PCA Weekly News - 31st May 2019

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Hodgson View: Is CITB fit for purpose for the 21st Century?
  • The long-awaited report from CITB, or is it?
  • Just 2 Weeks to go until the AGM & ‘Open Day’
  • The perfect platform for all things waterproofing!
  • Conversion of CSRT to CSTDB
  • Type C Waterproofing systems = key considerations
  • Environmental Committee reviews Invasive Species
  • Step into Spring with some Training!
  • Sprayer Operator of the Year

Hodgson View: Is CITB fit for purpose for the 21st Century?

Is the construction industry being taken for a ride? Is CITB still fit to help support construction and trade based firms in the 21st century? Our own Steve Hodgson expresses his view in the latest ‘Hodgson View’.

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The long-awaited report from CITB, or is it?

Following on from the Hodgson post above, we are finally pleased to say the long-awaited report that assess the impact of the CITB policy changes on PCA members is finally out!

The report has taken some time to produce and we are pleased that it now accurately reflects the impact of CITB’s decisions and policy. However, it does bring into light as to whether CITB represents ‘value for money’ and even brings about the question…is it time CITB was disbanded?!?

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MEMBERS ONLY: 2 Weeks to go – AGM & ‘Open Day’

We hope members will join us for the first ever ‘Open Day’ as we trial something a bit different!

This year our AGM will be held here at PCA Headquarters in Huntingdon on Thursday 13 June as part of our first ever ‘Open Day’. We are putting together an interesting agenda and we would love to see you! For those in attendance, there are 6 CPD points available for the FULL day and 3 CPD points for attending.

Your formal notice of AGM’s for both PCA and GPT were sent out by first-class post on Wednesday.

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The Perfect Platform for all things Waterproofing!

What’s not to like about the opportunity to network with leading experts in the construction industry and benefit from accruing those all important CPD points?

Well, the ‘2019 Structural Waterproofing conference‘ really is the perfect platform for members to be part of the conversation on all things waterproofing – from the principles and practices towards structural waterproofing, to current market conditions, the latest technical improvements and future developments in the industry!

Register now for the ‘2019 International Structural Waterproofing Conference‘. Booking has never been easier – simply click on the button below! If you need any guidance, help or assistance, feel free to contact us on 0844 375 4301.

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Conversion of CSRT to CSTDB

Members will be aware as of 1st January 2018, the “Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT)” qualification was renamed to “Certificated Surveyor of Timber & Dampness in Buildings (CSTDB)”.

In 2018 over 40 surveyors converted their CSRT designation to CSTDB. If members who hold the CSRT qualification and wish to adopt the CSTDB designation, please get in touch with Amber – amber@property-care.org. Following conversion the surveyor will be required to commit to undertaking the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Scheme, which must be maintained.

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Type C Waterproofing – Key Considerations

Having already written short articles on both Type A and B waterproofing systems, PCA’s James Berry’s latest article focusses on Type C Waterproofing. Ahead of the International Structural Waterproofing Conference and following on from the previous articles, this is based on some of the key considerations detailed in the PCA Best Practice Guidance Type C Waterproofing Systems.

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Environmental Committee reviews Invasive Species

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee started an Invasive Species enquiry in April and the written and oral evidence is now available for viewing (via the button below). Whilst this enquiry is focussed on the global-scale threats of invasive species, it makes fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in Government policy surrounding the prevention and control of invasives and the possible impacts of Brexit and climate change.

The next phase is to hold a further hearing in Cambridge (11th June) which is open to anyone who wishes to attend (book here), with the final report expected in July. PCA’s Steve Hodgson and Peter Fitzsimons are attending the event in Cambridge and will keep you all posted on developments.

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Step into Spring with some training

PCA Qualified Technician (PCAQT) – Structural Waterproofing

Of benefit for those who have started working in the structural waterproofing industry and have received basic training from their employer/gained some technical or practical experience in a related environment. Candidates who successfully pass the assessment will be entitled to refer to themselves as ‘PCA Qualified Technicians (PCAQTSW)’.

Evaluating Ventilation in Existing Building

Condensation and mould are the most common forms of dampness in buildings and it is becoming increasingly essential for anyone that inspects buildings, to understand the significant role that ventilation plays in controlling these issues and how to identify defects in ventilation systems. Ideally delegates should have a building/trade background as well as some related skill, knowledge or experience.

PCA MEMBERS ONLY: Expert Report Writing

This workshop is of benefit to anyone who has, or may need to in the future, act as an expert witness and prepare reports. Whatever your level of experience, you will learn how to write high-quality expert reports and present evidence that will withstand the challenge of cross-examination in court – an excellent foundation for professionals seeking to develop their skills as expert witnesses

Contact the training team today on 0844 375 4301 or email jo@property-care.org.

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Sprayer Operator of the Year

The 2019 ‘Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Competition‘ has been running a for a number of years and nominations for this year’s entries are now open!

Why not take part and nominate an employee, colleague, customer or supplier etc? Choose from one of the two categories: Landscape & Industrial and Sportsturf. The application form is available via the button below and must be submitted before the closing date of 30 June.

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