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Competence Management

The leading skills body for Competence and Regulatory Compliance within High Hazard industries.

courses designed by industry for industry

Training course key aims are to:
• Help worldwide high hazard industries keep their ‘License to Operate’
• Improve business’ operational integrity, safety and reduce the risk of a Major Accident.
• Ensure that your workforce competence management, process safety compliance and existing systems are fit for purpose.


Board Members, Directors, Managers and Supervisors – responsible for the safe operations of Assets, People and Systems

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Designed by industry – for industry. 
Our courses are recognised as good practice by the HSE’s ‘Understanding COMAH: The Performance and Recognition Framework.

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PSMCPB Approved
Regulatory Standard
Regulatory Standard
CMS Review
The starting point for the identification and quantification of the strength of…
We will Review, Design, Implement and Benchmark your business’ policy and procedures systems.
Competence Management Systems Awareness
Competence Management Systems Awareness
Course Mapping and Certification
Having your training mapped to competencies prescribed in the Cogent Gold Standards…
DSEAR Training
DSEAR Training
Human Factors Awareness for High Hazard Industry
Human Factors Awareness – 1 Day Who is it for? Hazard industry…
Lean 6 Sigma (Yellow belt)
Lean 6 Sigma (Yellow belt)
NEBOSH HSE Award in Risks & Managing Risk Assessments at Work
Structured around the H.S.E’s approach to controlling the risks caused by workplace…
Permit to Work
Permit to Work
This diploma will provide the learner with the essential knowledge to work…
Responsible Person in GDP Standards
The Responsible Person Gold Standard sets out an industry agreed framework that…
Responsible Person in Good Distribution Practice
Having your training mapped to competencies prescribed in the Cogent Gold Standards…

An Overview

All Competence training courses have been approved by expert panels and meet the relevant awarding body or industry standard. Content has been developed by rigorously vetted, subject matter experts - who have benchmarked content to COMAH / SEVESO III competence and compliance requirements against:

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HSE COMAH Operational Delivery Guide – Cogent Skills is the custodian and exclusively delivers training which include the Process Safety Management industry training standards (for COMAH / Seveso III sites)- Developed by the PSM Competence Programme Board as listed in this HSE guide.

Competency Management System guidelines

Training is benchmarked to the assessment criteria for Competence Management Systems as described within the Health and Safety Executive’s Operational Delivery Guide.

Courses follow the process principles outlined within the published Guidelines for Competence Management Systems and are aligned to the:

Six Principles of Competence Assurance
1. Demonstrating leadership and commitment
2. Identifying business critical activities relating to the control of major accident hazards.
3. Setting procedures and standards
4. Compliance against your standards
5. Taking actions to improve competence
6. Commitment to continuous improvement

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“HSE's analysis of recent major hazard leadership interventions has highlighted the links between poor performance on site and a lack of competency in the management of major hazards at senior leadership level.

Boards should have at least one person who is accountable for process safety performance and workforce competence, who understands how the decisions made at board level can impact upon safety, both now and into the future."

Matt Lea

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