Historic Building Conservation and Repair

Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair

Recognised by Historic England (formerly English Heritage)

Duration: Part time completed in a maximum of five years

Applications open

Study the technical and practical skills relevant to the repair and maintenance of historic structures. Improve your skills and up-to-date knowledge of developments in materials, techniques and current practice.

This Professional Development Diploma is ideal for conservators, conservation officers, architects, surveyors, craftspeople and specialist contractors.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has agreed that the Professional Development Diploma course qualifies as a Conservation Training Course for entry on to the RIBA Conservation register at CR level.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) has recognised the Professional Development Diploma as part of its programme and will assist candidates in their progression to specialise in conservation and ultimately towards applying for CIAT's Conservation Register.

You can expect:

Tutors who are leading practitioners

Hands-on training in the repair and conservation of various building materials

To gain a thorough understanding of structural repairs

To complete 10 Building Conservation Masterclasses (BCMs) - seven compulsory and three of your choice

To submit a final 3,000 word portfolio demonstrating the link between your experience gained on the BCMs and your past, current and intended professional practice

Learning environment

  • High tutor: student ratio
  • Specialist teaching resources including the purpose-built Ruinette to practise techniques
  • Workshop-based or conference style learning, dependent on masterclass subject
  • Residential accommodation is available while you complete each masterclass

    For information about the BCM Course Leaders, please look at the individual courses.

The seven compulsory BCMs

Conservation and Repair of Architectural and Structural Metalwork £645
Conservation and Repair of Plasters and Renders £645
The Structural Repair of Historic Buildings £614
Conservation and Repair of Brick and Flint Masonry £660
Conservation and Repair of Timber £645
Conservation and Repair of Stone Masonry £645
Mortars for Repair and Conservation £645

A further three BCMs to be selected from:

Specifying Conservation Works £605
Coatings and Consolidants for Masonry £443
Conservation and Repair of Slate and Stone Roofing £645
Managing Wildlife in the Historic Environment £645 (alternate years)
Conservation of Historic Concrete £665
Conservation and Repair of Masonry Ruins £645
Masonry cleaning £645

View the courses

Entry requirements

Participants will ideally have training/experience in the field and/or a minimum of two years' practical experience.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this course or would like further information please contact bookingsoffice@westdean.org.uk or by calling the number below. To make your application you will need to download and fill out the booking form at the bottom of this page.

+44 (0)1243 818 219


Fees as listed for each of the 10 courses - the minimum cost would be £5,939 for 10 courses, plus the administration fee £260 payable on submission of final portfolio.

10% discount on course fees to employees of Historic England, Cadw, Historic Scotland, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and members of Building Limes Forum UK and Ireland.


Drake Trust bursaries are available.

The Professional Development Diploma: Historic Building Conservation and Repair is supported by a Construction Industry Training Board grant (CITB) which, on achieving the qualification is payable to in-scope employers and their employees registered with CITB.

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