The Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) has developed this registration scheme in order to recognise and reward the technical skills associated with land contamination risk assessment. Other schemes already exist for recognising skills required for the management of land affected by contamination, which can be numerous and multi-disciplinary. Our scheme is designed to complement these.
The SoBRA scheme does not demonstrate that an individual is an expert but it shows that the individual possesses the critical technical, scientific and communications skills required to design, perform and/or critically evaluate land contamination risk assessments.
The scheme is focussed on the technical detail associated with such risk assessment but also requires that applicants have a broader understanding of the context and impact of risk assessment on the management of land affected by contamination and the skills to communicate the effect of the risk assessment conclusions, uncertainty and implications of these.
SoBRA can assess risk assessors in the following 4 practice areas: Human Health, Controlled Waters/Water Environment, Permanent Gases and Vapour Intrusion. Applicants may apply to be assessed in a maximum of 2 practice areas per application window. Each of these practice areas can be assessed at either of the 2 grades.
RSoBRA – Registered as a Risk Assessor with SoBRA
A person who is registered as a Risk Assessor with SoBRA is someone who is capable of undertaking and/or reviewing routine risk assessments without supervision. More complex risk assessment situations are likely to require research and/or guidance from a more senior risk assessor.
A list of the attributes required is provided in the ‘Assessment Framework & Guidance’ and further, detailed guidance on the skills required is provided in the Core Level Skills in Appendix B.
A Registered SoBRA Risk Assessor is likely to meet the definition of “competent person” under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in relation to Generic Quantitative Risk Assessment (GQRA).
It is also envisaged that a Registered SoBRA Risk Assessor would be able to support a SQP under the Land Forum’s National Quality Mark Scheme, by undertaking or reviewing GQRAs.
If successful, an applicant would be able to use RSoBRA as a post-nominal.
ASoBRA – Fully Accredited Member of SoBRA
A person assessed to be a Fully Accredited Member of SoBRA is someone with a thorough understanding of land contamination risk assessment, with experience of carrying out and/or reviewing both GQRA and Detailed Quantitative Risk Assessments (DQRA). They are likely to be either (a) senior staff who supervise others and review risk assessment reports, as well as having experience of performing risk assessments themselves or contributing to the development of risk assessment best practice; (b) or senior regulators or others with in-depth experience of providing detailed technical review of reports which rely on the appropriate use of derived site specific assessment criteria (SSAC), presented alongside a DQRA.
A list of the attributes required is provided in the ‘Assessment Framework & Guidance’ and further, detailed guidance on the skills required is provided in the Core Level Skills in Appendix B. It is noted that the attributes listed in Section 8.1 and the Core levels Skills provided in Appendix B are relevant to all applicants.
It is also envisaged that a Fully Accredited Member of SoBRA would be able to support a SQP under the Land Forum’s National Quality Mark Scheme, by undertaking or reviewing both GQRAs and DQRAs.
If successful an applicant would be able to use ASoBRA as a post-nominal.
Dr Naomi Earl has kindly agreed to provide mentorship to applicants who are uncertain about the strength of their application. Naomi is a SoBRA Scrutineer with a wealth of risk assessment experience, and SoBRA would like to express our thanks to Naomi taking on this role. If you would like to ask Naomi questions about your application prior to submission then please email your request to the Accreditation inbox [email protected]. Please note that this offer of assistance only relates to an application for SoBRA Accreditation, and is not for other professional advice. Receiving advice from Naomi does also not guarantee that your application will be successful.
Accreditation Overview – Early Years Webinar
A webinar giving an overview of SoBRA accreditation can be viewed here.