Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Awareness Course

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  • FREE Workplace Assessment
  • Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate course duration 2 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion
  • 100% online training

This Display Screen Equipment (DSE) online training course provides learners with the knowledge they need in order to work comfortably and avoid unnecessary aches and strains whilst using DSE in their work environment.

Incorrect use of display screen equipment can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain. As an employer, you must protect your employees from these health risks if they use DSE in the workplace or for work at home.

The training course duration is approximately 2 hours.

DSE online training only provides awareness education. Face to face training would be needed in addition in order to complete the all-round skills and knowledge to be able to carry this forward practically in your organisation.

The importance of Display Screen Equipment (DSE) training

Bad posture and incorrect DSE practices cause health problems that can have a huge impact on staff productivity. Training can help prevent a long list of injuries, including backache, upper limb pains, RSI, eye strain and fatigue. DSE training provides employees with knowledge on how to use DSE safely, and how to set up their workplace to minimise the chances of musculoskeletal problems.

Who is Display Screen Equipment training for?

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 aim to protect the health of people who work with Display Screen Equipment. This training is suitable for anyone who uses Display Screen Equipment regularly as part of their working day.

What are the learning outcomes for the Display Screen Equipment course?

After completing the course you will be able to describe:

  • Examples of ‘Display Screen Equipment’
  • The risks posed by DSE work
  • An employer’s obligations towards staff using DSE
  • What is meant by a ‘DSE Assessment’
  • The recommendations for setting up a display screen
  • Good practice when using a keyboard
  • Good practice when using a mouse or similar input device
  • How the workplace should be adjusted to avoid fatigue and strain
  • The correct setup for a chair used for DSE work
  • Good practice when taking breaks from DSE work
  • How eyesight tests are carried out and when

When do I get my DSE certificate?

Display Screen Equipment Certificate Example

When you have successfully passed the online course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

All of our courses comply to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and are certified by the CPD Certification Service.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, have assured the training course, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

Your certificate will include both logos, therefore you can use it to provide evidence for compliance.

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How long is this DSE certificate valid for?

Your Display Screen Equipment certificate has no expiry date. However, to ensure knowledge of Display Screen Equipment is maintained we recommend a renewal period of 2 years. This recommended renewal date will be on your certificate.

Can this training course act as evidence for SSIP accreditations like CHAS, SafeContractor and ConstructionLine?

Yes, you can use our Display Screen Equipment certificate as evidence of industry-related training. This evidence of industry-related training is important for SSIP accreditations. The course helps you to ensure your staff all receive appropriate training and that you have the certificates to prove it. However, each individual accreditation body will decide whether our online courses are sufficient for your company’s training requirements.

Example Screens from the Display Screen Equipment course

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What does the Display Screen Equipment Awareness course cover?

The online course contains the following 9 topics:

1 – Working with DSE – The Risks

The first topic identifies examples of DSE you are likely to find in your workplace. It outlines an employer’s legal duties with regards to DSE and describes DSE assessments.

2 – The Keyboard

The second topic is about the keyboard. You will learn about when a separate keyboard is required. The topic describes good and bad keying technique and explains correct hand positioning.

3 – Mice and Other Point-and-Click Devices

The third topic describes good and bad practice when using mice and other point-and-click devices. You will learn about correct hand positioning and adjustments you might need to make to ensure devices are accurate.

4 – The Display Screen

Topic 4 is about the screen. It explains how to clean your screen and how to position the screen correctly. You will learn about good colour and font combinations and how to reduce screen glare.

5 – Your Workspace

Topic 5 explains the features of a well organised workspace. You will learn to improve a cramped workspace, how to optimise a workspace set-up and how to position your workspace to minimise glare.

6 – The Chair

Topic 6 describes the features of a chair suitable for Display Screen Equipment work. You will learn the correct sitting position and how to adjust your chair.

7 – The Environment

Topic 7 describes environmental factors that can contribute to upper limb disorders and how to minimise the risks of these factors.

8 – Changes in Activity

Topic 8 explains why it is important to take breaks and change the type of activity you are doing. It suggests suitable break-time activities and explains how to prevent fatigue at work.

9 – Eye Tests

The final topic identifies who is entitled to an eye test and when an employer must pay for glasses.


Once you have completed the nine topics, you will be allowed to take the assessment. The course generates an assessment from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment. This makes the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment. In addition, the training course gives informative feedback so candidates can learn from incorrect responses.

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