[Johannesburg, 6 August 2018]: The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), the professional body for the engineered timber construction sector, will be hosting a CPD-accredited Roof Inspector Training Course at its head office in Isando from 28-30 August 2018.   

The training course, which covers a comprehensive technical overview of timber roof structures, aims to enable: any technical person to conduct roof inspections with knowledge and insight; registered persons to sign off roofs on their own, knowing that they speak with authority; and individuals with experience in the roof construction industry to be sufficiently trained to be able to inspect roofs under an accredited ITC-SA Professional Engineer.

The course will include an introduction to timber roof structures, including basic terminology; the basics of timber structure design, framing and bracing; design considerations between light and heavily loaded timber roof structures; manufacturing of timber roof structures, transportation and storage; installation of timber roof structures; different timber roof structures and types of buildings; and case studies and experiences in roofing structures. The course will also include engaging site visits as well as a written evaluation.

The ITC-SA’s Roof Inspector Training Course has been accredited for 3 CPD points by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), registration number: ITCSA-INS0817.


Course content

Day 1:

08:00 Registration
08:30 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 images).
15:00 Who is the ITC-SA? Role players and their different responsibilities in the timber structure roofing industry.
16:00 End of Day 1


Day 2:

08:30 Rafter bracing: Why is it necessary to have different systems of bracing; study standard bracing details.
10:00 Tea/coffee
10:20 Tie beam and web bracing: Standard bracing details (visual case studies of failures).
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.)
16:00 End of Day 2


Day 3:

08:30 Site visit to a different site to see a timber roof in distress and the effects of ineffective bracing.
10:00 Tea/coffee
10:20 Discussion of site observations
11:00 Discussion of ethics in regards roof inspection
11:30 Discussion of making a business from roof inspections
12:00 Questions & answers
12:30 Finger lunch
13:30 Slide show of non-compliant roofs and the consequences
14:30 Assessment
16:00 End of Day 3


Preparedness & assessment

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.

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.

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, a board examination or 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)

Course information

The ITC-SA’s Roof Inspector Training Course carries 3 ECSA CPD points: Validation No.: ITCSA-INS0817. The cost of the course is R5 800.00 excl. VAT and is payable upfront upon application. The amount includes the following value-adding items: ITC-SA Bracing Manual Volume 1, ITC-SA Bracing Manual Volume 2, a notepad and pen, a hard hat and reflector vest. Delegates must wear safety shoes for the site visits. Only 18 candidates per course will be permitted.

For bookings and to request a VAT invoice, email Amanda Obbes at enquiries@itc-sa.org. The Roof Inspector Training Course will be hosted at the ITC-SA’s head office (SAFCA Building, 6 Hulley Road, Isando) from 28-30 August 2018. Click here to access a booking form.

Note: While every attempt will be made to give attendees a thorough education in roof inspection, the ITC-SA does not commit to employ anyone as a roof inspector.