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PCA Course Underpins Structural Timber Knowledge


Published by Jo Foster for Property Care Association in Education and also in Environment, Housing

National trade body The Property Care Association National trade body The Property Care Association

National trade body The Property Care Association puts the identification of structural timbers found in house construction methods - from heritage buildings to modern developments - under the spotlight in a comprehensive training course.

The advanced course ‘Wood Identification for the Infestation Surveyor’ enables participants to identify types of timber, to ensure a tailored and targeted approach to remedial treatment.

Beginning with an introduction to trees, wood and structure – the programme looks at softwoods and hardwoods and their different features and identification strategies, including colour, smell, shipping marks and history.

Appropriate tools, the preparation of specimens, sampling and the use of an electron microscope for a 3-D view, are also covered.

Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive of the Property Care Association (PCA) said: “Before making a decision on treatments, a surveyor must consider the condition of the infested timber. Key to that process is an understanding of the type of wood involved.

“All methods of treatment are highly specialised and should only be undertaken by people who are trained and competent – and this course helps professionals further enhance their skills and knowledge.”

The next course takes place at the PCA’s training facility at Huntingdon on 26 November.

Places are limited and more details can be found at


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