Master Craftsman Certificate

This certificate has two parts which must be conducted separately and in order. Candidates must hold the Advanced Level 3 certificate before applying for this certificate.


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)


Master – Level 4 Certificate
Candidates must build an overall total of 30 square metres of wall, obtain the minimum mark in each section and an overall pass mark of at least 128 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 the highest standard.

Overall, this level of certification requires candidates to prove their ability to produce quality work at the prescribed work rate, build all features to a high standard, and produce quality work in a commercial situation.

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.

Part B: In the presence of examiners, candidates are required to build a Part A feature not previously demonstrated, using appropriate stone that can have been selected beforehand but not overly shaped or laid out (stripping out is not required at this level). The work should incorporate at least 5 square metres of wall and be constructed 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
Preparing and laying foundations 10 5
Placing through-stones 10 5
Building/Packing 1st and 2nd lift 15 7.5
Line and straightness 10 5
Batter 10 5
Copestones and finish 10 5
Approach to safety 5 2.5
Appropriate selection and use of 5 2.5
Chosen feature 24 18
Minimum total marks required to pass 74


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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