Construction delay expertise for major projects


Expert insight into project delay

We are experts in the forensic investigation of project delay in the construction and engineering sectors. 
Our approach is to simplify complexity. We thrive on resolving critical issues through objective, fact based analysis. Our testifying experience underpins everything we do.
We advise and train lawyers, consultants, contractors and developers faced with complex delay related disputes globally. 
Our Advanced Professional Award in Forensic Delay Analysis in Construction is the only accredited training programme delivered by professional forensic delay experts which leads to a recognised UK masters-level qualification.

Advanced Professional Award in Forensic Delay Analysis in Construction

Our Programme

Our advanced training programme equips practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to perform forensic delay analysis in major construction disputes at expert witness level.

We enable learners to actively resolve a range of problematic issues, including determination of extension of time, concurrent delay, float ownership, critical path identification, disruption and acceleration; with or without reliance on computer software.

On completion of the programme, learners will be able to:

  • Formulate robust methodologies for analysing delay based on available information and best practice.

  • Evaluate the reasons for critical delays based on robust, fact based analysis.

  • Prepare independent expert witness reports suitable for submission in adjudication, arbitration or litigation proceedings.


The programme's focus on expert level analysis ensures that learners are able to produce credible findings on project delay which are effectively presented and capable of being tested in any dispute forum.

Our public-access programme runs throughout the year. We also provide one-off tailored in-house programmes to major law firms, contractors, consultants and developers globally.

Examination and Award

Examination is based on analysis of a complex case study followed by the production of a compliant forensic delay analysis expert witness report.

Successful completion of the programme leads to the BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Award in Forensic Delay Analysis in Construction (APA FDA) accredited and awarded by Pearson. Pearson is the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked.

The programme is quality assured by QA Associates Ltd the BTEC Approved Centre. 


Our programme is led by Dr Alan Whaley Bsc (Hons) LLM APA Dip (Adj) PhD MCIOB FRICS FCIARb MAE RICS Accredited Expert Witness.


Alan is a leading forensic delay analyst who regularly testifies in adjudication, arbitration and litigation proceedings. He is a member of the RICS Panel of expert witnesses in the UK and MENA Region. He holds a doctorate in construction claims management and lectures on construction law, claims and forensic delay analysis to practitioners across the globe.

  • Clients say: Alan Whaley is a “leader in the field”, widely regarded by peers and clients alike as an “absolutely exceptional expert” in the international construction market. Who’s Who Legal.

  • Students say: Alan is the best lecturer I have had with his extensive use of practical and worked examples. Worth every cent I have paid. Former student.

The award is delivered via intensive online lectures over three weekends. Every student is offered additional small-group tutorial sessions to review coursework reports before submission. All students are expected to supplement face to face learning through self-directed study and practice-based learning.

Students may apply for enrolment on individual modules. Successful completion of all modules is mandatory to be considered for the Advanced Professional Award examination.

Entry Requirements

This is a selective masters level qualification for experienced practitioners. Potential candidates are expected to hold:

  • At least 10 years experience in a relevant discipline, and/or;

  • An undergraduate degree + 5 years post-qualification experience in a relevant discipline, and/or;

  • Full memberships of a relevant professional body (e.g. MRICS, MCIOB, MICE) and/or;

  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with construction claims to an advanced level.


  • £1,100 plus VAT (total £1,320) for the programme (3 modules).

  • Or £375 plus VAT (total £450) per module.

Please contact us to find out more.