The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa, the SAQA accredited Professional Body safeguarding the local timber construction industry for over 45 years, will be hosting CPD-accredited workshops on Understanding Roof Inspections in Johannesburg and Cape Town from 12 to 14 May 2020. 

Anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge and expertise in timber roof structures will benefit greatly from this informative workshop, which covers a comprehensive technical overview of prefabricated timber roof structures and the inspection thereof. The workshop aims to enable the individual to execute and apply their knowledge and skills in the interest of public safety, and to execute their work in accordance with general norms and regulations.

Workshop agenda

Day 1

08:00 Registration
08:30 Basic roof terminology, including:

  • Rafters, tie-beams, webs
  • Gables, hips
  • Truncated hips, true span
  • Overhangs, cantilevers
  • Prefabricated/bolted methods
10:00 Tea/coffee
10:20 Basics of timber design, including loading and information on relevant codes. Permissible stress and limit state loading explained. Tributary loading.
12:30 Finger lunch
13:30 Bracing in roofs in general: Difference in lightly versus heavily loaded roofs. (Experience from the field through slides and images.)
15:00 What is the ITC-SA? Role players and their different responsibilities in the timber structures roofing industry.
16:00 End of Day 1


Day 2

08:30 Rafter bracing: Why different systems of bracing are necessary, study of standard bracing details.
10:00 Tea/coffee
Tie-beam and web bracing: Standard bracing details. (Case studies of failures with images.)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Handling, transportation and storage of timber structures.
14:00 Discussion of paperwork required. Discuss who is responsible for paperwork.
14:45 Site visit to a timber roof under construction. (On-site guidance and discussion.)
16:00 End of Day 2

                Day 3

08:30 Second site visit (to a different site) to see a timber roof in distress and the effects of ineffective bracing.
10:00 Tea/coffee
10:20 Discussion of site observations
11:00 Discussion of ethics regarding roof inspection.
11:30 Q&A session
12:30 Finger lunch
13:00 Slide show of non-compliant roofs and the consequences
13:30 Assessment
16:00 End of Day 3

This workshop has been CPD accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for 3 points. ECSA Validation No.: ITCSA-INS0817. All candidates will receive the ITC-SA manuals for roof inspections.

Note: On conclusion of workshop, candidates will receive a certificate of attendance.

Cost: R5800 excl. VAT
Dates: 12-14 May 2020
Time: 8am – 4pm daily
JHB venue: SAFCA Building, 6 Hulley Road, Isando, 1600
CT venue: 32 Stepping Stone Street, Eversdal, Cape Town
Limited to: 10 candidates per workshop
Registration form:

NB: Please ensure that you wear safety shoes for the site visits and that own transport is arranged for each day as well as to sites.


  • ITC-SA Bracing Manual Volume 1
  • ITC-SA Bracing Manual Volume 2
  • Note Pad & Pen
  • Hard Hat & Reflector Vest

To register, please email the completed registration form along with proof of payment to

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