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Verification of Death Course Online Training Overview

Verification of death training is crucial in maintaining high standards of care, legal compliance, and ethical practice within the healthcare system. This course will give an overview of confirmation of death, including who can confirm a death and under what circumstances.

Duration: 1 Hour     CPD Points: 1

What You will learn

Verification of Death Course Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand who can confirm a death
  • Describe who should be contacted for suspicious, unexpected deaths, or deaths due to infection acquired occupationally
  • Understand record keeping and documentation requirements following a death

Our Verification of Death Training

Verification of death is so important in healthcare, with far-reaching implications for patient safety, legal adherence, and ethical considerations. It involves a systematic evaluation to accurately determine a patient’s death, emphasising the necessity of proper training to prevent errors and uphold medical care standards. The process is fundamental for maintaining the integrity of medical records and preventing inappropriate interventions or delayed declarations of death.

Accurate and timely verification of death is not only a medical imperative but also carries legal and ethical weight. Healthcare professionals must meet legal requirements to promptly declare and document deaths and any mishandling of this process may result in legal consequences for both individuals and institutions.


The course aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of key aspects related to confirming a patient’s demise. Participants will delve into the criteria and qualifications necessary for individuals authorised to confirm a death, ensuring clarity on who holds this responsibility within healthcare settings. Additionally, the course emphasises the importance of promptly involving appropriate authorities in cases of suspicious, unexpected deaths, or those resulting from occupationally acquired infections. Participants will be equipped with the knowledge and protocols for contacting relevant personnel to address such situations effectively.


Our verification of death training also underscores the significance of effective communication with bereaved families, requiring healthcare providers to be equipped with the skills to offer compassionate and accurate information. The prevention of medical errors, especially in the context of death verification, is highlighted, showcasing how proper training enables healthcare professionals to navigate these emotionally charged situations with competence. The course also acknowledges the importance of recognising cultural diversity in death-related practices and promoting cultural sensitivity to ensure respectful and considerate interactions. 

The syllabus has also been recently updated to include the added complications that the coronavirus pandemic brought about and how the verification process has been expanded.


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Choosing to complete your verification of death training with us, gives you access to a host of benefits. Through our easy-to-access online portal, we will provide you with all of the up-to-date resources you need in manageable lessons. Work through the course at your own pace, take your time if you need to. We give you 12 months to complete your qualification, relieving the stress of working to a tight deadline. 


Upon completing all the lessons, you will be tested with an inclusive multiple-choice exam. We know how frustrating it can be waiting for your results, and that is why we let you know your results instantly. And, on a successful completion, we will make sure you have access to your certificate there and then too.


Course Content

On successful completion of the quiz, you will be awarded a CPD-accredited Verification of Death free course certificate.


Verifying death has significant legal implications, requiring strict adherence to established protocols. The legal framework, outlined in the Registration of Births and Deaths Regulations 1987 and the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, encompasses both civil and criminal aspects. Accuracy and timeliness in completing death certificates are crucial legal requirements. Non-compliance, whether through delayed reporting or inaccurate documentation, can lead to penalties for healthcare professionals. Delays in declaring and registering a death may disrupt estate administration and potentially result in legal disputes among heirs.


In cases of suspicious, unexpected, or occupationally acquired infections leading to death, failure to follow legal procedures may prompt coroner investigations. Non-compliance with statutory obligations could lead to inquiries and legal actions against healthcare providers or institutions for negligence or malpractice. Proper training in death verification is essential, covering specific requirements for completing death certificates, recognising situations requiring referral to the coroner, and emphasising meticulous record-keeping. Adhering to legal standards through adequate training helps healthcare professionals minimise the risk of legal repercussions, ensuring compliance with the legal framework and upholding the highest standards of patient care and professional conduct.


The verification of death process can be complex but this course aims to instil the skills and understanding necessary for healthcare professionals to navigate these protocols with precision, compassion, and compliance.

This CPD-accredited course is designed to align with the latest regulations that govern the verification process. It serves as an excellent refresher for seasoned healthcare professionals and functions as a foundational program for those who are new, ensuring that participants are armed with the most current skills and knowledge.

Who is this for?

Who is this Verification of Death training for?

This introductory-level online course is designed to cater to individuals at various proficiency levels who meet the criteria for training within their respective roles. This encompasses refresher training, inductions, awareness sessions, and knowledge enhancement.


The course is well-suited for a diverse range of professionals, including healthcare workers, such as nurses, doctors, ambulance services, clinical and non-clinical staff, as well as social care workers, including those from councils, carers, and care assistants. Additionally, it is suitable for youth workers, such as activity leaders, passenger transport personnel, and volunteers.


Upon the successful completion of our verification of death training, your certificate will instantly be added to your online portal. From here, it is possible to print out a hard copy; however, for a fee, we also allow you to order a printed version for your record of achievements.

Verification of Death FAQ

Verification of Death Frequently Asked Questions

Your course is instantly allocated to you upon completion of your purchase.

Yes, the Verification of Death course has been assessed and awarded a CPD accreditation by the CPD standards office.

Upon successful completion of the quiz at the end of the course, you will be instantly awarded a CPD accredited Verification of Death course certificate to download or print at home for free. We also have an option for you to request a hard copy of the certificate sent to your home or work address.

Yes, the Verification of Death course comes complete with unlimited exam retakes

Yes, the Verification of Death course will aid refresher training. It will give evidence of an understanding for staff induction. It will evidence awareness and improve your knowledge aiding your current skillset. A certificate is awarded upon completion.

We offer a complimentary learner management system to view the learner's course progress, view quiz results and certification. We also offer a dedicated compliance matrix to aid with audits and inspections. 

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We assign all your course material via your portal on our website, so a computer or an alternative device is required. However, it is possible to purchase the course material in a hard copy if you’d rather work off paper. Your progress and exam will need to be completed online.

All of our courses can be completed before they expire, how quickly will vary from person to person.

Your course will remain active in your dashboard for 12 months.

Yes, you will be given a multiple-choice exam available at the end of the learning which you will be graded.

On a pass mark of 70% or higher a certificate is issued. You may retake the test at your convenience at no additional cost, during the 12-month course access period.

Upon successfully finishing the examination, you will receive a CPD-accredited course certificate. An electronic certificate is readily accessible for immediate download or printing at no cost.

For those desiring a physical copy printed on certificate-grade paper, it can be obtained for a modest fee through your learner dashboard and will be sent to your provided address within three working days. Kindly be aware that, as of now, we exclusively dispatch certificates to addresses within the United Kingdom.

Once you have completed and passed the course, your certificate will be made available to download from your ‘My Course Dashboard’.

Yes, as long as you log in to your portal on our website, you will be able to view the material.

No, our website is compatible with all popular browsers.

Learners have 12 months to complete their course.

The course equates to 1 CPD point.

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You will be given a multiple-choice exam available at the end of the learning, you will be graded. On a pass mark of 70% or higher a certificate is issued.

You may retake the test at your convenience at no additional cost.

On completion of the exam, a free certificate is instantly available for you to download or print.

A hard copy certificate printed on certificate grade paper can be purchased for a nominal fee via your learner dashboard and are dispatched within three working days to your address. Please note at this time we currently only mail certificates to the United Kingdom. 

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