Heritage Training

Heritage Construction Workshops

Introduction to Heritage Construction Skills

Applied Building Conservation Training (ABCT), delivers building conservation techniques and good practices in heritage construction & management. ABCT offers many opportunities for learning new skills or developing the skills and knowledge you may already have.

The workshops are designed for tradespeople who would like to up-skill to a respective field, homeowners who own a heritage or old property, but also for professionals already in a field who wish to pursue research, training, and professional development. We have a lot to offer! Explore the Applied Building Conservation Training today and don’t miss out on an opportunity to attend one of the workshops available in 2024.

The terms “conservation” and “restoration” are often used interchangeably and you might sometimes hear conservators being called restorers. It’s important to know the difference as the two practices have different focuses and outcomes. Here at ABCT we demonstrate the differences in their applications.

Conservation supports healthier and longer lives and contributes to the wellbeing of communities by facilitating meaningful engagement with our cultural heritage.

We believe old buildings have a future. From early pioneer settlements to cottages, churches and cathedrals we are here to help buildings and the people who care for them. Based on years of experience and research we understand how old buildings work.


Training and sharing knowledge and skills have always been an important part of the ABCT work. We offer a range of workshops and other events, constantly reviewing and developing our programme to respond to current research or industry demand. Working with leading experts we deliver hands-on workshops, masterclasses, seminars, lectures, short courses and other activities to hundreds of people from across Australia.


The five day workshops provide in-depth practical sessions in various core subjects in conservation and restoration.

What we aim to do

  • Teach tradespeople, homeowners and professionals building conservation techniques and practices.
  • Develop a heritage skills system to meet future needs.
  • Support the industry by up-skilling in Heritage Conservation & Restoration and develop a skilled workforce.

Our purpose

To support the construction industry to have a skilled, competent and inclusive workforce, now and in the future.

Catering & Accommodation

In remote locations accommodation may be provided or camping facilities and full catering. For local workshops no accommodation will be available, although refreshments will be provided daily.

If you are interested in any one of the workshops on offer do not hesitate to contact us at zoe@hsrsa.com or click on the workshops listed below.

Why train with ABCT?

Principles of Heritage Restoration and Conservation

Understanding the principles of heritage restoration and conservation and applying this knowledge in practical projects.

Techniques of the Traditional Trade

Learning advanced heritage techniques across a range of traditional trades such as Architectural Stonemasonry, Heritage Bricklaying, Lath & Plaster, Timber Conservation and Heritage Painting.

Identifying common problems in Heritage Building Structures

How to solve some of the most common problems you’re likely to come across in a traditional property. Identifying the approvals required to undertake work on a listed building. Planning and preparing to undertake practical work on a listed structure, as well as knowing what appropriate conservation materials to be used.