Assessor Training

The [AGF Training] course was very practical and useful and in addition I had the chance to meet other like- minded professionals and a had a great opportunity for networking!”

-Jone Pérez

I thoroughly enjoyed the training provided by AGF. The registration process was very simple, and a wealth of preparatory material was provided in advance of the course. The course itself was delivered in a relaxed atmosphere, by competent, friendly trainers and covered all of the essential elements. After completing the course I feel fully prepared to undertake a festival assessment, and I have met many great people in the process. Thank you AGF!

-Nikita Coulter

AGF

A Greener Festival Training
A Greener Festival has developed this course drawing upon the last 10 years of experience in assessing festivals and events around the world. Training focuses on the key operational issues of events which create an impact on the environment developing the knowledge and skills of participants to undertake environmental assessments or simply to improve their understanding.

There are two ways you can take our training course.

Classroom Training Dates:

  1. 12th – 13th September ’19, London.
  2. Wed 16th and Thur 17th October – alongside our friends ADE Green, Amsterdam.
  3. 14th / 15th January ’20 – FIRST TIME alongside our friends Eurosonic, Groningen, NL

Who is this course for?
Designed as Stage 1 training for auditors to complete assessments at festivals and events on behalf of the A Greener Festival Awards. This training course is also relevant for those wishing to work in event sustainability, event organisers and those seeking to improve their own events sustainability management.

Course Content
Topics covered:

Legal Framework and Policy
Local Impacts and Risks
Sustainable Procurements
Travel & Transport
Event Power
Solid Waste & Recycling
Water usage, Waste Water and Sewerage
The Circular Festival
Behaviour & Communication
AGF Assessment Familiarisation & Post Event Reporting

Learning will be supported by the use of case studies drawn from real events.

How will you study:

By attendance
The course will be delivered through a series inputs from the AGF training team combined with exercises using real case studies.

Online
Study will be entirely online without any face to face tuition using AGF training materials and case studies. Assessment for the online training course will be through an online test.

What you will receive at the end of the course?
All those who successfully complete the course will be become Stage 1 Certified A Greener Festival Assessors and will receive a certificate of completion from A Greener Festival.

Online trainees will receive a joint certificate from A Greener Festival and Falmouth University.

Trainees are then eligible to move to Stage 2 of our training programme. This involves event site visits and the completion of assessments under the supervision of one of our Senior Assessors. Note your site visit expenses will be paid for either by the event or by A Greener Festival.

When you have undertaken at least 2 assessments satisfactorily and passed the AGF Assessor skills assessment, you will have completed Stage 2 of our Assessor Training.

Note for those who wish to undertake A Greener Festival Audits ( Terms and Conditions)
All Environmental Assessors for A Greener Festival (AGF) need to complete a formal training programme at least once every three years so they can fully participate in evaluating festivals that take part in the A Greener Festival Award scheme and The Greener Event Award scheme.

The opportunity to complete an assessment is dependent upon the quantity and location of events applying for the Awards scheme in any twelve (12) month period. These numbers can vary and we would always try and match a festival or event with a suitable Assessor and one deciding factor would be the location of the event and the location of the Assessor to minimise travel emissions and costs.

The training is valid for the A Greener Festival Awards Scheme for three (3) years from the date you complete this course. Whilst you are welcome to take the training again before this time, you do not have to. However, after 3 years you will need to renew your training with A Greener Festival if you wish to continue as an Assessor.

A Greener Festival Assessor: Code of Conduct

All assessors must adhere to the assessor Code of Conduct:

  1. Assessors will complete the AGF Assessor training as a minimum requirement of auditing events for the Greener Festival Award. Wherever practicable, Assessors will keep up to date and inform themselves of latest developments, issues and innovations in the festival and events industry in relation to environmental impacts and issues of sustainability.

  2. Assessors will always conduct themselves in a professional, safe and responsible manner when assessing festivals and events and representing A Greener Festival, adhering to the event site health and safety rules.

  3. The most low carbon form of transport will be sought when planning travel to and from events. This will be arranged as early as possible in order to minimise the costs to A Greener Festival and the applying festivals.

  4. Where possible, assessors should attend applying events from start to finish in order to gain a fuller perspective for the events actions.

  5. The Assessors report is the most valuable document to A Greener Festival in delivering the awards. The Assessors must commit to answering all questions fully, fairly, objectively and honestly based upon the evidence they have seen and received.

  6. Assessors must liaise with festivals prior to, during, and post event to gain complete evidence for the marks that they award in the Greener Festival Assessment Form. The type of evidence required is detailed in the Assessors guidance notes and supporting document list. Pre and Post event communication may be by phone or email, whereas onsite communication is expected
    to take place in person.

  7. All expenses must be agreed in advance. Assessors will keep receipts and invoices for all expenses to be claimed. Receipts must be submitted to A Greener Festival or the Event directly to receive repayment for expenses. Expenses cannot be paid that have not been agreed in advance.

  8. Assessors will respect the ownership, sensitive nature and value of information they receive, treating all information provided to them as part of the Greener Festival Awards application, including but not limited to assessment materials, contacts and supporting documentation, as
    private and confidential, to be shared only with the AGF administration.

  9. The Assessor must be independent of the applicant, and must inform A Greener Festival if any potential conflict of interest exists, be it professional, commercial or personal.

  10. Assessors will not approach applicants with propositions of using the assessor for future business of any kind, without prior consent from A Greener Festival.

  11. Assessors must remain impartial in their judgment and must not accept gifts, ‘in kind’ offers or bribes under any circumstances

Testimonials from past trainee AGF Assessors:

“The AGF training was great, very worthwhile on a number of levels. The trainers are dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic; the information imparted is useful and interesting; and there were valuable opportunities to make contact with like-minded passionate people involved in festivals and sustainability. It’d be great if all festival organisers did this training!” Em Weirdigan, Green Gathering

“I thoroughly enjoyed the training provided by AGF. The registration process was very simple, and a wealth of preparatory material was provided in advance of the course. The course itself was delivered in a relaxed atmosphere, by competent, friendly trainers and covered all of the essential elements. After completing the course I feel fully prepared to undertake a festival assessment, and I have met many great people in the process. Thank you AGF!” Nikita Coulter

“The course was very practical and useful and in addition I had the chance to meet other like- minded professionals and a had a great opportunity for networking!” Jone Pérez

“Perfect opportunity to learn more about making festivals more sustainable and meet like-minded persons in the process.”

“I am very happy to have participated in the training, and to be part of the AGF team. I have learned lots and I am sure to learn a lot more in the future, which I am really looking forward to! Thanks!“