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 lead s 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 together with a Nordic standard and a European standard on inspections form the basis for development of a common European technical specification for physical condition assessment methodologies which is scheduled for release in the last quarter of 2019.

The NEN 2767 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
  • The Practice of Building Inspections & Inspection Methods
  • Subjectivity Problems & Inspection Standardisation and the REMMI Building Condition Index

M2 & M3: Inspections of External & Internal Building Components

  • Common Defects in Building Components
  • Protocol for Inspection and Inspection Points
  • Case Studies, Site Inspections and Practice in Using the REMMI Condition Index

M4: Inspection Aids, Documentation & Records

  • Pre-Inspection Documents
  • Inspection Proformas
  • Inspection Records & Use of Data

Please click here for a list of course lecturers.

4. Entry Requirements
4.1 Applicants are expected to have the following qualification:

  • Diploma in a building-related field from approved institutions with at least two years work experience in building operation and maintenance

4.2 Applicants with the following qualifications are required to complete a pre-requisite course in Building Technology and Services:

  • ITE/CITI Certificate in a related field with at least five years work experience in building operation and maintenance
  • 'A'/'O' Levels (Credits in English and Mathematics) with at least ten years work experience in building operation and maintenance

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

$2,100 nett per person. 

Funding support is available ranging from 50 to 70% of course fees; please contact us to find out more details.

8.  Course Schedule
The 21st intake of the Specialist Certificate in Building Inspection has been scheduled from 23 Apr - 21 May 2019.






23 Apr


9.00 am – 6.00 pm




9.00 am – 6.00 pm




9.00 am – 6.00 pm


2 May


9.00 am – 6.00 pm




9.00 am – 6.00 pm




9.00 am – 6.00 pm




9.00 am – 6.00 pm




9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Course Assessment




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.