Understanding the Upkeep / ABBE Certificate in Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
Updated: Feb 19
We consider the Upkeep / ABBE Certificate in Housing Health & Safety Ratings System (HHSRS) an essential course for staff working at housing associations, local authorities and private landlords. Here’s why.
What is the HHSRS?
The Housing Health & Safety Ratings System (HHSRS) is a risk assessment tool that helps housing associations and local authorities both identify and protect against potential health & safety hazards in residential properties.
This helps housing associations and local authorities determine whether a hazard in a residential property is so great that it needs intervention.
The HHSRS was first introduced in 2004 and is evidence-based. The assessment criteria are based on national statistics on the impact of health hazards in the home.
A score of 1,000 or higher means that a local authority has a duty to deal with the hazard. This is known as a Category 1 Hazard.
If the score is 999 or under, the local authority may not have a duty to deal with the hazard, but they can still ask the property owner to tackle the problem.
All social landlords are expected to both understand and apply HHSRS during property inspections.
Read more for guidance on HHSRS.
Why choose our HHSRS course?
The Upkeep / ABBE Certificate in Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a two-day course leading to a nationally recognised qualification accredited by the ABBE (Awarding Body of the Build Environment).
This qualification confirms that your employees have successfully demonstrated an ability to assess properties for hazards using this rating system.
Individuals that would suit this qualification includes housing officers, environmental health officers, building managers and private landlords.
For more information about the course and what it entails, please take a look at our course page.
How to book onto our HHSRS course
We can offer the Upkeep / ABBE Certificate in Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) in-house on your premises. Alternatively, please check our course calendar for scheduled courses.
If you have any further questions about the Upkeep Certificate in Housing Health & Safety Rating Systems (HHSRS), please enquire with our team on 0208 123 0804.
Some feedback from recent course attendees
"Very good, made it easy to understand" - Housing Association Delegate - HHSRS Day 1 - Sept 18
"A lot to take in but very well explained" - Local Authority Delegate - HHSRS Day 1 - Feb 19
"Learnt a lot - really useful to my job" - Local Authority Delegate HHSRS Day 2 - March 19
"Well done and highly recommended" - Private Candidate - HHSRS Day 2 - Jan 19
"Many thanks - another very informative, interesting and useful course from Upkeep" - Housing Association Delegate - Sept 18