Since 2004, the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) has offered an accredited Craftsman Certification Scheme, in conjunction with Lantra Awards. This gives trainees the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification in dry stone walling at Level 1 (Initial), Level 2 (Intermediate) or Level 3 (Advanced).

Here in Dorset, we regularly run Level 1 (Initial) and Level 2 (Intermediate) assessments and preparation sessions.  Our assessments are held in August or early September at our dedicated-site at Tyneham Village, 5 miles from Wareham, Dorset.

Dorset DSWA Assessment Site at Tyneham Farm

These qualifications are also available through the wider DSWA branch network and a number of colleges throughout the country.

Please view our Events for details of forthcoming  assessment preparation and certification dates.

Level 1 (Initial) assessment, rebuilding a section of wall
Level 2 (Intermediate) assessment, rebuilding a section of wall incorporating a vertical cheekend

Video from 2011, at our former assessment site at Durlston Country Park