Flood Risk Assessment

1.0 day(s)


This course outlines the requirements for Flood Risk Assessments at a site specific scale for individual sites and is aimed at those undertaking studies for proposed developments.   Reference will be made to the relevance of Strategic Flood Risk Assessments and Catchment Flood Management Plans.

Who should attend

The course is designed for professionals carrying out Flood Risk Assessments.  It is also relevant to managers and regulators involved in reviewing and approving FRAs.

Course objectives

To give an overview of the regulatory background behind the need for FRAs, the scope, content and purpose of FRAs, and the methodologies employed within these studies.

Topics covered

  • Introduction and overview

  • Planning Policy and Guidance (main emphasis on England and the NPPF, TAN15, SPP and PPS15 also briefly mentioned)

  • Data requirements and reporting

  • FRA content

  • Modelling overview

  • The assessment of risk

  • Mitigation measures

  • Surface Water Drainage

  • Case studies

  • Do's and dont's

What is not covered in this course

The course does not include detailed training on hydrological assessment, hydraulic modelling, or the design of SuDS, please see related courses.

Related courses

  • Flood Estimation Handbook

  • Introduction to HEC-RAS

  • Urban Hydrology (for Drainage Impact Assessment type studies)

  • Flood Risk Management/Land Drainage Law in England and Wales

  • Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

  • Flood Risk Management in Scotland


Tom Sherwood MphysGeog HND ND Misc



  • Introductory one day course

  • A comprehensive set of course notes will be provided together with a bibliography of the key references and guidance for undertaking flood risk assessments

  • Counts as 6 CPD/CET hours