The Accredited Assessor training provides the foundational knowledge and skills to prepare individuals to becoming Accredited Assessors and certifying projects against the Hydropower Sustainability Standard. The training course is designed for professionals with significant prior experience in the hydropower sector and in relevant sustainability issues.
This five-day in-person course is comprised of a structured training programme, group discussion, practical exercises and a final exam, all of which are designed to focus on issues commonly arising with hydropower projects.
The dates for the next Accredited Assessors training have not been announced. Please stay tuned for updates.
The cost of this training is £4,500 + VAT per participant, excluding accommodation and personal expenses. The participation is capped to 8 people to ensure all participants can get the most from this training.
UK based participants: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange payment.
Education: degree level
Work experience: at least six years of relevant experience
Appropriate auditing qualification or experience: certification on an IRCA-certified auditing course with sufficient content on ISO 19011 (e.g. EMS Lead Auditor course) prior to accreditation (but not necessarily prior to the training course). In total, the applicant should have 40 hours of IRCA-certified training in EMS, health and safety or social auditing
Prior knowledge: familiarity with the Hydropower Sustainability Standard and/or HS Tools
Individuals who meet all eligibility requirements and successfully complete the Accredited Assessor training become Provisionally Accredited Assessors. A Provisionally Accredited Assessor can make contractual arrangements with a client but needs to work with at least one Accredited Assessor to conduct assessments against the HS Standard and the Tools.
For full accreditation, Provisionally Accredited Assessors are required to participate in at least one Official Assessment and receive a positive appraisal submitted by the Accredited Lead Assessor(s), mentoring them on the assigned topic evaluations and general performance. An evaluation form is completed and submitted to the HS Secretariat for approval. Once the appraisal is received, the HS Secretariat will update the status of the individual to Accredited Assessor and issue a Licence Agreement.
To maintain the licence, the individual is expected to comply with all the terms of the licence, including adherence to the code of ethics and continuous professional development through participation in focal area workshops and in updates to accreditation training.
Is this course right for me?
Accredited Assessor training enables you to provide commercial services using the Hydropower Sustainability Standard and Tools, most notably conducting official assessments for external organisations.
Am I right for this course?
We encourage you to review the eligibility requirements above and submit your application form.
Will I receive a certificate?
Yes. Participants who successfully complete the exam will receive a professional certificate and licence from the International Hydropower Association and will be accredited as Provisionally Accredited Assessor of the Hydropower Sustainability Standard and Tools.
How much does this course cost?
The cost of this training is £4,500 + VAT per participant. IHA members and Council members can benefit from a discounted rate of £3,825 + VAT. Group discounts are available for groups above 5. The course fee only covers the cost of the course. You will need to arrange and pay for all other costs including transportation to/from/around London, accommodation in London and other subsistence costs. Please contact our training team for more information: email@example.com
What is the difference between a Certified User and an Accredited Assessor Training?
Certified User training enables you to undertake unofficial assessments within your organisation. You can also prepare an organisation for an official assessment to be conducted by an independent Accredited Assessor, as well as lead on assessment follow up activities. Accredited Assessor training enables you to provide commercial services using the Hydropower Sustainability Standard and Tools, most notably conducting official assessments for external organisations. The decision on which course is right for you will often depend on the organisation you work for and your career path. If you need to discuss which course is best for you please contact our training team.