Surveyor Training for Property Professionals

The PCA is the awarding body for a number of industry recognised surveyor qualifications including:

Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatment (CSRT)

Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW)

Certificated Surveyor in Japanese knotweed (CSJK)

In order to complete the CSRT and CSSW qualifications, a separate Legal and Health & Safety examination must also be undertaken.

All of the examinations are made up of both a written paper and oral examination. The Timber module of the CSRT qualification also includes a ‘timber sample identification’ element.


Candidates’ completed papers are marked by two separate examiners then sent to the Chief Examiner for moderation. The decision of the Chief Examiner is final. The percentage marks awarded in the examination will not be released to the candidate.

Candidates may request a re-assessment or appeal against a result. This request must be made in writing and must be received by the PCA within three months of notification of results. In order to meet the costs of the enquiry or appeal process a fee of £100 will be charged; this must be paid prior to the enquiry or appeal process taking place. The fee for a candidate’s enquiry or appeal will be returned in the event that the enquiry or appeal leads to the result being amended.

Please note, a fee of £100 is also payable should candidates wish to obtain feedback following a failed exam. As with most other awarding exam bodies, it is our policy not to return candidates’ individual papers.

Oral examinations

For all the Surveyor qualifications candidates must undergo a 20 minute oral examination (viva voce) in addition to a written paper. The oral exams take place after the written paper and candidates are allocated individual times (normally given to them on the day) which are ordinarily based on the distance a candidate has to travel (i.e, candidates with further to travel after the exams, will be given an earlier appointment time).

Unfortunately, however, this inevitably means some candidates will have longer to wait and will leave later than others. Whilst we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, we feel this is the fairest way of arranging times.

Candidates are advised to block out their whole day as we cannot guarantee we can accommodate requests for ‘early’ oral examination times.

More on PCA examinations

PCA examinations can be adapted to accommodate candidates with learning difficulties such as dyslexia if advance notification is given and the candidate has undergone a professional assessment.