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Local Highway Authorities have a responsibility to ensure that those carrying out safety inspections are trained, qualified and competent.

Highway Safety Inspectors perform an invaluable role in detecting safety defects on the highway and prioritising them for repair: it is essential that they are appropriately trained to enable them to do so competently and with confidence.

It is equally important that the appropriate level of training has been provided so that local highway authorities can successfully defend claims for compensation arising from accidents involving highway defects.

The finer details

The four-day course follows an IHE-approved syllabus and is delivered in seven distinct taught modules, each concluded by a short, written assessment. In addition, delegates' ability to identify, evaluate and report highway defects will be assessed in a practical scenario.

The module breakdowns are as follows:

  • Module 1 - Highway Law
  • Module 2 - Inspection Policies and Procedures
  • Module 3 - Material Recognition and Measurement
  • Module 4 - Defect and Hazard Recognition
  • Module 5 - Health and Safety / Risk Assessment
  • Module 6 - Safety at Street Works and Roadworks
  • Module 7 - On-site Inspection Assessment
  • Module 8 - Claims Investigation.

The course fully complies with the requirements of the IHE Inspectors Board for highway inspectors' training.

Successful completion of all assessments will allow delegates to be entered on the IHE National Register of Highway Inspectors and claim credit for progression towards an Engineering Technician qualification.

Highway Safety Inspectors Modular Training and Assessment (Skills Card)

Delivery method

Classroom and practical

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Who should attend?

The course is intended for both newly-appointed and experienced local authority Highway Safety Inspectors.

What will be covered?

By the end of the course, the learner will:

  • Understand national policies regarding duties and responsibilities for highway maintenance and inspection
  • Understand their responsibilities regarding street works
  • Understand a highway authority’s duties and powers under the 1980 Highways Act
  • Understand and apply appropriate intervention criteria, be able to describe defects, understand response criteria, and be able to carry out risk assessments
  • Be to measure and describe a repair, understand the implications of cost, understand maintenance and wastage
  • Understand pavement design, be familiar with pavement construction materials, be able to recognise different materials, and be able to identify a suitable repair.

Other areas of interest

Highway Inspectors’ Refresher Training - For experienced inspectors looking to renew their qualification.

Road Safety Inspectors’ Training - An adaption of this course for those based in Scotland.

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