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Road maintenance is a hot issue for local road authorities, which are increasingly faced with the difficulty of balancing limited budgets against the long-term consequences of lower levels of maintenance, one of which is an increase in the number of civil claims against the authority for compensation for injuries and damage resulting from road defects.

In order to defend these claims effectively, and to deter speculative and spurious claims, the authority needs to be able to demonstrate a robust road inspection policy and provide evidence of the credibility and competency of its Road Safety Inspectors.

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 - Road 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.

Road Safety Inspectors Modular Training & Assessments (Skills Card)

Delivery method

Classroom and practical

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Who should attend?

The course is intended for both newly-appointed and experienced Road Safety Inspectors.

What will be covered?

By the end of the course, the learner will:

  • Understand policies currently in place and their responsibilities for road maintenance & inspection
  • Understand all relevant legislation for Scotland
  • Understand and apply appropriate intervention criteria
  • Be able to describe defects & understand and carry out risk assessments
  • Measure and describe a defect
  • Understand and recognise different materials.

Other areas of interest

Highway Safety Inspectors’ Training - For those based outside of Scotland and within the rest of the UK.

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

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