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Who are the PCA?

The Property Care Association (PCA) is the leading representative organisation for the UK’s building protection industry. Our skilled and audited membership operates across domestic, commercial and civil sectors in the structural repair, structural waterproofing, timber preservation, damp protection, flood remediation and invasive weed control industries.

Focused on the complete building envelope, our members expertise helps protect the integrity and comfort of buildings/homes in both new build and refurbishment projects, guarding against problems such as moisture damage, damp, mould and decay.

Our members also deliver cutting edge techniques to protect commercial and civil structures against water penetration and ground gases, as well using the latest scientific methods to tackle invasive weeds, including Japanese knotweed, across all urban, rural and watercourse environments.

Our Mission Statement

To promote high standards of professionalism and expertise within the sectors represented through training and other support services. To promote these standards outside the Association to ensure that members of the Property Care Association are perceived as the best providers in these specialist sectors: damp control, residential ventilation, timber preservation, structural waterproofing, structural repair, flood resilience and remediation and invasive weed control.

With a comprehensive training programme and a wealth of information for members, industry professionals and householders, the Property Care Association works to be the industry expert. Always striving to promote the work of the specialist contractor to clients, the PCA provides an industry voice on behalf of members. We work with government departments, respond to consultation documents and provide assistance with the development of new guidelines, all with the aim of improving outcomes and promoting best practice.

PCA promotes excellence through:

  • Ensuring that members adhere to strict membership criteria. The provision of a comprehensive range of training courses specifically designed to focus on the specialist areas of work that PCA members undertake. The courses lead on to qualifications.
  • Ongoing biennial audits of contractor member companies, ensuring that all aspects of their businesses operate to the highest standards. This involves checking company systems & procedures, health & safety practices and staff development and training programmes.
  • Increasing standards to improve consumer confidence. As a founder member of TrustMark, PCA members are validated through this government backed scheme which declares that all contractors working in the domestic environment are trustworthy and competent.
  • Supporting opportunities for Continuing Professional Development to enable members to maintain and develop their knowledge and skills in waterproofing, damp control and timber treatment.

Our History

Established in 1930, the British Wood Preserving Association (BWPA) was the founding body for the industry with the key aim to ‘spread knowledge of wood preservation with a view to prevent wastage of timber and to standardise specifications for wood preservatives and their application; to investigate all possible methods of wood preservation; and to afford members opportunities for the interchange of ideas regarding improvements in wood preservation’ (extract from the BWPA inaugural meeting).

In 1977, the British Chemical Dampcourse Association (BCDA) was formed and in 1989, the two Associations merged to form the British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association (BWPDA). Members of the BWPDA were instrumental in the formation of Guarantee Protection Trust in 1982, to offer insurance-backed guarantees to customers, which became Guarantee Protection Insurance on achieving FSA approval in 2002.

In 2003, two divisions were created; the Property Care Association and the Wood Protection Association. In 2006, members of the BWPDA voted for the separation of the PCA and WPA. Shortly after that they became individual Trade Associations in their own right.

About the PCA - Our History

Becoming a member of the PCA

PCA membership is open to organisations involved in many fields associated with damp & excess moisture control, structural waterproofing, invasive weeds, flood protection & ground gas. There are currently several categories of PCA Membership designed to reflect the needs of the PCA member. To find out more about membership and how becoming a PCA member will benefit you, click on the button below.

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Have a question or just want to speak to someone

If you have a question or query about membership, our membership process or the many benefits of PCA membership, then our team is here to help.

Simply give us a call on 01480 400000 or complete our enquiry form below and we will get back to you.

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