Level 1: Human Performance Pathway for the Energy Sector

Human Factors|Safety and Risk Management
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The Human Performance Pathway for the Energy Sector is an industry-recognised qualification to build human performance capability in your organisation. Level 1 of the pathway is a 50-60 hour self-paced online course that teaches the basics of how to manage human performance day-to-day and is a good starting point for those wanting to become human performance practitioners.

This course encourages you to improve your ability to manage human performance with a ‘learning by doing’ approach. Learners carry out practical tasks, such as carrying out a review of a task or procedure, reviewing a task that involves communications, and assessing the usability of a piece of equipment. Alongside these practical exercises, the course consists of reading materials (‘basic’ level), desktop exercises, and end of module exams. There are nine modules that are required to be completed.

Level 1 is targeted towards supervisors, managers, and others with a role in managing safety and managing other people. Once you have completed Level 1, you will receive a certificate of completion and you may wish to consider signing up to Level 2.

About the Human Performance Pathway for the Energy Sector

Developed by the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF), the Full Human Performance Pathway for the Energy Sector is a unique professional development self-paced online learning pathway, the first of its kind, developed specifically to address a business need for human factors skills. It covers all levels – from building awareness of human performance, all the way to developing skilled practitioners.

Comprised of an introductory module and three levels:

Learners can journey on the pathway only as far as they need to; those who complete all levels of the pathway will be in a good position to apply to become a Technical member of the CIEHF. Download the course brochure for more information.

Bulk orders can be made by organisations, you will be given your own corporate area, and will be able to monitor learner progress for competency assurance purposes. Please contact the Training team for more information.

What is human performance?

Human performance is about what people do as part of a system to help manage risk and keep us safe, it’s about understanding the human factors involved with how people interact with plant, equipment, processes and each other. All major hazard industries rely on high levels of human performance to improve safety and reliability.





Member price

Non-Member price

Self-paced Online

50-60 hours



Member price: £499.00 + VAT

£499.00 + VAT

Non-Member price: £625.00 + VAT

£625.00 + VAT


  1. Safety critical communications
  2. Task analysis
  3. Designing for people
  4. Incident investigations
  5. Procedures
  6. Fatigue, workload and stress
  7. HF in projects
  8. Control rooms and alarms
  9. Leadership and culture

The Pathway is self-paced; however, Level 1 is designed to be completed in around 50-60 hours (i.e. 0.5-1 day per module).  Learners are given up to 18 months to complete the course.

What will I learn?

  • ‘Basic’ competence in how to manage key human performance issues, using basic tools and techniques (equivalent to ‘novice’ level on the CIEHF competency criteria).
  • Practical experience in applying human performance tools and techniques in your work
  • A pragmatic, flexible and transferable skill set in human factors

Who is this suitable for?

  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • Engineers
  • Anyone with a role in managing safety and managing other people
  • Anyone who wants to become a human performance practitioner

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