Post-Disaster Building Assessment Training

BC Housing offers two damage assessment courses to assist in developing a Post-Disaster Building Assessment Program for your community or organization’s emergency preparedness.

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Courses and Training Overview

During the COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be scheduling any training unless it is required to support a community where building damage has occurred from a recent event.

Please check back to this page for updates as more information becomes available.

These courses are designed to benefit personnel in property or facilities management,school administration and management, building inspection, emergency management, fire prevention, Emergency Support Services (ESS) response, engineering, public works, and construction.

Rapid Damage Assessment (RDA) course

This course teaches skills to identify unsafe conditions in wood frame, masonry and concrete construction caused by floods, earthquakes or windstorms. Individuals learn to assess damage to determine whether buildings can be occupied. BC Housing's rapid assessment skills are taught using the Applied Technology Council 20 & 45 guidelines from California.

Recommended: Participants have a general understanding or awareness of building construction, personal emergency preparedness, and risks such as earthquakes and wind storms.

Class Size: Lower Mainland – minimum 10 participants, maximum 30
Outside of the Lower Mainland – minimum 15 participants, maximum 30
Outside of British Columbia – minimum 15 participants, maximum 30

Duration: 4 hours

Course Fee: British Columbia – $70.00 per participant plus taxes, RDA Field Manual included
Outside of British Columbia – $70.00 per participant plus taxes, travel and accommodation expenses, RDA Field Manual is included
Note: If the Coordination of Damage Assessment course is provided on the same day as the Rapid Damage Assessment course, the fee for both is $100.00

Contact: BC Housing Security and Emergency Services Department

Course Details: Rapid Damage Assessment Course (128 KB) (pdf)


Coordination of Damage Assessment (CDA) course

This course is designed for persons who will be developing, coordinating and/or managing a Damage Assessment Program for an organization. The course is typically presented immediately following BC Housing’s Rapid Damage Assessment Course.

Prerequisite: BC Housing Rapid Damage Assessment Course

Class Size: Lower Mainland ‐ Minimum 5 participants, maximum 30
Outside the Lower Mainland ‐ Minimum participant numbers increase

Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours

Course Fee: $50.00 per person plus taxes, handouts included
Note: If the Rapid Damage Assessment course is provided on the same day as the CDA course the fee for both is $100

Contact: BC Housing Security and Emergency Services Department

Course Details: Coordination of Damage Assessment Course (95 KB) (pdf)