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Specialist in Dwelling Ventilation

Over the last few years we have seen a systemic shift in people’s perception of what is acceptable when it comes to dampness in our homes. A big factor within this is ensuring adequate ventilation is installed correctly. This training package has been developed to enable specialists within the sector to be trained and qualified in the design and installation of compliant ventilation systems. 

This package will include a blend of online and face to face training followed by a written exam and a practical assessment. This course is open to both members and non-members. Book your place now, or give us a call on 01480 400 000 to find out more. 

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Who is this training course for?

This course is designed for those already working within the damp industry and looking to expand their knowledge of adequate ventilation systems. This will enable candidates to provide clients with the best ventilation solutions for their homes.

Structure of the Specialist in Dwelling Ventilation course

This course is divided into five modules, delivered in a mixture of online and face to face training over a period of 1 month. Two of the below modules are delivered online via pre-recorded videos and live sessions with our industry expert trainer. The remaining three modules are delivered face to face at our training centre over three days. The exam is included and will take place on the final day of the face to face training. 

Module 1 - Online - Building regulations and other key documents  
  • History of ventilation systems and It’s evolution
  • All relevant Approved Documents in England, Wales and other best practice guidance literature 
  • How to design regulatory compliant ventilation systems for a New Build Dwellings
Module 2- Online - Diagnosing problems associated with a lack of adequate ventilation in existing dwellings
  • Temperature, atmospheric moisture, absolute humidity, specific humidity, relative humidity, mixing ratio, dew point and vapour pressure and tools used to measure them
  • Psychrometric charts and how to extract information from them 
  • Rising, penetrating and condensation dampness and how to distinguish between them
  • Other indoor air pollutants (in addition to excess moisture) e.g. Radon Gas, VOC’s and CO2 and tools used to measure them
Module 3 - Face to Face - Evaluating ventilation in an existing dwelling
  • Good occupant interaction during the survey of the dwelling
  • What “adequate ventilation” means in different circumstances
  • The 4 main methods of ventilation to achieve adequacy 
  • Evaluating each of the following 7 key constituents of each of the 4 main methods of ventilation
  • Measuring “Background Ventilators”
  • Different types of ventilation fans and equipment and how to identify them
  • Airflow measuring tools, how to use them and estimating airflow when measurement is not possible
Module 4 - Face to Face - Designing and specifying “Adequate Ventilation” in an existing dwelling
  • Designing and Specifying what additional measures would be required to bring what is already installed and working well up to a level that could be considered capable of providing “Adequate Ventilation” by means of the 4 main methods
Module 5 - Face to Face - Installation, commissioning, certifying and ongoing maintenance of ventilation systems in dwellings
  • The installation, commissioning, and certification of ventilation systems in new and existing dwellings
  • The ongoing maintenance requirements for the 4 main methods of ventilation 

Benefits of our this training

  • Receive recognition for your knowledge within the ventilation industry with a specialist qualification. 
  • Feel confident when discussing ventilation systems and solutions with clients. 
  • Have an in-depth understanding of up-to-date building regulations.
  • A comprehensive blended training programme. 

Achieve your qualification

Attending this training alone does not entitle an attendee to say they have attained a PCA qualification. Included in this package, candidates will sit the following assessments: 

  • A written paper (open book) – this paper will include two scenarios where you will be expected to answer a selection of questions based on them. 
  • A practical assessment – candidates will have access to 2 examples of ventilation systems and are required to provide an assessment on suitability and working performance. 

See below the full Certificated Specialist in Dwelling Ventilation (CSDV) syllabus, this document outlines everything that candidates can be tested on during their examinations. 

CSDV Syllabus 

CSDV Pre-Course Reading List 

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You can secure your place on the course by booking online now, or if you have some questions you would like to ask about our ventilation package, simply give us a call on 01480 400 000 or complete our online enquiry form below.

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