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Construction and building qualifications

Take advantage of the many building opportunities in Derbyshire and get qualified in construction, plastering, bricklaying or dry stone walling.

2 people plastering a ceilingCourses are run from our specialist construction centres in Holmewood, from the Toolbox in Gamesley and The Derbyshire Eco Centre in Wirksworth.

Certificate in Building Crafts (multi-crafts) Occupations (Holmewood and Gamesley)

For those with no experience of construction trade crafts who want to learn skills and knowledge of the trade. This course will cover bricklaying, plastering, making and laying slabs, guttering and tiling, and health and safety.

Level 2 Diplomas in bricklaying (Holmewood) and in plastering (Holmewood and Gamesley)

For people with some experience of bricklaying or plastering to gain a Level 2 Diploma qualification to be able to work in the industry. The courses both take one academic year, 2 full days per week and are both practical and theoretical.

Dry Stone Walling Lantra Level 1 and Level 2 (Derbyshire Eco Centre)

For those with some experience of dry stone walling who want to gain the basic knowledge and skills to repair dry stone walls to a satisfactory standard. Gain accredited training to work as a dry stone waller. The Level 1 course takes 10 days of training over 4 months including a practical exam. The Level 2 course takes 14 days of training including a practical exam. The courses are very practical and you will learn to wall with both gritstone and limestone.

Learn about tool maintenance and care, grading stone, setting profiles, preparing and laying foundations, building lifts, placing of through bands, coping and finishing, and walling with sufficient speed to make good progress.

Lantra Level 3

This is a higher level of craftsmanship, including features, retaining walls etc.

This qualification is designed to enhance the skills of those following a career in dry stone walling. Learners must already hold the Level 2 before applying.

The certificate is in two parts: Part A (Features) and Part B (Timed test – retaining wall). Onsite exam fees are additional to the course fees and offsite exams incur further costs. Ask the centre for details.

Being your own boss

Once you have a trade qualification, you can learn how to set yourself up in business, complete your tax returns, and find how to get additional start-up funding. The being your own boss course is delivered over 2 full days.

For information, please email: or tel: 01629 537108.