FREE: CIEHF Human Performance for ALL

Click here to enrol on the freely available "Human Performance for ALL without certificate" eLearning course. This course provides a good foundation in the subject and is hosted by the Energy Institute.

Along with a paid certificate version of the free eLearning course, also offered are multiple levels over the course of a 'learning pathway' endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF). Follow the links below for more information on each. An overview of the Pathway can also be found here.

What does the Pathway involve?

You'll start with a basic introduction to the concepts and principles of human factors as they relate to human performance. Then you’ll move on to more detailed learning on a number of key topics relevant to the high-hazard industries:

  • Task Analysis
  • Designing for people
  • Incident investigation
  • Procedures
  • Safety critical communication
  • Workload, stress and fatigue
  • Human factors in projects
  • Control room design and alarm management
  • Leadership, supervision and safety culture

The Pathway unfolds over 3 levels, each one delving deeper into the topics and giving you a more thorough understanding. After you’ve completed each level, a set of multiple-choice questions will allow you to consolidate your knowledge, so you’ll be confident that you understand the information at each level before moving on to the next.

  • Level 1 introduces the individual topics giving you a high-level overview of each. For example, in the task analysis topic, you’ll learn what a critical task is and how to identify where mistakes could be made. Activities include walk-throughs, observations and discussions.
  • Level 2 is where you start to specialise in five selected topics relevant to the needs of the business and your role within it. For example, in the Workload, Stress and Fatigue topic, you’ll learn about approaches to managing stress and performance under pressure. You’ll carry out reviews, participate in studies and apply methods and tools.
  • Level 3 advances your understanding in your choice of two of your five selected topics. For example, in the Procedures topic, you’ll learn about a range of human factors tools and methods that enable you to develop procedures. Activities at this level include writing reports, carrying out investigations and coaching colleagues.