Site Main Controller Training (SMC) Accreditation


To develop and assess candidates’ competence to undertake the responsibilities of a Site Main Controller (SMC).


3 days

Available Options

Course datesLocationPlacesPriceQuantity 
7-9 Jun 2022Hathersage3£1,200
20-22 Sep 2022Hathersage6£1,200
6-8 Dec 2022Hathersage6£1,200

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone identified as responsible for the overall emergency response at their site, as described in Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 (COMAH) and associated Guidance on COMAH (L111) and Emergency Planning for Major Accidents (HSG191).

Course content

- Emergency management principles

- Emergency management structure and process

- Roles and responsibilities of the SMC

- Command and control of tactical incident management teams

- Situational awareness and decision-making

- Liaison with the emergency services

- Stakeholder management and communications


In the first part of this course, candidates develop their knowledge of the principles and practice of emergency response. In the second part, candidates build their skill and experience through experiential learning in simulations, in preparation for a practical assessment. Candidates are assessed against competencies for the SMC role, as defined in COMAH regulations and guidance. Candidates pass or fail this assessment and a report is provided, containing quantitative and qualitative feedback.

Why work with us?

We believe compliance not only satisfies the regulator, but is also good for business risk management. In fact, if establishments are going to comply, they might as well ensure good practice at little or no extra cost. We believe in an evidence-based approach, using competencies extracted from The Regulations and Guidance. We believe in competence development, which involves experiential learning more than just transfer of information; and we believe in gaining assurance on competence through assessment under realistic conditions.


This course is accredited by the Joint Oil Industry Fire-fighting Forum (JOIFF) and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). We provide an evidence-based assessment, as required by our accrediting bodies, which gives you the assurance that your organisation has invested in your key people’s competence and gives your organisation a defensible position.