CSRT Qualified Surveyor

p6150025-webIn order to detect the presence of moisture within a building a surveyor uses a moisture meter. Correct use of a moisture meter is essential when analyzing problems caused by damp. A moisture meter does not necessarily distinguish the difference between Rising Damp and Condensation, it merely indicates that a percentage of moisture is present or there is no moisture present at all. In order to make an accurate diagnosis from moisture meter readings a number of other very important factors come into the equation.

The CSRT qualified surveyor, has fully demonstrated his knowledge in assessing and interpreting moisture readings obtained using a moisture meter and will be able to confidently specify the relevant necessary work to rectify the problems being encountered. Where an incorrect assessment for problems of dampness is given it must be remembered that the original problem will still remain after substantial costs have been incurred. By the time the problems re-appear the client will usually be told he has a problem of a different nature and therefore no claim on the guarantee. This inevitably means another expense for the work, which should have been carried out in the first place and would have rectified the problem.

Clients are therefore strongly advised to make sure the Surveyor looking at their property is CSRT qualified.

It is of the utmost importance to get the problem correctly diagnosed FIRST !  It makes sense !

The CSRT (Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments)

  • The examining body being the Institute of Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing an independent educational charity, on behalf of the B.W.P.D.A. (British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association). The examination covers diagnosis and specification of works for dampness as well as decay and insect attack of timber, the examination also includes an assessment of the candidates knowledge of relevant health, safety and environmental legislation.
  • To eliminate unnecessary use of chemicals within the Industry, the governing body, the BWPDA, introduced the CSRT examination. This supersedes the old system where a surveyor could take the Damp or Timber module only, and receive either the CRDS or CTIS qualifications, which have now ceased in favour of the CSRT.
  • In order to attain the CSRT a surveyor must demonstrate a thorough knowledge right across the board, as this examination is a very rigorous test of a surveyor’s knowledge and ability to show competence in all departments. The exams have oral parts as well as written and all questions on all papers must be answered. All three modules must be passed before the surveyor is awarded the CSRT.
  • While it is becoming commonplace for Chartered Surveyors and Building Societies to specify a BWPDA. company to carry out the remedial work, to be eligible for membership of the BWPDA a company must have or employ a CSRT qualified surveyor.
  • During 2006 the Property Care Association (PCA) took control as the “Trade Association” representing the property care Industry. All training and examinations are now carried out by the PCA.