IPROW is continually developing new training courses, delivered by professionals in the rights of way field and tailored specifically for the needs of members.  The Annual Update is a 'conference' featuring speakers and workshops on a theme of current interest.

If you are interested in more details of potential courses, contact training@iprow.co.uk.  See below for more on bespoke training.

Covid-19: We do not intend to reintroduce venue events until control of the pandemic is clearly established so that participants across a range of vulnerabilities would be comfortable in a venue, and for a venue to be confident of being able to provide for us. The cost of planning a venue event and changing to virtual is high so, to provide certainty for everyone, this year’s events have been committed as virtual. We have proved over the last eighteen months that this medium is very successful and, indeed, has many benefits.

High Quality Training

When the Law Society still ran its accredited CPD scheme, IPROW was accredited as a training provider and was praised for the quality of the training and materials.

Courses continue to be updated and improved and new topics delivered every year in response to demand.

At any event, in addition to its content, one great benefit is the opportunity to meet other members, find out who is doing what where and how successfully, to come away with a wealth of possibilities to try and contacts for future communication.

In response to both COVID-19 and the increasing challenges to local authorities to find funding for training, not just the course itself but time and cost of travel and accommodation, IPROW has been producing courses, webinars and the conference virtually with excellent results and feedback.  It is likely that this medium will continue as although there is a loss of social and networking contact, the benefits in terms of cost and time are considerable.

Bespoke Training In-House

There are decreased budgets for training but high demand with people taking on new roles and a greater need to ensure accuracy, efficiency and good practice, so you may find it more cost effective to supply IPROW training at your authority for several of your team, rather than picking one person to attend a course. It's also a useful refresher for longer term staff and, according to feedback we have had, a way to ensure everyone is working to the same protocol.

IPROW courses are continually updated and we offer an extensive selection of sessions. You can pick your ideal content from the menu for a bespoke course and get everyone up to date at once or provide your needs and let us work out the optimum content. Whatever course you are considering, we will ask for the experience of the participants and the learning outcomes that you want, so that we can advise on what is feasible within your budget and time. We very commonly find that the expectation is too high for quantity of material to cover so consider whether your desired outcome an 'awareness overview' or ability to apply the content independently. The modules below and their approximate periods give an idea of how much could be covered in a day.

For a small team, why not see if your neighbouring authorities would be interested in joining you?

Training days may be:

1. A standard IPROW course (there are some exceptions)
2. A combination of sessions from more than one IPROW course
3. New sessions developed for a specific need

Does this interest you? Prices start from £1,300 for virtual delivery, depending on the course required, the price will increase to cover tailoring to specific needs. For fifteen trainees, that’s less than £100 per person for high quality training with no additional time or travel costs. We are not currently offering training on site, but it may be feasible if our trainer is willing, however, the price will increase to cover travel time, cost and probably overnight accommodation, depending on location.

Provision is on the basis that the course is virtual or the host authority provides the room, catering, any equipment (e.g. projector) and any printing. IPROW will provide the trainer(s), including travel and accommodation (if required).

Do you really know the law and good practice for your work or are you making assumptions? Have your colleagues been telling you how to do a new task? Are any of you up to date in current good practice? Do you need inspiration on how to use your time more efficiently; how to avoid being drawn into situations that eat time for no gain?

Pick Your Own Modules

Available as a PDF

Subject Area Topic ID Minutes
Development The planning process, timeline of a development and an authority's obligations B1 60
Development Management of rights of way through development B2 60
Development The toolkit for asserting and protecting rights of way during development B3 60
Development Making robust responses - framework and policy, strategy, advice B4 60
Development Using design, contributions, conditions and levers to best effect B5 60
Drafting Orders Key features of drafting orders D1 50
Drafting Orders Wildlife and Countryside Act orders D2 45
Drafting Orders Highways Act orders D3 30
Drafting Orders Town and Country Planning Act orders D4 30
Enforcement The duty to assert and protect E1 30
Enforcement Policy and procedure: benefits, compliance, cost recovery E2 45
Enforcement Enforcement by default action:  cost-effective results avoiding prosecution, implementing policy E3 90
Enforcement What constitutes obstruction E4 90
Legal Case law, important cases and how to use them for modification orders L1 3x60
Legal Case law, important cases and how to use them for public path orders L2 60
Legal Case law, important cases and how to use them for maintenance and enforcement L3 60
Maintenance Enforcement against the highway authority E5 30
Maintenance Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, Conservation Constraints W1 30
Maintenance Maintenance duty and law (Highways Act) W2 30
Maintenance Practical maintenance: cost-savings, contracting out vs in-house W3 30
Maintenance Inspections and liability (Highways Act s 58) W4 30
Maintenance Maintainable at public expense, List of Streets and Def Map crossover W5 30
Maintenance Working within Regulations - CDM and water, heritage, habitat, species, preservation, marine environments W6 5x60
Maintenance Equality Duty and applying the Gap-Gate-Stile principle W7 60
Maintenance Working with volunteers W8 60
Modification Orders The Definitive Map and Statement and continuous review M1 30
Modification Orders Statements of priorities and their benefits M2 30
Modification Orders Dedication at common law and s 31 M3 45-90
Modification Orders Applications and discovery of evidence M4 45
Modification Orders Assessing and managing evidence M5 60
Modification Orders Decision making M6 30
Modification Orders The Order process M7 45-90
Modification Orders Objections and problem solving M8 60-90
Modification Orders The components of a legally valid application M9 45
Modification Orders Investigation practice, assessing the evidence, elements of documentary and user M10 45-90
Modification Orders Legal requirements of authority decision making and applying the tests M11 60
Modification Orders What is evidence M12 30
Modification Orders Why collect user evidence – the legal framework and tests M13 30
Modification Orders Collecting user evidence, user evidence forms, alternatives, benefits and pitfalls M14 30
Modification Orders Presenting User Evidence in reports and at Inquiries M15 45
Modification Orders Interview skills, making the most of interviewing M16 6x60
Modification Orders Interpretation of Section 31 and Common Law in practice M17 45
Modification Orders Documentary evidence, sources, uses, what to look for, how to record and manage it M18 45
Modification Orders Inclosure Awards M19 30
Modification Orders Tithe Act M20 30
Modification Orders Finance Act M21 30
Modification Orders Other sources of documentary evidence M22 30
Modification Orders Recording limitations and conditions and width M23 30
Opposed Orders Identifying valid orders, valid objections and when an Order must be sent to PINS O1 45
Opposed Orders Modes of determination – inquiry, hearing or written representations: differing requirements and predicting which is likely O2 30
Opposed Orders Preparing your case – what documents go to PINS and when O3 45
Opposed Orders Working smarter – minimising the workload for PINS determination O4 30
Opposed Orders Writing a Statement of Case O5 45
Opposed Orders Essentials of an expert Proof of Evidence O6 60
Opposed Orders Witness proofs and oral evidence O7 30
Opposed Orders Dealing with unusual Orders:  directions, Orders made against officers’ advice, change in law or position, inheriting someone else’s case O8 30
Opposed Orders How to produce a good proof of evidence, identifying, evaluating and presenting the evidence, dealing with the law O9 60
Opposed Orders Writing the essential concise, authoritative CV for a good proof O10 60
Opposed Orders Lightening the workload and making your Statement of Case work for you O11 45
Opposed Orders How to refer an Order to PINS, checklist, document bundle, Rules, setting up an Inquiry O12 45
Public Path Orders Legislation:  what to use when and why – HA, TCPA, magistrates, special orders P1 30
Public Path Orders What are the tests and meeting them P2 45
Public Path Orders Physical route assessment – suitability, future maintenance commitment, Equality Act P3 30
Public Path Orders Dealing with the subjective element – need and convenience P4 15-45
Public Path Orders Evaluating the case for making the order P5 60-90
Public Path Orders Limitations and conditions and widths P6 30
Public Path Orders Processing orders – contracting out, prioritisation, committee/officer decision and report P7 30
Public Path Orders Drafting orders – the importance of getting it right P8 15
Public Path Orders Opposed orders:  options, making the case, what to consider from the start P9 15

One to One Training

Sometimes one or two members of staff are in urgent need of training and have usually managed to just miss the only course on their topic that year. Rights of way being such a small field means there is rarely enough demand for IPROW to repeat a course within a year, quite often longer.

In such a situation, the ideal solution may be one to one (or two) training in your workplace tailored specifically to your requirements.

Fee for one day’s training is dependent on location and nature of the training but is likely to be around £1,300.

If you are interested, for yourself or your team, please contact training@iprow.co.uk to discuss your needs.

"Thanks for a great course and one which gave an overview of a range of legislation and always made relevant to PROW.  It would have taken many other courses and those wouldn't have been PROW-focused, to learn the same without an IPROW course."

Who are IPROW training courses for?

All courses are aimed at rights of way practitioners and the majority of participants are local authority employees but are by no means exclusive to them and courses frequently have participants from solicitors, barristers or legal officers, rights of way user groups, countryside management and organisations where rights of way may affect their work such as land managers or infrastructure provision.

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