We are proudly committed to providing Building Surveyors and their employers with the skills sets and knowledge that challenge building practices for the good of the New Zealand public.
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Training Academy - Diploma related courses
TA001 Communication (1/2 Day)
This course is designed to give participants the knowledge, understanding and skills required to:
- Communicate effectively in their day-to-day work with sound listening and interpretive skills
- Communicate to customers outcomes associated with the Building Act, Building Code and Building Consent Authority (BCA) requirements
- Understand and be able to communicate how these documents and their relationships are reflected in the forms, processes and requirements within the BCA
TA002 Building Controls (3 Days)
This course will give participants the ability to navigate the legislation applicable to building compliance; Including the Building Act, NZ Building Code, Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods, standards, and other documentation required to carry out the building control function. It will also provide an understanding of the BCA processes for enforcement and the forms prescribed by the Building Act.
TA003 Ethics (1/2 Day)
This course provides the theoretical basis of ethical behaviour and personal responsibility that underpins the Building surveyor's treatment of the public in their role as building Control Officer.
TA004 Accreditation (1 Day)
Accreditation is the process used by the Government to ensure the performance of BCAs. This course explains the process and Quality Management tools employed by BCAs to meet the required performance and how the Building Surveyor may contribute to and work within this process.
TA005 Plan Processing (2 Days)
Plan Processing is a significant component of the BCA function to ensure prospective buildings will be Code compliant when occupied. This course provides a foundation of knowledge and overview of the practices required to ensure the delivery of a compliant design for the end user.
TA006 Site Inspection (2 Days)
Site inspection is an essential function of the Building Surveyor to ensure buildings are constructed to comply with the consented drawings and specification and will be compliant when completed. This course provides participants, knowledge and understanding of good practice in site inspections with practical exercises, simulation and case studies and the undertaking of a real inspection.
TA007 Advanced Plan Processing (Using the Simple House Acceptable Solution) (2 Days)
Advanced Plan Processing covers each of the clauses of the NZBC that are applicable to a stand-alone house and applies these to check real plans for compliance. The Simple House Acceptable Solution (SHAS) allows assessment in a manageable and easily understood format that will introduce students to the application of the NZBZ, AS and VMs and assess for Alternative Solutions when assessing compliance
TA008 NZS3604 Timber Framed Buildings (4 Days)
The Acceptable Solution for timber framed houses provides the backbone of the majority of construction in New Zealand. A thorough understanding of the provisions and application of this document to compliant timber design and construction is essential to the Building Surveyor in carrying out their functions.
TA009 NZS4229 Concrete Masonry Buildings Not Requiring Specific Engineering Design (2 Days)
A thorough understanding of the provisions of the Acceptable Solution for masonry buildings and their application is essential to the Building Surveyor in carrying out their functions to ensure compliant masonry design and construction.
TA010 Light Steel Framing (1 Day)
The NASH Standard - Residential and Low-rise Steel Framing Part 1: Design Criteria which provides an Acceptable Solution for steel-framed housing which has a growing percentage of the market.
A thorough understanding of the provisions and application of this document to compliant steel-framed design and construction is essential to the Building Surveyor in carrying out their functions.
TA012 H1 Energy Efficiency (2 Days)
This course will provide an understanding of the mechanics of heat transfer and how to provide insulation of various types to ensure a building provides a safe and warm environment that is energy efficient and meets the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC).
TA013 E2 Weathertightness (2 Days)
This course will provide an understanding of the; Acceptable Solution, the mechanics of water and the application of these principles to ensure compliance with E2, External Moisture and make buildings weathertight.
TA014 B2 Durability (2 Days)
The Building Code stipulates requirements around the durability of various building components, ensuring the continued safety and health of building users. The course explains these requirements and how various building materials can be protected to meet the performance requirements of B2. Materials include, timber, concrete, steel connections, steel structures, claddings, membranes, sealants and tanking.
TA015 Safety of Users (1/2 Day)
This course is about ensuring safety and protection of people those involved in the construction industry and those using buildings. The course covers; Clause F1 - Hazardous agents on site, F2 - Hazardous building materials, F3 Hazardous substances and processes and, F4 Safety from falling.
TA016 Access routes (1/2 Day)
Clause D1 Access Routes applies to all buildings to ensure the safe evacuation in the event of an emergency. The Building Surveyor to ensure compliance and user safety must have a thorough understanding of these provisions and be able to apply these in plan processing, site inspection and continuing compliance.
TA 017 Services and Facilities (2 Days)
This course covers services and facilities as specified in Clauses G1 to G9 and E3 of the NZBC. It covers the Acceptable Solutions and verification Methods for compliance with the NZBC for such things as Personal hygiene, Laundering, Food preparation facilities, Ventilation, the Interior environment, Airborne and impact sound, Natural light, Artificial light, Electricity and Internal Moisture.
TA018 Piped Services and Waste (1 Day)
This course covers the supply of energy as described in NZBC G10 and G11, particularly as this supply impacts on buildings, and the storage and disposal of liquid and solid waste as described in G14 and G15. The safe delivery of energy in the form of gas and the safe disposal of industrial and solid waste is essential for the safe use of our buildings.
TA019 Plumbing and Drainage Compliance (5 Days)
The adequate supply of potable water and the safe disposal of foul water are essential for the continual wellbeing and health of individuals and the community. A Building Surveyor must have a thorough understanding of the mechanics and methods of; cold water supply, safe water heating, hot and cold water distribution, disposal of surface water, and the safe collection and disposal of waste water and sewerage to an approved outfall or onsite treatment.
TA020 Fire Documents (3 Days)
The objectives of this course are to deliver a thorough understanding of the purpose and application of the Acceptable Solutions C/AS1 to C/AS7, the Fire Design Review process and the Change of Use provisions. The course will also provide an appreciation of the Verification Method C/VM2 and its application.
TA022 BWoF and Specified Systems (3 Days)
This course covers in detail the Compliance Schedule regime and goes on to explain each of the Specified System, including the use of Compliance Schedule Statements. The Inspection and Maintenance requirements of each system is explained along with the qualifications required by IQPs inspecting these systems
TA023 Building Materials and Construction
New for 2018 - This course provides an introduction to the different materials commonly used in NZ construction, and the general construction principles across residential, commercial, and industrial structures. An overview is given of the characteristics and general behaviour of the different material groups, as well as discussing the differences between products within each material group. This information is then related to general site construction principles employed in NZ.
TA024 Investigative Training (3 Days)
For each step in the Investigative process a full and detailed explanation of what is required by the surveyor to fully support a successful prosecution is given. This is central to enforcement of the Building Act and an important function of every BCA.
ADV005 Difficult to Consent (1 Day)
The Difficult to Consent course provides guidance on New Zealand's regulatory system and how to apply it beyond the normal bounds of typical residential, commercial, and industrial construction. This includes Building Control consideration of Regulatory requirements for boats, vehicles, yurts, and shipping containers, as well as off-site and off-shore prefabrication, modular construction, and transportable buildings construction methodology that challenges our traditionally accepted compliance pathway.
ADV020 Advanced Fire Course (1 Day)
The Advanced Fire Compliance course provides a more advanced view of the NZBC C1-C6 Protection from Fire and the Verification Method C/VM2. The 2012 building code changes included quantified performance and fire engineering technical terminology to support C/VM2. The Advanced Fire Compliance course explains the requirements and mechanics of C/VM2, and provides an understanding of Fire Compliance beyond the TA020 course. The advanced course is suitable for anyone dealing with designs beyond the Acceptable Solutions or alterations to existing buildings who need to understand the Building Code for Protection from fire to help with ANARP or alternative solution decisions.
ADV025 Earthquake Engineering (1 Day)
The Earthquake Engineering course sets out to provide an understanding of earthquakes and their impact on structural design. The course covers principles of building design that resist lateral and cyclical loads on built structures, different material behaviours under earthquake loads, and design and construction aspects relevant to different materials. It conveys technical engineering knowledge in an easy to understand manner, and with building compliance in mind.
BOINZ Certificate in Leadership (2 Days)
The Leadership skills training is delivered over four comprehensive workshop sessions and at both an emerging or advanced level. Workshops can be attended as individual training sessions, or at a reduced cost as the complete suite of workshops. Completion of all four workshops will also see the BOINZ Certificate in Leadership being awarded to participants. The two-level programmes (emerging or advanced) are design to develop and enhance leadership skills, particularly in areas of influence within organisations and with stakeholders to lift confidence, effectiveness, and productivity.
Accredited Building Surveyors Programme
ABS 1 Accredited Building Surveyors Course Level 1 (3 Days)
This is an essential course as a pre-requisite to becoming an Accredited Building Surveyor at level one in order to carry out Residential Property Inspections to NZS 4306 Residential Property Inspections. It covers; Ethics, The Standard, Site observation and Report Writing, and all aspects of residential inspection including the history of materials, services, weathertight issues and what is to be reported on and how to describe significant defects, particular attributes, gradual deterioration and significant maintenance required.
Training Academy - Approved CPD courses
MITEK Timber Truss & Wall Frame Fixings knowledge
In this course we examine fixings and connections and the impact on design of roof material, cladding and dead loads. We re-visit their effects on structural design and the stiffness and strength of timber. We cover-off how loads transfer through lintels and studs to floor plates and why slab thickening is considered part of the Building Consent application.
NZHHA Solid Fuel Heating Installation Compliance Requirements
This course will ensure attendees are aware of the latest product and technical developments, the all-important installation requirements and common areas of installation non-compliance.
PRYDA Prefab Technical Workshop Beyond NZS3604
This course is a series of two 1 and a 1/2 hour inter-active presentations providing technical and structural principals behind prefabricated timber structures.
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