Chemical Plant Commissioning

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. 


Day one: Wednesday 28 June 2023

Registration: 9 – 9.30am

  • Introduction to plant commissioning

  • Pre-commissioning

  • Tutorial exercise: Heat Transfer Utility

  • Developing effective commissoning plans and schedules

  • Planning tutorial exercise

Course dinner – for delegates and speakers

Day two: Thursday 29 June 2023

  • Plant completion - dealing with complexity

  • Risk based commissioning and start up

  • Commissioning tutorial exercise

  • Commissioning instruments

  • Commissioning Measurement and Control Systems – Hardware Commissioning

  • Commissioning Measurement and Control Systems – Process Control and Loop Tuning

Day three: Friday 30 June 2023

  • The law, safety and the environment

  • Commissioning hazard studies

  • Case study - commissioning small areas of plant

  • Case study - commissioning of large scale plants

  • Commissioning "Top Tips"

Course finish time: 1.55pm


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

Deputy Course Director
Dr Martin Pitt, Consultant

Deputy Course Director (Industrial)
Professor Paul Lunt,Commissioning, Start-up & Operational Readiness Consultant and Visiting Professor, University of Leeds

Industry speakers

Gregg Dadson, National Grid
Richard Griffiths, BOC Ltd, a member of the Linde Group
Martin Killcross, Commissioning Consultant
Barry Monk, Onshore commissioning services, Wood plc
David Stockill, Stockill Energy Management Systems Ltd

Fee information

IChemE Member: £1440
Non IChemE Member: £1530

Fees are VAT exempt

The course fees includes course materials, lunches and refreshments and the course dinner on Wednesday 28 June.

Substitutions may be made at any time without extra charge except that a non IChemE substitute would need to pay the £80 supplement on the standard registration fee.

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 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.

Bedrooms are subject to availability and the following rates (including VAT) apply with a ‘48 hours prior to arrival with no cancellation fee’ policy: Friday – Sunday, bed and breakfast £88 per night, Monday – Thursday, bed and breakfast £92 per night, for sole occupancy in a superior double room. Please book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment with 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 an 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,

T: 0113 343 2494


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This course is an IChemE approved short course and would count as 17 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Institution of Chemical Engineers