- Fall Certification Test: Monday, 9/24/18:
September 24, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is MONDAY, August 13, 2018!
NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Become a Certified Dry Stone Waller, or increase your level! Dry Stone Wall Certification is a must have for the professional waller or landscaper, and the best way for a homeowner and hobbyist to quickly increase in skill. Each test involves dismantling and rebuilding a specified section of wall in a 7 hour time limit. Level 3 and 4 also include untimed feature builds. Each level increases substantially in difficulty. Becoming a certified waller will help you build better and faster. As more and more clients become educated on the benefits of using certified wallers, it is becoming a needed credential for professionals. Those who become Level 2 certified, can then take the instructors certification course and teach stone walling. The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) is the certifying organization. The DSWA is the first and oldest dry stone certification scheme in the world, and has become the international standard for dry stone walling.
Tests are 1-day, timed, hands-on practical builds. Each test candidate must take down a section of wall and rebuild it within the 7 hr time limit to the quality standard required for that level in order to pass. Each level has it’s own specific requirements. Read more about each level: Level I (Initial), Level II (Intermediate), Level III (Advanced), Level IV (Master Craftsmen).
NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1 at The Stone Trut.
If you are currently Level III Certified and planning to take the level IV Master Craftsman Certification, contact us as soon as possible as special arrangements need to be made for Master Craftsman Tests.
Time Lapse Video of Level 1 and 2 Certifications
How to prepare for your test:
Level 1: Depending on the amount of experience you have, you may need more or less preparation for this test. The Level 1 test has an average 90% pass rate. If you have questions please contact us.
Level 2: Most wallers, even experienced ones, need to do a lot of preparation in order to pass level 2. The Level 2 test has an average 60% pass rate. Don’t expect to be able to pass this without preparation. If you have questions please contact us.
- Completely read the level 2 test page
- Take a Pre-Test to practice.
- Take the Test Prep Workshop
- Take a 2nd Pre-Test to make sure your ready.
- Rest the day before the test, sleep plenty and eat well.
Do not register for the 2 day workshop that precedes the test. The instructors for that workshop are the examiners on test day, and this would prevent you from testing as it has the potential to be a conflict of interest. Instead take a test prep workshop and one or more pre-tests.
Level 3 & 4: Upper level tests take lot of preparation in order to pass. Make sure to read all you can about the test and talk to as many wallers as you can who are already certified at that level. Pre-testing is invaluable! If you are considering taking an upper level test please get in touch with us for additional information.
NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1.
Click here for Test Prep Workshop Information and Registration (recommended for Levels 1 & 2) Click Here for Pre-Test Information and Registration (recommended for Levels 1 & 2)
Preparing for your test is important to be able to pass. Most level 1 test candidates can pass after reading Level 1 Certification and taking a workshop. Also taking a pre-test is very helpful, particularly if you have limited experience.
Level 2 is much more difficult. Be sure to read up on the Level 2 test, and check this blog post with tips and further resources. Taking a test preparation workshop and at least one Pre-test is highly recommended. The Level 2 test has about a 60% pass rate. The vast majority of those who pass have taken at least 1 pre-test.
If you are testing at level 3 or 4 you should expect to need to do a substantial amount of preparation for these advanced professional tests.
On the day of your test:
You should arrive between 7:00 and 7:30 am. The timed test will start promptly at 8:00 am. You should bring your own rain gear, water and lunch, as well as any tools you will need. Level 2 and up must bring their own batter frames and tools for setting them up. Tests may be indoors or outdoors and you may be working with different types of stone. Tests are rain or shine events. Upon registering you will receive an email with further information about what to bring.
If you encounter errors or problems while registering please email Brian Post or call (802) 490-9607, so we can correct the problem, and improve our registration process.
Photos from past test days:
*Please note if you encounter errors or problems while registering please email Brian Post or call (802) 490-9607, so we can correct the problem, and improve our registration process.
Venue: The Stone Trust Center
Venue Phone: (802) 952-8600
Venue Website: thestonetrust.orgAddress:
Located on Scott Farm, The Stone Trust Center is home to North America’s only indoor dry stone walling training and certification facility. Outside is the Master Feature Park with all the features that can be used in the Advanced and Master Craftsman tests. There is also a mini walling park where visitors can practice stacking small stones at table height.
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The Landmark Trust USA has 3 restored historic homes available as places to stay. The Sugarhouse sleeps 2, the Kipling Carriage House sleeps 4, and the Dutton Farm House sleeps 8 people. All of these places to stay are with in a mile and a half of the The Stone Trust Center. If coming with a group please check for availability.