Hands on practice with surveying instruments at college for 16 weekend or two blocks of nine consecutive training sessions over two months

This is an alternative to a University degree course or a conversion to engineering course. It will teach you all you need to work as an effective engineer.  You don't need to have a university degree or HND to work as an engineer or surveyor, our course will provide you with complete training on what clients expect from you.


This 3 month long course starts on the first Saturday of each month, learners can select to attend some or all classes during a 3 month period. Lessons are held on Saturdays, Sundays and the first week of each month.

Month 1:

You will initially complete the beginner to advanced level course with topics listed below. You can attend in 9 consecutive days starting the first Saturday of any month or at weekends on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Please note that lesson plan is subject to change as we continuedly try to improve the delivery of our courses, please contact us for the latest lesson plan.

  • Principles of surveying and setting out

    • Mathematics of surveying,

    • creating a local coordinate system

    • Health & Safety & Risk assessment for engineers/surveyors​​

  • Levelling

    • Learning to use Automatic level, rotating laser, pipe laser and digital levels​

    • Establishing site datums and temporary bench marks

    • Levelling traverse

    • Two peg tests and calibrating automatic levels

    • Height of collimation and rise and fall method of calculating reduced levels

  • Introduction to Total stations

    • Creating jobs​

    • Correct job and point ID naming methods

    • Instrument settings

    • EDM Settings, understanding prism types

    • User option of EDM modes for surveying center of round columns

    • Atmospheric corrections, changing instrument temperature and pressure settings

    • Measuring distances, heights and surveying

  • GNSS

    • Using GNSS for surveying and setting out​

    • Static and Real time Kinetic modes

    • Satellite geometry and effect of RTK on accuracy

  • Traversing

    • Measuring angles, distances​

    • Face left and face right angle measurements

    • Systematic and random errors in traversing

    • Establishing traverse station coordinates, eastings northings and heights

    • Angle and distance measurement adjustment methods

    • Traverse field practice, establishing local control system

    • Establishing secondary control from traverse points

  • Total station programs

    • Resection program,  working out station position and bearing​

    • Errors in resection

    • Alternative resection options

    • Distance measurement programs 

    • Area and volume calculations

  • Setting out point methods

    • Setting out point, line and offset

    • Setting out  arcs, simple and complicated roads

    • Setting out ramps and slopes

    • Setting out by surveying methods

  • Global and local coordinate conversions

    • Rotating grid lines​

    • Moving origins

    • Creating your own global or local system

    • Creating new control system where none exist


Month 2:

On the second month of the course learners will undertake further practice sessions using levelling and Total station instruments to their familiarity of the surveying instruments. You will be using realistic scenarios, using site drawings and client requirements.

The objective with the second month of the course is to ensure you have gained fluency in using surveying equipment and are able to read and understand construction drawings and understand what is required from a site engineer or surveyor..

4 Saturday sessions from 3.00 to 6.00 pm

  • Two peg test and levelling, rise & fall, Hoc, level traverse, establish site datum

    • Revision of levelling equipment calibration check through two peg tests​

    • Levelling traverse over a large area, establishing site datums

  • Surveying, Stake out, Ref line, traverse by GPS

    • Road survey

    • Stake out piles, roads, box outs, columns and houses

    • Using GNSS for establishing site datum and site control points

  • Resection, Stake out, Ref line, Ref arc, ref plane

    • Revision of alternative resection methods​

    • Establishing instrument position by setting up instrument on a known point using back sights

    • Revision of various stake out methods

    • Setting out from drawings, points, lines and arcs

  • Creating local control for surveying and setting out

    • Using alternative methods of establishing a local control​

    • Moving origins and rotating grids

    • Creating multiple local grids on one site when there are various grid lines at different angles

Month 3

On the third month of the course learners will mainly work with Robotic Total stations handling DXF format and DWG AutoCAD drawings. You will learn to simplify CAD drawings, upload to instrument and set out from CAD drawings.

You will also learn about Concrete frame and steel frame construction methods.  Read rebar drawings and bending schedules, order rebar and concrete by calculating concrete volumes from drawings and site measurements.

There are extensive exercises in setting out holding down bolts as well as line and level of steel and concrete frames.

The objective with the third month of the course is to ensure you have gained fluency in understanding construction methods, what is required from an engineer on site, know what happens next and be prepared for it without client asking you to.

4 Saturday sessions 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

  • Robotics- Site set up, establish control, Site survey, download survey

  • AutoCAD- basics, plot survey, draw design, originate design on survey

  • Control points & Survey of road, local area, download DXF, plot ACAD

  • EDM to check control adjustment, adjust ACAD drawing (scale)

  • Structural setting out, groundworks, drainage, foundations, reading drawings

  • Reading GA's, extracting coordinates for setting out using CAD drawings, manipulate data in excel, set out stairs, ramps, more advanced procedures

  • Using advanced programs, Road, COGO, etc


     Key Features

  • Post training support by email, telephone or drop in by appointment

  • Beginner to enhanced course is an alternative to university degree or HND, it will prepare you for work, exactly what clients need in an engineer or surveyor.

  • Nationally and internationally recognized certificate subject to extra fee of £360

  • You will be entitled to apply for CSCS Engineer Surveyor gold card

  • Please be aware most other training providers issue inhouse certificates not recognised by CSCS

For further information please contact Reza Nobakht on 07974 221155 or email us 




Advanced level afternoon sessions
2.30 -6.30 pm (Month 2)


2.30pm - 6.30pm


Mathematics of surveying, setting out methods

  • Global/Local coordinate transformation

  • Reading engineers and architects’ drawings

  • Drawings with multiple grid systems

  • Setting out and surveying techniques for piles, roads, houses, drainage, external works

  • Creating your own local system

2.30pm - 6.30pm



  • Laser level

  • Digital level

  • Levelling traverse

  • Pipe laser

  • Levelling by Total Station

2.30pm - 6.30pm


Traversing, surveying and setting out weekend

  • Transferring survey data to USB and CAD

  • Accuracies and precision

  • Atmospheric corrections

  • Field based traverse measurements

  • Checking and adjusting traverse errors

2.30pm - 6.30pm


Total station programs

  • Resection, Setting out, surveying, reference line, arc, plane, remote height, tie distance

  • Area and Volume calculations, Slopes /ramps

2.30pm - 6.30pm


Robotics and GNSS weekend

  • Introduction to Robotic instruments and GNSS

  • Followed by practice session

2.30pm - 6.30pm


Using Robotic Total stations and GNSS

  • surveying and setting out

  • Various setting out exercises by both equipment

2.30pm - 6.30pm


BIM and First aid course weekend

  • Fundamentals of Building Information Modelling (BIM)

2.30pm - 6.30pm


Final revision and assessment

BIM Test

  • Learners can attend the test session the following month if necessary

Learners of beginners to advanced level can attend one free session every month for up to 6 months to maintain competency in setting out.

Learners can repeat this course for just £995