Someone that is pregnant should not automatically be restricted in what activities they can undertake or indeed, be excluded from training and other activities merely because they are pregnant. However, some sensible precautions are necessary.

What do I need to know?

Whether you are a trainer, assessor, instructor, or course organiser, in all cases, candidates who participate in RLSS UK awards or qualifications who are pregnant must obtain consent, in writing, from their general medical practitioner (GP) or Midwife to undertake the required training and/or assessment. A copy of this consent should be given to the course trainer in advance of the start of the course or assessment.

As part of the support to the candidate, it is recommended that Instructors or Trainers provide a copy of the syllabus to the candidate for review by their GP or midwife so that a decision can be made on any limitations or restrictions relating to practical activity that has been based on an appreciation of the physical skills and techniques required. 

Renewing existing, current qualifications

Holders of an RLSS UK award or qualification who are pregnant and are due for renewal will not be granted an extension of validity. Candidates can apply for a Special Consideration to help support them in regaining their qualification should it lapse. More information on the process can be found here. Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Reasonable adjustments to training or assessment

Holders who are pregnant, new mothers or those who have had a stillbirth in the last six months may require a reasonable adjustment or special considerations for training or assessment. Please contact [email protected] for more information or support. 


Those employing people who are pregnant or have recently given birth should consult with their HR team/manager/advisor for more information about limitations and adjustments to their role whilst pregnant. Click here for HSE advice on Protecting pregnant workers and new mothers - HSE