Date: 26th & 27th March 2015 

Venue: Ham House, Richmond, Surrey 


Working in partnership with the Ann Cook Associates, National Trust, National Heritage Training Group and CITB, the PDA is hosting a 2 day course on Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings. 

The Award is suitable for those who regularly work on the repair, maintenance, refurbishment and retro-fitting of old buildings, but who lack the understanding of the guiding principles for this type of work. The Unit will improve awareness of the right approaches, and can also add to, and reinforce, existing knowledge for more experienced practitioners working in this sector.

Ann Cook Associates' course delivery focuses on the Craft of Decorative Occupations (Painting and Decorating). 


Course Details 

Aim: To provide delegates with an awareness of the right approaches to take when working on old and particularly listed buildings 


  • Understand the Principles of Conservation and Restoration
  • Be aware of the range of coatings and coverings used in pre-1919 buildings
  • Select appropriate working practices to suit the age and status of buildings


Through the use of power point presentations, tour of the venue, examination of exemplar materials and case studies, delegates will cover: 

  • Traditional Buildings and Materials
  • Traditional Coatings
  • Principles of Repair and Maintenance, including Statutory controls and consents governing this type of work
  • Tour of the Listed Property
  • Decorative Occupations Case Studies
  • Traditional Wallcoverings
  • Research and Investigations
  • Project Planning
  • Assessment for the Qualification – Multiple Choice Test  (1 hour allowed) at the end of the second day


Awarding Organisation: CSkills Awards
L3 Unit CC3500 - Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings.
This may be used towards Unit QCF546v2 of -
L3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills - Decorative Occupations 


Reduced rates for PDA Members through CITB funding. 

Members - £300 +VAT

Non-Members - £400 +VAT

Includes all refreshments, course handbook and qualification costs.
Remember to claim your £50 per day CITB Grant. 

Spaces are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Further information on the course can be found here and a provisional course programme is available to view here.

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