PCA Structural Waterproofing Course Covers New BS Standard

THE USA should start something like this… 

Bookings are now being taken for The Property Care Association’s industry-leading structural waterproofing course.

Earlier this year, the UK trade body broadened the scope of the training programme, introducing new features which align it to the new British Standard BS 8102:2009.

The course takes place at the PCA’s dedicated training facility in Huntingdon between the 6 and 8 September. To book contact hannah@property-care.org

or call 0844 375 4301.

Designed to appeal to architects, building designers and anyone involved in the design, planning and installation of below ground spaces, the intensive three-day course draws on the major elements of BS 8102:2009 – the new Code of Practice for the Protection of Structures Against Water From The Ground.

The code now sets out the requirement for an underlying ‘Design Philosophy’ in conjunction with a risk assessed approach to below ground construction. In line with this, the PCA’s course features a comprehensive look at Waterproofing Design, which covers the design philosophy aspect.


The three different types of Waterproofing Systems considered by the code, namely Type A – waterproofing barrier materials applied to the structure, Type B – structurally integral watertight construction and Type C – drained cavity construction are also included.

Water in The Ground, Concrete Render Technology and the Theory of Structures are also investigated. The course ends with the study of condensation and case studies.

On completion of the course, delegates can then go on to take exams to achieve the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) qualification.

Steve Hodgson, general manager of the PCA, said: “The course is not simply for those converting cellars, but anyone involved in the design, planning and installation of any below ground spaces. 

“In broad terms, candidates will consider all aspects of underground waterproofing and the new content has made this in effect a new course for the Association.

“As limits on space continue to put challenges on construction projects in the UK, many architects, designers and building professionals are looking for advice on creating usable space below ground.  

“This course gives the best insight to make informed choices on the subject.”

The structural waterproofing course runs twice yearly and is part of a wide-range of training programmes organised by the Association – the trade body in the UK for damp control, timber infestation, flood recovery, basement waterproofing, structural repair and condensation.

Training is designed for property and construction professionals and available to members and non-members of the Association.  

The PCA also offers tailored in-house training programmes.

To find out more and see the Association’s prospectus, log onto the website www.property-care.org