Become an Accredited Tripod Practitioner


A Tripod Beta Practitioner investigates and analyses incidents using the Tripod theory of incident causation. Whilst awareness of Tripod can be quickly gained, practical application is needed to build the skill and knowledge required to make effective use of the tool. Tripod Beta Practitioner Accreditation is a means to build these skills, through a blend of support, coaching and assessment. Feedback is provided on Tripod incident investigation reports, giving the Practitioner the opportunity to hone their skills and become confident in their ability to use Tripod effectively.

Why become accredited?

1. Theory to practice

  • Put your knowledge into practice under the watchful eye of an expert accident investigator. The process has been designed to help build capability gradually.

2. Independent demonstration of capability

  • Practitioner capability is verified by an external Tripod Assessor (certified by the Stichting Tripod Foundation). Successful assessment leads to accreditation as a 'Gold Tripod Beta Practitioner'.

3. Independent recognition

  • Once accredited, you will be awarded a certificate and can be publicly listed on the EI's database of Accredited Practitioners. This leads to both internal and external recognition of your skill set.


What level is right for you?

There are five levels of accreditation: three for practitioners, and two supporting levels for trainers and assessors.

Bronze Tripod Beta Practitioner

Typical competence attained

You have a theoretical understanding of the Tripod Beta methodology and terminology. You will be able to read Tripod diagrams and reports, and be able to assist incident investigation/analysis as a team member.

Choose this level if:

You need to be able to read Tripod reports (e.g. to review investigation findings). You will be assisting incident investigation /analysis as a team member.

How to achieve this level

Assessment will ordinarily be through an exam held at the end of a Tripod Beta training course. Validity: Two years, during which you can begin Silver practitioner accreditation.

Silver Tripod Beta Practitioner

Typical competence attained

You have demonstrated that you can competently create a Tripod analysis from a case study. Can assist in Tripod analysis.

Choose this level if:

You will be expected to facilitate simple/low potential investigations.

How to achieve this level

Assessment is through submittal of a Tripod report and Tripod diagram, based on a case study of an incident. Submitted in three parts, with coaching provided by a Tripod assessor. Validity: Two years, during which you can begin Gold practitioner accreditation. If you need to renew your Silver Practitioner status, you will need to show evidence that you have participated in a Tripod investigation/analysis, or attended Tripod workshops or training.

Gold Tripod Beta Practitioner

Accredited Tripod Trainer

Typical competence attained

A fully accredited trainer capable of delivering accredited Tripod Beta training courses. Trainers help people to become Associate Practitioners. You must be certified to Gold level Tripod Beta practitioner and be able to demonstate a mature experience as a Tripod Beta practitioner (at least 2+ years)

Choose this level if:

You wish to deliver Tripod training.

How to achieve this level

The process is designed to be practical and to ensure a minimal level of ability from the trainer. This is achieved in a stage gated process that assesses the candidate’s competence against set criteria. See the certificatiin process for full details on how to become a Tripod trainer.

Download the Tripod Beta Trainer accreditation process