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Get an insight in our training courses, CIBSE trainer interviews - Get to Know your Trainers - and what the training team are up to in our CIBSE Training blogs:

Three simple tips to help you focus on your online learning

Learning on your own might prove challenging when you have to ‘find time’ for it, especially when it seems so easy to just ‘do it tomorrow’, or when you next have some free time. Here are three simple tips to help you focus on your online learning and make the most of the experience. Read more

The future of CIBSE Training, an interview with Laura Ford, Training Development Manager 

Wondering what new training opportunities are coming up? Laura Ford, CIBSE Training Development Manager, talks to us about her new role and future training plan."The key topics of The Fire Safety Bill and Net Zero Carbon that are relevant now, are an obvious choice to push forward." Read more

E-learning opportunities - What should you choose?

"... Of course, there were such learning opportunities available online before, but now their numbers and types have increased, leaving a lot of eager learners with too many similar or maybe confusing options to choose from. What’s the difference?" Read more

Keep track of your employees’ development remotely 

"Companies were focusing their efforts in adapting to the current situation in the short term but are now looking to the future to keep their market position ahead of their competition. This includes keeping your employees’ knowledge updated and skills sharp by providing them with training. But how can you keep track of your employees’ development remotely?" Read more

What training looks like in this new ‘normal’

"With the ongoing COVID-19 situation our ‘normal’ lives might seem like they are on pause, and our opportunities for personal and professional development have disappeared, however, CIBSE, as a leading authority in building services engineering, is still prioritising its duty to support its members, and the wider building services community, during these uncertain times." Read more

A short interview with… Geoff Prudence, trainer of the new Introduction to Management, Communication and Leadership course

“It is often stated that people should be further supported and have more training before moving into their first management position, particularly in a technical environment.” Read more

Creating a positive learning experience: the online learning user journey

“Learning should be an exciting journey. However, sometimes it feels like a chore and people avoid spending time on it. 
I didn’t want this to be the case with our CIBSE online learning modules, so together with the training team, we aimed to create an interactive journey for our users and avoid giving them any reason to yawn due to boredom.”​ Read more


An interview with... Carl Collins, the author of ‘DE8: Project Information Requirements’

“The concept of asking simple, plain-language questions of supply chains is a relatively new concept. Traditionally, a basic specification and conversation would be had between the design team and the employer to ascertain what sort of asset was required, then information would be fed back to the employer at various stages during the project.”​ Read more


Who are the CIBSE trainers? Now you can discover their background experience, hobbies, passion for building services and teaching in our ‘Get to know your CIBSE trainers' interview blog series.

Ross French, the Energy Efficiency related Building Regulations: Part L trainer *New

"I would like to help others with their professional development, particularly given the importance of the subject. And I am looking forward to exchanging views on the topic area and being challenged by delegates' questions." Read more

Peter McElroy, the Design of Heating and Chilled Water Pipe Systems trainer

"The course goes right to the core of some of the elemental parts of Building Services design, so it has been written to support people from a variety of starting points and unique learning styles. I am really looking forward to bringing this mix of backgrounds together to learn collectively and support them achieve their own personal understanding of the nature of water." Read more

Tony Marlow, the Residential Fire Sprinkler Design: BS9251:2021 trainer

"Sharing my knowledge with engineers, consultants and building control officers from various backgrounds about fire sprinkler systems and encouraging them to use their new knowledge in their dealings with contractors and specifiers." Read more

Get to know your CIBSE authors and trainers - Louise Hamot & Clara Bagenal George 

"...the best thing about the job is the people within the industry. There will never be a lack of passion or enthusiasm around you, which can help to keep you going when you might feel challenged." Read more

David Butler, the Design of Ductwork Systems trainer 

"Whenever I have spoken at a seminar, workshop or conference I have always thought that it is the trainer or speaker’s job to explain things to the audience in the simplest and clearest way possible, and to inspire them in the subject. I think the challenge of doing this, is one of the things I look forward to the most." Read more 

John Griggs, the Water Services trainer

"I like the challenge of keeping people interested, awake and educated for about 7 hrs while watching a PowerPoint presentation... I try to bring some excitement to my talks by including many visual surprises with animations, a range of transitions, many reveals and interactions with the students." Read more

Heather Beaumont, Electrical Services Explained trainer

"...I learned mainly on the job, researching and finding things out for myself to improve my skillset, thinking I wasn’t capable of doing more formal training. Now I know I can, I wish I’d done it earlier." Read more

Gordon Hudon, Mechanical Services Explained trainer

" can always learn new aspects and revisit subjects and in doing that your understanding and confidence grow which helps you enjoy your work and succeed in it."  Read more

Gary Marshall, Electrical Services Explained trainer

“I am a very passionate individual and strive for excellence in every part of the Project build process. Attention to detail is key to the successful delivery of any Project.”​ Read more

Kevin Noyce, Building Services Explained trainer

“I found working in the electrical industry very interesting as it involved liaising with many different trades so gave me an in depth understanding of how Building Services operate.” Read more

Geoff Prudence, Effective Management of Operational Risk in Buildings trainer

“Get involved wherever you can, ask for help and learn wherever you can. Find an area that you are really interested in and makes you Fired up, and enjoy every opportunity, you are at work along time.” Read more

Martin Woolley, Essentials of Electrical Systems and Safety Awareness trainer

“I was made redundant from my last industry role and I still want to pass on my knowledge and experience to the engineers of the future. I also believe that the courses offered by CIBSE are high class and very informative.” Read more

Interested in:

  • Writing a blog on your experience with CIBSE Training? Email your request to [email protected] and someone will be in touch soon.

  • Becoming a CIBSE Trainer? Please contact Kathrine McMillan, Training Development Executive, at [email protected] for more information or have a look at our Call for CIBSE Trainers page.