Builders & Professionals

The SPAB aims to assist building conservation professionals by providing training schemes, courses and CPD training events, technical advice and publications. 

For free building conservation advice, telephone the SPAB Technical Advice Line on 0207 456 0916 (Monday - Friday, 09:30 - 12:30).
Books, technical pamphlets and information sheets are available to purchase online.

The SPAB Repair of Old Buildings Course has been run since the 1950s, and welcomes architects, surveyors, planners, buildings archaeologists, structural engineers, conservation officers, builders, craftspeople and other building conservation professionals.  This intensive five day course of lectures and visits is held in the spring and autumn of each year.

Masterclasses and Seminars are held throughout the year - check our events listing for updates and more information, or contact the Courses Organiser to be added to our mailing list.

Courses currently open for bookings are listed at the bottom of this page.

Our courses and CPD training events are recognised by the IHBC for CPD.

The SPAB also offers two training schemes for professionals:
 - the nine month Lethaby Scholarship for early career architects, building surveyors and structural engineers; and
 - the six month William Morris Craft Fellowship for early career, qualified building craftpeople.

The annual Building Conservation Summer School for building surveyors, designed by the RICS in conjunction with the SPAB, will be held at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, 7-11 September 2014.

If none of our current courses meet your training needs, we also offer bespoke courses for outside organisations and will work with you to design a course or training day that meets your specifications. For more information on what we can offer, please click here.

Running an In-Situ Cornice Masterclass: The SPAB will be hosting an in-situ run moulding course in 2014 based in Henley on Thames.  This is a unique opportunity to learn from specialist traditional plasterers how to run a traditional cornice in a real life situation.  The course is practically based and is therefore aimed at experienced plasterers or dextrous DIY-ers. It will run over three days, and cover all aspects from setting up and running backing coats to finish coats and forming mitres.  Numbers will be limited to 12, so early booking is recommended.

CONTACT US: Email us or telephone 0207 377 1644 for more information about SPAB courses and training.

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Technical Days

Repair of Gauged Arches Masterclass

Price: £150.00 (VAT Exempt)

'Running an in Situ Cornice' 3 day Masterclass

Price: £400.00 (VAT Exempt)