The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa’s engineered timber construction industry body, offers estimators and designers in the nail-plated timber roof truss industry access to fundamental training through its Level 1 and 2 Estimator/Designer Courses. Registration for these courses is now open.

Engineering software for roof trusses has seen rapid advancement over recent years and has revolutionized 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 detect errors in software output.

In order to address the need for training in this area, the ITC-SA hosts Level 1 and 2 Estimator/Designer Courses, which 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 is 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 submitted both prior assignments for marking.

Course dates for ITC-SA Level 1 & 2 Estimator/Designer Courses

First Trimester
First assignments distributed 18 January 2021
First assignment submitted & second assignment distributed 22 February 2021
Second assignment submitted 29 March 2021
Examination date: 23 April 2021

Second Trimester
First assignments distributed 17 May 2021
First assignment submitted & second assignment distributed 21 June 2021
Second assignment submitted 19 July 2021
Examination date: 6 August 2021

Third Trimester
First assignments distributed 23 August 2021
First assignment submitted & second assignment distributed 27 September 2021
Second assignment submitted 1 November 2021
Examination date: 26 November 2021

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

Enrollment and fees

To enroll for the courses, applicants are to access enrollment forms at Completed enrollment forms along with proof of payment are to be submitted to, 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: R4134.25 including VAT
Level 2 Estimator/Designer Course: R4770.20 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 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

 Enrollments will be accepted until 30 June 2020.

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