The DSWA Craftsman Certification Scheme, run in conjunction with Lantra Awards, offers a series of nationally recognised qualifications in dry stone walling at Levels 1 (Initial), 2 (Intermediate) and 3 (Advanced). A list of proposed test days for 2021 is available here. Full details of the scheme are available in the Craftsman Certification Scheme booklet. An application form should be submitted to the DSWA office at least six weeks ahead of the proposed test day. Payment should accompany the form if paying by cheque or ensure you submit the application form to the office if payment is made via PayPal. Overseas candidates, please ensure you select the Overseas registration fee option when using PayPal, irrespective of the level of test.
Please note that with effect from 1 January 2019 the following prices per candidate will apply and are shown on the application form:
- Level 1/Initial £132
- Level 2/Intermediate £180
- Level 3/Advanced Part A features (on-site) £150
- Level 3/Advanced Part A features (Off-site) £450 (1-2)/£350 (3+)
- Level 3/Advanced Part B timed £150
- Masters Part A features (on-site) £200
- Masters Part A features (off-site) £450 (1-2)/£350 (3+)
- Masters Part B timed £150
- Overseas registration fee £80.
Examiners & Instructors
The DSWA has a pool of current Master Craftsman certificate holders who are appointed as Examiners for the Craftsman Certification Scheme and who assess candidates at organised test days. Applications to be an Examiner are agreed by the DSWA Craft Skills Group and should be submitted in writing to the DSWA office. Examiners are also approved by Lantra Awards. An assessment course is held for Examiners, who are required to attend the course on a regular basis in order to ensure their skills are kept up to date and marking is carried out as fairly as possible and to the same standard throughout the country. A list of current Examiners is produced annually.
The DSWA organises in-house training courses for members interested in running short courses for beginners. The courses are available to those holding at least the Intermediate/Level 2 certificate and details are sent to those eligible to attend, as and when dates are arranged. The course takes place over a two-day period, usually a weekend, and gives candidates the opportunity to practice instructional techniques and to plan training events. Please note this course is not an externally approved teaching qualification although can prove to be a useful starting point for further study. Individuals interested in such courses should contact either their local education authority or local colleges for full details of what is available in their area.
A list of DSWA Instructors is produced on an annual basis.