Welcome to the Biosafety Training Institute (BTI)

The Biosafety Training Institute (BTI) has been developed by The University of Edinburgh as a centre of excellence, delivering accredited professional biosafety training courses to a specialist audience most of whom have first degrees, with many also having postgraduate qualifications.

Initially targeted at biological and biomedical research workers in Universities, the BTI courses are suitable for anyone with a role in health and safety within a biological or biomedical environment, including biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.

Biosafety Practitioner Level 1 course provider

The Biosafety Training Institute (BTI) is the only UK provider to offer this accredited course as a full E-LEARNING (online) course and a HYBRID course (combination of e-learning and face to face teaching).


The next online course will run 20 June - 1 August 2018.
Registration now open!  Click here for details and how to book.


The next hybrid course will run 1 October - 14 November 2018.
Registration now open!  Click here for details and how to book.

“A thoroughly useful course, entirely relevant to my job and learning requirements"

“Very good course, enjoyable and rewarding.  Extremely good for career development”

“Very worthwhile and highly useful”

Professional Course in Biorisk Management

The online Professional Course in Biorisk Management course, provided by the Biosafety Training Institute (BTI) at the University of Edinburgh is now available.   This course is suitable for the International market.

Successful completion of this online course will result in delegates achieving a Certificate in Biorisk Management from the University of Edinburgh.  The University of Edinburgh has validated this professional course at the equivalent standard to a module on a Master of Science (MSc) postgraduate course.

In March 2016, the BTI became an Observer Organisation to the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA). Therefore, this course will, as well as providing an excellent grounding in biosafety and biosecurity, provide education and training to prepare individual candidates to demonstrate their competency via IFBA's Professional Certification scheme.

A guidance framework for course fees can be found hereFull details, including a view of the course and how to book, are available here.

Asian Conference on Safety and Education in Laboratories (ACSEL), Singapore, July 2017

Alastair Reid attended the ACSEL conference in Singapore in July 2017.  Alastair was delighted to present "An e-learning approach to ensuring biosafety competence" to an audience of over 600 delegates.

More details on our News page.