Invasive Non-Native Plants.

Develop your skills in identifying and understanding the law and management of invasive non-native plant species, including Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed.

Invasive Non-Native Plants

Invasive non-native plants (INNPs) if left untreated, can quickly block drains, weaken walls and even damage the foundations of a property. It is essential that property professionals have the necessary skills to not only identify a range of INNPs, but also understand the legal and management aspects of these species, including Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed.

This course will cover identifying invasive plants and enable you to offer guidance to your customers on how they can be dealt with effectively.

Content overview

  • Identification of high-profile INNPs in the UK
  • Understand management solutions for INNPs and what they achieve


CPD Subject Category:
Housing - Standards, Legal and Valuation

Study method:

Sava Online CPD Certificate

30 hours

£600.00 + VAT


Why do you need to learn about identifying invasive plants?

Invasive non-native plants can have significant financial and legal implications for homeowners and their neighbours, and also cause a great level of stress and upheaval. It’s crucial that property professionals know how to identify invasive plants currently growing in the UK, such as Japanese knotweed, as well as understand the legal side and how they can be managed effectively.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

  • Be able to identify invasive non-native plants in the UK (INNPs)
  • Understand the growth and spread of high-profile INNPs and the problems they cause
  • Be familiar with the legal framework in England and Wales relevant to UK INNPs
  • Have learned effective inspection techniques to establish the presence of INNPs
  • Understand management solutions and what they achieve for treating INNPs
  • Understand the impact of high-profile INNPs

Who is the course designed for?

  • Professionals working in land and property management, maintenance and contracting etc.
  • Residential building surveyors and anyone interested in identifying invasive plants in the UK
  • Members of RICS and other professional bodies such as CIOB and CABE who provide valuations and survey reports for homeowners and lenders


  • The training programme is delivered through Sava Learn, our easy-to-use online learning platform. You will be asked to read, research, watch and listen, and will be invited to check your knowledge through quizzes.
  • You have complete flexibility as to where and when you undertake your learning.
  • You can enrol on this course at any time and work through the content at your own pace.
  • You will have access to the material for a year from purchase.
  • Training material is developed by Dr Dan Jones, a leading authority on non-native plant species.
  • Content includes the use of recommended learning resources.


There is an online test after completion of the course to demonstrate the knowledge attained.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements.


The cost of the module is £600 + VAT. This includes all online training material, the test and the award of the Sava CPD Certificate.