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    SuDS: standards, guidance and design tools <br />– Online course
  • SuDS: standards, guidance and design tools <br />– Online course
  • SuDS: standards, guidance and design tools <br />– Online course
  • SuDS: standards, guidance and design tools <br />– Online course

SuDS: standards, guidance and design tools
– Online course

About this course

Type Online training
Level Foundation
Duration 12 hour online learning course
Topic Rivers drainage and flooding

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This course focuses on giving a detailed understanding of surface water drainage planning and design to meet current standards and best practice guidance.

We have developed our classroom-based SuDS training day into a 12-hour online learning course.

This course takes you step by step through the basis and requirements of current design criteria and methods for delivering compliant surface water management systems in the UK. You will learn how to use the most popular free tools available on the website; you will have an overview of the inputs, outputs and parameters required for detailed modelling; and you will develop your skills in assessing drainage submissions.

Although this online course assumes that you are already familiar with the concept of SuDS and are aware of standards and guidance available in the UK, an overview of both is provided at the start of the course. For simplicity, the course focuses on the requirements for developments in England, but requirements in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are also referred to where appropriate.

Course content

The course includes detailed explanation of the technical basis and the requirements of the current standards and good practice guidance in the UK. The course has a particular focus on hydraulic and water quality management of surface water runoff, with an emphasis of setting these in the context of designing schemes that deliver across all four categories of SuDS benefits (hydraulics/water quantity, water quality, amenity and biodiversity).

Hydraulics/water quantity

Water quality

The course content is spread over seven modules. These modules comprise pre-recorded lectures, mini quizzes and exercises using tools. These are available for you to view and complete anytime and at your own pace across an eight week period. In addition, there will be the opportunity to attend two live sessions at intervals during the course with the course tutors for Q&A and discussion. These live sessions are also recorded and will be made available afterwards.

The course programme will enable you to become familiar with the most popular free tools hosted on the website – these being the greenfield runoff estimation tool, the storage volume estimation tool and the Simple Index Approach spreadsheet for water quality management.


The course is also aimed at increasing your understanding and ability to evaluate the suitability of key characteristics of a SuDS scheme. 

Who should attend?

This course is designed for you if you are a:

However, you may also find the course of value if you are a product manufacturer, a regulator or other environmental consultant, and any other type of SuDS practitioners.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you will be aware of and understand the key criteria and requirements of current standards, and understand how to design and approve surface water management systems that:

You will also:

Course structure

Dates and availability

Our next course will be available to start any time from Monday 24 May 2021. Bookings will be accepted up to Sunday 1 August 2021.

We are running this as an extended course over the summer, with a completion date of Friday 17 September 2021.

We will run

  • an initial 1 hour Q&A session on Tuesday 8 June 2021 
  • a 2-hour Q&A session on Thursday 9 September 2021.

 Over the summer, trainers will be available to answer questions via email.

The introductory course fee per delegate is £150.00 (excluding VAT).


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Dates and availability

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Course leader(s)

Bridget Woods-Ballard

Bridget Woods-Ballard

Principal Engineer

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Helen Udale-Clarke

Helen Udale-Clarke

Principal Engineer

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Excellent course, great content, really enjoyed it being online.”

“I found it all very helpful and well organised ... it is nice to be able to pace it during my normal work day.”

“Fantastic course and thoroughly enjoyed. I feel well-prepared and confident.

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