Program Structure



Overview of the Project

Established in the year 2000, Shree Sana KisanSahakari School at Chattredeurali-4 of Dhading district is a school with a vision to provide quality education to the children of the farmers.
The School has survived so far on donations given by various projects and organisations, but even with these generous donations a substantial amount of work is still required.

The building was constructed 13 years ago and today is still in a fragile condition with doors and windows not complete, the roof structure leaks, all of which hampers students, especially during winter and the rainy season.
The roof leaks in monsoon season and the temporary pathway leading up the school crosses over a river. There is no bridge and during the monsoon season, the river rises and it becomes extremely difficult for the children to cross.

The school requires adequate flooring, roofing, doors and windows, render to internal brickwork, external brick repairs, repointing and painting. The school has been built on a total area of 3,250m2 of land and, to be utilised to its full potential, needs to be enclosed with a perimeter wall for security purposes. The southern side of the school touches the river, so a retaining wall also needs to be constructed.

The school also requires a suitable drinking water supply and services to the toilet facilities creating better hygiene and sanitation. The source of water has already been identified, although storage tanks need to be built. The existing toilets are substandard and require suitable fixtures and fittings. Also the waste from these facilities requires the installation of a sewerage system.

Program: Restoration and Conservation Skills Course
Duration: 15 Days
Location: Shree Sana KisanSahakari School at Chattredeurali-4 of Dhading District

Program Structure

Applied Building Conservation Training (ABCT) is a recognised training and assessment organisation within the Construct facilitators Industry .

The Restoration and Conservation Skills Course enables the delegates to participate competently at a higher technical and organisational level in association with the restoration of the school, and develop the necessary transferable skills in order to make an effective contribution to the Himalayan Community.

This course is designed to provide a relevant and broad foundation of knowledge, practical and subject-special skills. It will enable participants to contribute effectively in the varied developing technologies and organisational procedures associated with architectural brick masonry, lime technology, solid rendering/plastering, timber conservation, conservation techniques, and other artisan trades.

Program Structure

All participants attending the course will have the opportunity to complete each of the following core subjects.
• Conservation Theory & Principles
• Lime Mortar Technology
• Brick Replacement and Repair
• Lime Rendering
• Traditional Timber Conservation – Replacement windows and doors
• Lime Concreting
• Timber Bridge Building
• Glazing

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Course Format

Lectures (Typical 15 days course)
Approximately 10 hours Theoretical
Approximately 90 hours Practical
DVD Tutorials 5 hours

Admission and Fee Information

Program Fee includes:
- Food and Accommodation
- Supervision
- Flights Cost
- Restoration and Conservation Program plus course notes and materials
- Transportation Costs
- Base Camp Trekking, Porters and Guides
- Certificate of Completion for the Course and Base Camp Trekking

Program Fee Excludes:
- Personal Expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Gifts and Other Expenses

Total Cost: A $9,997

Entry Requirements & Selection Criteria

There are no qualification entry requirements. Participants will be selected from the following categories: consultants, architects, planners, surveyors, builders, tradespeople, domestic and international university and tafe students, State and local heritage listed property owners, government officers, local council officers and members of not-for-profits organisations.


Assessment for each course may include but not limited to: Individual Assignments, Group Assignments, Q & A, Tutorials and Practical Applications on the case studies.

Course Facilitators

The facilitators are recognised heritage conservation practitioners from Applied Building Conservation Training (ABCT) who will represent a diverse array of perspectives, based on their specialised expertise.

Class Size

Class size within each Group will be limited to or not more than 20 participants per course facilitator.

Accreditation / Certificate

All participants on successful completion of the course requirements being attendance at all course sessions and participation in the Assessment will receive:
• Certificate of Completion issued by Applied Building Conservation Training and Nepal Australia

Course Dates: August to September 2014 (32 Days )

Specifications for Renovation and Upgrade in Shree Sana Kisan Sahakari School

Core Subjects

Course Description

Course Features What this course offers you ?

The course sets out to meet the following aims:

  • Develop architectural styles and craft skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the origins and working characteristics of commercially used materials
  • Select and effectively demonstrate the use of tools, techniques and equipment
  • Develop effective research skills
  • Develop the critical awareness of the various standpoints that have been taken with respect to architectural conservation works
  • Develop the organisation and practices relating to the production and maintenance of the built environment
  • Provide effective self-management in a working environment
  • Work safely in a practical environment
  • Deliver the professional and practical skills and competencies required to work in the restoration/conservation industries
  • Develop the transferable skills for entry into the conservation industries by the inclusion of a work-based unit
Conservation Theory and Principles
  • Understand the key concepts of heritage conservation and its terminology
  • Overview of the Nepalese Cultural Heritage
  • Apply the basic steps in conservation intervention, from diagnosis to practice
  • Understand the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary requirements of heritage conservation
  • Understand how to analysis residual and attributable values of building
  • Gain historical context of the case study item the State Heritage listed Rymill House
Lime Mortar Technology

To understand and learn the uses of traditional lime mortars.

The use of cement mortars on masonry buildings in unsuitable situations or without the required skills and appropriate materials has produced an innumerable amount of damage.

The course contents include:

  • Traditional lime materials, history and usage, selection of sands, types of traditional limes
  • Lime mortar mixes, learning how to gauge, bedding mortars, repair techniques.
  • Pointing brickwork, preparation of joints, pointing techniques, selecting tools, curing and protection of work
  • Internal plastering with non-hydraulic lime mortars, finishing, selecting materials and tools
  • Lime washing (theory), preparation, techniques, and protection
Brickwork Repair and Replacement

This course aims to address the evolving need of practicing brick repair and replacement techniques, offering an accessible and intensive format.

The course will be conducted through classroom lectures, discussions, group work, participant presentations and practical exercises. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed on applied methodologies and practical applications through problem based learning. Participants will be given ample opportunities to test and apply the theories and lessons taught in the classroom to actual conservation scenarios.

Course contents include:

  • Repair Techniques
  • Causes of Decay
  • Preventive Conservation
  • Active Conservation – Cleaning
  • Active Conservation – Desalination
  • Active Conservation – Consolidation
  • Surface Coatings
  • Replacement Brickwork
  • Standards
  • Guidelines
  • Publications
Lime Rendering

Learn the basic skills to Traditional Lime Rendering external and internal surfaces. Lime render is applied to the surfaces of traditional-built stone or brick buildings, allowing the building to breathe.

Course contents include:

  • Mixing and gauging of lime renders
  • Applying render to surfaces
  • Finishing render applications
  • Tools of the trade
  • Curing process
Conserving/Restoring Timber Based Products

Learn the basic skills of conserving or restoring timber-based products

  • Interpret and extract information from drawings, specifications, method statements, schedules and manufacturers’ information
  • Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and/or method statement
  • State the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources and how they are implemented
  • Describe different types of information, their source and how they are interpreted in relation to
  • Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, fixings, tools and equipment
  • Prepare, install, repair or refurbish timber-based products for the following, to given working instructions

    - Load bearing components

    - Non-load bearing components

    - Walls

    - Floors

    - Roofs

    - Joist coverings

    - Frames (including windows)

    - Panelling/cladding

    - Units and fitments

    - Doors

    - Mouldings

    - Staircases

Lime Washing

Learn how to apply traditional lime washing to internal and external masonry surfaces. Course content includes:

  • Preparation
  • Applying subsequent coats
  • Colouring
  • Maxing and gauging
  • Equipment


Daily Schedule

Course Sessions

7:30am Theory Session
9:00am Morning Tea
9:30am Practical Session
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm Practical Session
3.15pm Afternoon Tea
3:30pm Practical Session
4:00pm Evaluation
4:30pm Close

Where this course will take You

Throughout Australia there is a growing need for skilled practitioners able to function effectively with the skills and knowledge of the traditional artisan.

While incorporating the essential practical and technological criteria associated with contemporary practices, there is also an increasing need to retain and maintain the values and techniques of the craft through conserving and restoring the character and appearance of period buildings.

Graduates from previous programs have obtained employment using the skills base obtained from attending these conservation courses.