ABC Training

Heritage Painting Program

This five day training course is aimed at developing the knowledge of heritage trades amongst people who are working in the construction industry to extend their understanding of materials, building conservation techniques and heritage issues.

The program is part of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Heritage Trades Program, and offers participants subsidised fees if current CITB number is held.

Led by Keith McAllister of Applied Building Conversation Training (ABCT), the training will provide participants with the following theoretical and hands-on experience.

Key features

  • Lath & Plaster Ceiling Stabilisation
  • Stone Conservation
    • Lime Mortar Technology
    • Repointing Techniques
    • Traditional lime wash application
  • Heritage Painting
    • Removal of paints
    • Lead Paint Management
    • Paint application


This is a great opportunity for construction workers(up-skill), apprentices and heritage professionals. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion in Heritage Trades.

Location details

All training and practical sessions are to be held at Martindale Hall, Mintaro in the Clare Valley. You will need to provide your own transport to Mintaro and be available for the full five days of training. Overnight accommodation will be provided by the Department of Environment & Water (DEW).

All catering will be delivered by Chef Gary Farmer who started his career in Europe, where he worked alongside top chefs and mastered culinary skills of the highest level. He is currently Senior chef at the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide.

Your teacher

  • Keith McAllister

    Training director

    Keith McAllister has over 30 years of experience in stone conservation and restoration. He studied in the UK in Architectural Stonemasonry and Building Conservation, has managed his own UK based companies and lectured in Stonemasonry at City of Bath College before emigrating to Australia in 1997. He has demonstrated a commitment to the restoration and conservation of historic and ecclesiastical buildings in the UK, Europe and Australia, focusing on efficient and professional service. He has provided advice and assistance to government and professional organisations on conservation procedures and methods.

    He is a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and Committee member of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).