Surveying Timber & Dampness in Buildings

“Very well run and informative course.  I should have done it sooner.” (course delegate)

Who is this training course for?

Those already involved or who wish to become involved in the surveying of timber infestation/decay and dampness in buildings. Ideally delegates should have a building/trade background as well as some related skill, knowledge or experience. The course provides delegates with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, resolve and report upon problems relating to dampness and/or timber infestation/decay in buildings.

This course is suitable as foundation study for the Certificated Surveyor of Timber & Dampness in Buildings (CSTDB) examination (previously Certificated Surveyor of Remedial Treatments (CSRT)) and for the Certificated Surveyor of Dampness in Buildings (CSDB) examination.

Important note:  attending this training alone does not entitle an attendee to say they have attained a PCA qualification.  See separate information about attaining the formal qualification via the CSDB/CSTDB examination here.


How is the training structured?

The course is divided into three one day modules. You may either attend each module separately or the complete course over three consecutive days.

Day 1 – Condensation & Dampness –Causes, diagnostics & treatment options

  • Materials used in construction
  • Causes and effects of dampness in buildings
  • Diagnosis and methods of treatment of rising damp
  • Surveying procedures
  • Ancillary procedures
  • Methods of measuring and assessing moisture
  • Condensation compared to other sources of dampness
  • Understanding relative humidity, vapour pressure and environmental moisture
  • Hygrometers, surface thermometers and data loggers
Day 2 – Timber – Timber Biology, Decay and Insects
  • Methods of Construction
  • Structure of wood
  • Surveying procedures
  • Wood Borers
  • Fungi
  • Methods of treatment of timber infestations and fungal decay
  • Types of preservatives and their application
Day 3 – Legal Aspects, Survey Methodology & Report Writing
  • Responsibilities and liability
  • Legislation
  • Health & Safety implementation
  • Survey Methodology
  • How to look – what to see
  • The function and content of a survey report
Health & Safety elements training

The Health & Safety training elements that used to be covered in Day 3 are now delivered via the new PCA Health & Safety e-learning module.  It is strongly recommended that delegates complete this e-learning as part of their study, and especially if they are planning to sit the CSDB/CSTDB examination.


Surveying Timber & Dampness in Buildings – Dates

Month                                  Day 1 – Condensation & Dampness Day 2 – Timber           Day 3 – Legal Aspects, Survey Methodology & Report Writing
January 2019  Tues 29th Weds 30th Thurs 31st
March 2019 Tues 26th Weds 27th Thurs 28th
May 2019 Tues 21st Weds 22nd Thurs 23rd
September 2019 – Scotland Tues 3rd Weds 4th Thurs 5th
September 2019 Tues 10th Weds 11th Thurs 12th
November 2019 Tues 5th Weds 6th Thurs 7th
Course Fees

PCA Members: £185 + VAT per day / £500 + VAT for all 3 consecutive days
Non PCA Members: £240 + VAT per day / £650 + VAT for all 3 consecutive days

Please note that there are a limited number of places on each training course 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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