Open Training Courses

Informed and impactful training courses designed specifically for the house-building industry.

NHBC offers a wide range of health & safety and technical training courses on an open basis - ideal for organisations looking to expand the working knowledge of a small number of staff members.

Courses are held at locations nationwide as well as virtually online. Groups of more than six individuals may benefit from our 'in house' training options, which we will deliver for your organisation at a venue of your choosing.

Our approach is both flexible and accessible; and training is delivered by our experienced team of training professionals who ensure that content is always relevant and up-to-date.

Want more information? Click the links for more comprehensive details about our technical, health & safety and NVQ courses.

What different types of open courses do we offer?

Open courses

These are available to individuals or small groups of delegates to book onto, usually with delegates from different companies and backgrounds.

Virtual courses

These are delivered online via Zoom or MS Teams.  A camera, microphone and headset is preferable for maximum interaction and engagement, but is not essential.  We will provide a link for you to access the training prior to the course.

NHBC technical training courses

NHBC/APS principal designer

This ‘hands-on’ course is specifically aimed at designers wanting to take on the principal designer role. Upon completion of the course and successful passing of the required APS membership criteria, candidates may apply for membership of the Association.

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NHBC/APS management of pre-construction health and safety

A course designed for any construction professional who needs to understand more about the management of pre-construction health and safety, and who possibly wishes to take on more health and safety responsibility.

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Building regulations and control - residential developments

Gain a thorough working knowledge of the Building Regulation requirements, and specifically, the detail contained within the Approved Documents (A through to R).

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CDM 2015 awareness

Learn about the requirements of the CDM Regulations 2015 in this one-day course. You’ll learn about your duties under CDM, how to apply them to your own company and remain compliant with legislation.

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After-sales service and the NHBC warranty

Giving Customer Care and Customer Service team members the knowledge and skills to implement effective after sales service. Covering NHBC Warranty and insurance, our Customer Satisfaction Survey and a general introduction to NHBC.

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An introduction to house building

This course has been developed for sales, customer service and other non-technical staff to provide an overview of the typical construction methods, terminology and technologies used within the UK housebuilding industry.

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Defects prevention

This course takes you through the requirements of the NHBC Standards and explores construction best practice to help you mitigate the most common defects in the house-building industry.

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Defects prevention: hot topics

Driven by NHBC insights, this one day course covers the most common on-site issues found by NHBC. Through the exploration and debate of real life examples, you will leave this course better equipped to mitigate the most common defects found in house-building.

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Effective snagging and handovers

The completion and handover of a new property can be a complex process that requires a combination of technical, managerial and personal skills. This course will guide you through the common issues found by our inspectors at completion and homeowners when they move in. You’ll also visit a site close to completion, to get a real example of what to look for.

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Fire safety for low rise flats and housing

Designed for site managers or anyone who inspects cavity barriers and/or fire stopping in low rise flats and housing, this training course will provide delegates with a broad understanding of fire stopping and cavity barriers for low rise flats and housing.

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Fundaments of cladding

This training course will provide delegates with an overview of different walling systems including rainscreen cladding, curtain walling and window assemblies.

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Hazards and controls in the home building sector

This course is for site management teams or anyone who has responsibility for health and safety as part of their role. It covers various hazards associated with house building and the required measures for reducing these risks.

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Managing timber frame construction

Learn how to effectively manage and inspect timber frame construction by attending this one-day training course. Understand best practice and how to avoid common defects.

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Below ground structures and basements

An outline of how water can build up in the soil and is likely to exert pressure (hydrostatic) on structures below ground and looking at the consequences of failure with detailed case studies.

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