Face Fit Train the Tester - Fit2Fit Approved Course (Qualitative)


ESS Fit2Fit Approved Certificate

Course duration

1 Day

Certificate valid for

3 years

This course is perfect for those employers who provide a range of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) to employees and are responsible for carrying out Qualitative Face Fit Testing (QLFT) on tight fitting RPE. In addition, this course is also suitable for those implementing relevant Health and Safety related risk assessments, safe systems of work and robust face fit testing management programs.

 Our fit2fit accredited QLFT course is also a fantastic stepping stone for those persons wishing to advance to attempt personal fit2fit accreditation status for QLFT, whilst learning ‘best practice’ and preparing them appropriately for the assessment process.



One of only 8 accredited courses across the UK, our Qualitative Face Fit Testing course has been designed and approved by fit2fit (BSIF), and endorsed by the HSE, in accordance with the detailed requirements of the training syllabus and meets the gold standard for Qualitative Face Fit Testing. This course is delivered by fully approved and accredited fit2fit experienced practitioners.

This course will provide potential testers with an in-depth knowledge of conducting Face Fit Testing using the Qualitative method. In addition, a full and detailed overview of all aspects of RPE. If you provide Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) to your employees, or are responsible for Health and Safety within your organisation, then it is essential that the right type and level of RPE is selected and Face Fit Testing is carried out correctly with documentary evidence to demonstrate the RPE is suitable for the wearer.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Respiratory Protective Equipment and Devices
  • Risk assessing the suitability and adequacy of RPE
  • RPE compliance to British and European standards
  • Forms and properties of Health Hazards
  • RPE Assigned Protection Factors (APF), Workplace Exposure Limits (WEL) & the EH40
  • Managerial and Supervisory considerations in regard to RPE and testing
  • RPE fit factors and nominal protection factors for tight fitting masks
  • Full and detailed overview of disposable (FFP) masks including correct donning, doffing and pre use seal checks
  • Full and detailed overview of half face masks including correct donning, doffing, pre use seal checks and relevant filters, including particulate, gas and vapour
  • Introduction to Powered Air RPE
  • Comprehensive understanding across all relevant legal Regulations and associated guidance including COSHH, CAR, L5 ACOP, HSG53, INDG 479 and the fit2fit companion
  • Introduction to BSIF & fit2fit
  • Detailed understanding of the obligations and considerations needed for Qualitative Face Fit Testing protocols
  • Overview of Quantitative Face Fit Testing and when this may be required or utlised
  • Clear understanding of Face Fit Testing principles, equipment, and records
  • Explanation, demonstration and imitation of Fit Testing methods, best practice and compliance with the INDG 479
  • All learners will partake in practice sessions for Fit Testing, mentored by our fit2fit testers
  • Fit testing and RPE troubleshooting
  • Pass, fail and record keeping protocols

This course does not award the attendee fit2fit accreditation but will fulfil the requirements to fully prepare those wishing to explore fit2fit accredited, if desired.

Learner Numbers

In order to ensure the interaction between the learners and the tutor is spread evenly and effectively, the maximum number of delegates allowed on a course is six.

Learners will be required to participate in several fit testing scenario’s set by the trainer using a variety of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE). This will also include a short theoretical assessment.

For those who successfully complete the course they will receive an Essential Site Skills certificate of attendance which are both valid for 3 years.

Upon completion, we will also provide you with a dossier of useful documentation and templates for Face Fit Testing online and free access to our online onefile refresher course (under construction).