Skills For Trades – Heritage Building Repair Course

We are offering a six day certified course, January – March 2018, on understanding the repair and maintenance of pre-1919 buildings

Smelt mill wall with shored arch and scaffolding in April 2014 (Louise Brown)

The course is aimed at crafts people, contractors, building professionals  and home owners – basically anyone who is passionate about conserving built heritage and wanting  to learn more. The course will be delivered through classroom lectures and hands-on practical workshops where you can observe and try the different techniques.

A Level 3 NVQ award (Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre 1919 Buildings) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, accredited by the CSkills and City & Guilds, and endorsed by the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG).

Course Content

  • How conservation is organised and managed
  • Repair and maintenance of traditional buildings
  • Legislation and guidance in practice
  • Traditional materials and effective methods of use on historic buildings
  • Safe working practice, good and bad practice


Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Office, The Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5LE

Course Tutors:

  • John Monroe – National Heritage Training Group
  • Colin Richards – UK Institute for Historic Building Conservation

Course Dates:

  • Friday 26th & Sat 27th January 2018
  • Friday 23rd & Sat 24th February 2018
  • Friday 30th & Sat 31st March 2018 (delegates must attend all six days to gain an award certificate)


£150 for local residents/businesses (based within the Nidderdale AONB area)

Cost includes all materials, refreshments, exam registration, assessment and certification.

£985 for non-local residents/businesses (January Sale – save £500 now only £485!)

This is a subsidised course funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

How to book

Places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis, so early booking is essential. Book online here. For queries and further information, contact us on 01423 712950 or

Download all the information about the course here.