CIWEM awarded grant to deliver new PFR training scheme

Built Environment, Energy & Climate Change, Flooding

CIWEM tasked by the Environment Agency with bringing high competence, consistency and confidence to, and for the PFR community.

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is pleased to be the recipient of the successful award of a project to design, develop and deliver accredited Property Flood Resilience (PFR) training on behalf of the Environment Agency (EA).

The training will be blended training delivered online, virtually and in person to equip three different audiences with knowledge of best practice in the application of the definitive PFR delivery standards, the Code of Practice (CoP) and Guidance for Property Flood Resilience, published by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA), in January 2021. This training will be the formal training route the PFR sector has been waiting for that will upskill professionals to deliver PFR to the highest standard. This is a huge step forward for more assured businesses and communities at risk of flooding.

The three target audiences for training are:

  • Industry Professionals
  • Environment Agency employees
  • Other Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) such as Lead Local Flood Authorities, Water Companies and Drainage Authorities.

The three unique sets of training content each designed specifically to the requirements of one of the target audience will be designed under one unifying approach to drive best practice and collaboration within the industry.

CIWEM is delighted to be working closely with the Environment Agency and to be collaborating on the project with recognised leaders from across the PFR community: the Property Care Association (PCA); RAB Consultants (RAB); Sedgwick; The Environmental Design Studio (TEDS); the National Flood Forum (NFF), and CIRIA. The experience, passion and knowledge this project team bring to the project will be key to achieving professional best practice outcomes for PFR in the coming months and years.

Engaging with PFR stakeholders, such as surveyors, planners, designers, construction professionals, insurers, contractors, local authorities and communities, this training programme will promote more effective, higher standards of PFR. The training will also cultivate a community of good practice, sharing learning and driving continual professional development so that the profession develops as PFR approaches are further refined and improved giving greater assurance to end-users from property owners to insurers and lenders.

CIWEM head of learning and development services Darren Eckford will lead the project in partnership with EA project manager, Derek Bell.

Eckford said “As a project team, we are fully cognisant of the skills gaps and range of highly nuanced issues in the field, the way in which delegates acquire knowledge and skills and hence, the need for engaging training content and application-ready solutions that will achieve the best outcomes.”

For further details please contact the CIWEM Learning and Development Team at

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