The Certified Drain Surveyors training course is becoming ever more popular among drainage contractors and, we are finding, to an increasing level, favoured by other organisations.
The NADC-CDS (as the qualification is widely known) is aimed at the domestic/light commercial contractor who mainly carries out surveys on smaller diameter drains (100-150mm). It is anchored around the Manual of Sewer Condition Classification’s Domestic Drain codes (MSCC5) and the Drain Repair Book but is not purely aimed at CCTV investigation.
The original aim was to provide a training course that increases the standard of site survey investigation work. There is a strong element of CCTV coding involved but the course also includes drainage law, site investigation, defect grading and remedial recommendations. All very important aspects of any drain survey.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors expressed a desire that operatives who carry out CCTV survey work should be competent, a term that is being used more frequently. It is something the insurance industry is very interested in. The NADC-CDS, which was produced by WRc PLC, in conjunction with EA as a recognised EU Skill is a level of competency that organisations will and do recognise.
More importantly it is a training course that drainage companies realise is very useful in providing their staff with an all-round level of site investigation knowledge. They understand that this will only benefit their business.
It is not a requirement for drainage contractors to hold any kind of CCTV inspection training. It just makes sense that domestic/light commercial contractors have access to and greatly appreciate a level of certification that applies to their level of work. And when it comes to proving competence, the NADC-CDS covers that sufficiently.
Water Companies tend to specify that contractors who carry out work for them are qualified pipe (or brick) condition classifiers. Commonly known as the OS19X, the qualification covers the full codes within MSCC4. This course is slightly outdated but we understand the course is being updated with the advent of MSCC5.
Wincan and Develop (training providers) are part of a steering committee that also includes experts within the Water Industry. We understand the committee are considering an updated training format for MSCC5, which makes sense. This training will then be specified by the Water Authorities for CCTV work carried out on their assets. In fact taking this course would be evidence of competence for any drainage contractor but, in many cases, there is no requirement or necessity for them to have OS19X.
The choice is down to the contractor, their customer’s requirements and governed by the type of work they carry out.
It’s just great that the industry is keeping up with various changes over recent years. Today there is an increased positivity for all those involved in drain investigation work and it is encouraging that there are now various levels of training available. We should all be very proud!