Online Surveyor Training – Timber & Dampness in Buildings

Welcome to the first of our NEW online training courses for surveyors.

Similar to our traditional classroom training, our online surveyor training option has been developed to enhance the knowledge and skills of existing timber and dampness surveyors, or individuals working towards becoming a surveyor within the preservation sector.

Delivered through our NEW online learning centre, this hub of knowledge is at your convenience to help develop your skills as a surveyor at a time and place to suit you. This course can also prepare candidates for the ‘Certificated Surveyor of Timber & Dampness in Buildings’ (CSTDB) examination or the Certificated Surveyor of Dampness in Buildings (CSDB) examination.

To find out more, why not get in touch and potentially secure your place for the inaugural start of our new online surveyor training this January. Contact us on  01480 400 000, click to send us a message or use the buttons below to get in touch or book now.

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What’s included within the online training

  13 live training broadcasts
  27 recorded online learning videos
  Many professional trainers
  Whole suite of additional & recommended learning materials
  Covered over a 6-8 week period
  All at the convenience of a click of a button

Structure of the online damp and timber training

The course is divided into three modules taught through a variety of live online learning sessions, recorded videos and learning materials through a structured online learning plan that delivers learning to you step by step.

Module 1 – Dampness: Diagnosis & Control
  • Understanding dampness, the sources and the implications
  • Damp Inspection and investigation: the tools, equipment and the process
  • Moisture diagnostics: from gravimetrics to data logging to conductivity meters and beyond
  • Putting the theory into practice: how do we understand the data better
  • Principles of controlling moisture: barriers v drying, water from both ground and lateral penetration, salt management, understanding condensation, ventilation, relative humidity and atmospheric moisture
  • Case studies & examples: reviewing the good and the bad
Module 2: Timber Diagnosis and Eradication
  • Understanding timber: the types, its role in buildings and the effect of moisture
  • Timber inspection & investigation: the tools, equipment and the process
  • Fungal decay diagnostics: including fibre saturation, hygroscopicity of timber, the different types of rot and how to recognise moisture ingress & its significance
  • Wood destroying insect diagnostics: problems, where to look, how to look and determining if active or not
  • Putting the theory into practice : from the cause of decay to structural implications and a surveyors ‘duty of care’
  • Principals of controlling fungal decay & insect attack: Elimination of moisture, barriers, design and maintenance, drying to monitoring and mechanical/engineering repairs
  • Use of chemical preservatives: including regulations, modes of control and formulations/application techniques
  • Case studies & examples: reviewing the good and the bad
Module 3 - Report Prep, Safety, Legal & Environmental Considerations
  • Legal (the law): contracts, legislations, considerations, tort, implications of surveys and the courts
  • Inspection requirements: recording instructions, discharging liability and why it is essential to record everything
  • Conducting a survey: to how to conduct a survey, external & internal inspections, communicating with clients
  • Report writing: essential elements, observations, limitations, actions and recommendations
  • Specifications, tenders, quotations & estimates: design/performance specifications to drawings, products and processes
  • Health & safety management: from implementation to common hazards, risk assessments and methods statements
  • Important legal considerations & legislation: the party wall act, COSHH, Bats, chemical legislation, hazards & working at height/confined spaces
  • Case studies & examples: reviewing the good and the bad

Who is this online training course for?

Similar to our traditional classroom based training, this course is open to both members and non-members. It is ideally suited for those already involved or who wish to become involved in the surveying of timber infestation/decay and dampness in buildings and are looking to possibly achieve qualification.

Recommended for:

  • Indivduals ideally with surveying experience, preferably within the industry
  • People with a experience/background within the building/construction industry
  • For those looking to gain some related skills & knowledge towards damp and timber related issues
  • Strongly recommended: Health & Safety e-learning module.

Benefits of our online surveyor training

  • Saves your company money through no lost time, travel cost or lost productivity.
  • All the knowledge from our classroom training at the benefit of a click convenient to you!
  • Dampness and timber preservation training that is widely recognised as being of the highest standard available.
  • Great foundation study for those going on to sit the CSTDB/CSDB exams
  • Guarantees a risk-free environment for your employees
  • Fits your employee’s flexible lifestyles
  • Reduces your company’s environmental impact
Summary: Fees and dates
Level:Surveyor training
Qualification:Suitable as foundation study for the CSDB/CSTDB exam
Duration:Covered over 6-8 weeks
When:January – March 2022
March – April 2022
May – July 2022
September – November 2022
Fees:Members: £500+ VAT, non-members: £650+ VAT
Note:Attending this training alone does not entitle an attendee to say they have attained the CSDB/CSTDB qualification. See separate information about attaining the formal qualification via the CSDB/CSTDB examination

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Meet the trainers


Gervais Sawyer - International Wood Products Journal

Gervais has been working with wood since leaving school. After 15 years in industry, both hardwoods, panels and softwoods, he found his main interest in wood preservation and was works manager for a manufacturer of telegraph poles and railway sleepers. He then went to Bucks New University as lecturer in wood technology and also delivered training for the property care industry.

Work at the university evolved into research and consultancy in all aspects of wood science. For the last ten years he has been busy in consultancy and is editor of the ‘International Wood Products Journal’. He is a fellow of the Institute of Materials and a member of the International Research Group on Wood Protection.

Dr Peter Fitzsimons - Technical Manager

Peter joined the Property Care Association as Technical Manager in April 2018.

His research interests took him into the construction chemicals industry where he spent 20 years as Technical Manager/Director. About 12 years ago, his particular interest in wood preservation lead him to join BASF, then Rütgers Organics GmbH, giving him a broader insight into European biocide markets.

Today, Peter represents the PCA on all matters relating to invasive weed control but also delivers our training for the recently developed Biocides competence certificate for technicians (timber protection).

Neil Marsden - Specialist Consultant & Trainers

Neil started his working career as an apprentice bricklayer with one of the major construction companies in the north-east of England. Having developed a flavour for college life Neil carried on with his studies upon completion of his apprenticeship and achieved an HND in building technology after studying for three years at night school (four nights a week). He then joined national preservation company as a surveyor and after two years with the company, he decided to venture out on his own and set up his own preservation company based on the north-east of England which he ran successfully for 27 years.

Neil changed career path in 2015 and set up his practice as the first ‘Independent Damp and Timber survey’ in the North East of England. In the same year, he took up the role as the lead trainer for the Property Care Association ‘Specialist Apprenticeship Scheme’ and now has various roles within the PCA including lead tutor on for the PCA Technicians Training Course, Tutor for the PCA Surveyors Training Course, Lead Tutor on the Structural waterproofing apprenticeship as well as acting as a Regional Support Officer for the PCA.

Dr Paula Lopez-Arce - Research Scientist

Paula joined the PCA team in December 2017 as KTP Associate for the Residential Atmospheric Moisture Diagnostics project, which was part of a joint initiative between UCL (University Collage of London) and the PCA.

Paula has a PhD in Geology in 2004 from ‘Complutense University of Madrid’ (Spain) and has participated in a wide range of international research projects with many universities in Europe, UK, Australia and America. Paula has also participated in research projects with private companies on architectural heritage conservation and restoration for more than 17 years, with expertise on moisture monitoring studies in the built environment. Projects have included diagnosis of physico-chemical weathering processes of building materials, treatment of rising damp, moisture and salt decay, influence of environmental conditions and preservation strategies to avoid salt crystallisation, decay of historic buildings due to effect of microclimate induced variations, desalination methods for conservation and durability of building materials.

John Dee - Specialist Surveyor & Trainer

Johns main interest at school was always woodwork which led him to train as a secondary school craft teacher. Having achieved a Bachelor of Education with honours he subsequently taught woodwork for a number of years in schools.

A move to Lincolnshire in the mid 80’s also prompted a change of job where he trained to become a specialist surveyor of dampness and timber decay and infestation in buildings. John achieved the industry CSRT and CSSW qualifications and also a Diploma in Building Surveying from the College of Estate Management in Reading.

Having practised surveying for nearly 15 years John went back into teaching and became the national technical and training manager for a large preservation company where he tutored both surveyors and technicians. In particular he was responsible for assisting surveyors in gaining their CSRT (now CSTDB) qualification.

For the last 5 years John has worked as an independent freelance trainer with clients including the PCA, housing associations and private companies.

James Berry - Technical Manager

James joined the PCA team as Technical Manager in 2016. James is a graduate of the University of Plymouth, where he achieved a BSc (Hons) in Applied Geology. Since graduating, he has worked in the property services industry, and more recently as a surveyor for a national preservation company. He holds both the CSRT and CSSW accreditations. He is the lead on the new Residential Ventilation Group sector of the PCA and is hugely passionate about the need for improving standards of ventilation in the existing UK housing stock.

Stephen Hodgson - Speaker, Trainer & CEO of the PCA

Stephen joined the Trade Association as a technical specialist in 2000 after 13 years working as a surveyor and manager in the preservation industry. He has been Chief Executive Officer of the Property Care Association since October 2012. Stephen is passionate about the industry in which he is proud to serve and is committed to delivering the highest possible standards of service and workmanship to consumers as well as first rate representation and value for money to members of the Property Care Association. Stephen works hard to maintain strong links with organisations including RICS, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, TrustMark, STBA, BRE, National Flood Forum and the newly launched UKCMIB.

Additional support trainers also include:

  • Stuart Holland – thermography specialist
  • Ross Charters – moisture diagnostics
  • UKCMB – Microwave equipement

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