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

MonthCSSW Examinations
September 2021Tues 14th
October 2021Fri 15th**FULL**
November 2021Tues 30th **FULL**
February 2022Tues 22nd
May 2022Thurs 5th
July 2022Thurs 28th
October 2022Tues 19th
December 2022Wed 1st


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:

MonthLegal and Health & Safety Examination
October 2021Weds 6th
October 2021Thurs 21st
December 2021Weds 15th**FULL**
Thurs 16th
March 2022Wed 9th
April 2022Wed 13th
June 2022Thurs 23rd
October 2022Thurs 13th
December 2022Wed 21st

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Course Fees

Fees for non PCA Members
£245 +VAT – CSSW – Examinations
£220 +VAT – Legal and Health & Safety Examination

Fees for PCA Members
£205 +VAT – CSSW – Examinations
£190 +VAT – Legal and Health & Safety Examination

*ABBE charge a registration fee per qualification of £50 +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.