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Education and Training recognised by the IDSc

Institute Decontamination Sciences (IDSc) Technical Certificate


Training for Medical Device Decontamination Scientists (Technician) is the first step in the formal training within this profession.

This training program is designed to meet the needs of decontamination service technicians embarking upon a career in decontamination sciences and whose main role will be within a decontamination service department. Prior to embarking upon this training programme you should have completed:
1. Organisation’s induction programme
2. Initial departmental training


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NEW: Anglia Ruskin Credited Modules


The following credited modules are now available from ARU;


Decontamination of Reusable Invasive Medical Devices (Credited) 45 Credits


Decontamination of Reusable Invasive Flexible Endoscopes (Credited) 15 Credits


Decontamination of Reusable Invasive Dental Instrumentation – 15 Credits


Updated 3rd November 2016


Anglia Ruskin Courses


Below are a list of distant learning courses that have been developed by Anglia Ruskin in partnership with the Institute of Decontamination Sciences.


BsC Honours degree


Endoscopy credited course

Medical device stand-alone unit



Please Note: The Anglia Ruskin University Foundation degree course is suspended for new students for September 2016. Existing students will continue to be supported through the course. Updates will follow.


Apprenticeships and the Levy Workshop
– The Current Picture October 2016


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Notice of Apprenticeship Changes (Trailblazers)


Dear Trailblazers

As you will be aware, as part of our apprenticeships reforms, employers are being given more control over choosing and paying for apprenticeship training. Whilst only some employers will be required to contribute to the new apprenticeship levy, there will be changes to the funding of apprenticeship training for all employers. The system also needs to be easy for employers of all sizes to navigate, choose the apprenticeship training you want to purchase and negotiate on price. We are therefore simplifying some of the complex funding arrangements that currently exist.

To deliver these changes, we am pleased to confirm that we have today published:

· Proposals for apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017. This document sets out our initial proposals for how apprenticeship training would be funded once the levy comes into effect next year. This includes proposed funding bands for existing apprenticeship frameworks and standards that have been approved for delivery. The proposals are supported by a short survey (here) seeking feedback by 5 September.

· Proposals for a new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. This documents sets out proposals on who should be able to provide apprenticeship training in England. Again, we are inviting feedback by 5 September via a separate survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L8L67YP).

· Guidance for employers thinking about becoming apprenticeship training providers. This document will be of interest to employers who pay the levy, and may wish to act as their own training provider in the new system.

· Apprenticeship funding calculator. We have produced this tool to help employers understand what levy they will pay and how they could use the new digital service to plan and fund training.

· Updated guidance on the apprenticeship levy: how it will work. We have also updated the existing, very popular online guidance, which gives employers a clear explanation of how they will pay the levy, manage and use their funds in the new system.

In addition to seeking feedback on these proposals, we will use the next few weeks to test them further, including how they support the Government’s emerging industrial strategy and how they ensure that individuals from all backgrounds and parts of the country have the opportunity to get on in life. We aim to publish final policy details in October.

Needless to say, we are keen to receive feedback on the proposals from Trailblazers and/or individual Trailblazer members via the above surveys.

Kind regards,
Standards Development Team, DfE Apprenticeships Directorate


Updated: 19th August 2016

Healthcare Science (HCS) Assistant Apprenticeship Update


Download the report by Trevor Garcia


Download Pearson presentation


Download presentation by Professor Shelley Heard


Updated: 3rd August 2016

Upcoming Dates for Technical Certificate examinations




10th May 2017 - Locations to be confirmed


11th October 2017 - Locations to be confirmed


If you have students that are ready to undertake their examinations please contact louisew@fitwise.co.uk


Updated: 31st October 2016