CIF Virtual Academy

Virtual Academy Programmes – available on demand

    Online Course: BCAR – Building Control (Amendment) RegulationsThe 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 RenewalThis 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 LegislationThis 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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CPD Programmes

Building Regulations FireThis 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 ContractsRising 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 ConstructionSilica 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 ConstructionJoin 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 PerspectiveJoin 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 PerspectiveMalcolm 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 ManagementOverload 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 WorkersWorkers 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 Non structured CPD pointVideo Duration27 min
Intoxicant Testing in the WorkplaceThis 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 Non structured CPD pointVideo Duration30 min
Working Safely at HeightThe 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 Non structured CPD pointVideo Duration30 min
Managing Vehicle Risks in ConstructionMichael 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 Non structured CPD pointVideo Duration43 min
Working Safely with Hazardous SubstancesPaul 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 Non structured CPD pointVideo Duration52 min
Positive Mental HealthPieta 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 Non structured CPD pointVideo Duration13 min
Location of Underground ServicesSean 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 Non structured CPD pointVideo Duration21 min

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.