Identification of materials- Stonemasonry

Tywi Centre



Understanding the use, composition and application of lime and clay mortars is central to successful maintenance and repair of traditional buildings.  With a wide range of lime products available on the market, this training course will provide a solid understanding of different types of lime and their appropriate use. It will also cover the selection of aggregates as this is vital in determining the appearance and performance of traditional lime and clay mortars.  This course will also help you to determine the appropriate mix of lime binders and additives and assessing the appropriate combination to suit the task.  

The content of the course will include:

  • The range of stone and brick used in heritage work
  • Lime mortars and the lime cycle
  • Use of earth and clay
  • Lime wash
  • Lime putty
  • Roman Cement
  • Aggregates and pozzolans
  • Modern breathable materials
  • Storing materials
  • Salvaging re-usable materials


2 days

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for candidates who have completed NVQ2 or 3 in stonemasonry or brickwork or have equivalent experience of working within the masonry trade.

CITB Training standards and grants

This course is a CITB training standard. CITB registered companies may be eligible to apply for funding from CITB to cover the cost of this course and to receive a short course grant. For full details of available grants and funding please visit or speak with your CITB local adviser.

CITB GET code and grant tier

GET0536 - grant tier 2