Rapid Damage Assessment Training

We offer two damage assessment courses at a reasonable rate to encourage emergency preparedness and business continuity planning.

collapsed wood home surrounded by rubble after a disaster

Courses and Training Overview

We will come and train your group at a location of your choice. Organizations who wish to arrange for training must:

  • meet or exceed the minimum number of required participants
  • arrange for and register the participants
  • provide a facility with a screen, PowerPoint projector and appropriate seating

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

Rapid Damage Assessment (RDA) course

This course teaches advanced 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 inspection skills are taught using the Applied Technology Council 20 & 45 guidelines from California.

Prerequisites: Participants must have a general understanding of building construction, of personal emergency preparedness, and risks in BC 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)