Highway Safety Inspectors' Modular Training
(LANTRA Awards)
(Revised to incorporate 'Well-managed Highway Infrastructure 2016')

TMS offers an extensive range of training courses in the field of Road Safety and Traffic Management. All courses offer a 'hands on' approach to training and are recognised for CPD by the IHE and CIHT



Local highway authorities have a responsibility to ensure that those carrying out safety inspections are trained, qualified and competent.[1]

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 fully-revised 4-day modular training course now offered by TMS incorporates all the changes in the recently published code of practice, Well-managed Highway Infrastructure (2016) and is approved by the IHE Inspectors Board, as well as having the accreditation of LANTRA Awards. The course is intended for both newly-appointed and experienced local authority highway safety inspectors. It provides the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil the role of highway safety inspector and provides an opportunity for delegates to demonstrate their competency and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

[1] Well-managed Highway Infrastructure (2016), paragraph A.5.5.7: Recommendation 15 of Well-managed Highway Infrastructure (2016): Recommendation 10 of Highway Infrastructure Asset Management (2013)

Aims and Objectives:

This course is designed to fulfil the initial training requirements of local authority highway inspectors and to satisfy the requirements of the IHE certification scheme, which will ultimately allow successful delegates to be entered on the National Register of Highway Inspectors.

Topics Covered:

This four day course follows the 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 modules are as follows:

Module 1 - Highway Law

  • Introduction to the training programme, methods of assessment, certification and registration
  • Legal powers and duties of highway authorities
  • Highways Act powers and enforcement
  • NRSWA powers and enforcement
  • An overview of the relevant Codes of Practice, including ‘Well-maintained Highways’ and ‘Highway Risk and Liability Claims’ 

Module 2 – Inspection Policies and Procedures

  • Highway maintenance context
  • Maintenance priorities and road hierarchies
  • Inspection frequency
  • Inspection methods
  • Intervention levels
  • Response criteria
  • Risk registers

Module 3 - Material Recognition & Measurement

  • Highway construction
  • Material identification
  • Other highway elements
  • Measuring tools and techniques
  • Measurement and estimation workshop

Module 4 - Defect & Hazard Recognition

  • Causes of construction defects
  • Types of construction defect
  • Defect repair techniques
  • Street furniture defects
  • 3rd party defects / s.81 NRSWA

Module 5 - Health & Safety / Risk assessment

  • Understanding accidents
  • Legal duties of employers and employees (Health and Safety at Work Act)
  • The risk assessment process
  • Highway risk control measures
  • Safe working practices

Module 6 – Safety at Street Works and Roadworks

  • Safety at Street Works and Road Works: a Code of Practice (October 2013)
  • Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual
  • Risk factors and control measures
  • PPE
  • Vehicle conspicuity
  • Temporary signs
  • Site specification
  • Methods of traffic control
  • Vulnerable road users 

Module 7 – On-site Inspection Assessment

Module 8 - Claims Investigation

  • Highway claims context
  • The legal process
  • Fatal road traffic accident scenario
  • Potential liability of the highway authority
  • Application of the special defence
  • Statutory procedural requirements


Delegates completing this course and passing all the assessments will receive a Certificate of Training, accredited by Lantra Awards.

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

This course can also be delivered in-house at your offices or a venue arranged by you, this can often work out more cost effective if you have several members of staff you would like to be trained at any one time.

If you would like a quotation or further information regarding an in-house training course please contact us and our Courses Manager will email you with the details.

Dates of Next Course:

Course Dates: 3rd - 6th July 2017
Course Venue: Church House Westminster, London

Course Dates: 2nd - 5th October 2017
Course Venue: Village Hotel, Coventry 

Course Fees:

£775 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 follow the link below to make an online booking.

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