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

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

  • 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

  • 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

Course fee:

IChemE Member: £TBC
Non IChemE Member: £TBC

Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include:

  • course materials

  • lunches and refreshments

  • course dinner on Wednesday

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.

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 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

“An exceptional industry-led practical course covering every element of commissioning. A "must attend" for developing engineers, and those involved in commissioning.”
Caio Ledingham, Severn Trent Water

“The Chemical Plant Commissioning course provides a broad but thorough understanding of Commissioning. I attended this course before having any commissioning experience and feel much more prepared for future installations.”
 Rachel Wright, Victrex 

“The ultimate course for anyone looking to learn about commissioning, big or small projects!”
Rameez Mussa, PQ Corporation 

“A really excellent course which covers a fantastic range of really useful knowledge and through the engaging group activities has provided me with the tools to kickstart the commissioning elements to my career.” 
Nathan Spencer, Briar Chemicals

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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The 2023 course was approved by the IChemE approved for 17 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Institution of Chemical Engineers