T98 Accreditation

T98 accreditation

We are pleased to be expanding our well established on-site asset inspection services in to a suite of ALL NEW T98 accredited courses, which are focused towards Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) but we are also happy to develop bespoke training courses to any client’s specific needs.

Our T98 Accreditation Certificates are signed off by John Chatterton, one of T98’s original developers for the Environment Agency, who has been integral to the development of the NEW training materials and in setting the high quality standards for this course.

We have the only fully certified T98 Accreditors in the UK that are able to declare that the accreditation standards have been met. They also provide valued one to one mentoring.

This is one of two different courses we can offer developed for different skill levels, we also offer a T98 Inspection Awareness course.

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Day 1 is a classroom based course. It is an introduction to the, Condition Assessment Manual, Asset template and Weightings Guidance Manual and general inspection process. It covers coastal assets, fluvial assets, culverts and Sustainable Drainage systems (SuDS).

Stage 1: Day 2 is site based where the candidates complete several inspections and gradings for a wide range of flood risk assets and are accompanied and mentored by our trainers. The candidates will achieve a good working knowledge of how to identify the features that make up a typical flood risk asset including the different types of wall found in fluvial, tidal and coastal environments, covered channels or large pipes conveying water below ground level, all types of earthen structures that are used for flood defence and/or erosion protection, which also includes dam structures that are embankments, and many more.

Stage 2: Following on from the successful completion of the initial two days of training, candidates will then be expected to return to their work environment and submit 10 inspection logs each within an agreed time frame. The inspection logs will then be reviewed by our trainers and two or three logs will be selected for further interrogation with each candidate on site.

Stage 3: Our accreditor will accompany the candidate to the site of the selected logs for the candidate to discuss their asset, their grading selections and descriptions of the asset.

This is a pass/fail stage in the course for the practical inspection assessment.

Any candidate that does not demonstrate a full understanding of the course content will be given many opportunities to ask questions and will be given feedback throughout the duration of the course.

On completion of the course, successful candidates will be able to confidently inspect the full range of flood risk assets and we will award you a T98 Accreditation Certificate, valid for a period of 5 years.

The course is aimed at:

  • Individuals/organisations looking to undertake T98 style inspections on Flood Risk Assets in accordance with the Environment Agency’s Condition Assessment Manual (3-days)
  • Accredited inspectors who require Accreditation renewal at the end of their original 5 year certification
  • Individuals/organisations looking to undertake T98 style inspections on a limited number of types of Flood Risk Assets in accordance with the Environment Agency’s Condition Assessment Manual (1-day introduction)
  • Develop a full understanding of the asset condition grading process as defined by the Environment Agency’s Condition Assessment Manual
  • How to apply the criteria Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) Asset Templates: Guidance on Element Weightings
  • How to apply these principles in field assessments
  • How to correctly record condition assessments in accordance with the T98 processes in a consistent, repeatable way

Dr John Chatterton

John is an independent lecturer in project appraisal and business systems for the water, river management and utilities industry, with a career spanning over 45 years working in UK, Asia, the United States, the Caribbean, Russia and Europe. John worked with The Environment Agency and HR Wallingford to produce the original T98 Condition Assessment Manual (CAM), he also produced the Element and Weightings Guidance with the Environment Agency

He specialises in asset management in both the water and river sectors and has coordinated projects in the Ukraine, Trinidad and Tobago, and in the UK, as a framework contractor to the Environment Agency and adviser to SEPA and the Northern Ireland Rivers Agency (now the Department for Infrastructure). John has also worked with Severn Trent Water International on organisational reviews, privatisation initiatives for water utility companies in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey, Bangladesh and India. Most recently he has advised United National Development Programme on climate change resilience projects for submissions to the Green Climate Fund in the Republic of Georgia, Nepal and East Timor.

Craig Lucas

Craig is a specialist in FCERM asset inspection with over 8 years’ experience and is currently delivering a range of flood risk management projects, including flood attenuation schemes and individual property level flood mitigation works. More recently Craig has been carrying out asset inspections for several Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) in accordance with the Environment Agency’s Condition Assessment Manual, also known as T98 inspections.

Craig has been an accredited inspector for over 3 years and is one of just a handful of fully qualified T98 Accreditors in the UK that have been officially authorised by John Chatterton to teach the T98 training materials to inspectors.

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If you would like to discuss our training please contact Felicity Clarke.

Email Felicity Clarke
+44 (0)1756 799919