YDSA believes that surveyors and designers continue to learn throughout their career, as there are always new materials, new technologies and new designs coming onto the market. Members are required to maintain their development by attending training courses and events and YDSA offers a range of events during the year.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

To encourage YDSA members to develop their knowledge and expertise, we operate a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) system that requires members to gain a minimum of 15 points over a period of 3 years.

CPD points can be gained by attending training courses, seminars, forums, conferences and other events. YDSA organises a number of courses and events, and events organised by other organisations are also valid if they assist the member in his professional career.

At least once a year Members will be provided with an update of their CPD points with a breakdown of qualifying courses and events that we know have been attended. You need to let us know when you have attended something you think would qualify so it can be assessed and added to your record.

Courses and Events

YDSA provides a range of courses and events throughout the year to assist surveyors and designers in their professional development and provide great networking opportunities. Examples include one-day practical visits to a factory or boatyard, Report Writing training days and our annual London Conference.

Some of these events are for members only, while others are open to members and non-members alike. For these events members enjoy a discounted rate.

Please see the Courses & Events page for upcoming events.


When you believe are ready to upgrade your membership to the next level grade, a further three examples of Full Condition Survey Reports should be submitted for assessment along with an upgrade application form and fee. The assessment process is similar to that of a new applicant with feedback provided to the member.

For those up-grading from Affiliate to Accredited member, there is an additional in-house examination you must pass first. This examination is held once a year in early February.

Continuous Professional Monitoring (CPM)

To ensure standards are maintained, YDSA members who have not been assessed by upgrading for a number of years are asked to provide a recent survey for assessment. The assessment process is similar to that of an applicant with feedback provided to the member.

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