Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW)
The CSSW is a nationally recognised professional qualification for individuals involved in diagnosing problems with water entering structures below ground level and who recommend design solutions. To achieve the qualification, candidates are required to pass both the CSSW exam and the Legal and Health & Safety exam (unless they have already passed the CSRT/CSDB/CSTDB Legal and Health & Safety exam, in which case they are exempt from doing so again).
As of 1st September 2018, candidates successfully passing the CSSW examinations will be awarded the ‘ABBE/PCA Level 3 Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing’ through ABBE (Awarding Body for Building Education).
ABBE is the leading awarding organisation providing qualifications for the built environment.* You can read more about ABBE and their accredited qualifications here.
09.00 – 11.30: Written paper
12.00 – 17.00: 20 minute oral exam (individual timings given on the day)
Legal and Health & Safety Examination
09.00 – 11.00: Written paper
Please note – timings are subject to change. A confirmation email is issued to candidates two weeks in advance of each exam.
An examination preparation course is available and 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.
More information: CSSW Examination Preparation Course
Syllabus & Recommended Reading List
Click here to download the CSSW Syllabus
Click here to download the CSSW Reading List
CSSW Examination Dates
|March 2019||Thurs 7th|
|May 2019||Tues 14th**FULL**|
|July 2019||Thurs 18th**FULL**|
|October 2019||Weds 23rd**FULL**|
Legal and Health & Safety Examination Dates
In order to attain the full CSSW qualification, candidates need to sit and pass the 2 hour written exam paper on Legal, Health & Safety (unless they have already passed the CSRT/CSDB/CSTDB Legal and Health & Safety exam, in which case they are exempt from doing so again).
Dates for the Legal, Health & Safety examination only are as follows:
|Month||Legal and Health & Safety Examination|
|October 2018||Weds 17th|
|December 2018||Thurs 6th
|January 2019||Thurs 10th|
|March 2019||Weds 13th|
|July 2019||Weds 3rd
|October 2019||Weds 16th|
|October 2019 – Scotland||Thurs 24th|
|December 2019||Tues 11th|
Please note that there are a limited number of places on each examination and places can only be reserved with full payment. Please check back here for additional dates as they are announced.
Click below to download a Booking Form or contact Jo or Jade on tel. 0844 375 4301.
Note for PCA members: All candidates successfully attaining CSSW status who work for a PCA member company will receive a ‘Qualified Surveyor’ card along with their certificate. In order to receive a card, candidates will need to supply a current photograph at the time of booking a place on the examination.