Specialist Certificate in Building Inspection

1. Course Background
The pre-condition of an effective maintenance system is reliable inspection data. The inevitable subjectivity of inspectors results in divergent maintenance recommendations; this is an undesirable situation since accommodation, maintenance and other facilities related policies are influenced by the existing condition of facilities. Variability in inspections if not addressed leads to inefficient allocation of budgets for facility maintenance and upkeep.

The Dutch Government Building Agency, which manages some 6 million m2 GFA of Dutch Ministries and State properties, developed an inspection system and six-point condition scale to address the subjectivity problem and ensure consistency in condition assessment for its maintenance policy and planning in the 80s. The inspection norms are based on defect parameters established from empirical research. Buildings/components are assigned a condition score ranging from 1-6 on inspection, 1 being ‘As New’ and 6 being ‘End of Service Life’. This system forms the base line for Dutch standard (NEN 2767) on ‘Condition Assessment of Building Components and Services’. NEN 2767 forms the basis for CEN-TS 17385 "Method for Condition Assessment of Immobile Constructed Assets" was released in November 2019.

The NEN 2767 / CEN-TS 17385 Inspection protocol/system has been transferred to Singapore and is referred to as the REMMI (Real Estate Management & Maintenance Industry) Inspection System.

2. Course Objectives
The course will provide the knowledge and skills to conduct and reduce subjectivity in inspections through a system based on:
-  Defects Parameters
-  Inspection Points
-  Defects Classification Framework
-  Six-Point Condition Scale

3. Course Structure
The course comprises three modules:

M1: Inspection Needs & Norms
-  Need for Inspections & Legal Framework
-  Building Inspections & Inspection Methods
- Subjectivity Issues & Inspection Standardisation
-  REMMI Building Condition Index

M2 & M3: Inspections of Building Components
-  Common Defects in Building Components
-  Protocol for Inspection and Inspection Points
-  Practicum in Using the REMMI Condition Index

M4: Inspection Aids, Documentation & Records
-  Pre-Inspection Documents
-  Inspection Proformas
-  Inspection Records & Use of Data

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4. Entry Requirements

4.1 Applicants are expected to have the following qualification for direct entry:
-  Diploma in Building/Real Estate Management Singapore/Ngee Ann Polytechnic; with
-  At least 2 years work experience in Facilities Management

For all other qualifications, RECA will assess on a case-by-case basis and propose bridging courses to meet the entry requirements, where applicable.

5. Course Accreditation
The course has been qualified for 52 PDU units under the PE Board Continuing Professional Development programme.

6. Course Duration

60 hours (8 sessions, 9am - 6pm)

7.  Course Fee & Funding Support

As low as $228 nett per person (excluding $100 registration fee) after SSG Course funding grant for eligible Singaporeans.

In addition, Skills Future Credit can also be used to offset the course fees after SSG funding grant.

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8.  Course Schedule

The next intakes of the Specialist Certificate in Building Inspection have been scheduled as follows:

1 Dec 2021 - 19 January 2022 (once a week)

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9. Certification
A 'Specialist Certificate in Building Inspection' will be awarded to participants who have successfully completed the required assessments.

10. Other Enquiries
Please call 6563 4176 or e-mail: enquiry@reca.edu.sg for other information you may require.