DSWA 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 registration fee
  • The Examiners fee
  • A practice day
  • A test day
  • Light refreshments and lunches
  • A DSWA 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 a high quality.

Part A: Candidates must build 5 square metres of curved wall plus an additional 5 square metres of wall incorporating either a lunky, built on sloping ground of at least 20 degrees, or to a height of 1.8 metres.

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

Once Part A has been successfully completed candidates have 12 months to pass Part B. There are no restrictions on how many attempts are made within the 12 month period. If a candidate fails to pass Part B within the timeframe, they are required to reapply for 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 level 1 and 2 certification, 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 wall, batter, line and straightness, retaining to base of cope stones.

Process Maximum mark Minimum mark
Stripping out 5 2.5
Earthbank & 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 a detailed insight into the standards required by the DSWA, 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 Instructors/Examiners and align with DSWA structural principles.

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