This one day course has been developed to complement current Non-Statutory Technical SuDS Standards and the updated 2015 version of the  CIRIA SuDS Manual (C753). The training programme will help practitioners to confidently plan, design, construct and manage SuDS schemes.

Introduction to SuDS foundation

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) make a vital contribution to managing local flood risk and water quality as well as providing opportunities for biodiversity and amenity in new developments and redevelopments. SuDS are required in all new major developments and awareness by practitioners and regulators and their implementation is steadily increasing. Over time knowledge and experience has improved and it’s important that this good practice is shared to promote improved understanding and high quality SuDS that deliver multiple benefits.

Who should attend

This engaging course is designed for those that are new to SuDS requiring an overview of the aims, benefits and the components. It will also explain the SuDS philosophy and main objectives. 

The training will be relevant to civil/drainage engineers, landscape architects, architects and flood risk managers working in client, consulting or contracting organisations, developers, local authorities, highway authorities, sewerage undertakers, environmental regulators and manufacturers and suppliers.

Why should you attend
  • learn about design approaches and how to integrate SuDS into different types of development including urban situations
  • understand the main design requirements from new SuDS Manual and legislation
  • understand how to design SuDS around specific site constraints for challenging sites, such as contaminated ground or sloping sites
  • share experiences and knowledge with our expert trainers and other delegates
  • obtain CPD accreditation by attending a nationally recognised SUDS training course.

Course content and format of training
The courses will build on the information presented in SUDS guidance and will cover strategic as well as practical issues of delivering SUDS in the built environment.

The courses will be delivered by a team of nationally recognised practitioners who have practical experience of implementing SUDS in a variety of developments. Course content will be interactive using a range of learning styles to engage and inspire participants and the courses will include a number of demonstrative group exercises and case studies. The use of design examples will be central to the courses. Each course is fully accredited for construction Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPD) scheme.

How will you benefit?
This is one of the most comprehensive face-to-face learning courses of its kind in the UK. During the training you will have an opportunity to network with fellow professionals and learn from practitioners with recognised experience in delivering SUDS solutions in a variety of developments, overcoming a diverse range of challenges.

Find out more
Contact Paul Shaffer, CIRIA technical leader on SUDS

In house options
To discuss in-house training requirements, contact Nipa Patel on 020 7549 3300
Meet the SuDS trainers
SUDS training is delivered by some of the foremost, experienced experts in the field.
  Steve Wilson, Technical Director, The Environment Protection Group Ltd
Steve has over 20 years practical experience of geotechnical and environmental design for civil engineering and building structures including drainage design and redevelopment of contaminated land.

Watch Steve Wilson discuss SuDS foundation training

"Very informative course and a great introduction to the SUDS concept in action."

Northumbrian Water Limited

"Extremely useful and inspiring training. Steve imparted first-class knowledge and kept us engaged. Thanks!."

 was very good at turning what could have been a very dry subject into a thought provoking and interesting morning."

LB of Richmond 

"...the workshop provided an excellent amount of guidance. I found the trainer's personal insights & experiences particularly interesting as these dealt with real life scenarios."
Sefton Borough Council