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 2018  Tues 16th **FULL** Weds 17th Thurs 18th
March 2018  Tues 13th Weds 14th **FULL** Thurs 15th **FULL**
June 2018 Tues 19th Weds 20th Thurs 21st
September 2018 – SCOTLAND Tues 4th Weds 5th Thurs 6th
September 2018 Tues 11th Weds 12th Thurs 13th
Oct/Nov 2018 Tues 30th Weds 31st Thurs 1st
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.

Book Now