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Accident & Incident Investigation

This course focuses on the core abilities required of an accident investigator and draws on experiences from the air, sea, and rail transportation industries to provide a balanced understanding of the accident investigation process. Working in challenging and extreme conditions demands constant vigilance and risk awareness. Thorough investigation of emergencies and accidents can pinpoint causes and prevent further incidents. 

  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Appraisal of the Accident Site
  • Disaster Response
  • Recovery of Wreckage
  •     Collection of Evidence
  •     Accident Photography
  •     Hazards Management On Site
  •     Wreckage Recovery
  •     Interviewing Techniques
  •     Structures and Crashworthiness
  •     Human Factors for Investigators
  •     Media Management
  •     Accident Pathology
  •     Data recorders and their Analysis
  •     Analytical Techniques
  •     Systemic Approach to Investigation
  •     Managing Investigations
  •     Liaising with Victims and their Families
  •     Relations with the Regulator / Interested Parties
  •     Developing and Managing Recommendations
  •     Report Writing
  •     Follow-up Actions
  •     Court Procedures for Investigators

Training is suitable for line managers, supervisors, safety representatives – and anyone with the responsibility for investigating accidents. It will enable organisations to meet their moral and legal obligations to investigate accidents and incidents and learn from safety failure.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the accident investigation process for a transport accident, including elements of preparation, emergency response, evidence collection and analysis, report writing and safety recommendations.
  • Work safely under supervision at an accident site.
  • Conduct witness interviews and collect material evidence from a variety of relevant sources.
  • Perform an analysis of evidence to develop a no-blame report of what occurred and recommendations for future preventions.
  • Critically assess strategies for working alongside interested parties including emergency services, legal services, pathologist, scientific support, news media, families and regulatory authorities.

Trainers can take the course test after studying the course material and passing the module quizzes. The purpose of the course exam is to gauge how well the students have understood the topic. Multiple-choice questions drawn from our sizable question library make up course exams.


  • Time allowed is 2 hours and exam will be open book.
  • To pass the test, you must receive a minimum score of 65%.
  • You can repeat the exam if you don't pass the first time.
  • Exams can only be taken three (3) times in a 48-hour period by students.
  • Students must wait 48 hours before taking the test again after their third try. Students should reread the course material to increase their understanding during this period.
  • You cannot repeat the test to get a better score if you pass.
  • There isn't a thorough programme exam available right now. Students must succeed on all of their course exams in order to finish the programme.