Education and Training

Current training courses Calendar of CPD training events and meetings

Education and training


ISSE Education Training Guidance & Qualifications Structure

RQF Level Descriptors  


Qualification Award Notes

Research, Development and Training

Range of Specialist Subjects:-

Property Condition Audits

Specialist Surveying of Property Defects

Structural Dampness and Timber Decay

Structural Water Ingress - eg: Flooding, Plumbing or Drainage Leaks including Recovery, Hygienic Cleaning, Drying, Restoration and Waterproofing in subterranean situations ranging from domestic cellars, and basements to large civil engineering projects such as road and train tunnels.

Airborne Pollution (actual & potential) and the human health consequences eg: excess dampness, mould, fungi and pollen, bacteria such as legionella, viruses, irritant fibre insulation such as asbestos, glass fibre and mineral wool, gaseous compounds such as carbon monoxide & radon and chemical compounds such as cleaning products, disinfectants, pesticides and formaldehydes contained in plastics and inexpensive wood-based products and soft furnishings, which can in certain circumstances cause various seriously disabling and/or fatal human pulmonary, cardiovascular and cellular diseases, especially in susceptible people, such as COPD, Fungal Asthma, Aspergillosis, Heart Failure and Cancer.

Structural Invasive Plants eg:, Tree and weed roots such as Japanese Knotweed

Small Construction and Structural Integrity Repair Projects

Historic Building Conservation including Listed Buildings, Geology and Archaeology and working in harmony with conservation officers.

Intruder Security by design

Property Management Statutory and Legal Duty of Care Compliance - incumbent upon appointed personnel in accordance with statutory and legal regulatory requirements eg: Gas, Electricity, Fire, Carbon Monoxide, Portable Appliances, Human Health & Comfort and the Environment.

Business Management including Health & Safety, First Aid, Insurance, Guarantees, Warranties and record keeping.

Forensic Expert Level Witness Investigative Service

Please see the current training available list for up to date on courses

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Residential training seminars, courses and awards for each main category of Building Preservation are currently available by arrangement and a specialist accreditation and awarding body are working with the ISSE in producing a series of courses which will be credit bearing towards a certificate and diploma. The basic Certificate in Specialist Surveying (Cert.SSE) is designed as a platform on which to build expertise with a number of additional awards and will be combined with these leading to the proposed ISSE Diploma in Specialist Surveying (Dip.SSE ) and beyond. Access to the Certificate SSE is via student or surveyor membership.

While surveyors need to develop and demonstrate expertise, technicians employed to implement the works also need to be trained and supported. The ISSE have developed unique training and qualifications leading to the award of Technician of the ISSE (Tech.Inst.SSE) and Engineer of the ISSE (Eng.Inst.SSE). Access to these awards is via the apprentice or technician membership scheme.

As an Institute the ISSE maintain an interest in original research to raise standards by improved knowledge, materials and procedures.

The ISSE work with Universities and organisations in order to research and develop new products such as nanotechnology stone and timber preservatives, nano building monitoring systems and green reclaimed building products to displace plasterboard in construction and sand and cement in remedial works – especially in heritage buildings.