Training Courses

If you are interested in learning more about building conservation and maintenance there are a number of organisations providing courses at a range of levels. Follow the links to find out more.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings runs a twice yearly Repair of Old Buildings Course as well as a number of technical events on various topics including paint, glass and lime. You can also download our 2012 calendar.

Upkeep provides training on all aspects of building care including inspection, repairs, maintenance and improvement. Completion of all the training modules can lead to the award of the City & Guilds Certificate in Diagnosing Defects and Ordering Repairs.

The North East Civic Trust runs a heritage skills initiative in North East and Cumbria.  Some of the events in Cumbria are run in partnership with the Churches Trust for Cumbria which also runs workshops covering topics such as managing and marketing your place of worship, funding and welcoming visitors.

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum runs courses on a wide variety of building conservation topics throughout the year. Theses are suitable for surveyors, architects, craftsmen and anyone else with a keen interest in building conservation.

The Historic Buildings and Conservation team at Essex County Council has run a series of one, two or three day hands-on courses in traditional building skills at Cressing Temple near Braintree.

The Ironbridge Institute offers lecture based and practical conservation workshops which can be attended individually as elements of CPD training for professionals or by interested members of the public.

The Brooking Collection Workshops provide an understanding of the historic evolution of the window, door, staircase and cast iron features in British architecture. Each workshop is built around observation of original items selected from the collection of architectural details housed at the University of Greenwich.

The University of York runs a series of short courses at its historic King's Manor campus. Their aim is to update professionals' skills in the areas of conservation and heritage management.