Legionella Awareness
This course is suitable for anyone who owns, manages or is responsible for a premises where water systems are used.
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About our Legionella Awareness Course

Water systems in residential or commercial premises can be a source of harmful bacteria called Legionella. In this course you will learn what legionella is, why it is important to control it and what you can do as a duty holder (building manager, owner or landlord) to identify and reduce the risks associated with this pathogen. You will study the legislation that you must be familiar with, the risk assessment process and how to implement legionella control systems to make sure that your premises are safe.

Who is this course suitable for?

Our Legionella Awareness course is suitable for anyone who owns, manages or is responsible for a premises where water systems are used. It is also useful for managers too so you can recognise your responsibilities, legal obligations and complete a thorough risk assessment to ensure that your business is safe.

Course Content

Legionella: An Introduction – This introductory module will set the groundwork for the rest of the course. It will introduce you legionella so you know what it is, the dangers it can present, the symptoms and who is most at risk of Legionnaires disease. You will learn basic Legionella Awareness throughout this module.

Legal Responsibilities – In the second module of this course you will become familiar with the legislation around health and safety that is applicable to the control of legionella such as COSHH, RIDOOR and Notification Regulations.

Hazardous Environment – Within this module you will learn the sources of legionella, how to identify a water system and the importance of being able to assess the risk. You will also be able to make the differentiation between a high risk and a low risk environment and identify some of the different systems that may present a risk from a legionella perspective.

Risk Assessment – Conducting a risk assessment for legionella is important and, in this module, you will learn the process of conducting a risk assessment for your building. You will understand how to document your findings and identify control measures that you should put in place.

Controlling the Risks – In the final module of our training you will learn how to implement controls that were identified in your risk assessment. You will explore the role of the duty holder, why training and development is important and the purpose of the written schedule to effectively control risk.


All of our courses, including our Legionella Awareness course, are delivered directly online and are self-paced so you can study wherever and whenever. The course material is delivered in short sections covering each of the above units in detail and is accompanied with a short test at the end of each to reinforce what you have learned. In order to complete the course successfully you will need to pass 21 out of 30 questions in the end of course assessment.


This course typically takes approximately 1 – 2 hours to complete although this can vary for each student. Once registered for the course there is no time limit for completion.


Once you have successfully passed the end of course assessment you can download and print an industry recognised certificate which is endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality.

Legionella Awareness

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Our training courses are written and managed by hospitality professionals with many years’ experience in their field. You will be learning from the best and you will come away from your training inspired by mentors who understand your aspirations and requirements.

Course Modules

  • Legionella – An Introduction
  • Legal Responsibilities
  • Hazardous Environment
  • Risk Assessments
  • Controlling the Risks

Recent Reviews

"Easy to follow, very informative, good interaction"
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"Thorough, informative course that gave a fantastic insight into a very important topic!"