S/NVQ Level 3 Heritage Skills (Construction) – Wood Occupations – Places Available October 2022.

Contact admin@oftf.org.uk to register your interest.

Heritage SAP Level 3

MODULES (20 DAYS off-site training)

  1. General Health & Safety with sector induction together with Advanced Framing (1) to include Designing Joint & Fabricating Joints
  2. Visual Grading of Timber.
  3. Crane Lift supervisor (A62)
  4. Safe working at heights, Harness use.
  5. PASMA – Low Level Platforms.
  6. Manual & mechanical handling devices.
  7. Using non-timber components in restoration and traditional timber repairs & replacements in restoration and conservation.
  8. Surveying historic timber buildings.
  9. Producing scale-drawings and repair schedules.
  10. Complex roof geometry theory and principles of timber engineering.
  11. Cutting and assembling complex framing components including hips, valleys, reciprocal, curved components etc.

SAP L2 Training 2022-23

Next SAP L2 Training Week is scheduled to take place 17th – 24th October 2022 at Chelvey Oak Farm, North Somerset.

The next CITB Registrations for places on the L2 Structural Post & Beam Carpentry course will take place in October 2022.

Please refer to the CITB Grants & Funding tab on this site for details of eligibility.

To register your interest please contact admin@oftf.org.uk

CITB and OFTF Training and Funding

CITB launched the Skills and Training Fund in 2016 to help Small and Micro businesses invest in their people. Since its launch, the fund has delivered over £20m of funding to 4500 employers who are developing the skills of their workforce and improving their businesses as a result. Ongoing conversations with industry has led CITB to broaden the scope of the Skills and Training fund, expand  the Fund to medium sized businesses, and offer the opportunity for Training Groups to submit collaborative applications to the fund on behalf of members. The new funds will be launched on 1st April 2020.

CITB is expanding the scope of the fund to pay for a wider range of training and skills development activity, and to place more emphasis on innovation and Management & Leadership training.  The funds will support different forms of skills development (such as coaching or mentoring), and allow funding of training not currently covered by the CITB Grant Scheme (as long as projects meet certain requirements). This is alongside the continued support of grant-eligible construction sector training, with amounts of funding available still determined by staff numbers, and still paid in advance.

For Small and Micro employers this will mean an opportunity to explore how skills and training can positively impact your business – be that the use of technology and associated skills, or simply new initiatives and practices not previously implemented. It is up to you to determine what you need; OFTF and CITB are both here to support you.

For Medium-sized businesses this means an entirely new way to fund the new initiatives your business needs, and the ability to support transformational Management & Leadership training – an evolution that is a direct response to feedback from stakeholders across industry.

More information and fund guidelines are available on the CITB website. If you would like more information on how the OFTF is supporting members to be part of our collaborative application, please contact admin@oftf.org.uk

More information can be found on the Skills and Funding FAQ page.



REVIEW: Regular & Advanced Roofing Courses.  Tutor Alan Creasey  3-7 & 10-14 Feb 2020

Two roofing courses were recently run at 16 King Street, Bristol which is, by the way, now also the registered address of the National Heritage Training Group. The first course was Regular Hip & Valley Roofing and the second course took this to a higher level with Advanced Roofing – Theory and Practice. These were both level 3 & 4 courses run by Alan Creasey who has a lifetime of experience in both contemporary and heritage roof construction techniques. A further advanced level course is planned for later in the year which will be a step-up to Complex Roofing. Alan also covers the history and development of roofs from Norman times onwards and infuses his delivery with many quirky historical facts and anecdotes which combine to make this course more entertaining than you might imagine it could be!

I have many years of experience of post and beam carpentry and also site carpentry and one of the most demanding elements of the craft for many people is the understanding of Euclidean geometrical theory applied to the construction of traditional roofing. For me the first course was a refresher in the setting-out of hips and valleys on regular roofs but it was also aimed at others in the group who had no experience of this type of roof layout. There are many books on the subject illustrated by many accompanying diagrams but they are no substitute for a course such as this where, as a group, you can work together under expert guidance to demystify some of the complexities involved.

The first week comprised theory sessions which investigated the mathematics of the trigonometry used in calculating the angles and lengths of the main roof timbers. This cumulated in a summary table of information which could be used to cut the roof in the workshop or on-site. With this information we went on to build a scale model of a hip and valley regular roof with a dog-leg gable feature.

During the second week we applied similar albeit more complicated geometry to the construction of a regular pentagonal 1.25 spire with jacks and purlins. To give some perspective the hips of our model were around 1.6 metres long.

I would certainly advise completing the first course before embarking on the advanced course. This point was also emphasised by the tutor who clearly understood that during the first week you develop a good basic grounding in the geometry and in the second week you build on this knowledge – with the assumption that you have grasped the geometry and the pace is a little quicker.

These courses are becoming rarer due to the commitments of the current tutor but if you do get the opportunity of getting your name down for the next ones I and many other fellow carpenters who have done it would recommend that you do so in order to increase your confidence and ability in this specialist area. Courses are advertised on the Carpenters Fellowship & Oak Frame Training Forum websites & social media.

The courses are run by the OFTF & supported by the CITB & NHTG

Jeff Storer       Feb 2020

Bristol Timber Framing Company Ltd


Tutor: Alan Creasey
Dates: 10th -14th Feb 2020 (5 days)
Location: King ST, Bristol.

This is a roofing course for carpenters wishing to move into the more complicated league. N.B.  This course will begin with a brief recap of regular hipped roofs, however, the assumption is that attendees will not be novices to traditional cut-timber roofing.


  • Introduction to the subject, including a power-point to assist with the identification of types and styles. Establishing common-place terminology also the regular names used for components.
  • The geometry, trigonometry and mathematics necessary for the calculation of lengths and angles of all of the major components. Mensuration, setting-out, marking-up, cutting and forming typical examples of a range of the more unusual roofs.  Typically each day has both theory and practice and Learners will be able to make a small example of the particular type of roof under discussion that day.
  • Pitched roofs containing dog-legged intersections on plan (e.g. over city terraces) including arrow-head diagrams and scale modelling for complex angles.
  • Flemish revival including setting out, marking up, cutting and fitting a ‘pocket’ birds-mouthed hipped rafter.
  • Irregular roofs including skew, octagonal and hexagonal
  • Polygon on plan pyramidal types including star diagrams.
  • Conical roofs.
  • Hipped ends of different pitch to the main slopes including calculating and forming dihedral angles (backing bevels) where each hip has two different angles.

Learners should bring their own tools, PPE, log/trig tables or scientific calculators (or mobile phones!)

The centre provides timber, drawing instruments and paper/card.


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Friday 1st September – CPD event day. – Free to FRAME 2017 weekend ticket holders!

Registration is from 09:00, for a prompt start at 10:00 when the first lecture starts.  If you can’t stay for the whole weekend, you can buy Day tickets for this event only at the CFshop *You can buy weekend tickets here, too*

IMPORTANT – If you would like a meal on Thursday evening, this will cost £10, payable on the day. However, you MUST book your meal, at least 24 hours in advance, by emailing Tim Potts at TP@carpentersfellowship.co.uk to let him know.
The campsite will be open on Thursday 31st August

Ours is the first event to be held in the brand new state-of-the-art 120-seat lecture theatre at St Fagans, which should be a pleasure for presenters and delegates alike.

Timings and Lectures – for more information on the lectures you can have a look here.

Friday 1st September

Time What’s happening
09:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-11:00 Piers Taylor
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15 Fergus Feilden
12:15-14:00 LUNCH & Museum visit
14:00-15:00 Oakwrights Passive House
15:00-15:15 Break
15:15-16:30 Glazing Green Oak Frames

Saturday 2nd September

Saturday lectures
09:00-09:45 Robert Demaus – The Assessment and Repair of Historic Timber
11:15-12:00 Laurie Smith – Historic Geometrical Building Design in Wales
13:00-13:45 Hooke Park – Advanced Fabrication, Experimental Architecture.
15:00-15:45 Rick Collins – “The Most Famous Barn in America”

Sunday 3rd September

Sunday lectures
09:00-09:45 Grigg Mullen – From Timber Framing to Boat Building, an interesting transition….
11:15-12:00 David Young – The vernacular architect of Ethiopia