Building a Flood Resilient Society

CPD Course

This course examines, community, infrastructure, housing and business resilience through the use of case studies and practical exercises in developing resilience plans. Challenges of effective flood recovery, strategies to engage flood communities and the use of Property Level Protection (PLPs) for building resilience will be explored.


"Everything was clearly explained with very good examples."
Carole Wright, Technical Flood Support Officer, Wrexham Council

Campus Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Course CPD Course
Length 1 day - TBC

Led by:

  • Dr Servel Miller (PhD, MSc, PGDip, PgCert, BSc. FHEA, FRGS, CGeog. Dip.)
  • Paul Cobbing (National Flood Forum)


What are the benefits of participating?

  • Certificate of completion
  • Course certified by CPD Certification Service
  • Practitioner-led course
  • Access to tutors for up to one month after course date
  • Affordable Continuing Professional Development course
  • Ability to put together resilience plans
  • Learn about the recent research
  • Network with experts and peers in the field of flood risk assessment
  • Hands-on experience
  • Access to University of Chester library resources for two months after course date
  • Access to University of Chester online learning space
  • Access to industry standard software
  • A copy of the course notes to take away


The course will be delivered using a mixture of:

  • Presentations and discussions
  • Interactive group exercises
  • LOCATION: University of Chester



You will learn about:

  • Government’s latest policy initiatives and strategies for UK resilience against meteorological hazards
  • Engaging flood communities at risk
  • Supporting Community – Effectively Warning and Communicating Flood Hazards to the Public
  • Community flood recovery process: The first 18 months and beyond
  • The Role of Local Resilience Forums and Emergency Services as First Points of Contact in a Crisis, Responding to Disasters and Ensuring Community Resilience
  • Preparing for floods
  • Building Business Resilience
  • Identifying Business Supply chain(s) at risk


What are the learning outcomes?

Successful students will meet the following Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding 

1. Understand flood resilience principles and practices

2. Understand the fundamentals of Property Level Protection (PLP)

3. Understand the fundamentals of community, buildings, infrastructure and business resilience

4. Understand key aspects of a resilience planning

Subject-specific Skills 

5. Learn how to engage communities at risk from flooding

6. Ability to develop resilience programmes and plans

Key Skills 

7. Abstract and synthesise information from a variety of sources

8. Demonstrate an ability to take a reasoned and logical approach to problem solving

There is no formal assessment for the course but a certificate will only be issued upon completion of class-based exercise.

Prerequisites: No qualifications required.

Available to: This is a valuable course for community leaders, parish councillors, heads of social housing organisations, flood group members, head teachers, flood wardens, business manager and students who wish to take away practical ways to secure a more resilient future for local communities.