This course is designed to train Laser Safety Officers (LSO) from all services and MOD departments and their range contractors. Read more Read less

A certificate will be issued to students who complete it which is mandatory for any LSO appointed by MOD. The course gives a grounding in laser physics of operation which then leads on to laser eye and skin safety considerations. The duties on an LSO and the content of JSP390 are reviewed. Military and civilian guest lecturers cover laser safety and human eye response and laser range procedures. The secretary of MLSC is normally present and is the sponsor of this course. Laser safety calculations, military laser technology and its applications are also taught.No previous knowledge is required and comprehensive notes for future reference are supplied.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 26 - 27 Nov 2020
    • 28 - 29 Jan 2021
    • 22 - 23 Apr 2021
    • 17 - 18 Jun 2021
  • Duration2 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£700 Concessions available

Course structure

2 days - lectures and written test at the end (30 minutes)

What you will learn

This course is the only course that can grant a certificate of competence which MoD recognise as a requirement of being a Laser Safety Officer.

Who should attend

  • All MoD Laser Safety Officers or those who wish to become an LSO
  • Suppliers of lasers to MoD who need to create a laser safety clearance paper
  • A range staff from ranges that use lasers.


DOSG mandate and sponsor this course and the resulting competence certificate.



A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.