PCA Industry Qualifications
The PCA is the awarding body for a number of industry recognised surveyor qualifications, alongside Awarding Body of the Built Environment (ABBE). ABBE is the leading awarding organisation providing qualifications for the built environment.
The PCA is also an approved centre for ABBE. In order to be awarded this status, the PCA’s examination process for the CSRT qualification (Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) – which has been re-named to CSTDB (Certificated Surveyor of Timber & Dampness in Buildings) from 1st January 2018* – was thoroughly reviewed and examined by ABBE against their standards and criteria. The PCA examination and qualification process met ABBE’s requirements which demonstrates the rigour and professionalism that the PCA examination process encompasses.
Due to the successful relationship between the PCA and ABBE, as of 1st September 2018 candidates successfully passing the CSSW (Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing) and CSDB (Certificated Surveyor of Dampness in Buildings) examinations, will be awarded the ‘ABBE/PCA Level 3 certification through ABBE.
This means that the CSTDB, CSDB and CSSW qualifications will be externally audited and accredited by ABBE.
You can browse ABBE qualifications here.
Surveyor level qualifications
In order to complete the CSDB/CSTDB and CSSW qualifications, candidates must also sit and pass a separate Legal and Health & Safety examination module.
All of the examinations comprise a rigorous process made up of both written papers and oral examinations to thoroughly test and evaluate a candidates knowledge and ability to apply that knowledge in practice.
*Changes to qualifications for the damp & timber industry in 2018
From 1st January 2018 the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) qualification will be re-named Certificated Surveyor of Timber & Dampness in Buildings (CSTDB).
For professionals working in the industry who specialise in understanding and diagnosing damp in all its forms but who do not specialise in timber infestation to a similar degree, there will be a separate formal qualification available: Certificated Surveyor of Dampness in Buildings (CSDB).
All PCA members who work in the damp and timber sectors of membership will be required to hold either the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) or the Certificated Surveyor of Timber & Dampness in Buildings (CSTDB) qualification.
Over the history of the Association, qualification titles have continually evolved to reflect the changes within the industry. Below is a table summarising how the PCA qualifications compare as they have evolved.