Environmental Clerk of Works (ECOW) Foundation Course

Five day foundation programme for those already working as Environmental Clerks of Works (ECOW) within Scotland, or similar roles.



This foundation course has been designed in partnership with industry, including regulators environmental consultants and the construction sector. The course will provide the delegate with an understanding of the wide array of issues that Environmental Clerk of Works encounter during their commission. This not only includes technical and legislative knowledge, but an appreciation of the implications of construction contracts and project management systems, as well as tools for personal development to allow the delegate to succeed in a challenging environment. This course will form the basis of our onsite environmental compliance series with more in depth specialism specific add on courses to be run in the future.

The ECOW role is fundamental to the construction industry, providing advice and guidance on best practice in a variety of environmental issues on site.

This Masters level programme provides a general overview of all areas in which an Environmental Clerk of Works will be required to operate.  Topics include: the end-to-end construction process; water management and pollution control; waste and resource management (land contamination, waste, sustainability); auditing skills; and project management.

The programme has been developed in collaboration with industry bodies including SEPA, and can be used as recognised CPD; it can also be used as credit towards various Masters programmes.


On completion of the course and successful submission of a final assessment, candidates will be awarded 20 credits at SCQF Level 11.  The course is also undergoing IEMA validation and we will have further details of this soon.


Up to £790 towards the cost of the course is available from the UWS-SFC Upskilling Fund, designed to support training in skills gaps in Scotland.  Please contact us for further information.  

About the venue

The course will take place at the state-of-the art UWS Lanarkshire campus.  Students will have a dedicated training room for the week but may also make use of other learning zones on site.  Free parking is available and we are also able to make suggestions on local accommodation, if needed.

A typical day will be 09.00-17.00.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

The course also comprises some site visits, which will take place in the University minibus.


The course content is designed to be as interactive as possible with workshops forming the foundation of the course, with sessions on;

Construction site context – focussing on contractual process, competing pressures and environmental management, including the importance of the planning system and planning consents.

Personal skills – effective communication, auditing skills and mental health first aid and resilience.

Technical knowledge:

Hydrology, water management and pollution control. This session will look at the consenting requirements and good practice and where to find supporting information.

Ecology. An overview of protected species and associated survey requirements and mitigation strategies.

Archaeology and landscape architecture. An overview of requirements typically found on construction projects.

Waste and resource management. This session will focus on the use of materials and whether they are fit for purpose and when waste legislation applies. This session will also focus on contaminated land and disposal routes including duty of care requirements.


Delegates should have a basic understanding of environmental constraints associated with the construction industry.  Course participants may already be working as an ECOW or similar, or hold a relevant first degree and have industry experience.


This course is for those providing any onsite environmental auditing and compliance services.

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