Estimator / Designer Training

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 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 Level 2 Designer/Estimator Course twice a year. These courses address the basic mathematics, calculations, general concepts and 3D visualisations 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.

Estimator/Designer Courses

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 as well as final written exam, which will be facilitated in KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Town, 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.

The method of tuition for the course is intended for home study and the notes have been prepared in a manner which should not be difficult for students to follow in order to absorb the subject matter.

The only necessary additional reading material required is a copy of the SANS 10243 / 2004 Code of Practice for the Manufacture and Erection of Timber trusses, which you will have to purchase directly from the SABS if your company does not have one:

South African Bureau of Standards
Private Bag X191

Telephone: (012) 428-7911
Fax: (012) 344-1568

The document is copyrighted and we are therefore not permitted to reproduce it. However, it is necessary for all truss plants to have a copy, as well as the latest amendments to SANS 10243, which have recently been released, available in their offices.

The assignment marks will contribute 40% towards the final marks and a total of 70% is expected in order to achieve final success for completion of the course.

Learners will be expected to submit two written assignments and write an open book examination.

Course dates: 

First Trimester 

First Assignment distributed: 6 May 2024
First assignment submitted and Second assignment distributed: 3 June 2024
Second Assignment submitted: 1 July 2024
Examination date: 22 July 2024


Second Trimester 

Below dates to be confirmed

First Assignment distributed: August 2024
First assignment submitted and Second assignment distributed: 19 September 2024
Second Assignment:  17 October 2024
Exam date: 30 October 2024

Banking Details

Bank: Absa – Isando
In Name of: Institute for Timber Construction
Account No.: 010 2938 2316
Branch Code: 523-142