Road Safety Audit -
Highways England Approved Certificate of Competency


This two day training course is designed for experienced Road Safety Auditors who wish to obtain a Highways England Approved Certificate of Competency.  The course updates Road Safety Auditors on a variety of topics in highway design and road safety to help them carry out safety audits to a consistently high standard.

Highways England has issued HD19/15 in order to demonstrate compliance with EC Directive 2008/96/EC. All teams undertaking Road Safety Audits on the trunk road network throughout the UK will require a Highways England Approved Certificate of Competency.  This course has been formally approved by Highways England to provide such a certificate, and conforms to the syllabus for Certificate of Competency training set out by Highways England.

All delegates attending the course will be issued with a certificate of attendance demonstrating two days CPD, as required by HD19/15. 

Aims and Objectives

  • to provide UK Road Safety Auditors with a route to Certificate of Competency
  • to keep Road Safety Auditors up-to-date with latest developments
  • to encourage delegates to share ideas and experience

Topics Covered

  • EU Directive on Road Safety Infrastructure Management (2008/96/EC) including HD19/15 Road Safety Audit
  • Road Safety Audit procedures
  • Why do Road Safety Auditors have to keep up to date - including road safety policy and targets, what new research and advice has come out including recent advice
  • Recent guidance including turning off street lighting, IAN 149/11 Motorway Minimum Requirements, IAN 111/09 Hard Shoulder Running, Managed Motorways 161/15, High Speed Roads DMRB advice
  • Recent research in Road Safety
  • Passive safety from a Road Safety Audit point of view
  • Motorcycle Safety, some issues for Road Safety Audit
  • Legal issues in Road Safety Audit including Corporate Manslaughter
  • Control data and research sources for Road Safety Auditors
  • Safety issues at links and junctions for Road Safety Auditors
  • Delegates will have an opportunity to bring along to the course examples of schemes they have audited which have brought to light difficult issues.

Certificate of Competency

Prior to attending the course, Highways England require that Road Safety Auditors comply with the training, skills and experience requirements of HD 19/15.  The information submitted must focus on work undertaken on the strategic road network or comparable roads.  Road Safety Auditors who wish to obtain a Highways England Approved Certificate of Competency will be asked to undertake a road safety engineering based knowledge test. Those that achieve a pass grade will then be invited to submit design stage and Stage 3 Road Safety Audit reports for assessment.  A minimum of 6 significant road safety issues are required for assessment at both design stage and Stage 3.

In order to comply with the requirements of HD19/15 candidates will need to demonstrate that they have 10 days formal AIP and RSE training and that the audits have been carried out in teams, that they have attended the required site visits as part of that team, that their summary/description of the RSA problem clearly describes a road safety risk, and that the recommendation is proportionate and viable in relation to the stage of audit. The phrasing of the recommendation should avoid words like "consider", "monitor" and "must". The RSA reports submitted should include the team leaders' concluding statement, and a list of the drawings and other information reviewed as part of the audit process.

Delegates who achieve the Certificate of Competency should note that whilst the qualification only needs to be passed once, they will need to maintain their CPD on an annual basis.

Dates of Next Courses

12th - 13th September 2017
Venue: Church House Westminster, London

Course Fees

£655 excluding VAT (VAT will be charged at the current UK Rate)

Booking a place

To book a place on this course please either download a pdf booking form or make an online booking by using the link below.

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