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Environmental Clerk of Works (ECOW) Foundation Course

Online foundation programme for those already working as Environmental Clerks of Works (ECoW) within Scotland, or similar roles across the UK.

Description

Overview

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.

Accreditation

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.

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: focusing 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.

 

Course outline is as follows:

Introduction to the Environmental Clerk of Works role
Understanding Construction Industry Contracts and Processes
Foundations of Water Management: 1. Overview of Legislative Framework
Foundations of Water Management: 2. Good Practice and Spill Response
Foundations of Water Management: 3. Planning and Pollution Incidents
Auditing and Reporting as an Environmental Clerk of Works
Ecology for ECoWs
Emerging Risks in the ECoW Environment 
Waste Management
Materials Management
Mental Health, Resilience and Communication
Review of content, presentations and discussion 

The course content will also be accessible online for a limited time after the course has been delivered, allowing participants to revisit the learning materials in order to consolidate their learning.

Funding

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.  

Outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Confidently apply critical understanding of the development of environmental protection and sustainability
  • Confidently interpret legislative documentation
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of control measures in relation to environmental impacts
  • Identify issues in a range of project settings
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings and environments
  • Work independently to create programmes of management for environmental issues

 

Prerequisites

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.

Audience

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

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