The course consists of a theoretical part, workshop practical training, and experience of practice on-site. In addition, the course will also focus on calculation of quantities and services, time estimation and building regulation aspects.
The course is devised in modular components consisting of a basics module and four techniques modules as well as an on-site practice module.
Module 1 – Basics
Norms, historical overview, clay and earth for building, earthen building materials, building construction, ecology, health and sustainability.
Module 2 – Earthen walling
Masonry using clay bricks, earthen brick wall lining and earthen brick nogging.
Module 3 – Wet earth techniques
Light earth stud wall filling, light earth wall linings, wet clay/daub infill panels.
Module 4 – Dry lining with clay products
Clay panels, earthen plaster boarding, earth in timber floor constructions, dry stacked wall linings.
Module 5 – Clay plasters
Specialities, materials and products, techniques, plaster base and preparation, plaster reinforcement and profiles, application and surface treatment, drying and cracking, plaster finishes, repairs and renovations, interior design and examples, special elements in clay plasters.
Module 6 – Building practice and practical training
Specification and tendering, calculation and pricing, time estimation, contract, building supervision and building works, approval, guarantee and rectifying building damages.
On-site practical experience
The examination will be invigilated by the Chamber of Trades and Crafts and consists of an approximately 4 hour theoretical examination and a 6 hour practical examination.