DSWA UK Craftsman Certification Scheme – Level 1: Initial

19 March 2023

22 March 2023


If you know what's expected and feel ready to attempt the Level 1 test - you can book our Exam Only Package here.


To increase your chance of success, we do have a 3-day Exam Preparation & Exam Event Package option that provides candidates with detailed insight into the standards required by the DSWA UK, useful hints on speed and efficiency and a full mock test with analysis.


Within this package, candidates also have the option to utilise the training centre for further practice the day before their exam and the use of our Riley Northern walling hammers.


Our Exam Only Package includes:

  • Completion of all required administration
  • DSWA UK registration fee
  • DSWA UK approved examination facility
  • Examiner's fee
  • Exam
  • Lunch and light refreshments
  • All required tools (excluding walling hammers)


Initial – Level 1 Certificate


In the presence of the examiner/s, candidates are required to strip down and rebuild a straightforward free-standing 2.5 square metre section of wall within a single 7 hour period.


The required standard places emphasis on sound and solid construction rather than on a quality finish. Candidates must obtain the minimum mark in each section and an overall pass mark of at least 50 in order to gain certification.


Process Maximum mark Minimum mark
Stripping out 10 5
Laying foundations 24 12
Building/Packing 1st lift 20 10
Placing through-stones 6 3
Building/Packing 2nd lift 20 10
Copestones and finish 15 7.5
Approach to safety 5 2.5
Minimum total marks required to pass 50


Register your interest here today

Accommodation Details

Rustic Onsite Accommodation

A range of rustic onsite accommodation is available from double/triple rooms to camping (all with shared bathroom).

Four rooms are available, 2 double and 2 twin/triple

All rooms come with aircon, heating, linen and amenities.

A basic continental breakfast is included for all overnight guests.

Extended visits welcome

There is much to enjoy in the surrounding area including bush walks, cycle trails, kayak trails, fishing, and cave exploration to name a few.

External Workshops

We can deliver custom training at your venue, contact us to discuss your training needs.



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