Due to popular demand, another Roof Inspector Training Course will be hosted at the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) head office (SAFCA Building, 6 Hulley Road, Isando) from 21-23 November 2017 (from 8 am to 4 pm each day). The cost is R5500 [excl. VAT] per person.

This course has been CPD accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for 3 points.

Course aims:

The chief aims of the course are as follows:

  • To enable any technical person to be able to do roof inspections with knowledge and insight
  • To enable registered persons to sign off roofs on their own, knowing that they speak with authority

Course outline:

Tuesday 21 November

  • 8.00 Registration at ITC, 6 Hulley Road, Isando
  • 8.30 Basic Roof Terminology, including:
    • Rafters, tiebeams, 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 provided
  • 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 Explanation of the roofing Industry in SA: who the players are, who is responsible for what. Short intro of ITC-SA by Amanda Obbes, National Coordinator
  • 16.00 End of Day 1

Wednesday 22 November

  • 8.30 Rafter bracing: why necessary different systems of bracing, study standard bracing details
  • 10.00 Tea/coffee
  • 10.20 Tiebeam and web bracing: standard bracing details, case studies of failures with pictures
  • 12.30 Finger lunch provided
  • 13.30 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 (bring own hard hats and closed shoes).
  • 16.00 End of Day 2

Thursday 23 November

  • 8.30 Site visit to a different site to see a timber roof in distress and the effects of ineffective bracing (bring own hard hats and closed shoes).
  • 10.00 Tea-coffee
  • 10.20 Discussion of site observations
  • 11.00 Discussion of ethics in regard roof inspection
  • 11.30 Discussion of making a business from roof inspections
  • 12.00 Questions and answers
  • 12.30 Finger lunch included
  • 13.30 Slide show of non-compliant roofs and the consequences
  • 14.30 Non-compulsory written evaluation (certificates for successful candidates will be awarded)

Note: candidates wishing to obtain certificates will be assessed continually over the course during discussions and especially during the two site visits.

All candidates will receive the ITC manuals for roof inspections.

Delegates to preferably have a year or more of post-matric education with science and mathematics, matric with involvement in roofs or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).

Engineers who are interested in expanding their knowledge and expertise in timber roof structures will greatly benefit from this informative course.

For bookings and to request a VAT invoice please email Hilary Booth at Roof Inspection Services at hillybilly@roofinspections.co.za.

• Note that, while every attempt will be made to give attendees a thorough education in roof inspection, we as Roof Inspection Services do NOT commit to employ anyone as a roof inspector.