DSWA UK Craftsman Certification Scheme

Features Assessment

18 March 2024

$ 500

In 2024, for the first time in Australian history, dry stone wallers from around Australia and the surrounding region will have the chance to undertake the DSWA UK Advanced and Master level Craftsman Certification examinations, on shore, at the Stone of Arc training centre.

 

Due to the time constraints of the UK Master Examiners, all features will have to be constructed at the training centre to be presented for Part A Examinations. Those successful at Part A could then attempt Part B (4.5m retaining wall timed test) the following day.

 

Our Features Assessment package includes:

  • Use of existing Advanced features for Part A reconstruction, with optional Accommodation Package
  • Completion of all required administration
  • DSWA UK - Registration fee
  • DSWA UK - Approved Examination facility
  • Examiner’s fee
  • All required tools

 

Advanced - Level 3 Certificate

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 lunky, a wall built on ground with a slope of at least 20 degrees or a wall 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.

 

Master – Level 4 Certificate

Part A: Candidates must build 3 features, each within a minimum of 5 square metres of wall, except the pillar which must have a total face area of at least 3.6 square metres. At least 5 constructed metres must be built on ground with a slope of 30 degrees or more. Work must also demonstrate at least 2 building styles (i.e. coursed and random) and 2 different stone types. In addition to the standards required for previous levels of certification, emphasis is placed on high standards of finish and the ability to produce high-quality work.Optional features are shown in the following marking table:

 

Feature Maximum mark Minimum mark
Round end OR round corner OR square corner 24 18

Set of steps OR stile

24 18

Arch OR pillar

24 18

Work on sloping ground

24 18

Minimum total marks required to pass

54

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.

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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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Emma Knowles  - Founder, Stone of Arc

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