The River Restoration Centre is organising a River Habitat Survey certification course on the 8-11 August in Cardiff (for more information see attached programme).
The River Restoration Centre (RRC) is now running the RHS certification course previously advertised on the RHS website (www.riverhabitatsurvey.org). The course has been running for the past 2 years and it has proved popular amongst consultancies and charities.The Environment Agency (EA) is only providing accreditation to a handful of external consultants now due to resource constraints so they are happy for the RRC to run a separate certification although they cannot endorse external courses for legal reasons. Our aim is to promote RHS as a tool for understanding river and catchment hydromorphology and for helping practitioners set targets for river restoration and monitoring. We will be developing decision support tools for doing that. We will be running RHS certifications to the same standard as the EA but it will not be recognised by the EA (i.e. certified surveyors will not be able to bid for EA work).
Following a request from a consultant and the Tyne’s River Trust, we are organising a RHS certification course on the 8-11th August in Cardiff. We will be running it at reduced cost for RT members, provided we get enough people to fill the course. The course fee will be £550 per person including room hire, lunches (4 days) and training material print-outs. We can also do a group B&B booking on site for £35.25 per night (£176.25 for 5 nights assuming people arrive the day before the start). We will need to make use of individual cars as a cost reduction measure.
As part of the course. I will give a presentation of applications and a demonstration of the new RHS database I have just developed for inputting data, calculating RHS and hydromorphological indices and running HQA context analysis. I will tailor the presentation based on needs. We can even have short practice sessions on specific case studies such as WFD assessment, HQA analysis etc.
The course will be run to the same standards as the EA accreditation and there will be a written and field test in the end. The certification is valid for three years, at which point we will require surveyor to attend a short refresher course.
Please fill in the following online form https://goo.gl/forms/PiIXzEEkeiPCNoXQ2if you are interested and I would be grateful if you could pass this message on to anyone potentially interested.
For more information see the attached programme for the course.