Specialist Certificate In Building Condition Assessment

The Specialist Certificate in Building Condition Assessment delivers training in the standardised inspection protocol, data structure and nomenclature and is modelled after Dutch and European standard NEN 2767/CEN-TS/17385.

SGD 2,650.00

Course Description

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 Rijksgebouwendienst (RGD) or Dutch Government Building Agency (now functionally merged into the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (RVB) or Central Government Real Estate Agency] currently manages a large and diverse property portfolio of Dutch Ministries and State properties amounting to some 12.4 million square metres of buildings and 90,000 hectares of land.

In the 80s, RGD 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. Buildings/components are assigned a condition score ranging from 1-6 on inspection, 1 being ‘As New’ and 6 being ‘End of Service Life’.  During the 90s, the system was further developed in a project supported by the European Commission entitled ‘Condition Assessment and Maintenance Strategies for Buildings and Building Components’; this study was the starting point and basis for the current condition assessment methodology.

RGD and NEN (the Royal Netherlands Standardisation Institute) initiated the establishment of NEN 2767 in 2006 and further developed it for infrastructure work. NEN 2767: Condition Assessment Built Environment’ is now common practice in condition assessments and forms the starting point and baseline for European norm CEN TS/17385 ‘Method for Condition Assessment of Immobile Constructed Assets’

The NEN 2767/CEN TS 17385 standardised condition assessment methodology was transferred to Singapore in 2002 via the Specialist Certificate in Building Inspection/Condition Assessment and is also referred to as the REMMI (Real Estate Management & Maintenance Industry) Inspection System.  Several large statutory boards have specified the need for such trained inspectors in outsourced facilities management and maintenance contracts.

The course will provide the knowledge and skills to:

1. Conduct and reduce subjectivity in inspections through a system based on:

  • Defects Parameters
  • Defects Classification Framework
  • Six-Point Condition Scale

2. Plan and Prioritise Maintenance Work

  • Traditional and Condition-Based/Predictive Maintenance Systems
  • Short & Long Term Maintenance Planning
  • Condition Assessment Data in Maintenance Planning &  Prioritisation


The course comprises of five modules:

M1: Building Degradation & Maintenance

  • Building Degradation & Performance
  • Causes of Defects in Buildings
  • Building Maintenance
  • Systems of Maintenance
M4: Condition Assessment Equipment & Aids

  • Basic Equipment and Tools
  • Specialised Equipment
  • SMART Technology for Inspection
M2: Frame of Reference for Condition Assessment / Measurement

  • Condition Assessment Standardisation
  • Frame of Reference for Condition Measurement
  • Condition Descriptions and Defects Register
  • Condition Assessments in Maintenance Management
M5: Condition Assessment of Buildings and Building Components (with Practicum)

  • Foundations
  • Structural Framing
  • Walls & Wall Finishes
  • Stairs & Stair Finishes
  • Windows & Window Finishes
  • Doors & Door Finishes
  • Finishes & Paintwork
  • Building Services
M3: Protocol for a Condition Assessment 

  • Pre-inspection
  • Field Inspection

Please click here for a list of course lecturers.

  1. Applicants are expected to have the following qualification for direct entry:
    • Diploma in Building/Real Estate Management from Singapore/Ngee Ann Polytechnic; with
    • At least 2 years work experience in Facilities Management
    • A minimum of C6 in English at O/N levels or equivalent.

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

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

60 hours (8 sessions, 9am – 6pm)

SSG funding of up to 70% for eligible Singaporeans and PRs is available. SSG course fee funding and subject to certain conditions being met. In addition, eligible Employers can now tap on their Skills Future Enterprise Credit (SFEC) to cover up to 90% of the unfunded course fee amount. 

(Please check this link to find out your company’s eligibility for SFEC:  https://www.gobusiness.gov.sg/enterprisejobskills/programmes-and-initiatives/redesign-jobs/skillsfuture-enterprise-credit/).

See the table below for an illustration of the funding available:

Individuals who wish to enrol on the course can also utilise their Skills Future Credit (SFC) to offset any nett fees payable after SSG funding has been deducted. An SFC claim can be made at:

https://www.myskillsfuture.gov.sg/content/portal/en/index.html# and search for the unique Course ID: TGS-2022012660

The next intake of the Specialist Certificate in Building Condition Assessment has been scheduled as follows:
11 July – 20 August 2024.

Please click on the dates above for the detailed schedule.

A ‘Specialist Certificate in Building Condition Assessment’ will be awarded to participants who have successfully completed the required assessments.

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

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