Article 20 - Building preservation industry qualifications explained
Did you know that there are exam based qualifications for the building preservation Industry? Do you know what these qualifications are and what the initials stand for? Each of the qualifications is explained in this article.
Examination based qualifications specifically for timber treatment and damp proofing surveyors have been available since 1980 and recently an examination for operatives has been introduced. Outlined below is a brief history and summary of the examinations for surveyors:
Certificated Timber Infestation Surveyor (C.T.I.S.)
This qualification was introduced in 1980 when the examining body was the Institute of Wood Science. The exam consisted of a two hour written paper, practical identification of samples and a viva voce. In 1995 the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA) took over the examining role for a short period and in 1998 the Institute of Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing became the examining body on behalf of the BWPDA and it is now the Property Care Association.
In 1995 C.T.I.S. ceased to be a stand alone qualification and the examination became Module 2 of the current CSRT qualification (see below). About 600 people had passed this examination prior to 1995 and they are entitled to use the initials C.T.I.S. after their name if they choose.
Certificated Remedial Damp-proofing Surveyor (C.R.D.S.)
This examination was introduced in 1982 and the examining body was initially the British Chemical Damp-course Association (BCDA). In 1990, following the amalgamation of the BCDA with the British Wood Preserving Association (BWPA) to form the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA), the Institute of Wood Science and for a short period the BWPDA became the examining bodies. In 1998 the examining role was taken over by the Institute of Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing on behalf of the BWPDA and it is now the Property Care Association.
In 1995 C.R.D.S. ceased to be a stand alone qualification and the examination became Module 3 of the current CSRT qualification (see below). About 600 people had passed this examination prior to 1995 and they are entitled to use the initials C.R.D.S. after their name if they choose.
Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatment (C.S.R.T.)
In 1995 a Legal, Health and Safety module (Module 1), which comprises of a two hour written paper was introduced to run in conjunction with the C.T.I.S. (Module 2) and C.R.D.S. (Module 3) examinations. Candidates who successfully pass all three modules are entitled to use the initials C.S.R.T. after their name. Candidates who had previously passed the C.T.I.S. and C.R.D.S. examinations prior to 1995 who then pass the Legal Health and Safety module are also entitled to use the initials C.S.R.T. after their name.
Since this qualification was introduced in 1995 around 850 people are now formally C.S.R.T. qualified. Many of these are previous holders of the C.T.I.S. and C.R.D.S. qualifications who just had to take the Legal, Health and safety module to qualify.
Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (C.S.S.W.)
This examination was introduced in 2004 to cater for the rapidly growing structural waterproofing market. The examination is intended for those who are involved with the diagnosis of problems associated with water entering buildings in below ground situations and designing appropriate remedial measures in order to create the desired ‘level of dryness’ in the internal environment. The examining body is the Property Care Association. The examination consists of a two hour twenty minute written paper followed by a viva voce. Candidates who pass the examination are entitled to use the initials C.S.S.W. after their name.
If a person uses the initials C.T.I.S. after their name then they have only passed the timber preservation examination and it was prior to 1995. Similarly if only C.R.D.S. is used they have only passed the damp-proofing examination, again prior to 1995. Some may have C.T.I.S. and C.R.D.S. after their name which means they have passed both of these exams prior to 1995 but they have not taken the Legal, Health and Safety module. There are those who are entitled to use C.T.I.S., C.R.D.S and C.S.R.T. after their name and it is only those who passed the C.T.I.S. and C.R.D.S. prior to 1995 and Module 1 later who are entitled to do this.
Finally there are unfortunately some cases where an individual may claim to be qualified but in fact they are not. The Property Care Association maintains the industry qualifications register and should you wish to confirm a person’s qualification telephone the PCA on 0844 375 4301 to check.
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