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 recognised the Professional Development Diploma as part of its RIBA Career Learning brand which helps architects to gain essential skills through courses of three days duration and longer. The Professional Development Diploma course qualifies as a Conservation Training Course for entry onto the RIBA Conservation Register at the 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 £620
Conservation and repair of plasters and renders £620
The structural repair of historic buildings £594
Conservation and repair of brick and flint masonry £640
Conservation and repair of timber £620
Conservation and repair of stone masonry £620
Mortars for repair and conservation £TBC (course scheduled for October 2017)

A further three BCMs to be selected from:

Specifying conservation works £585
Stone Masonry: Conservation of Architectural Detail and Surfaces £TBC (alternate years)
Managing Wildlife in the Historic Environment £TBC (alternate years)
Conservation of historic concrete £640
Conservation and repair of masonry ruins £620
Masonry cleaning £TBC (course scheduled for October 2017)
Conservation and repair of slate and stone roofing £620

View the courses

Entry requirements

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


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.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this course or would like further information please contact admissions either by enquiring online or calling the number below. To make your application you will need to download and fill out our application form.

+44 (0)1243 818 219

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