[Johannesburg, 20 November 2017]: With the intention to provide fundamental training for estimators and designers in the nail-plated timber roof truss industry, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) will again be hosting its Level 1 and 2 Estimator/Designer Courses in 2018, for which enrolment is now open.

Truss engineering software has made rapid advancements over the years and has modernized the role of the timber roof truss designer and estimator. Even so, the product of software generation is only as good as its input, making it vital that the designer and estimator understand the basics of truss design and can easily spot errors in software output.

The ITC-SA recognizes the need for training in this arena and as such holds its Level 1 and 2 Designer/Estimator course twice a year. These courses address the basic mathematics, calculations, general concepts and 3D visualizations that need to be fully grasped and correctly implemented in order to be a well-rounded, capable, confident and efficient timber roof truss designer or estimator.

Course delivery is through self-study of professionally prepared content supplied by the ITC-SA. A certificate of completion will be awarded based on the submission of two open-book assignments (submitted via email) as well as a final written exam, which will be facilitated in KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Town, the Southern Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and other areas as required. Entry into the examination will only be granted to students who have returned both prior assignments for marking.

First semester course dates for ITC-SA Level 1 & 2 Estimator/Designer Courses: 

First assignment:

Sent to students: 12 February 2018
Returned by students: 9 April 2018

Second assignment:

Sent to Students: 9 April 2018
Returned by students: 28 May 2018

Examination date: 22 June 2018

 Assignment marks contribute 40% towards the final mark and a minimum of 70% final average is expected for successful completion of the course.

Enrolment and fees

To enroll for the courses, applicants are to access enrolment forms here. Completed enrolment forms along with proof of payment are to be submitted to enquiries@itc-sa.org, whereupon the applicant will be granted access to the relevant course work in electronic format. Fees must be paid upfront and in full in order to enroll for the course.

Level 1 Estimator/Designer Course: R3648 including VAT
Level 2 Estimator/Designer Course: R4218 including VAT

Note: Mathematical content for the Level 2 course is of a fairly high level and applicants who have not yet attained a grade 12 level in the subject should carefully consider participation before payment of the non-refundable course fee.

 The course notes and commentaries will be provided for home study and the fee includes the marking of written assignments and for the cost of the final assessment which will be written at a suitable neutral venue.

 NOTE: The SANS Code of Practice 10243 is a requirement for study purposes and can be obtained from SABS, Standard Sales, Private Bag X191, Pretoria, 0001, Tel: (012) 428-6834/6932, Fax: (012) 344-1568, if you/your employer do(es) not already have a copy.

Banking Details:
ABSA Bank – Isando
Account No.: 01029382316
Branch code: 523-142
In name of: Institute for Timber Construction (ITC)
Payment reference: Student Name and Surname

Enrolments for the first semester courses will be accepted until 31 January 2018.
Second semester course dates will be made available at a later date. 

For more information, visit www.itc-sa.org.