Traditional Building Skills Training

We offer a wide range of vocational and professional courses combining theory and practical working sessions designed to ensure that there are courses to suit everyone.

Our Courses are for:

  • Building tradespeople and craftspeople;
  • Building supervisors and site agents;
  • Architects, Engineers & Surveyors;
  • Conservation Officer;
  • Homeowners;
  • Students;
  • Voluntary conservation groups;
  • Estate managers;
  • Those who just want to learn new skills.

Our main emphasis is on aspects of traditional masonry construction and finishing, encompassing repair, conservation and new building work. There are practical skills courses, seminars on theory and technical issues, workshops for school children and special interest groups, and longer placements for conservation students.

The use of appropriate traditional materials and techniques is important if repairs to historic or traditional buildings are to be effective. For anyone involved in the conservation or repair of these buildings, an understanding of the behaviour of traditionally constructed buildings and of the properties and use of lime mortars in their repair and maintenance, is becoming increasingly important.

For the building industry we offer a range of practical skills upgrading courses, with an emphasis on the understanding and use of lime-based materials. These range from one day introductory workshops to formal National Units in Conservation Masonry, accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Many of our courses are also recognised by bodies such as the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Scottish University for Industry (SUfI).

Our professional education programme includes a range of building conservation seminars, master classes and other Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events, which support building professionals in the achievement of their formal building conservation accreditation. We also offer seminars or training workshops on other topics, such as environmentally conscious building, and courses may be commissioned by other organisations to meet their own requirements.

Homeowners regularly attend the workshops to improve their understanding and skills for maintenance of traditional or historic houses, and we also offer Workshops specifically for school groups. Other group visits are also welcome.  In addition to our comprehensive programme of regular Workshops, courses are commissioned by organisations such as Historic Scotland and local authorities.

The full range of practical courses is designed to build up knowledge of traditional masonry construction and traditional finishes in a logical sequence, starting from a basic understanding of lime technology and its application in masonry work through to the skills required for tasks such as the conservation and repair of historic plasterwork. More intensive courses are also available to experienced tradesmen and apprentices in the building industry, leading to the award of SQA recognised National Units in Conservation Masonry.

Certificates are awarded at the end of each of our courses as proof of attendance.

We are always happy to help learners choose the right course. Please contact us if you would like to discuss which course is suitable for you or your employees.

Scottish Lime Centre Trust is a charity registered in Scotland No: SCO22692

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