How the Thames CPD Works

What is the Thames CPD Scheme?

The Thames CPD Scheme (the Scheme) is , initially a voluntary Scheme, has been developed by the Port of London Authority (PLA), Company of Watermean & Lightermean (CWL) & Thames Skills Academy (TSA) and administered by TSA for the benefit of Masters and Unsupervised Watchkeepers working on the River Thames. The prime objective is to improve safety on the Thames by enabling those entering the Scheme to maintain and refresh their current skills and to learn and develop new skills as the industry changes. The Scheme will also be open to supervised watchkeepers and deckhands working on the Thames seeking to further their careers.

The Governance Board

The Board will comprise of a representative each appointed by the PLA and CWL and four additional representatives appointed in joint agreement by the PLA and CWL to represent both passengers and freight services both larger and smaller employers. The TSA will attend the Board as Administrator of the Scheme.

The Board’s purpose is to continually monitor and review the Scheme, including courses and points, to ensure the Scheme remains relevant to vessel operators and river users. The Board will consider applications to add courseselements to the Scheme, decide whether they fall into Mandatory or Accredited Training or Skills and Experience, and the points to be allocated, to benefit and improve both training and safety on the Thames. The TSA will recommend to the Board components for the Skills and Experience, for the Board’s approval.

The Board will review the numbers of entrants to the Scheme to ensure the Scheme has a reasonable number amongst Masters, Unsupervised Watchkeepers, supervised watchkeepers and deckhands. The Board will take such steps as are necessary to market and sell the benefits of the Scheme. The Board will set up a final appeal system to allow those in the Scheme to appeal in the case of a dispute over the operation of the Scheme. Any appeal system must comply with the Human Rights Act 1998.

The secretariat for the Board will attend Board meetings and will be managed and provided by CWL.

The Board will undertake a review of the Governance arrangements annually.

Jointly the PLA and CWL shall have powers to amend, add or remove any provision in these Governance Rules and any matter not provided for in these Rules, or any question over the interpretation of the Rules shall be dealt with jointly by the PLA and CWL whose decision shall be final.

The Board may terminate the Scheme only with the joint consent of the PLA and CWL.

The Chair of the Board

The Chair of the Board will rotate round those appointed to the Board each serving for one year starting with the PLA representative, then the CWL representative followed by the other representatives in turn as elected by the Board.

Board Meetings

The Chair will preside or, in his/her absence, a Chairman for the meeting will be elected by the voting members present.

Meetings of the Board shall be called by the secretariat in consultation with the Chair by giving notice. The Board shall meet as when there is business to conduct but it shall meet at least once a year. The secretariat in consultation with the Chair shall circulate an agenda at least 10 days before the meeting is to be held. Agendas shall include the opportunity for Board representatives to declare any conflicts of interest.

The secretariat shall take Minutes and will the approval of the Chairman circulate such Minutes for Board approval.

A representative of the Scheme Administrator (TSA) must attend Board meetings.

A resolution put to the vote of the Board shall be decided by a show of hands, of those entitled to vote. Not less than 50% of representatives of the Board entitled to vote shall constitute quorum.

Accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the non-receipt of notice of, a meeting by any representative shall not invalidate the proceedings of a meeting.


The PLA, CWL and TSA recognise a broad range of activities that are suitable for the Scheme and these fall into three categories – Mandatory Courses, Accredited Training and Skills & Experience. The Board will publish a list of courses allocated to one of the three categories. This list will be re-published when the Board makes changes to the courses or the list.

Equal opportunities

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