JOHANNESBURG: 26 – 28 October 2021
CAPE TOWN: 2 – 4 November 2021

ECSA 3 CPD Points: Validation No.: ITCSA-TRTIns

Cost: R5 800.00 (excluding VAT)


  • ITC-SA Bracing Manual Volume 1
  • ITC-SA Bracing Manual Volume 2
  • Note Pad & Pen
  • Hard Hat & Reflector Vest

NB: Please ensure that you wear safety shoes for the site visits

Assessment: All candidates will write an assessment on the last day; however candidates will be assessed continually over the course during discussions and especially during the two site visits.

Purpose: The main objectives of the Roof Inspector Training Course are to enable technical professionals in the construction industry to be able to carry out roof inspections with sufficient knowledge and insight, as well as enable registered persons to sign off on roofs.  A further objective is to enable individuals with experience in the roof construction industry to be sufficiently trained to enable them to inspect roofs under an accredited ITC-SA Professional Engineer.

Roof Inspector as a professional designation:

While all delegates who graduate from the training course will enjoy enhanced knowledge on the subject of roof inspections, not all of them will graduate as ITC-SA Certified Roof Inspectors. This designation is only obtained through compliance with a number of basic requirements including an academic component, practical or workplace experience and a competency assessment.

A Certified Roof Inspector is defined as a practicing professional who will traditionally come from the built environment, must have prior experience in roof design and construction, and should preferably have a recognized qualification (NQF level 5) in the built environment.

A Certified Roof Inspector can be registered in this designation, but may only inspect roofs within the specified category, as per below and depending on their proven competencies:

  • Category A – (High Risk): Very complex roofs
  • Category B – (Medium Risk): Complex domestic and simple industrial and commercial roofs, including up to 10 metre spans
  • Category C – (Low Risk): Simple roofs up to and including 8.5 metre span with standard loadings
  • Category D – (Low Risk)

Workshop – Understanding Timber Roof Inspections Content

8.00 Registration
8.30 Basic Roof Terminology, including:

  • Rafters, tie beams, webs
  • Gables, hips
  • Truncated hips, true span
  • Overhangs, cantilevers
  • Prefabricated/bolted methods
10.00 Tea/coffee
10.20 Basics of timber design, including loading, and information of relevant codes. Permissible stress and limit state loading explained. Tributary loading.
12.30 Finger lunch
13.30 Bracing in roofs in general: difference in lightly loaded versus heavily loaded roofs. (Experience from the field through slides and pictures)
15.00 Who is the ITC-SA, Role players and their different responsibilities in the timber structures roofing industry
16.00 End of Day 1
8.30 Rafter bracing: why necessary different systems of bracing, study standard bracing details
10.00 Tea/coffee
10.20 Tie beam and web bracing: standard bracing details (case studies of failures with pictures)
12.30 Finger lunch
13.30 Handling, Transportation and Storage of Timber Structures
14.00 Discussion of paperwork required. Discuss who is responsible for paperwork.
14.45 Site visit to a timber roof under construction. (On-site guidance and discussion) – Ensure that own transport is arranged.
16.00 End of Day 2
8.30 Site visit to a different site to see a timber roof in distress and the effects of ineffective bracing – Ensure that own transport is arranged.
10.00 Tea/coffee
10.20 Discussion of site observations
11.00 Discussion of ethics in regard roof inspection
11.30 Questions and answers
12.00 Finger lunch
12.30 Slide show of non-compliant roofs and the consequences
13.30 Assessment
15.00 End of Workshop