PCA Industry Qualifications

Alongside being the Trade Association representing members within our sectors, the PCA is also the awarding body for a number of industry recognised technician and surveyor qualifications.

The Property Care Association stands firm as the voice of authority within the industry and when a surveyor or technician can demonstrate that they have achieved PCA qualifications and accreditation, then both customers and employers will know that they have proven their trustworthiness and industry experience beyond reproach.

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Surveyor Qualifications through the PCA

Gaining accreditation and certification through the PCA demonstrates to employers and clients alike that, as a surveyor, your knowledge and expertise is beyond reproach. 

All of the examinations comprise a rigorous process made up of both written papers and oral examinations to thoroughly test and evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and ability to apply that knowledge in practice. Follow the links below to find out more about our surveyor qualifications.

Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness in Buildings (CSTDB/CSDB)

For those already, or who wish to be involved in the surveying of timber infestation, wood rot decay and dampness in buildings.

Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW)

For individuals involved in diagnosing problems with water entering structures below ground level and who recommend design solutions.

Certificated Surveyor in Japanese knotweed (CSJK) Qualification

Demonstrate that you are a certified expert in the control and eradication of Japanese Knotweed with the CSJK qualification.


In order to complete the CSDB/CSTDB and CSSW qualifications, candidates must also sit and pass a separate Legal and Health & Safety examination module.

Technician qualifications through the PCA

The PCA understands the importance of having trained and qualified expert technicians and tradesmen. This is why we offer PCA Qualified Technician (PCAQT) accreditation to trainees who can complete the following courses:

Damp and Timber
  • Penetrating Damp and Rising Damp – Theory and practical issues
  • Wood boring insects & their control
  • Fungal Decay, Timber Treatments – Dry rot and wet rot
  • Basic timber repair
Structural Waterproofing
  • BS8102:2009 – Principles of waterproofing
  • The strengths and challenges that relate to each form of waterproofing
  • Installation and combination of various systems
Japanese Knotweed Control
  • Site inspection, risk assessment and monitoring
  • Reports including requirements of a site assessment report
  • Identification and control options for invasive plants

PCA qualifications in partnership with ABBE


Due to the successful relationship between the ABBE and the PCA, candidates successfully passing the CSSW (Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing) and CSTDB/CSDB (Certificated Surveyor of Dampness in Buildings) examinations, will be awarded the ‘ABBE/PCA Level 3 certification through ABBE.

The PCA works in partnership with the ‘Awarding Body for the Built Environment‘ (ABBE) to audit and award some of our qualifications.

Along with the rigour and professionalism of the PCA examination process, this means that the CSTDB, CSDB and CSSW exams and qualifications will be independantly verified by UK leading award organisation within the construction industry!

Contact the PCA to discuss our qualifications

If you would like to find out more about our PCA qualifications and how they could help you, simply complete the contact form below and a member of our team will get back to you Alternatively, you can call us on 0844 375 4301.

It should be noted that places on each course are limited. To ensure that you can attend on your preferred dates you can begin registering for courses straight away by downloading our online booking form.

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