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Examination - Timber CSTDB

The timber examination is a requirement for those who are working towards achieving the Certificated Surveyor of Timber & Dampness in Buildings CSTDB) qualification.

Please note: to achieve CSTDB or CSDB status, you will have to also pass the related Damp Exam and Legal, Health & Safety exam.

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How is the timber exam structured?

The timber exam is broken down into 2 sessions:

  • 9:30am – 11:45am - Written paper
  • 12.00pm – 17.00pm: Timber identification & oral examination (20 minutes each) *
  • PLEASE NOTE: Timings for Identification & oral exams are given to individuals on the day

In the Timber Identification exam, candidates must correctly identify the correct fungus and/or infestation within twelve timber samples. The oral exam will involve an interview with two examiners asking you questions about a situation you might be presented with while working in the industry.

If you are sitting any of the additional examinations to achieve the CSDB or CSTDB, these exams are normally run over two days and run in tandem with the Timber examination. If you do choose to take further exams to achieve the CSDB/CSTDB status, candidates can sit all relevant modules at the same time or take them individually during different dates. The other related examinations are typically broken down as follows: 

Legal, Health & Safety Exam

  • 9:00am – 11:00am - Written paper
  • This exam is also required to achieve the Certificated Surveyor in Structural waterproofing (CSSW) qualification

Condensation & Damp Exam

  • 11:30am – 13:45pm – Written paper
  • 14:00pm – 17:00pm – Oral Examination (20 minutes) *
  • PLEASE NOTE: Timings for the oral exams are given to individuals on the day

How do I get CSTDB or CSDB qualified?

To achieve the Certificated Surveyor of Dampness in Buildings (CSDB) qualification to are required to pass the below modules:

  • Legal and Health & Safety
  • Condensation & Damp

To achieve the Certificated Surveyor of Timber & Dampness in Buildings (CSTDB) qualification to are required to pass the below modules;

  • Legal and Health & Safety
  • Condensation & Damp
  • Timber module

Download the syllabus for these qualification as this breaks each module down and shows what you could be tested on during the examinations. This is a very valuable revision tool along with our recommended reading list.

CSTDB / CSDB Syllabus



ABBE logo - working together with the Property Care AssociationThe PCA works in partnership with ABBE (the‘Awarding Body for the Built Environment’) to audit all of the exams associated with the CSTDB/CSDB qualifications.

Candidates successfully passing the CSTDB/CSDB examinations from 2018 onwards will be awarded the ‘ABBE/PCA Level 3 Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness in Buildings / ABBE/PCA Level 3 Certificated Surveyor of Dampness in Buildings’ through ABBE (Awarding Body for the Built Environment).

Along with the rigor and professionalism of the PCA examination process, this means the Damp Examination, and all associated CSTDB & CSDB exams will be independently verified by UK leading award organisation within the construction industry!

Information on the Timber Examination Preparation course

For those looking to prepare more for the timber exam, there is a specific 'timber examination preparation course' that is particularly useful for those candidates who have not recently sat an exam, to help them practice exam techniques by working through some past papers with a tutor.  It also provides a valuable opportunity for candidates to clarify any areas where they may be unsure prior to sitting the formal examination. Click on the button below to view availability and dates. 

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Timber Past Papers

To help support candidates both during their dampness related exam preparation training and forthcoming exams, there are example examination papers you can view by clicking the button options below:

Timber - Example Paper >>

Contact us about the Timber Examination

To find out more about our Condensation & Dampness Examination or to simply ask a few questions, feel free to contact our training team by calling 01480 400 000 or send us your enquiry by completing our online contact form below.

Alternatively, if you want to book your place now, click on the 'Book Now' button at the top of the page or on any of the 'available dates'. 

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