Chemical Plant Commissioning

About the course

About the course

What will I learn?
This IChemE approved course deals with the commissioning and start-up of process plants both large and small. It covers many different aspects including the planning and managerial aspects of major plants, the start-up of small plants with an emphasis on the technical problems and also dealing with the documentation associated with commissioning.

How will I benefit?
You’ll benefit from the wide experiences of the course presenters, all of whom have been associated with start-ups themselves. There will be substantial emphasis on tutorial exercises in both commissioning and pre-commissioning.

You’ll receive comprehensive course notes, which has been highly acclaimed by those attending previous courses.


Who should attend?

This course is for you if you’re a recent graduate process engineer about to take on your first major commissioning responsibility or if you’re a process engineer who wants to strengthen your knowledge in commissioning to commission a new plant. 


Please note this programme is from the November 2021 course, however there are unlikely to be any major changes for 2022. A confirmed programme will be available around 3 months prior to the course.

Day One:

Registration: 09:00 – 09:30

Introduction to plant commissioning
Tutorial exercise: Heat Transfer Utility
Developing effective commissoning plans and schedules
Planning tutorial exercise

Day Two:

Plant completion - dealing with complexity
Risk based commissioning and start up
Commissioning tutorial exercise
Commissioning instruments
Tutorial in diagnosing causes of mal-operation
The role of the process control engineer

Day Three:

The law, safety and the environment
Commissioning Hazard Studies
Case Study - commissioning small areas of plant
Commissioning "Top Tips"

Course Finish Time: 13:55


Course Director:

Professor Mike Fairweather - School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds

Deputy Course Director:

Dr Martin Pitt - University of Sheffield

Deputy Course Director (Industrial):

Mr Paul Lunt - Operations Director, Johnson Matthey and Visiting Professor, University of Leeds

Other speakers:

  • Richard Griffiths, BOC Ltd, a member of the Linde Group

  • Martin Killcross, Commissioning Consultant

  • Barry Monk, Trans Adriatic Pipeline

  • Phillip Stoor, Consultant Engineer

  • David Stockill, Stockill Energy Management Systems Ltd

Fee information

IChemE Member: £TBC
Non IChemE Member: £TBC
Late registration supplement (after date TBC): £TBC

Fees are VAT exempt

The course fees includes course notes, lunches and refreshments.

To take advantage of the preferential terms, bookings must be made on or before Wednesday 20 October 2021. Substitutions may be made at any time without extra charge except that a non IChemE substitute will be liable to the £80 supplement on the ordinary registration fee.

Delegates are advised to book early in case any covid-19 restrictions in place at the time of the course result in reduced venue/room capacities and attendee numbers. We will be accepting bookings on a first come first served basis and if we do need to reduce numbers by cancelling bookings delegates will be informed at least four weeks prior to the course and a full refund will be issued.

View our terms and conditions


Venue details

The course will take place at the Weetwood Hall Estate, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.​​

Weetwood Hall Estate
Otley Road
West Yorkshire
LS16 5PS



The course will take place at the Weetwood Hall Estate, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.

If you require accommodation, and wish to stay at the course venue Weetwood Hall Estate, please contact Emma Barker or Stevie Standerline E: / T: 0113 230 6000 quoting ‘CPD’ and the ‘Chemical Plant Commissioning‘ course.

The below rates are for a superior double room and include VAT:

Tuesday – Thursday evening, bed and breakfast £94

Please book your accommodation at least two weeks before the course commences to guarantee rates and availability. A list of alternative hotels is available on request. Delegates are responsible for their own evening meals.

What our delegates say

"Very good course, that gives a good insight into commissioning systems" Marlow Foods Ltd

"Great overview of commissioning and some very useful extras, such as control and instrumentation considerations" Johnson Matthey

"Excellent course - especially for engineers who are starting a career in commissioning" Synthomer (UK) Limited

"The course provides and excellent brief to approaching chemical commissioning and highlighting best practice" Rolls-Royce

"It was a pleasure to attend the course, it opened my eyes on small details that have a huge impact on integrity and fluency of commissioning and also safety during the process" CNG Services

Contact us

Harriet Wills – Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Leeds,


Please note, the CPD team are currently working remotely due to covid-19 and therefore unable to be contacted by phone. If you have any queries please send us an email to the above email address – Many thanks.



This course is an IChemE approved short course. On completion of the course delegates will receive a certificate.

IChemE Approved Training course logo 2021