Professional Development for Surveyors

Helping create knowledge champions

In today’s ever changing construction industry, it has never been more important to ensure you are up to date with current industry trends and new innovations.

ACO recognises that in a discipline that contributes to everything from building our cities, roads and railways systems and much more, this can be a daunting task. ACO has developed a series of Professional Development courses that can be accessed in number of ways ensuring you can undertake professional development when and where you need it.

As a surveyor, you are required to undertake continuous professional development to develop your carer and encourage lifelong learning. Dependant on your professional body or employer, this is approximately 20 hours CPD per year, this could for example be split between personal technical knowledge and skills, job role technical knowledge and skills, and personal soft skills.

Professional Development for Surveyors

Levels of CPD

ACO have identified 3 levels of CPD in line with leading Construction Institution guidance. These levels assist you and ACO to select the educational program required for your professional development. For a full description please contact us. 

Level 1 – Basic knowledge and understanding

Level 2 – Application of knowledge to a subject

Level 3 – Reasoned advice, depth and synthesis of technical knowledge and its implementation

Level 1


To help architects, designers and contractors meet legal requirements that now tightly control the way surface water is managed, ACO has created its unique ‘Surface Water Management Cycle’ – Collect, Clean, Hold, Release – the four core processes now required for the complete and sustainable management of surface water drainage with a balance of proprietary products and SuDS features.  

We focus on why we need surface water drainage; how to select an appropriate system from the perspective of design, materials, environmental impact, loading, aesthetics and the legislation used to ensure that the manufactured product is of the highest standard.

Looking at where it goes following its collection from the surface i.e. the natural environment or a combined sewer. How we treat this collected rainwater using oil, heavy metal separators and what level of treatment is required based on the SuDS mitigation Indices set out in The SuDS Manual (C753).

Volume and rate of runoff are a consequence of a changing climate. How we manage this volume using soft SuDS and underground storage in an economic way, creates resilience systems. Though, making sure the system is future proof in terms of inspection and maintenance is desirable and evaluated. The rate we release storm water into the environment and how flow controllers can assist in alleviating scour, wash out, bank erosion and cut down on excess storage on the site is the final subject.

Learning outcomes

• Understand the basic requirement for surface water management

• Learn how ACO approaches each element of Collect, Clean, Hold & Release

• Where to get access to applicable standards and guidance

• Understand load classes as per BS EN 1433 and the certification process

• The application of surface water management products in a variety of scenarios

• Understand the principals of separation devices

• Learn the basics of The SuDS Manuals (C753) Mitigation Indices and Connecting to SuDS features

• How to specify underground attenuation for loading and maintenance

• Understand how Controlling the flow rate can lower the need for attenuation

Level 2


In an age of construction, where margins are shrinking, uncertainty is increasing and a dispute is enough to send a company into liquidation, finding certainty and greater profitability from a project is of the utmost importance.

This presentation will look at the Surface Water Management System and how ACO conduct Value Engineering, or what we call the ‘Recognition of Opportunities’ within a scheme. Exploring a series of case studies where we have worked with various consultants and contractors to find value within a project, this presentation outlines the importance of early engagement with clients to find the most economical solution for any given scheme.   

For this presentation, ACO teamed up with cost consultant Gleeds to provide the cost before and after Value Engineering was carried out.

Learning outcomes

• Find out how early engagement and collaboration can deliver cost and time efficiencies

• Learn how to use channels to rationalise a site drainage layout

• Why considering site topography can save on proprietary products, materials, excavation and time on site

• Using structural calculations can rationalise geocellular storage and lower excavation, offsite transport and accelerate the site programme

• Using surface storage in line with The SuDS Manual guidance can eliminate underground storage

Accessing Professional Development
Accessing Professional Development

ACO recognises that knowledge transfer is fundamental in keeping up-to-date with these latest advancements in surface water management and has unique professional development and training offers for industry professionals. These can be accessed in a number of different ways to suit your learning requirements; online, in-company, or at the state of the art training facility at ACO UK headquarters.

For more information

The extensive range of professional development material we offer is constantly updated and refreshed. Availability of certain programmes fluctuates according to demand. For both these reasons we recommend you register your interest by providing a few details in order for us to be able to keep you up to date. 

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