Examinations

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.

CSSW Examinations
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.

 

Examination Preparation

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

Month CSSW Examinations
November 2018  Thurs 29th
March 2019  Thurs 7th
May 2019 Tues 14th
July 2019 Weds 17th
October 2019 Weds 23rd

 

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

Tues 12th

January 2019 Thurs 10th
March 2019 Weds 13th
July 2019 Weds 3rd

Thurs 4th

October 2019 Weds 16th
October 2019 – Scotland Thurs 24th
December 2019 Tues 11th

 

Course Fees

Fees for non PCA Members
£235 +VAT – CSSW – Examinations
£210 +VAT – Legal and Health & Safety Examination

Fees for PCA Members
£195 +VAT – CSSW – Examinations
£180 +VAT – Legal and Health & Safety Examination

*ABBE charge a registration fee per qualification of £45 +VAT. This one-off fee will be applied to the invoice for all those individuals sitting the CSSW examinations.

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.

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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.