The Three Lines of Defence Course

IIRSM Date Range Logos Aug 23 - Jun 26

The Three Lines of Defence Model outlines a systematic approach to help businesses clarify the roles and responsibilities necessary to manage risks.

When a company properly structures and operates the lines of defence effectively, the business benefits from the timely identification, assessment and treatment of risks.

Our Three Lines of Defence Model Course outlines the key stakeholders in the model and their main roles.

The course also empowers staff by helping them identify their responsibilities in relation to risk management, including the importance of collaboration and the proactive reporting of risks.

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three lines of defence

About this Course

Available as part of our Risk Management Library.

Learning objectives

This course will prepare your employees to:

  •  Understand and interpret the Three Lines of Defence (3LoD) model
  • Identify the different roles and responsibilities of each line of defence and stakeholder in the 3LoD model
  • Appreciate the benefits of implementing the 3LoD model
  • Identify the key success factors that indicate the 3LoD model is being implemented effectively

Latest course updates

  • New course built in consultation with a risk management expert

Course Contents


- Learning objectives
- How to complete this course

Risk management in our company

- You decide: True or false?

The 3LoD model

- You decide: The different components of the 3LoD model

Deeper dive: 1st LoD

- 1st LoD responsibilities
- Managing risk
- Who manages risk in the 1st LoD?
- Scenario: Exploring the 1st LoD

Deeper dive: 2nd LoD

- Who manages risk in the 2nd LoD?
- 2nd LoD responsibilities
- Scenario: Exploring the 2nd LoD

Deeper dive: 3rd LoD

- 3rd LoD responsibilities
- Why is the independence of the 3rd LoD important?
- Scenario: Exploring the 3rd LoD

What is the role of leadership bodies in the 3LoD model?

What is the role of external stakeholders in the 3LoD model?

- Types of external stakeholders

The bodies beyond the three lines

What are the benefits of implementing the 3LoD model?

What are common implementation issues with the 3LoD model?

- In the news
- How to implement the 3LoD model successfully
- You decide: The 3LoD model's key factors for success

Escalating concerns




Course Specifications



Approximately 45-minute long e-learning course followed by a 10-question assessment.



Suitable for all staff. Examples and interactive activities are designed for staff at all levels. No previous knowledge or experience is required.



SHARD-compliant, responsive display on all devices, accessibility on screen readers, visual design controlled via a client style sheet.



All Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android (Flash-free for mobile compatibility). AICC and SCORM 1.2-compliant, suitable for both hosted and deployed SCORM or AICC.



Fully customisable on Skillcast Portal CMS.



Pre-translated versions not available, but all text content can be exported for translation into all languages.



Based on best-practice risk management frameworks and suitable for global audiences.

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