Road Safety Audit training and experience in the UK is generally specified either by HD19/15 (DMRB) or by a local highway authority's own requirements. HD19/15 is mandatory for the Strategic Trunk Road and Motorway network, but is commonly referred to as "good practice" for local highway authorities who do not have their own road safety audit procedures. Many local highway authorities work to HD19/15 by default.
It is generally accepted that ten days of formal collision investigation or road safety engineering training forms the core initial training for Road Safety Auditors.
Ultimately it is the responsibility of the Project Sponsor (client) to approve the training and experience required (including any requirements for experience of specific types of schemes), when they approve the CV's for the Road Safety Audit Team.
Following the UK Government's response to the European Directive on Road Infrastructure Safety Management, Road Safety Auditors working on the UK Strategic Road Network are required to have a formal Certificate of Competency in Road Safety Audit. In practice the certificate of competency course is proving popular for Road Safety Auditors working on local roads as well.
In order to become formally qualified (in line with Highways England) you will require the following:
DMRB HD 19/15 Road Safety Audit, requires Road Safety Auditors to undertake ten days formal Road Safety Engineering training.
With TMS you can undertake this by attending the RoSPA Road Safety Engineering Course which is available in two formats:
Having undertaken either of the above courses you will be in a position to undertake collision investigation and prevention work. This will then enable you to become a Road Safety Audit Observer. During this time TMS would strongly recommend that you attend the Introduction to Road Safety Audit course.
Once you have achieved Road Safety Audit Team Member status and an appropriate level of experience, you can attend the Road Safety Audit Highways England approved Certificate of Competency course.
This course will provide you with two days CPD for the current year. In addition you will have the opportunity to undertake the Highways England approved certification process and achieve your Certificate of Competency in Road Safety Audit, in line with the advice in HD19/15.
HD19/15 requires Road Safety Auditors to maintain their road safety knowledge base by undertaking two days CPD each year once they have achieved their Certificate of Competency. In the year that you achieve your qualification (the Certificate of Competency course will provide this), in subsequent years you will need to continue to undertake further training. TMS runs a series of training courses that can help you achieve this goal.