Sites and Foundations for Housing Professionals.

This qualification covers how to recognise different types of foundations, why variations are needed, how water affects them and the risks of sloping sites. It also looks at the detrimental impact water has on owners and occupiers, especially if the property’s proximity is near rivers and water courses.

Learning outcomes

  • The different foundation types and why variations are needed for residential buildings.
  • The two main types of soil and the implications for foundations, including the factors that cause foundations to fail and the health implications that can be caused by environmental factors relating to ground conditions.
  • How water affects foundations and can cause risks in residential buildings, including the mechanisms for redirecting water away from a building and the problems water at ground level can cause to the foundations of a property.
  • How the proximity of rivers and water courses can affect residential buildings and create risk for owners and occupiers, including how you can check flood risk areas.
  • The specific risks for buildings and their occupants due to sloping sites, including the associated risks and how to monitor a property to determine if any action is needed.
  • The purpose of retaining walls and potential issues for property owners and occupiers if they fail.


Construction and Pathology

30 hours

Qualification name:
Sites and Foundations for Housing Professionals

Qualification type:
Ofqual recognised Level 4 Award

£495.00 + VAT


Who the qualification is designed for

  • Those involved with repair and maintenance
  • Those involved in managing property and tenants
  • Those who need a better understanding of ‘bricks and mortar’ issues

How the qualification is delivered

  • Through our bespoke online learning platform
  • 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
  • Includes a suite of additional and recommended learning resources (such as University of the West of England construction resources and BRE online library)

How the qualification is assessed

  • After you have completed the learning, there are structured questions to demonstrate the knowledge attained

How much the qualification costs

  • The cost of the award is £495+VAT. This includes all online training material, the assessment and the Level 4 Award