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Technical and practical training on waterproofing topics Training

Members have access to training and assessment to ensure their staff attain a level of competence in design and application consistent with relevant codes and good practice, thus ensuring the high standard of workmanship required.

Various courses and formats are available to meet individual requirements.  Course timings and locations are demand driven and costs are dependant upon the number of candidates, location and the number of disciplines to be covered.

Examples of training available are shown below.


For Surveyors and Specifiers

How to Choose the Right System

Selecting the most effective method of Structural Waterproofing given the
Physical conditions
Systems available
Understanding the benefits of various systems.


For Site Operatives and Supervisors

How to Achieve NVQ Level 2

An in depth look at
The information required
How to obtain and record proof of competence
Meeting the criteria
Interaction with Assessors
Assessment Centres.

How to Prepare Backgrounds and Apply Structural Waterproofing Systems

Working to set industry standards to achieve consistently high quality applications.
This session can be single or multiple discipline and aims not only to groom candidates for NVQ qualification but also to prevent failures at site level.


NVQ in Structural Waterproofing Level 2 (for Operatives)

The qualification consists of 5 mandatory units:

VR01 Conform to General Workplace Safety.
VR02 Contribute to Efficient and Effective Work Practices.
VR03 Move and Handle Resources.
VR491 Prepare Surfaces to Receive Structural Waterproofing.
VR492 Install Structural Waterproofing.

Candidates can choose any one or more of the following four Structural Waterproofing options:

Sheet Membranes
Liquid Membranes
Renders and Cementitious coatings
Drained Cavity.

Qualification is achieved by assessment to set industry standards and 'tests' are not generally set. Assessments usually take approximately six months. This is achieved by candidates compiling a portfolio of information to prove that they have the knowledge, understanding and skills to meet the industry standards. They are guided through this process by an appointed qualified Assessor. 

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods usually take the form of 

The collection of past and current evidence 
Observation of onsite practical skills
Verbal questioning to confirm knowledge and understanding.


Candidates need to apply via their employer, who is required to complete a Candidate Registration Form (CQS 001) and Funding Eligibility Form and return these to an Accredited Assessment Centre. 

Costs and Grants

Cost is dependent upon the employer and employee. Employers who pay a CITB levy can receive a grant of 450 per candidate (plus an additional 10% if the levy is paid on time). In addition there is funding of 1000 available for qualifying candidates. The Assessment fee is approximately 1250 per candidate. 


The assessment method is OSAT - On Site Assessment and Training.  Operatives are expected to be trade competent with at least two years experience. Assessment usually involves two visits to site by the Assessor, requiring 60-90 minutes of the candidate's time on each occasion. Any training needs identified can normally be carried out in-house. 

Employers assist candidates with completion of the application and registration forms and provide evidence such as method statements, risk assessments and timesheets.

Benefits of NVQs for Operatives

The UK Contractors Group and other large contractors will not allow site entry without a valid CSCS card. For a card to be valid it must be in date and relevant.
Qualifying the Workforce is a government-led initiative therefore all operatives on government-funded contracts are expected to be qualified.
Many contracts call for evidence of operative competence, such as a CSCS card or NVQ.


Background Reading

More information on basement waterproofing in particular can be found in our publications.  


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