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Revitalising Heritage-Listed Structures: A Unique Skill Set Needed

Restoring and maintaining heritage-listed buildings demands a distinct set of skills and knowledge that go beyond the everyday construction site expertise. These skill sets are essential for safeguarding our cherished historical sites in WA, ensuring they remain intact for generations to come.

CTF along with South Metro TAFE and North Metro TAFE are offering a series of Heritage Skills Training Sessions, and the best part is, they're FREE for both apprentices and tradespeople.

We're currently seeking expressions of interest for the core topics listed below.

To apply, simply click the 'Register Interest' button and indicate your preferred trade.

South/North Metro TAFE will get in touch to provide details on session dates and timings.

Introduction to cement plaster pargeting13 September and 20 September 2023
Introduction to quoin stone, banding and ashlar finishes14 September and 21 September 2023
Introduction to heritage segmental masonry arches19 and 22 September 2023
Fibrous plaster moulds19 and 22 September 2023
Introduction to federation tiling11 October and 18 October 2023


Introduction to federation tiling.

Discover Federation Tiling: A Path to Heritage Restoration

Course Overview

If you're currently engaged in the tiling trade industry in Western Australia, this course presents an excellent opportunity to enhance your existing skills specifically for the restoration and reconstruction of historic heritage architecture. This course equips candidates with fundamental knowledge required to:

  • Restore and renovate heritage tiling work.
  • Strategically plan and execute various tile patterns.
  • Proficiently install tiles using the 'wet lay' method without adhesive.

Course Highlights

We offer a concise 1-day program tailored to industry professionals, providing a unique chance to upskill and acquire valuable knowledge and expertise relevant to the heritage restoration trade.

Upon completion, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

Fibrous plaster moulds

Course Overview

For those currently engaged in the solid plastering building and construction sector in Western Australia, this course offers a valuable opportunity to refine your expertise, especially in the context of restoring historic heritage architecture.

Course Highlights

Participants will acquire fundamental knowledge and skills related to the creation and installation of plaster moulds on a workbench. This course is tailored to enable tradies with:

  • The ability to craft and secure plaster moulds.
  • A foundational understanding of run and fix techniques.

This course opens doors for construction tradespeople to enhance their capabilities and broaden their knowledge, increasing their employability in the heritage restoration field.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

Introduction to cement plaster pargeting

Course Overview

Discover the rich tradition of pargeting, the centuries-old art of ornamental plasterwork seen on the walls of houses and buildings. Introduced to England during the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century, pargeting involves shaping wet mortar into intricate bas-relief designs.

Pargeting can be seen on external walls with date inscriptions, building names, and decorative motifs. Across the world, in countries such as Austria, Norway, and Sweden, many homes and structures boast elaborate pictorial themes.

Course Highlights

Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of hands-on craftsmanship, specifically in the area of hand-carved freehand plastering. You'll also learn the intricacies of translating a simple picture into a scaled-up rendition through carved render on a wall.

This comprehensive 1-day Cement Pargeting course is tailored to industry professionals, offering a unique opportunity to enhance skills and knowledge pertinent to the heritage trade sector.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be presented with a Certificate of Participation.


Introduction to cement quoin stone, banding and ashlar finishes

Course Overview

If you're part of Western Australia's solid plastering building and construction industry, our course is your pathway to advancing your skills for the restoration of historic architecture.

Participants will acquire fundamental knowledge for taking on, restoring, and rejuvenating plastering projects. Additionally, they will master the art of planning quoining stones and bands, as well as interpreting plans and specifications for ashlar line finishes.

Course Highlights

Discover our intensive 1-day Cement Quoin Stone, Banding, and Ashlar Course, designed to propel industry professionals to new heights.

This opportunity allows industry workers to elevate their expertise and expand their knowledge, opening doors to exciting possibilities in the heritage trade.

Upon completion, you'll be awarded a Certificate of Participation to recognise your achievement.

Introduction and basic instruction to old arts and decorative effects

Course Overview

For those already engaged in Western Australia's heritage and restoration construction industry, this course provides the perfect opportunity to enhance your skills and delve into the world of ancient arts and decorative paint finishes.

Participants will acquire foundational knowledge, including:

  1. Identifying the appropriate tools and equipment.
  2. Discerning different types of existing paintwork.
  3. Surface preparation and the techniques for applying these distinctive finishes.

Course Highlights

Embark on our 1-day introductory course, meticulously crafted to elevate industry professionals to new heights.

This program offers industry workers the chance to upskill and refine their abilities and knowledge, paving the way for rewarding opportunities in the heritage trade.

Our team of industry experts will guide you through this transformative experience, sharing their wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Introduction to heritage segmental masonry arches

Segmental arches, also known as scheme arches, are a prominent architectural feature with a circular arc spanning less than 180 degrees. They can be seen on many historical buildings across Perth.

This course is your gateway to elevating your bricklaying prowess to new heights.

Course Overview

The course is structured into two training sessions addressing the following crucial aspects:

  1. Arch Geometry: Learn the skill of segmental arch geometry, enabling you to construct arches with precision.
  2. Setting Out the Abutments: Learn the essential techniques for laying out the abutments, a foundational step in creating structurally sound segmental arches.
  3. Setting Up the Arch Centre: Discover how to prepare the arch center.
  4. Marking Skewback Bricks: Gain expertise in accurately marking and positioning skewback bricks to ensure the stability and aesthetics of your arches.
  5. Precision Spandrel Cuts: Hone your skills in making precise spandrel cuts, a key factor in achieving flawless segmental arches.

By the end of this course, you'll gain the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to excel in crafting segmental arches in historic structures throughout Perth.

If you would like to talk to one of our Industry Training Advisors regarding these courses please reach out to or call (08) 9244 0100.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Construction Training Fund acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land throughout Western Australia and pay our respect to the Elders both past and present. We thank them for their ongoing custodianship of the lands and waters, and celebrate their rich culture of art, song, dance, language, and stories.