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Surveying Timber & Dampness in Buildings

This training programme has been carefully constructed to provide both current surveyors and those looking to become surveyors with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, resolve and report upon problems relating to dampness, timber infestation and decay in buildings.

This course is open to both members and non-members alike and will prepare candidates for the Certificated Surveyor of Timber & Dampness in Buildings (CSTDB) examination (previously Certificated Surveyor of Remedial Treatments (CSRT) or the Certificated Surveyor of Dampness in Buildings (CSDB) examination. Book your place now, or give us a call on 01480 400 000 to find out more.

P.S. This course is now available via our NEW Online Training Platform. Click on the button below to find out more…

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Main topics covered

- Condensation - Dampness - Moisture sources - Mould growth - Wood Borers e.g. wood worm, deathwatch beetle - Fungi e.g. wet rot, dry rot - Responsibilities and liability - Surveying and reporting


Who is this training course for?

Our damp and timber surveyor training course is designed 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 background in construction as well as some related skill, knowledge or experience.


Structure of the damp and timber surveyor course

This 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: Biology, Decay and Insects
  • Methods of Construction
  • Structure of wood
  • Surveying procedures
  • Wood Borers e.g. wood worm, deathwatch beetle
  • Fungi e.g. wet rot, dry rot 
  • 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

Benefits of our surveyor training

  • As the trade body and leading voice in the industry, the PCA’s surveyor training is widely recognised as being of the highest standard available.
  • Feel confident in your skills and knowledge in surveying dampness, timber infestation and decay in buildings. 
  • Great foundation study for those going on to sit the CSTDB/CSDB exams.

Flexible learning for prospective surveyors

You are free to choose whether you would like to attend each training module consecutively over three days, or we can arrange for you to attend the sessions separately over a more suitable time frame for your convenience.


Achieve your surveyor qualification

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 page.

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.


Thinking you might prefer the NEW Online training?

Similar to our traditional classroom training, our NEW 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.

To find out more about our online training version, click on the button below or call and chat with our training team.

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Contact us about our damp & timber surveyor training

You can reserve your preferred dates on the course by booking online now, or if you have some questions you would like to ask about our damp and timber surveyor training simply give us a call on 01480 400 000 or complete our online enquiry form below.

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