Trade body launches new qualification option for public sector housing professionals

National trade association the Property Care Association (PCA) has developed a new opportunity to give specialists in the social housing and local authority sectors with responsibility for housing stock maintenance a recognised route to qualification.

The new Certificated Surveyor of Dampness in Buildings (CSDB) qualification, is focused on giving participants a comprehensive insight into the key factors relating to moisture in buildings.

It addresses subjects including building construction, diagnosis, atmospheric moisture and rainwater penetration.

Jade Stocker of the PCA’s training team, said:

“This qualification is geared up for social housing and local authority property professionals who specialise in understanding and diagnosing damp in all its forms, but do not specialise in timber infestation to the same degree.”

“To successfully achieve CSDB status, delegates are required to sit and pass two written papers, on damp, and legal, health and safety, and pass an oral interview. CPD points are also available as part of the programme.”

“The outcomes include savings in time and cost, as well as customer service, as staff develop the necessary skills to be better able to understand damp and condensation issues, write competent reports and talk to tenants about the issues.”

More details on CSDB can be found at

The CSDB qualification is part of a raft of programmes developed by the PCA, which can be delivered at the trade association’s dedicated training centre in Cambridgeshire, or under a bespoke programme for individual clients in an in-house format.

These include the moisture management series, which comprises of three separate courses; Condensation and Atmospheric Moisture Management, the Residential Ventilation Masterclass and Retrofit Insulation.

More details on these qualifications, courses and all other PCA training, including a downloadable prospectus, are available at

Specific information on in-house training options can be found at