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The Society's training programme is expanding; we offer courses to suit all interests and competencies, from enthusiastic students to high level professionals. Our aim is to promote interest in biology and enable individuals to continue their professional development (CPD). All attendees who complete our training courses will receive a certificate of attendance and achieve CPD points that count towards our CPD scheme.

In-person training

Attending a face to face training course can develop your skills and knowledge and provide opportunities for you to network and learn from others. Please see our upcoming training courses on our events page.

In house training

The RSB can organise training courses for your staff in a range of areas within the biosciences. We can also take bulk-bookings for our training courses. If you have staff or students in your organisation who would benefit from up-skilling, then please contact us at

Online training

The RSB's online courses, on myLearning are highly interactive, containing exercises, videos and an area for taking notes. Online training provides  flexible option to train in your own time, for those who may be unable to attend our face-to-face courses.

Our online training courses currently include:

  • Gopher Science Lab, aimed at teachers and educators of science
  • Animals used for Scientific Purposes
  • Introduction to Trusteeship and Governance
  • Core Business Skills for Biologists
    • Writing for Non Specialist Audiences
    • Persuasive Scientific Writing

There are more courses in development and will be coming soon. Visit myLearning to find out more.

Training discounts for members and Member Organisations

For individual course fees please see the course pages on our website.

Training Testimonials 

  • "Would go to another course by this provider"
  • "Really interactive and fun"
  • "Met all my learning outcomes"
  • "In depth, good use of practical work"
  • "Well structured. There were a lot of opportunities for practice which was good"
  • "Excellent, course well delivered."
  • "Great facilitator; clearly very knowledgeable and approachable. Very hands-on. Good balance of theory and practice."
  • "Enjoyed how practical it was and that we received lots of genuine and useful feedback from the trainer."
  • "Fascinating subject matter, very well covered. Right amount of detail, easy to follow and engage with. Like the incorporation of group work."
  • "Very useful, practical tips. Case studies were great to make us investigate causes of problems."
  • "Very clear and concise material, very knowledgeable course leader, very inclusive and happy to talk through experiences with everyone, good open atmosphere, good examples and nice to talk about own experience."

Certificate Training Programmes

Industry Skills Certificate

The Industry Skills Certificate is an initiative by the Royal Society of Biology, designed to increase the employability of scientists into industry, either for the first time or from academia. The certificate aims to provide a set of industry specific skills and knowledge gained through the participation in online and in-person training courses. For further details please visit our webpage or contact

Technical Skills Certificate

The Technical Skills Certificate is the latest initiative by the Royal Society of Biology, which follows on from the successful launch of the Industry Skills Certificate in 2019. This certificate is designed to support the professional development of technical staff working in higher education, industry or in a private laboratory. For further details please visit our webpage or contact

RSB Partners With HEaTED

HEaTED is the leading organisation for Higher Education and Technician Educational Development, delivering skills, training and networking for all specialisms and disciplines of the technical workforce. As the National Technician Development Centre’s (NTDC) training arm, HEaTED offers CPD courses and networking opportunities specificially designed for individuals in the technical community, aiming to develop technical staff, no matter their discipline or stage of their career. As a partner of the RSB, HEaTED offer a 50% discount on all their training courses to RSB members, for more information on their training courses please see the HEaTED website.

Share your suggestions

In order to ensure that the courses we offer are relevant to those working in the life sciences sector, we survey our membership on an annual basis and appeal to our employer members for intelligence on industry needs. We’re always keen to expand our training programme, so please do contact us with your training needs and suggestions. If you would be interested in developing a training course for our online training platform please complete our online course proposal form and email it to

Training newsletter

Every month we publish a newsletter which details our current training events, online courses and opportunities to get involved. Email us to sign up now.