Introduction to Setting Out 

This course introduces the basic skills needed to use a total station for setting out tasks on site

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What is the Introduction to Setting Out course?


  • Explains the process of setting out and the techniques for using a total station.
  • Suitable for engineers, technicians, operatives and supervisors.
  • Learn via classroom-based tutorials and practicals.

Two days  




Please call 0344 994 4433 to confirm available course locations.


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Course Programme

The Introduction to Setting Out course will train you to:


  1. Use a total station for setting out
  2. Calculate basic setting out data
  3. Meet specifications and tolerances for setting out.

Entry requirements


You’re likely to be an engineer, technician or supervisor who wants to learn the skills to use a total station for setting out tasks • Please bring along a scientific calculator (Casio or Sharp).


Good spoken and written English and maths. To find out more, call 0344 994 4433

Technical ability


Assessment and exams

You will be continually assessed through a range of calculation and practical exercises.



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