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Self-Build Project Management

  • Sat 23rd - Sun 24th March 2019.
    Course starts at 10am and ends at 4pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation £230.
    This course runs again on Sat 12th - Sun 13th Oct 2019.

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Course details

Join Geoff Stow for a practical guide to managing your self-build project.

You’ll find out how to create a project plan for your build, which key elements you should include, when key tasks should happen and how long they are likely to take. You’ll also learn key dependencies between tasks so you can establish a critical path and calculate the total time for your build.

We’ll examine the impacts of not doing particular things in time and work arounds you might implement to get time back.

UK planning and approval processes as well as the Building regulations and control inspections will be explained and we’ll help you understand how to set up and manage your budget and claim back VAT.

Also included will be how to estimate costs and get quotes for some key items, how to pick and work with suppliers.

You’ll work through the Health and Safety requirements depending on who’s doing the work and what it means to be a principal contractor.

You’ll leave with a check list to prepare your site and manage your site waste.

The whole course will be wrapped within the ethos of sustainable and ethical building principles and we’ll make sure you know where to get help if you need it.

Over the weekend you will create a draft project plan, budget and H&S plan you can develop further for your own project. You’ll also visit a current sustainable build project and learn about common pit falls in the planning and budgeting process.

Things you need to know

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.


Our course fees include tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) Course fees are non-refundable.
b) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


Course Fees.

Start Date

Bed & Breakfast the night before the course starts

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Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

There are places available on this course.

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