Training and NVQ Essentials: Heritage Carpentry

01 December 2023

Explore the exclusive opportunity provided by our Specialist Applied Skills programme, in collaboration with CITB, offering specialised training alongside experienced assessors to acquire a Heritage Carpentry NVQ3 qualification.

Designed particularly for construction professionals seeking to enhance their skillset, this program ensures the attainment of a recognised training qualification. For CITB-registered companies, potential grants are available, covering training and assessment costs, assisting with travel and accommodation, and supporting off-site expenses. If your company is not CITB registered, self-funding options are also accessible for your convenience.

The training spans 20 days off-site, with a timeframe of up to 18 months to complete the qualification. Our flexible training lets you decide if you would like to follow only training, only assessment  (OSAT) program or to follow both the training and assessment.

Read on for further details and watch the video below that showcases insights from both employers and learners.

What is an NVQ?

An NVQ, or National Vocational Qualification, is a work-based qualification in the United Kingdom that assesses an individual's competence and skills in a specific job role. It focuses on practical, hands-on experience and emphasises the application of knowledge in a real work environment.

NVQs are available across various industries and are typically achieved through a combination of on-the-job training, work-based assessments, and portfolio submissions. These qualifications are designed to enhance professional development, validate practical skills, and contribute to a skilled and qualified workforce.

What are the elements of Heritage Carpentry NVQ3?

There are a number of modules that make up the Heritage Carpentry NVQ3, they are:

  • Bench joinery in workshop and on site
  • Heavy timber framework repair
  • Specialist Carpentry techniques
  • Conserving or restoring timber-based products
  • Architectural recognition
  • Knowledge and identification of materials
  • Recognition of defects- cause and effect
  • Knowledge and understanding of Conservation Law


David Walker

The individual who travelled the farthest to enrol in our courses is David Walker. David chose to pursue an NVQ3 in Heritage Carpentry, recognising a market opportunity for restoring sliding sash windows and traditional joinery in his Lake District town, amidst the rapid influx of uPVC replacements.

David shared:

“The course has been invaluable, both theoretically and practically, and I have learned so much. I am currently working on an old Victorian property, aligning perfectly with the course. CITB granted me support, covering a substantial portion of the training costs.”

Angelo Aviles (AGA Conservation)

Angelo was already an experienced carpenter and decided to upskill in more specialist heritage work to add another facet to his skillset.

Speaking on the course, Angelo said:

“I thought the course was fantastic. Largely down to the tutor, who was very knowledgeable. I was in the middle of repairing sash windows when I found out about the course through LinkedIn. From the first few days I picked up valuable methods and techniques, like learning timber frame repairs, that I haven’t done so far in my career. I then felt confident enough to do it myself, and I’m actually working on a timber frame repair currently.

“Having this knowledge sets me apart from other carpenters and allows me to take on work that others may not attempt. It’s not just about learning the skills, it’s also about having the desire to help maintain these heritage buildings.”

In the ever-evolving construction industry, the pursuit of specialised qualifications is key to staying relevant and thriving in niche sectors like heritage construction. The NVQ3 in heritage construction skills not only elevates individual careers but also plays a pivotal role in the broader mission of preserving and protecting our rich cultural heritage for generations to come.

To register your interest, and for further details, visit the dedicated course page here, and fill in the contact form.