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The Heritage building industry can be a wonderful industry to be part of; creative, challenging and rewarding.
Opportunities to start a career in heritage plastering can be limited - this may be due to a lack of apprenticeships in your area, or the requirements for formal qualifications.
Our part-time professional heritage plastering course aims to break down the many barriers into Heritage plastering and provide a stepping stone to a new career. Applications will be open to everyone who has a passion for working on traditionally built buildings, natural materials and starting a career with lime. No prior experience will be needed and there will be no long application forms.
If you are a homeowner looking to carry out some renovation work on your home, you may find that our short courses are more suitable. Please contact us to discuss if you are not sure.

Course Programme

This 4 month part-time course will include both theory and practical lessons as well as business skills. Students will leave the programme with the practical experience, confidence and business skills to start working in the heritage industry.

Teaching sessions will be 2 days a week over 4 months. There will be time off over half term and Christmas.

  • Construction methods

  • Understanding the use of appropriate materials in traditionally built properties

  • Diagnosing issues

  • Types of lime and when to use

Practical Skills
  • Safe removal of old plaster and mortar
  • Making repairs
  • Plastering - wall preparation, base coats, tops coats, skim coats
  • Plaster finishing techniques
  • Lath repairs
  • Problem solving
Onsite experience
  • Preparing a work area
  • Sourcing materials
  • Client communications
  • Time management
Business skills
  • Quoting and invoicing
  • Setting up a business
  • Understanding CIS and CSCS
  • Scheduling work
* This list is not exhaustive.

Programme Outcomes

The 4 - month programme is a stepping stone into the Heritage Industry. There will be many options open to those who complete the full programme:
  • Gain own work in Heritage Plastering
  • Work with other heritage plasterers
  • Apply for other training courses such as The Princes Foundation Building Craft Programme
  • Go onto to study for an NVQ in Heritage Plastering

Application Process

We want to make the application process as easy as possible. There will be a short form to complete in which applicants will be asked why they wish to attend the programme and how they intend of using their new skills. Shortlisted students will then be invited to attend an informal in-person selection day. The selection day is a chance for students to get some practical experience of working with lime and find out if the course is suitable for them.
Application Timings
  • Applications Open - 1st June
  • Application Deadline - 24th June
  • Selection Day - wc 11th July
  • Successful applicants notified - 29th July
  • Course starts - September 2022
* Dates subject to change


The full 4 month programme cost is £3,750. A number of funded places will be available - eligibility details will be announced on the 1st June.
All students will receive a comprehensive course handbook as well as their own plastering tool kit.

Applications open 1st June

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