Understanding and applying HHSRS

This course has been converted to an online format with the course taking place over four half-days.

Understanding HHSRS day one - 20 and 21 February 2024 (9.15 - 12.30)
Applying HHSRS day two - 21 and 22 March 2024 (9.15 - 12.30)

CIEH member: £340
Affiliate member: £495
Non-member: £495

How do I pay? Please click the book now button to complete the online booking. If your local authority does not allow credit card payments, please speak to our contact centre on 020 7827 5800 or email [email protected].

Available dates:
5 and 6 March & 15 and 16 April
17 and 18 April & 9 and 10 May
14 and 15 May & 11 and 12 June
18 and 19 July & 2 and 3 September
17 and 18 September & 15 and 16 October
22 and 23 October & 19 and 20 November
26 and 27 November & 16 and 17 December

About this workshop

This popular technical workshop delivers a comprehensive understanding of the HHSRS system to all private sector housing practitioners working within or with local authorities. The course enables delegates to benchmark their ratings against others, whilst ensuring their scores are in line with the national approach.

Why you should attend:

  • Understand the principles underlying the HHSRS
  • Inspecting a dwelling under HHSRS and relating housing deficiencies to potential housing hazards
  • Use of the Operating Guidance to inform assessments
  • Use of Worked Examples to inform rating decisions
  • Undertake HHSRS scoring using Operating Guidance and Worked Examples
  • Writing justifications to support assessments
  • Carry out an inspection and assessment to gain practical experience and receive constructive feedback
  • Options for action following assessments

Who should attend:

  • Environmental Health Practitioners
  • Property and Housing Managers
  • Social Landlords

NB: The Government has recently issued a policy paper summarising a review of the HHSRS & indicating that this will lead a review of the Operating Guidance being issued shortly.  In the meantime, please click on the following link to read the policy document and for further information - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/housing-health-and-safety-rating-system-hhsrs-review-outcomes-and-next-steps

What past delegates thought:

“I really appreciated the course and John’s style of teaching. He keeps it on track while letting us ask questions, and just teaches at a good pace. The course is well structured and gave me a good foundation to work from.” COVID-19 Prevention, Management and Support Officer

"Passing the course is a rewarding experience, and I appreciate the dedication and expertise provided by Kelvin." - Health and safety advisor


CPD: 10 hours 30 minutes

John Easey

John Easy, Environmental Health Practitioner 

John has worked in the field of housing standards for the last 20 years, both in private practice providing consultancy, survey and training services, and more recently as an enforcement officer within local authority private sector housing teams. He has also been a member of the English Housing Survey team since 2001 and has used the HHSRS in survey work from 2002.

He has been involved in training local authority and housing association officers on the provisions of the Housing Act 2004, either through the various initial government funded training schemes or by direct commission from clients, since the mid-2000s.

He currently works part time in a local authority as a senior officer private sector housing officer with responsibilities including general complaints, HMO licensing and enforcement, caravan site licensing, DFGs, and the development of policy and procedures, and is Director of a housing consultancy practice.

Kelvin Woodward

Kelvin Woodward, Director, Kelvin Woodward Expert Ltd

Kelvin is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner.  He graduated from King’s College London in year 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health (with honours).  In 2011 he gained a Master of Science in the Management of Projects from The University of Manchester.  Plus, a Projects in Controlled Environments (PRINCE) 2 Foundation qualification. 

In 2016 he was a member of a Building Research Establishment (BRE) research project on Overheating in Dwellings.  His research contributed to guidance on that topic by BRE.  In 2021 he was awarded a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Level 7 qualification: Bond Solon, Advanced Professional Certificate in Investigative Practice.

Kelvin has 22 years’ experience in Environmental Health within local authorities.  Mostly in Private Sector Housing, with some years in Environmental Protection as well.  He is currently a Programme Manager with Brighton and Hove City Council, leading a public consultation on proposed Additional Housing in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and Selective Licensing Schemes for the City’s Private Rented Housing Sector. 

Kelvin is also experienced in Housing Expert Witness work since year 2016.  This requires high standards of housing inspections and report writing to withstand scrutiny during any litigation. 

In addition, his company is a subscribing member to the British Standards Institute – proving Kelvin’s commitment to excellence on industry guidance and standards.  He strives to cascade this excellence during training events at the CIEH.

He is passionate about Environmental Health and sharing his knowledge and skills with events’ delegates and organisations to bring value, efficiencies and leadership.





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