CIF Virtual Academy

Virtual Academy Programmes – available on demand

    Alcohol & Drugs Awareness
    There is no stereotypical drug or alcohol user; they can affect everybody. Without intervention, there could be an adverse effect on workplace morale. This Alcohol and...
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    Asbestos Awareness
    Asbestos is a natural non-flammable, flexible, durable and malleable material which has been used in construction for centuries. However, in recent years, working with Asbestos has...
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    Contractor Safety
    For many organisations, contractors provide a cost-effective way of delivering jobs across construction, demolition, installation, repairs and/ or maintenance. But while a contractor is not a...
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    Driver Training – DriveWize
    The Driver Training, DriveWize Ireland training course, is designed to increase awareness of how a user’s behaviour on the road can affect how safe a driver...
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    Electrical Safety
    Electricity is one of the most widely available forms of energy, used extensively in both the home and the workplace. But it is important to remember,...
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    Environmental Awareness
    Global trends such as the growth in world population, depletion of natural resources (eg coal, oil) and the rise in demand for energy have increased pressure...
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    Fire Safety
    A lack of preparation for fire emergencies can be costly to both human life and property. Therefore, training in the essentials of fire safety is crucial....
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    Fire Warden
    The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, states that the employer or owner, as the ‘responsible’ person, has overall responsibility for fire safety in their premises....
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    Health & Safety Induction
    The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 covers occupational Health and Safety in Great Britain. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for...
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    Information about Legionella from the Health and Safety Executive explains that: “Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by Legionella bacteria including the most serious...
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    Lone Working
    Working alone is not against the law. But employers do have a range of legal duties – specified by the Health and Safety Executive and enacted...
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    Noise at Work
    The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, places a duty on employers to reduce the risk to their employees’ health by controlling noise exposure at...
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    Online Course: BCAR – Building Control (Amendment) Regulations
    The Building Control Act 1990 introduced building regulations. This was followed by a statutory instrument, the Building Control Regulations in 1997. The object of the 1990...
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    Online Course: Core Safety Management Renewal
    This Online Construction Course, the CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal, is designed to renew any of the CIF's three core safety programmes - the Managing...
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    Online Course: Update on Contracts and Legislation
    This module unit provides key updates on construction legislation and contracting for main contractors and sub-contractors within the construction. Sean Downey brings his specialist knowledge to...
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    Personal Protective Equipment
    According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work and need to...
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    Risk Assessment
    Risk Assessment training expands on the HSE five steps to risk assessment, making use of the HSE Research Report (RR151) “Good practice and pitfalls in risk...
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    Working at Height
    According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ” Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Common cases include...
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CPD Programmes

Building Regulations Fire
This fire safety briefing is relevant to construction personnel concerned with Technical Guidance Document B Fire Safety & Volume 2 Dwellings, with a specific focus on Passive Fire Protection. The briefing is tailored to provide answers to building regulation queries for Fire Safety including those concerned with the newly implemented volume 2 Dwellings which came into effect as of 30th June 2017. The specific area of fire stopping, its design, installation, specification and certification is addressed to provide designers, supervisors and certifiers a greater understanding of the concerns being experienced on site.
CIRI CPD Points2 Unstructured PointsVideo Duration1 hour 26 min
Increased Costs Recovery in Public and Private Sector Contracts
Rising costs and mechanisms for their recovery on construction projects is a contentious issue for all those involved. In this presentation Mr. Anthony Hussey (Hussey Fraser Solicitors) and Mr. Enda O’Keefe (Maples) address differing perspectives in relation to the recovery of labour costs arising from the introduction of the Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) in October 2017.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration44 min
Management of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) in Construction
Silica is one of the most common substances on earth and crystalline silica is found widely in rocks, sands and clays – the raw material for many construction products. Fine dust is generated from cutting / grinding silica containing materials which creates a high respiratory risk to construction workers. Inhaling RCS can lead to serious health effects such as silicosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and lung cancer. In this webinar, Kevin Williams of ARCO discusses the potential health issues arising from exposure and provides practical advice for construction site workers, including use of PPE.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration34 min
Use of Cameras in Construction
Join Vinnie Quinn of Evercam Construction Cameras for this CIF webinar to demonstrate the use of cameras in construction and to discuss the best means to utilise a site camera. Evercam Construction Cameras provide camera coverage at many sites across Ireland and the UK to record exactly what happened, throughout project timelines.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration30 min
Use of Excess Soil and Stone from Construction - A Legal Perspective
Join Dr Yvonne Scannell of Arthur Cox Solicitors to discuss the classification and notification of soil and stone as a by-product in the context of Article 27 of the European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations 2011.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration25 min
Use of Excess Soil and Stone from Construction - A Consultancy Perspective
Malcolm Dowling, Principal Environmental Consultant with Verde Environmental Group discusses the viability and utilisation of Article 27 of the European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations 2011 for the classification and notification of soil and stone as a by-product. Sample scenarios and alternatives to Article 27 are discussed in detail.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration21 min
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Lorraine Valentine, Regulatory Compliance & Information Security Specialist for CIF/CPAS provides an overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will replace existing data protection legislation on the 25th May 2018 and is designed to safeguard data protection rights for individuals. GDPR has the potential for significant impact for those who manage personal data including all organisations in the construction industry.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration25 min
Stress Management
Overload of stress can be the cause of poor mental health, contributing to anxiety and potentially depression, if not addressed. This presentation by Florentine Loughney, Managing Director of F.L. Safety Training Limited outlines how to identify stress overload in ourselves and in others. Florentine also offers advice on how to maintain good mental health and wellbeing.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration45 min
Skin Protection for Outdoor Workers
Workers who spend most of their time outdoors are at risk of skin damage or even skin cancer. In Ireland, approximately 40,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year, with skin cancer contributing to over 10,000 new cases. In this recorded webinar, Karen O’Connell of Deb Group Limited and Úna Delahunt of the Irish Cancer Society discuss the risks associated with skin exposure to the sun and provide some practical measures to ensure adequate protection.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration27 min
Intoxicant Testing in the Workplace
This recorded webinar is presented by David O’Regan, Senior Business Development Executive Ireland with Randox Testing Services and deals with drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Randox Testing Services is a market leader in the drug and alcohol testing industry and a corporate member company of the CIF.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration30 min
Working Safely at Height
The CIF has worked with Graham Akroyd of Select Access Safety Systems to provide a talk on the practical safety checks and precautions to be undertaken on equipment for "safely working at height".
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration30 min
Managing Vehicle Risks in Construction
Michael Walsh, Inspector - Transport Operations and Vehicle Risk Programme with the Health and Safety Authority provides a webinar on Managing Vehicle Risks in Construction.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration43 min
Working Safely with Hazardous Substances
Paul O’Shea, on behalf of the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM), provides a webinar on the topic of hazardous substances in construction. A dangerous / hazardous substance in the workplace is deemed any substance, in gas, liquid or solid form, including aerosols, fumes and vapours, that poses a risk to workers’ health or safety. Examples include diesel exhaust emissions and silica dust.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration52 min
Positive Mental Health
Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach for persons in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. Pauline Bergin, psychotherapist with Pieta House has recorded a webinar to explain the service offering, signs of suicidal behaviour and to provide tips for ensuring positive mental health.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration13 min
Location of Underground Services
Sean Mannion of Ward & Burke Construction Services outlines the essential considerations for the construction sector when locating underground services. Electricity, gas networks, water pipes, sewers, and telecommunication cables (if damaged), may pose a direct hazard to personnel in the nearby vicinity. Thorough investigations are required to locate potential utilities to enable identification of potential hazards and to ensure a safe system of work.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration21 min
Smart Tips to Manage Your Money in 2018 and Beyond
Do you want to achieve any of the following? 1) Maximise tax efficiencies available to you and increase your retirement savings? 2) Secure your future even in the event that you are injured or ill? 3) Protect your business? If yes to any of the above, please listen to the Milestone Advisory Financial Future webinar for top tips and start your future proofing today!
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration32 mins
Mobile Plant Safety - Excavator
Clive Kelly takes you on a mobile plant safety walk-around of the 360 degree Excavator.
CIRI CPD Points0.25 Unstructured PointVideo Duration6 mins
Mobile Plant Safety - Forward Tipping Dumper
Clive Kelly takes you on a mobile plant safety walk-around of the Forward Tipping Dumper.
CIRI CPD Points0.25 Unstructured PointVideo Duration6 mins
Mobile Plant Safety - Teleporter
Clive Kelly takes you on a mobile plant safety walk-around of the Teleporter.
CIRI CPD Points0.25 Unstructured PointVideo Duration6 mins
Mobile Plant Safety - Mini Digger
Clive Kelly takes you on a mobile plant safety walk-around of the Mini Digger.
CIRI CPD Points0.25 Unstructured PointVideo Duration6 mins
HSA' Code of Practice for Access & Working Scaffolds
Michael Mc Donagh, Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and Derrick Enright, outgoing Chair of the National Association of Scaffolding & Access Contractors (NASAC) summarise the most significant changes to the revised Code of Practice for Access & Working Scaffolds, as published by the HSA late 2018.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration40 mins
BIM Starter Pack for Contractors
This recorded breakfast briefing introduces the “BIM Starter Pack”, which was developed by the CIF Construction 4.0 BIM Working Group.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration34 mins
Use and Regulation of Drones in Construction
Steven Flynn, CEO of Skytango™ Ltd explains the use and regulation of Drones on construction sites, with a focus on safety, compliance and privacy issues.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration33 mins
Use of Microsoft Project in Construction
Paul Dolan, Lecturer in Project Management at Athlone Institute of Technology details the key stages involved in developing a realistic construction programme using Microsoft Project. A brief overview will be given of the software application itself, before a demonstration is provided on how to initiate the programme, insert tasks, assign durations and add network logic based on resource availability.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration1h 8 mins
Work Permits for Construction
Colm Hilliard, Director of Work Permits Ireland outlines the type of work permits available, and the application process to be followed, for persons outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) wishing to work in Ireland.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration32 mins
Temporary Traffic Management
Charlie Kerr, Director of Tobar Segais outlines recent changes to Temporary Traffic Management (TTM), including extensive changes to Chapter 8 of the Temporary Traffic Measures and Signs for Roadworks.
CIRI CPD Points1 Unstructured PointVideo Duration1h 5 mins

What is e-learning?

Quite simply, e-learning is electronic learning, and typically this means using a computer to deliver part, or all of a course whether it’s in a school, part of your mandatory business training or a full distance learning course.

CIF is working in partnership with Dillon Production to deliver quality training programmes and combining this with a dedicated experienced technical team and support staff, at CIF Virtual Academy provides the perfect blended learning environment, offering anyone the chance to take their online training to the next level.

What are the benefits?

There are several benefits to e-learning whether you choose to use it on its own, or to enhance your existing in house training. We’ve listed a few below, but for more information on how your business can save time and money you can call today and speak to one of our Ilkley based support team.

It is cost effective and saves time

By reducing the time taken away from the office, removing travel costs and doing away with printed materials, online learning helps you to save money and increase workplace productivity. It also means your staff will be happier and focused.

Learning from anywhere

Many face to face courses only operate within normal office hours. By allowing staff to complete the course when and where they like you can make sure disruptions to your busy working schedule are minimised. This also means that your staff will be happier because they don’t need to travel to specific training centres, and if they have important work to catch up on mandatory training can be done outside of office hours in exchange for lieu time. Most of our courses have an average learning time, and our courses allow learners to print out certificates of proof for CPD evidence of successful completion.

It makes tracking course progress easy

Perhaps the most important aspect of using computers for training is that it with a well implemented Learning Management System (LMS) makes it easy to track and prove progress for your staff. This can be essential for our most popular courses where proof of mandatory training is required.

It is discreet

Not everybody feels comfortable learning in a large group, especially if they find something hard to understand that co-workers have no problem with. E-learning allows each individual to tackle the subject at their own pace, with interactive tasks being set in place to ensure a thorough understanding throughout each module.