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Professional Development Diploma:
Conservation of Buildings Interiors and Sites (PDD Building Cons.)

This award is made up of 10 Building Conservation Masterclasses (BCMs) and a final essay. The BCMs are training courses designed for those who need to develop practical skills and those who need to understand, specify and supervise these skills; the courses are relevant for craftsmen, conservators, conservation officers, architects, surveyors, planners, construction managers, specifiers, specialist contractors and archaeologists.

To be eligible for the award, and prior to the submission of your final essay, you must undertake full attendance and demonstrate satisfactory performance in 10 BCMs, seven of which are compulsory, and a further three which can be selected from any of those remaining (see below). They can be taken in any order but must normally have been completed within a maximum period of five years prior to the submission of the final essay.

The final essay consists of a statement that demonstrates the link between the candidate’s overall experience gained from the BCMs and past, current or intended professional practice as a conservator of buildings, interiors and sites.

Detailed specifications relating to the presentation of this written work may be obtained from the PDD administrator. Following the assessment and approval of the final essay, a recommendation will be presented to the College Assessment Board that the PDD in the Conservation of Buildings Interiors and Sites is awarded to the candidate. Holders of the Diploma may use the title PDD (Building Cons.)

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West Dean Professional Development Diploma in Buildings Interiors and Sites (PDD Building Cons.)


Between 1 and 5 years part-time

Time commitment:

10 x 3-day short courses

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It is advisable to take one or two Building Conservation Masterclasses before registering for the Diploma. You may book for and attend any of the courses and these will count towards the Diploma if you register later. The courses can be taken in any order and you can start at any time during the academic year.


For more information check out our Building Conservation Masterclass programmes

The 7 compulsory Building Conservation Masterclasses are:

Conservation and Repair of Architectural and Structural Metalwork

Conservation and Repair of Brick and Flint Masonry

Conservation and Repair of Plasters and Renders

Conservation and Repair of Stone Masonry

Conservation and Repair of Timber

The Structural Repair of Historic Buildings

Mortars for Repair and Conservation

The 3 optional Building Conservation Masterclasses to be selected from:

Specifying Conservation Works

Practice and Theory: Managing Change in Historic Buildings

Stone Masonry: Conservation of Architectural Detail and Surfaces

Conservation and Repair of Masonry Ruins

Managing Wildlife and working with Bats on Historic Monuments

Masonry Cleaning

Conservation of Historic Concrete

Conservation of Painted Interiors (2014 PCIP Programme)

2014 Fees:

3-day short courses:
Non-residential fee: £542
Fully-inclusive residential fee: From £674

Final Essay: £260

Final Essay due: 30 April or 31 October

Awards Day: 12 July 2014

ENQUIRIES: CPD Course Organiser Telephone: +44 (0) 1243 818219 cpd@westdean.org.uk

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