. But as well as simply being an important requirement, external training offers additional benefits.

The training programmes are delivered by knowledgeable trainers who have significant industry experience. They can help to explain the why behind some of the tasks involved in Legionella control and offer a fresh perspective about best practices. Training is a great opportunity to review your current processes and understand how you could improve your processes to enhance protection against Legionella.

Training with WCS Group

WCS Group is an approved trainer for all City & Guilds and Highfield ABC Legionella training courses. We also offer flexible, tailored training courses for individuals or organisations with specific needs. For example, for individuals and small groups, we offer open courses at our offices, or locally convenient centres throughout the year. Or alternatively, we are more than happy to host bespoke specific courses at our venues or your facilities, including specific training using your equipment as examples.

To explore our upcoming accredited course dates or to talk to us about a bespoke training programme, get in touch

Legionella awareness training courses for ACoP L8 compliance

Topics: Legionella Control, Training

James Greenwood

Written by James Greenwood

James Greenwood as been working in the Water Treatment and Water Hygiene Industry for over 20 years. He is currently the Sales and Marketing Director for WCS Group the largest water hygiene and treatment Company in the UK. James has been instrumental in bringing significant innovations to the UK market over the years always focusing on enhancing client’s compliance and delivering true return on investment projects offering monetary and environmental savings.