ABSANZ Training for IFBA Exams

Are you considering undertaking the International Federation of Biosafety Association’s (IFBA’s) Certifications?

The Association of Biosafety for Australia & New Zealand (ABSANZ), through its Professional Development Standing Committee (PDSC) and Special Interest Groups, have recorded online training modules specifically to assist those planning to undertake the IFBA Professional Certifications. 

The ABSANZ Training for IFBA Examination modules include:


Prepared by


1. Biorisk Management 

Dr Tony Della Porta 2 hours

2. Biological Waste Management 

Stephen Coulter & Joanna Gray 2 hours
3. Biocontainment Facility Design, Operations & Maintenance  Neil Walls, Ryszard Knopf,  Jim Hargreaves, Darren Green & Bill Maskill 4 hours

4Biosafety Cabinet Selection, Installation and Safe Use 

Brett Cole 2 hours

5. Biosecurity 

Dr Tony Della Porta 2 hours


ABSANZ Training for IFBA Exams includes:

  • Review of the core requirements of the examination content
  • Providing an overview of the type of information covered in the examinations, and
  • Direction to relevant reading materials to assist with preparations

ABSANZ Training Module Cost (including GST):

Members - ABSANZ, IFBA or other Biosafety Associations AUD $300.00 (each)
Non Members AUD $400.00 (each)


Click HERE to purchase the ABSANZ Training for IFBA Exams


Some things to note

  • Cancellation of a registration within 7 working days of training commencement will incur full fee.
  • Where more than 7 working days’ notice is given a full refund will be given less a $50 administration fee.
  • The Biorisk Management certification is the IFBA prerequisite certification for all other certifications.
  • This training has been developed specifically to assist those undertaking the IFBA certification examinations, but it is not mandatory to undertake any training prior to undertaking these examinations.

Thank you

This training material has been prepared voluntarily by appropriately qualified and experienced ABSANZ members and the association is very grateful to these members for the immense effort it has taken to provide this training to you. 

Access Instructions

Once you have registered and paid for the training, ABSANZ will email details regarding how to access the online training.   The modules are available for downloading at your leisure for an unlimited period of time.

IFBA Examinations

Candidates who wish to sit the IFBA examination must register directly with IFBA in order to sit the exam. 

The cost of each examination is $200 USD. See more details of pricing here under 'Certification Fees'.

The examinations are 2 hours in duration and will be comprised of 100 multiple choice questions with a pass mark to be set based on a psychometric review of the results.

To register to sit an IFBA exam

You will need to do this through IFBA directly. See the IFBA examination process on the IFBA website to view details and scroll down to the bottom to the 'Applying' header. You will need to create an account with Certifior. The Guide to Creating an Account in Certifior will explain this process in detail. Once this is complete, you can register for any exam listed in Certifior. You may find the Guide to Using Certifior useful.