Road Safety Audit Training

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


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 Trunk Road and Motorway network but is used as "good practice" for local highway authorities who do not have their own procedures, and many local highway authorities work to HD19/15 by default.

It is generally accepted that 10 days of formal accident investigation or road safety engineering training forms the core of initial training for Road Safety Auditors, (although some local highway authorities relax this requirement for their own staff because of budget and resource constraints). 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 CVs for the Road Safety Audit Team.

Following the UK Government response to the European Directive on Road Infrastructure Safety Management, Road Safety Auditors working on Trunk Roads and Motorways in the UK have required a formal Certificate of Competency in Road Safety Audit since December 2013. Although this is only a requirement for Trunk Roads and Motorways, in practice the certificate of competency is proving popular amongst consultants and local authority Road Safety Auditors as well.

This page shows you how you can follow a training route to qualification as a Road Safety Auditor in the UK in line with the advice set out by Highways England.

In order to become formally qualified you will require the following:

1. Some basic training and experience

HD 19/15 requires Road Safety Auditors to undertake 10 days formal Road Safety Engineering training. You can undertake this with TMS by attending the RoSPA Road Safety Engineering Course (10 day course) or the modular version of the RoSPA Road Safety Engineering Course (Modular). Having undertaken either of these courses you will be in a position to undertake collision investigation and prevention work, which will then enable you to become a Road Safety Audit Observer. During this time we would strongly recommend that you attend the Introduction to Road Safety Audit course.

2. A Certificate of Competency

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.

3. Further annual CPD training in Road Safety

HD19/15 requires Road Safety Auditors to maintain their road safety knowledge base by undertaking 2 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, but in subsequent years you will need to undertake further training.

TMS runs a series of courses and workshops that achieve this goal.


Collision Investigation Workshop (2 days)

Roundabout Audit Workshop (1 day)

Mini Roundabout Audit Workshop (1 day)

Traffic Signals Audit Workshop (1 day)

Pedestrian Facilities Audit Workshop (1 day)

Cycle Facilities Audit Workshop (1 day)

Major Schemes Audit Workshop (1 day)

Public Realm Audit Workshop (1 day)


Restraint Systems and Passive Safety (1 day)

Advanced Road Safety Audit (2 days)

Road Safety Audit - Keeping up to date (2 days)

RoSPA Advanced Road Safety Engineering (2 days)

Removing Pedestrian Guardrail - How to do it without reducing safety (1 day)

Non-Motorised User Audits (1 day)

Road Safety and Bus Stop Location (1 day)

Can we make our roads safer for cyclists? (1 day)

For information on the recommended training requirements for Road Safety Auditors, click on the link below:

HD19/15 Training Requirements

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