SSD Sterilization

ST03 - Pre-Sterilization Checks & Loading Configurations

Contributes 1 hour to your CPD

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Course Details:

This course covers all the required checks to ensure the sterilizer is ready for a new load. It also covers how to correctly load sterilizer carriages and explains all the checks that need to be completed before a load can be added into a sterilizer. 

You will be provided with a short presentation, followed by an assessment. 

If you achieve 80% or more, you will pass the course, and will receive a printable certificate to place in your training records.

If you do not pass, you will have the opportunity to review the content and retake the assessment when you feel confident. 


To ensure the learner understands the required checks that need to be completed before loading a sterilizer. Ensuring the load is compatible, loaded to the carriage correctly and all batch information is recorded correctly. 


Learners will be able to;

  • Learn about steam sterilizer validation.
  • Learn about sterilizer test requirements.
  • Identify the correct sterilization symbol for the required method.
  • Correctly configure the sterilization load to achieve the required result.
  • Understand the requirements to create a sterilization batch.

Learning Outcomes:

The learner understands:

  • The importance of sterilizer testing and validation.
  • The sterilizer operator’s responsibilities.
  • The different symbols to identify the correct sterilization method.
  • The best loading configuration for the sterilizer carriages. 
  • The importance of creating a sterilization batch with all the correct information for any batch recall requirements.