Structural waterproofing professionals from Australia tapped into expert training and development expertise in the UK, under an intensive learning programme.
Six delegates from the east coast of Australia – who currently provide underground waterproofing services – undertook the Property Care Association’s training programme to sharpen and then test their knowledge in this highly technical aspect of construction.
These highly focused specialists then submitted themselves for testing in an attempt to attain the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) qualification.
PCA member Newton Waterproofing Systems organised the training, which was hosted at their training facility in Kent. The training also included another six professionals from the UK, including two of their own employees, for the intensive five-day event.
James Berry, Technical Manager at the PCA, said: “We were delighted to see the delegates come over from Australia to take part in the programme.
“It is a testimony to the value of the training and rigour of examination that the CSSW qualification has been recognised internationally.
“Regardless of geography, the knowledge and qualification is relevant internationally, and we expect further take-up from overseas as the demand to achieve the best solutions for underground works increases globally.”
To be successful in achieving the CSSW qualification, delegates should have prior expertise in the construction and waterproofing industry.
Candidates qualify after sitting and passing four and a half hours of written examination papers set by independent examiners.
This is complemented by a professional interview that must also be passed before the CSSW qualification can be awarded.
Mr Berry added: “The complexity and demands of structural waterproofing make it a very challenging, technical environment in which to operate and, over the years, the PCA has built-up an active development programme to support the industry and develop a culture of best practice.
“Nationally, our training and qualifications have evolved, signposting architects, specifiers and property owners to professionals in the sector, who are able to offer support in this complex, highly-skilled aspect of construction.”
As well as an established training and development programme and related industry qualification, the PCA also provides a searchable register of Waterproofing Design Specialists and a range of free technical documents including codes of practice and best practice guidance.
The association also holds an annual international structural waterproofing conference, designed to help professionals, both members and non-members alike, stay up to date with the latest industry developments.