Train with Thames21

Our training exists to empower the communities we work with, helping people take ownership of their waterway spaces to create a lasting legacy for our rivers.

Our free, fun training days help volunteers look after their local stretch of river in areas where we run projects across London. Training sessions are also available as a commissioned, bespoke service for companies, contractors and local authorities. Email Poppy Flint, our Training Officer on if  you would like to know more about our Training opportunities.

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We are an NCFE Customised Qualification Centre and our nationally accredited courses empower participants to lead and support waterway clean-up and other improvement events across London, as well as gain a certificate of achievement from the NCFE.

Leading a Waterway Clean-up
Our essential course gives you everything you need to plan and run safe, effective and enjoyable waterway improvement events.  Once you complete the course you can join our Events Support Team, where you assist our Project Officers to run events, and/or receive a Thames21 Badge and lead your own events as one of our Badged Leaders.

Download the full course information here

Other Training Modules

These other modules help you improve river health in other ways, and are available to registered trainees in areas where we run projects:

Vegetation Management in Your River Catchment

Floating reedbeds, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), raingardens – these are all green spaces which benefit rivers and their local catchments. Learn about the benefits of different vegetation systems, and how to look after them.


Invasive Non-Native Species Training

Certain plant species cause problems for our rivers including bank erosion, shading out other species and blocking light. This training will help you spot them and give you the tools to deal with them.

All opportunities to get involved in these projects will appear on our What’s On page.

Training Policies:
View our training policies by following these links:
Initial Guidance and Support for Learners
Equality Policy
Safeguarding Learners Policy
Training health and safety policy
Compliments & Complaints Policy
Appeals Policy
Malpractice Policy