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Damp & Timber Apprenticeship

Our damp & timber apprenticeship has been designed to take a company employee/apprentice who is working in the damp, timber and building preservation sector, through the award of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 Diploma in ‘Insulation and Building Treatments (Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing)’ Qualification.

Open to both PCA members and non-members alike, it is structured to be delivered in a modularised manner by a mix of formal instruction “off-the-job” training, followed by supervised “on-the-job” training. The aim being to provide fundamental training, support and recognition to apprentices and their employers.

To find out more, keep scrolling down.  Alternatively, feel free to contact our training team for help, advice or to chat about available funding on 01480 400000 or via our online form.

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Structure of the Damp & Timber Apprenticeship

The damp & timber apprenticeship is delivered over a period of 18 months, with the programme divided into two main sections:


Over the first 12 months, all apprenticeship training is delivered at our Practical Training Centre which is specifically kitted out for hands-on training. Apprentices visit us 5 times over the first 12 months in 4-day blocks. Within this time, we will deliver the below content (see section: 'what the damp & timber apprenticeship covers) through a mixture of theory and practical training.


Once all apprenticeship training has been completed, our assigned assessor will contact your company to start the assessment process and arrange a visit to the candidate/apprentice. We allocate 6 months for the assessment process to be completed.

What the Damp & Timber Apprenticeship covers...

The content of the damp & timber apprenticeship is delivered through a mixture of theory and practical training. Areas covered include:

  • Building Preservation Introduction
  • Health & Safety and First Aid
  • Documentation and Information
  • Building Construction, Terminology and Types
  • Wood Boring Insects Plus
  • The Control of Wood Boring Insects
  • Wood Rotting Fungi and its Control
  • Exposure of a Dry Rot Outbreak
  • The Application of a Timber Treatment Product to in-situ Timbers in a Building & Masonry Biocide
  • Rising Damp and its Control

For the complete list of modules for the Damp & Timber Apprenticeship, click on the button to view the manual.

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What is the Qualification?

On successful completion of the assessment, candidates will be awarded the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 Diploma in ‘Insulation and Building Treatments (Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing)’. Alongside the main NVQ, candidates will be given the opportunity to gain/complete the below:

Damp & Timber Apprentices in action - Property Care Association

Fees and Funding for the apprenticeship

The total cost of the apprenticeship, per candidate, is £6,500 +VAT. This includes all training, assessments and certification.

This programme is fully endorsed by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and forms part of their Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP) for specialist trades. It is also subject to substantial grant funding, upon meeting certain criteria.

To find out if your candidate is eligible for this available funding, please contact our Training Team on 01480 400000 for a no-obligation conversation...

Apprenticeship Funding breakdown

CITB will provide a substantial amount of funding (for all those eligible) to support your company.

+ Basic Funding Package:

  • CITB pay the PCA direct at point of induction
    • The PCA will only charge you £1200 +VAT for your space on the apprenticeship at point of registration.
  • As your candidate completes certain elements of the course, the PCA registers this with CITB and CITB will pay your company directly for the learners attendance
    • This will be paid to you in £30, £70 or £120 blocks depending on the unit completed. This will total around £500 worth of funding.
  • Once you have received the candidates NVQ certificate you will be able to claim for a further £600.
    • CITB pays this directly into your bank account.

+ Travel to Train Fund:

  • CITB pays towards your travel and accommodation costs through the ‘Travel to Train’ scheme.
  • All travel associated with attending the training courses for the apprenticeship can be claimed through this fund, whether it be train tickets, bus fares, taxis, or the use of their own van/car.
    • The employer is required to pay the first £30 worth of costs per week/per apprentice.
  • CITB will pay for 80% of the costs toward accommodation
    • All bookings are carried out by CITB as and when requested by the employer.

+ Skills and Training Fund:

Additionally, you can also claim for further funding which would fully subsidise the cost of the apprentice programme. The Skills and Training fund could allow you to receive between £5000 and £25000 worth of funding for any construction related training. This can be claimed once per year and we can help you – contact us via the button below today!

Apprenticeship Intake Dates

The dates for our Damp & Timber Apprenticeship are as follows:

Cohort 14

Starting September 2024!

If these dates dont work for you dont panic! We aim to have two intakes a year, call our team today on 01480 400000 to find out when the following intake will be. 

Contact us about the apprenticeship

For those that may be interested in the specialist damp & timber apprenticeship, we are here to help.  Feel free to contact us for any help, advice and queries you have regarding the apprenticeship or potential funding. Simply give us a call on 01480 400000 or complete our online contact form.

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