In support of DEFRAs Property Flood Resilience Action Plan to implement standards, certifications and skills to provide reassurance that work has been done correctly and to a high standard, BRE Academy has partnered with BREs Centre for Resilience to create a training course which addresses the fundamentals of flood resilience surveying, assessing flood risk and the specification of mitigation measures.

BRE Certified Independent Flood Resilience Surveyor

To become a Certified Property Flood Resilience Surveyor you will need to have appropriate experience and qualification.

PFR surveyors are independent from manufacturers and installers involved in the PFR sector and form a key advisor to homeowners and business owners.  The certification scheme will help ensure property owners have the necessary information and confidence to install flood resilience measures to protect their homes and businesses.

To achieve this a certificated independent property flood resilience surveyor will carry out the following:

  • Assess the flood risk to the property, including the type(s) of flood risk involved, the likely maximum depth, duration and extent of flood risk.
  • Survey the flood affected property, or property considered to be at risk from flooding, and prepare a report that includes information about the measures considered to be most effective for the resilience of the property to future flooding events.
  • On completion of all works confirm the details of the installed measures and upload this information to the Property Flood Resilience Database.

Proof of membership of one or more of the following professional institutions is necessary for membership of the scheme:

  • RICS
  • RIBA
  • CIAT
  • IStructE
  • ICE
  • CIOB

Membership of professional institutions not included in the above list will be considered for relevance at the sole discretion of BRE Global.

Property Flood Resilience Database (PFR-d)

The PFR-d has been developed by BRE working in collaboration with Lexis Nexis, AXA Insurance and Liverpool City Council.  Certified PFR surveyors will upload data on flood resilience to the database using an online system.  The PFR surveyor will interact using a tool (the PFR-app) that can be used on site and in the office.  The PFR-app offers the opportunity to assess different options for the property, with a PFR-score being generated in order to indicate the degree of improvement for the property that can be achieved through resistance and resilience approaches.


Day 1

  • Module 1 – An introduction to flood resilience
  • Module 2 – Surveying Methodology
  • Module 3 – Building Elements
  • Module 4 – Ageing properties, elements and amenities
  • Module 5 – Non-traditional and modern methods of construction
  • Module 6 – External fabric: How to identify flood water entry points
  • Module 7 – Internal fabric and services: Flood water entry and damage
  • Module 8 – Community Resilience
  • Module 9 – Insurance
  • Module 10 – Building construction and material
  • Module 11 – Flood Assessment – Drivers, Legislation and Process
  • Module 12 – Flood Assessment – Sources, Hazards and Reporting

Day 2

  • Module 13 – Resistance measures
  • Module 14 – Resilience measures
  • Module 15 – Community measures
  • Module 16 – Use of the property flood resilience database
  • Module 17 – Report writing
  • Exam


At the end of the course you will undertake a 1 hour multiple choice examination.  The exam is open book, allowing you to refer to any notes or documentation that may assist you.  You will need to achieve 70% to pass the examination after which you may have the opportunity to become a BRE Certified Independent Flood Resilience Surveyor.

Please note that you must present acceptable photo identification (ID) for admission to the examination. This may be either your passport, driving licence or EU ID card. Please note that without photo ID you will not be permitted to undertake the examinations.

Graham Brogden – Chair of the Property Flood Resilience Action Group and Head of Technical Claims at Aviva:

“I am delighted to see that the BRE have developed this training course in conjunction with RICS. One of the outputs of the resilience group is to raise standards for flood resilience, this goes from surveying through to products and the repairs of properties that have suffered a flood. This training course is addressing the very start of that process, ensuring  team of independent surveyors are available and qualified to carry out a full and appropriate survey, ensuring the property is prepared for future flood events and property owners can feel assured that a professional assessment has been made.”

£1,200.00 inc VAT
per person


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