The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa’s engineered timber construction industry body, offers estimators and designers in the nail-plated timber roof truss industry access to fundamental training through its Level 1 and 2 Estimator/Designer Courses. Course registration is now open.

Engineering software for roof trusses has seen rapid advancement over recent years and has revolutionised the role of the timber roof truss designer and estimator. Even so, the product of software generation is only as good as its input, making it vital that the designer and estimator understand the basics of truss design and can easily detect errors in software output.

To fulfill the need for training in this area, the ITC-SA hosts Level 1 and 2 Estimator/Designer Courses addresses the basic mathematics, calculations, general concepts and 3D visualisations that need to be fully grasped and correctly implemented to be a well-rounded, capable, confident and efficient timber roof truss designer or estimator.

Course delivery is through self-study of professionally prepared content supplied by the ITC-SA. A certificate of completion is awarded based on the submission of two open-book assignments (submitted via email) as well as a final written exam, which will be facilitated in KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Town, the southern Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and other areas as required. Entry into the examination will only be granted to students who have submitted both prior assignments for marking.

Course dates for ITC-SA Level 1 & 2 Estimator/Designer Courses:

First assignment
Sent to students: 22 July 2019
Returned by students: 9 September 2019

Second assignment
Sent to students: 9 September 2019
Returned by students: 28 October 2019

Examination date: 15 November 2019

Assignment marks contribute 40% towards the final mark and a minimum of 70% final average is expected for successful completion of the course.

Enrolment and fees
To enrol for the courses, applicants may access enrolment forms at:

Completed enrolment forms along with proof of payment are to be submitted to:, where the applicant will be granted access to the relevant course work in electronic format. Fees must be paid upfront and in full to enrol for the course.

Level 1 Estimator/Designer Course: R3 648 including VAT
Level 2 Estimator/Designer Course: R4 218 including VAT

Note: Mathematical content for the Level 2 course is of a fairly high level and applicants who have not yet attained a grade 12 level in the subject should carefully consider participation before payment of the non-refundable course fee.

The course notes and commentaries will be provided for home study and the fee includes the marking of written assignments and the cost of the final assessment, which will be written at a suitable neutral venue.

Enrolments are accepted until 30 June 2019.