DSWA UK Craftsman Certification Scheme courses – Advanced

This certificate has two parts which must be conducted separately and in order.


Our Test Event Package includes:

  • Completion of all required administration
  • Your DSWA UK registration fee
  • The examiner's fee
  • A practice day
  • A test day
  • Light refreshments and lunches
  • A DSWA UK-approved testing facility
  • All required tools (excluding walling hammers)


Advanced – Level 3 Certificate
Candidates must hold the Intermediate Level 2 certificate before applying for this certificate. Candidates must obtain the minimum mark in each section and an overall pass mark of at least 87 in order to gain the full certificate. As there are no time constraints for Part A of the test, examiners expect the work to be of high quality.

Part A: Candidates must build 5 square metres of curved wall PLUS an additional 5 square metres of a wall incorporating one of the following features: a lunkey or built on ground with a slope of at least 20 degrees or built to a height of 1.8 metres.


Process Maximum mark Minimum mark
Construction of curved wall 20 13.5
Construction of special feature: Lunkey, high wall or wall on sloping ground 20 13.5
Minimum total marks required to pass 27


Once Part A has been completed successfully, candidates have 12 in which months to pass Part B. There is no limit on how many attempts can be made within the 12 month period. If a candidate fails to pass Part B within the required time frame, they must re-sit Part A, submitting new features.

Part B: In the presence of Examiners candidates are required to strip down and rebuild a 4.5 square metre section of wall, retaining to the base of the copestones and not less than 1.2 metres in height, within a single 7 hour period.

In addition to the standards required for Levels 1 and 2 certifications, emphasis is placed on solid, secure foundations and preparation of earth bank, adequacy of packing, selection and placement of building stones, sufficient through-stones relative to the height of the wall, batter, line, and straightness, and retaining to the base of copestones.


Process Maximum mark Minimum mark
Stripping out 5 2.5
Earthbank and foundations 15 7.5
Building/Packing 1st lift 10 5
Placing through-stones 10 5
Building/Packing 2nd lift 10 5
Line and straightness 10 5
Batter 15 7.5
Copestones and finish 10 5
Approach to safety 5 2.5
Minimum total marks required to pass 60


The Practice day provides participants with detailed insight into the standards required by the DSWA UK, an opportunity to practice various elements of the test, and guidance around speed and efficiency. To have the best possible chance of success, participants also have the option of booking further practice days including a mock test for an additional $220 per day. To ensure the highest standards are met - all courses, practice events and test days are delivered by certified DSWA UK instructors and examiners and align with DSWA UK structural principles.

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