Setting out and Surveying courses Leading to level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying

You will learn to use all of the instruments below during your training with us


               Robotic Total station                                         Two man Total Stations                                         GPS Equipment                               

               Digital level                                                      Pipe laser and rotating laser                                    Automatic level



To book and pay for any of the above courses please pay by bank transfer and write your name as reference or pay by card through the web site.



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Why should you choose us?

  • Unlike other colleges, universities, or private providers we provide flexible training at times to suit you, including weekends and weekdays, every month throughout the year.
  • We provide nationally recognised qualifications approved by CSCS for Gold Engineer surveyor card, please be aware some other providers issue their own inhouse certificates that are neither qualifications nor approved by CSCS.
  • Post training support by email, telephone. Learners can attend post completion support classes.
  • Enhanced training designed specifically for those changing career into construction and civil engineering.
  • GPS and Robotic Total Station training included in advanced and enhanced course.



Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying, leading to CSCS Gold Engineer Surveyor card.



Study mode: 


We offer Surveying and setting out engineering training on Saturdays, Sundays and the first week of each month throughout the year.


Due to pandemic and the need for social distancing we have altered the timetable to ensure safety of our staff and learners and to reduce learner numbers present at the same time. You can start this course any Saturday or on the first Monday of any month. Please note a unit certificate fee of £75 per unit or £360 for full qualification applies.


Course options:


  • 1- Beginner level
  • 2- Intermediate level
  • 3- Advanced level
  • 4- Enhanced level
  • 5- Training and assessment for existing experienced engineers leading to qualification.




All training courses are offered at weekends as well as the first and second week of each month, Monday to Friday. We also offer bespoke training to individuals and companies.



Course levels on offer.


1- Beginner level: 4 Saturday afternoon sessions, Fee: £695     2.00-5.00 pm


Topics covered:


  • Introduction to Surveying
  • Mathematics of setting out and surveying.
  • Reading and understanding general arrangement drawings
  • Creating your own local control systems
  • Working out coordinates from drawings
  • Automatic levels
  • Laser levels
  • Introduction to to Total stations
  • Knowledge questions of the qualification


Learners can achieve 2-unit certificates subject to submission of assignments and a certificate fee of £75 per unit.



2- Intermediate level: 4 Saturday morning sessions,  £695     9.00 am to 1.00 pm.


Combine beginner and intermediate level for just £995. 4 all day Saturday sessions in one month.


  • Surveying methods
  • Global local coordinate conversion methods
  • Further drawing exercises
  • New methods of creating a local control systems for surveying.
  • Working out coordinates from drawings
  • Total Stations capabilities, programs
  • Setting out, surveying, measuring distances, angles and heights.



3-Advanced level: 4-day course: £995-

Learners must have completed intermediate level before they can progress to the advanced level.


Topics covered: 


  • Surveying and setting out techniques
  • In-depth hands-on practice with Total stations and levelling equipment 
  • Further Global / Local coordinate transformation methods
  • Reading and understanding construction drawings, architects and engineer's general arrangement drawings, elevations, sections, reinforcement drawings, bending schedules
  • Introduction to Robotic Total stations
  • Using GNSS equipment for Site surveying and establishing site control
  • Full understanding of a range of Total Station programs
  • Setting out, point, offset, arc, piles, houses, drainage, pile caps, ground beams
  • Role of an engineer in RC frame and steel frame structures
  • Uploading and downloading data to and from Total stations
  • Various distance measurement methods


Learners will achieve further 3 units of Using Total Stations, Using GNSS and Setting out leading to full award of the level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying which will enable you to apply for CSCS Gold Engineer Surveyor card, subject to unit certificate fee of £75 per unit.



This is following on from the intermediate course and at this level you will learn to use Total stations, and various methods of setting out, further mathematics of surveying, global/local grid transformations, further drawing exercises, plenty of two-man Total station practice and introduction to Robotic Total stations.


At the end of this course subject to submission of written answers to knowledge questions you will achieve further 3 units of the qualification leading to full qualification award. Please note certificate fee of £75 per unit, or £360 for full qualification applies.



4-Enhanced level: Extra training for absolute beginners and those changing career into construction engineering surveying

Fee: £995 per month, with discount of 50% for each extra month of attendance. - Sundays - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm


  • Detailed surveying and setting out techniques,
  • Reading and understanding more complex construction drawings
  • Intensive use of Robotic Total stations with more programs
  • Further training in converting Global and Local coordinates
  • Creating your own local systems for surveying
  • Extra surveying methods
  • Job and point naming conventions.
  • Transferring data to and from USB and Total station
  • Further use of GNSS equipment for surveying, setting out and establishing control networks
  • Practical traversing by Two-man Total stations and GNSS
  • Measuring angles, distances, areas, and volumes
  • Automatic angle measurements by Robotic Total Stations


Learners of this course can also attend the following short courses at reduced fees.

  • Level 3 Fundamentals of Building Information Modelling
  • Level 3 Managing and supervising working at height.
  • Level 3 First aid at work


This is a follow-on course from the advanced level, intended for absolute beginners or those changing career into surveying, duration of the course is dependent on each learner, some may need more than others, hence you will be charged per month of attendance.


At enhanced level you will go into further detail of each topic, work on more complicated scenarios and drawings, introduced to more methods of setting out and surveying, use more of instrument programs, a lot of practice using Robotic Total stations.


Enhanced course is ideal for complete beginners and those changing career into construction engineering surveying, it acts as an alternative to University degree, as most employers are seeking competent engineers able to go to site and start work without supervision. Your NVQ level 3 qualification is sufficient to demonstrate competency but as most beginners lack practical experience, this level will help with gaining plenty of practical exercises like real world conditions.


At this level, you will learn full use of most frequently used Total station programs for surveying and setting out, as well as use of Robotic Total stations and AutoCAD. Includes free AutoCAD, first aid, building information modelling (BIM) and level 3 Managing and supervising working at height short courses.




5-Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying, Experienced engineer/surveyor route: 


One weekday or two Sunday afternoon assessment sessions at college or online assessment only option: £995 all inclusive




For experienced engineers seeking a qualification leading to CSCS Gold Engineering Surveying card we offer a full day or two Sunday afternoon sessions of training and assessment afternoon sessions. Training will not cover Total stations but will include topics such as,

  • Mathematics of surveying,
  • levelling by automatic, laser and digital levels,
  • GPS
  • Traversing.

Learners will need to submit assignments for answers to the knowledge questions of the qualification to achieve full qualification certificate.


Weekday option: Last Friday of each month

Sunday option: Any Sunday 3-6 pm- advance booking is required.












Introduce a friend and receive £50 referral fee once they have joined a course.


Join with a friend and receive 5% discount.


Learners paying in full in advance for the Beginner to enhanced level course will receive a discount of £150 off fees.


Please note there is no refund once payment is made for any reason whatsoever. Please ensure you can afford the course fees and are able to attend practical lessons regularly.











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