The UCEM Online Academy is your flexible and online avenue to CPD and training courses, developed by leading academics and practitioners for the real estate and construction sectors.

You can use this to upskill yourself and ensure that your knowledge is up to date, all while developing yourself professionally. We offer a wide range of training, from self-managed, bite-sized courses to longer, tutor-supported courses: meeting the requirements of professionals in the built environment.

  • Most of our programmes are completely online, so you can study whenever, wherever
  • Develop yourself professionally and keep your skills and knowledge up to date
  • Ideal if you need to complete a certain number of CPD hours over the year


CIOB Chartered Membership Programme

A route to chartered membership of the CIOB for individuals with management experience in the construction industry; but who lack formal qualifications at honours degree level.

CIOB Professional Review

Personal mentoring, support and guidance during the final stage in the route to membership of the CIOB.

Construction Project Management

Develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to operate as a construction project manager with specific focus on programming & planning.

Quantity Surveying Fundamentals

A quantity surveying foundation course designed to develop core knowledge and understanding of quantity surveying/commercial management techniques and issues.

Fire Safety Design Fundamentals

An introduction to fire safety design in construction through an examination of; fire science, fire behaviour and spread, active and passive fire safety methods and the current regulatory framework for fire safety design.

Introduction to Property as an Investment

This short CPD course provides a basic overview of the reasons why investors may choose property as an investment. It will introduce you to the characteristics and mechanisms of the property market and introduce the role of the valuer.

The Five Methods of Valuation

A short course providing an overview of all valuation methods. When it is appropriate to use a particular method, and how to apply each method when carrying out a valuation. Suitable for those who want a fundamental knowledge of the most used valuation methods.

Sustainability CPD

Controlling Energy and Carbon Emissions in Buildings

This course focuses on energy use and carbon emissions in the built environment, how ‘energy use’ and ‘carbon emissions’ differ, and how they are linked. You’ll be informed by current research, data and case studies, with insights from industry experts and learn why reducing energy use and carbon emissions at different stages of the building life cycle is so important.

Reaching Net Zero Through Passive Building Design

With this CPD course you will explore how introducing passive design concepts into a building design can reduce the energy use and whole life carbon emissions associated with buildings.

Reducing Energy Use Through Active Building Design

Within this CPD course you will examine various active systems which can be used in buildings to reduce their energy use, including smart controls, MVHR units and heat pumps, and consider the benefits of on-site and off-site renewable energy technologies.

Understanding Energy and Carbon Assessments for Buildings

This course focuses on the key principles of energy performance measurement and how energy use and carbon emissions in buildings can be assessed as part of the global drive towards net zero.

Sustainable Urban Design 1: New Approaches To Urbanism

Understand the factors driving the need for sustainable urban design, the principles and values which support it and the ways to achieve balance between social, economic, and environmental goals.

Sustainable Urban Design 2: Sustainable Planning Principles

Explore the principles which underpin sustainable development and examine the factors which can make urban settlements unsustainable.

Sustainable Urban Design 3: Sustainable Transport Design for Urban Areas

See how through transport design for urban areas we can become less dependent on cars and other less sustainable methods of transport.

Sustainable Urban Design 4: Transport Orientated Development

Explore how transport orientated development can significantly improve the sustainability of urban areas by reducing car use and by optimising location efficiency.

Sustainable Urban Design 5: Low Carbon Communities & Housing

Explore how sustainable urban design principles can be applied by looking at sustainability, low-carbon communities and housing.

Sustainable Urban Design 6: Mixed Use

Explore key considerations when planning mixed-use developments, including design codes, mixed tenure, and the importance of density and walkability.

Horizons – a sustainable case study

This case study showcases the journey UCEM took to transform an inefficient 1980s building in central Reading into a BREEAM Excellent rated green office.

Introduction to Rapid Planning Toolkit

A simple and practical tool which intends to assist city leaders, local governments and built environment professionals in creating robust and implementable walkable neighbourhood plans in rapidly growing cities or towns by following four simple steps.