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FHRC – CPD Training

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We provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training, drawing on the expertise of our staff and external consultants. You can learn skills in: flood warnings, flood risk management, asset condition assessment, flood alleviation and coast protection.

If you are interested in bespoke in-house training, whether it is for a group of new or existing employees, please contact us to discuss how this can be tailored to your exact requirements. We can also provide courses outside the UK.

For our next scheduled course 'Introduction to Flood Benefits Appraisal Course' please contact j.joyce@mdx.ac.uk for further details on this course and future courses.

For the next 'The Flood Management Benefits: A Better Appraisal in Less Time Course', please express your interest so that a date can be confirmed. For more information please contact j.joyce@mdx.ac.uk.

Previous Courses

Below, is a list of other CPD courses that the Centre has delivered previously. These should give a good idea of what to expect. Of course, if you'd like to discuss in more detail, then please email Simon McCarthy.

An Introduction to Flood Benefits Appraisal

The course introduces delegates with limited prior knowledge of damage assessment to the latest edition of the Multi-Coloured Handbook for Economic Appraisal and has proved useful for delegates of Local Authorities, the Environment Agency and engineering consultancies.

Delivered by authors of the handbook, this hands-on course:

  • Provides the basic economic principles applicable to flood damage assessment.
  • Gives you an understanding of the different damage types, the available data for each and assessment techniques.
  • Uses a number of simple but illustrative case studies with hands on breakout sessions to take you through the steps of flood benefit appraisal.
  • Explains the role of the National Receptor Dataset and data deficiencies and the role of data quality.
  • Encourages discussion on strengths and weakness, what's important and what lessons can be learned to improve damage assessment.
  • Provides a line of sight between the appraisal, options development and Partnership Funding.

Flood Management Benefits: A Better Appraisal in Less Time (project management of resources)

Past delegates from: Torbay Council, Essex County Council, Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, DEFRA, Opus International Consultants (UK), RPS Group, Atkins, Jacobs, Halcrow Group, Peter Brett Associates, Hyderconsulting, AECOM, Black & Veatch, Capita Symonds Ltd, Royal Haskoning, DonauConsult, URS, Scott Wilson and Kaya Consulting Ltd.

The course focused on the management of gathering, understanding and effectively using benefit appraisal data and was specifically developed for local authority, consultant and Environment Agency evaluators and appraisers who wished to develop and refine their approach.

Flood Forecasting, Warning and Response Course

This was a two day residential course designed to provide trainees with a firm perspective of flood warning, forecasting and response. It covered key areas including the policy framework, flood incident management, detection and forecasting, need and use of data, warning messages, public awareness and campaigns. It also reviewed the value of effective flood warnings to communities by analysing costs, benefits and social issues. The course utilised the extensive experience of water management experts, water industry consultants and senior university researchers. The course was structured around lectures and workshops with assessment activities built in. The programme was tailored to the needs of staff in water agencies, consultancy firms, government bodies and non-governmental organisations. This course could be tailored to the needs of your organisation if required.

Flood Risk Management Foundation Course

This course was designed to provide trainees from the Environment Agency with a foundation in the key areas of flood risk management. The course covered several key themes based on a prescribed building-block structure of sub-areas. These sub-areas encompassed the Agency's corporate strategy and responsibilities for flood risk management including flood warning, asset management and environment management. These fundamental themes are further related to stakeholder engagement, economics and flood risk information. Consideration of corporate strategy and flood defence law were covered as individual modules but interwoven throughout the sub-areas and themes. The course utilised the extensive experience of water management experts, water industry consultants and senior researchers. The centre used to run this as a four-day residential course, which included a field visit. This course could be tailored to the needs of your organisation if required.

Accreditation to undertake visual flood defence asset inspections (T98)

This was a national accreditation course (now undertaken by RAB Consultants)designed to provide Environment Agency, local authority and consultancy staff with the skills and knowledge to undertake a high standard and consistent approach to the visual assessment of flood defences and structures. The course included river, coastal and urban assets.

This was a work-based course and trained the new or established asset inspector in the processes involved in asset condition assessment. It was based on the Condition Assessment Manual (CAM). The course utilised various teaching methods including e-learning, e-assessment, on-the-job mentoring and a final field visit for accreditation and certification. The course covered flood risk management systems, methods for input of data and management of information, asset condition grading and reporting, asset numbering and coding, inspection frequency and aspects of accreditation. Candidates were expected to carry out a set number of mentored field visits and complete field asset condition reports. These outcomes were presented in a formalised assessment procedure. The course utilised the extensive practical experience of water management experts and water industry consultants. Dependent on level of experience and time commitment the course could be completed in three to four months. On successful accreditation a certificate was provided which was valid for three years. This course could be tailored to the needs of your organisation if required.

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