Qualification Training Courses

Our Four-day training courses are the perfect option for anyone looking at dry stone walling as a career or broadening their skill set. Run at our National Training Site in Cumbria, these popular courses are designed for those looking at both starting on their dry stone walling journey and those looking to improve their skills.

Led by a Master Craftsman Instructor, these intensive courses take participants through the knowledge and skills required to undertake their Level 1 qualification or for participants home projects.

Over the course of the four days, participants will be guided through

  • Health & Safety
  • Stripping out a wall
  • Setting of frames & lines
  • Preparing and laying foundations
  • Building first lift of the wall
  • Placement of through stones
  • Building the second lift of the wall
  • Placement of copestones

Those candidates looking at undertaking their Level 2 will also be able to gather insights from the Instructor on how to improve their building of a cheekend/wall head.

Course details

Course fee: £350

Location: National training Site, Crooklands, Cumbria

Duration: 4 days, Monday – Thursday

Course size: Our four-day courses are limited to 10 participants per course

Equipment list: Participants must ensure they have safety footwear/steel toe caps. DSWA provides work gloves and tools although participants are encouraged to bring their own if they have them

How to book: Head to our booking page for the latest availability and to book.

Where to find us

Run at our National Training Site in Cumbria, the site is within 5 minutes of the M6 and 10 minutes from the nearest train station (Oxenholme).

A wide selection of accommodation in the local area will suit all needs from campsites to hotels.

For those looking to travel to the UK from Overseas to undertake a course, the site is just 1 hour 20 minutes from Manchester Airport.