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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Manage or work on building renovations

Study this course to help you with building renovation, whether for personal benefit or for work or business.

There is a lot more to renovating than many people realise. Sometimes people start a project only to find they don't have the skills, time or money to complete it. Other times people put off revamping a room or building because they are not sure where to start. Take this course to give yourself the knowledge and confidence to complete projects, small or large.

  • Learn to evaluate, prioritise and plan the renovation of a building or part of a building.
  • Put your plan into action, and undertake or manage renovation work.
  • Gain knowledge and expertise you can transfer to other projects in the future.

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Study the process of building renovation to manage or work on a renovation project.

Some things are worth renovating. They add more value to a property than what is injected in terms of time, money and effort. Other things are simply not going to add comparable value to a property.

  • Learn to evaluate, prioritise and plan the renovation of a building or part of building; then enact that plan by either undertaking the work or managing the work, or both.

Building renovation projects may be large or small, costly or expensive, complex or simple. All such projects should be carefully considered with respect to these issues before anything is ever done.

Why renovate a building?

  • To maintain functionality and value while you occupy the building.
  • To improve it's value and capacity to sell before placing it on the market.
  • To change it into something better.


Course Structure

There are 10 lessons in the Building Renovation course, as follows:

1. Introduction to Building Renovation Projects

  • What & why are you renovating?
  • How Do You Judge what is Worth Doing?
  • Where to Begin?
  • What Rooms to Renovate
  • Manage Risks and Avoid Surprises
  • Gathering the Facts
  • What are the costs?
  • Dealing with Subcontractors and Tradesmen
  • Selecting Tradesmen
  • Safety on a site

2. Core Structural and Site Works

  • Moisture problems
  • Fire damage
  • Foundations
  • Load-bearing beams
  • Repairing damaged walls or roofs

3. Replacing/Repairing Roofs and Floors

  • Roof Coverings
  • Roof Repair Jobs
  • Replacing Slates
  • Replacing Tiles
  • Repairing Flashings
  • Temporary Roofs
  • Cleaning and Painting
  • Floors
  • Floor repair jobs
  • How to Replace a Suspended Timber Floor
  • Cleaning & Staining
  • Coverings

4, Doors, Windows and Walls

  • Wall Maintenance
  • Repair Jobs
  • Windows
  • Choosing Materials
  • Types of Window
  • How to Repair Broken Window Glass
  • Doors
  • Considerations
  • Types of Doors
  • How to Hang a Door
  • Adjusting Existing Doors
  • Plastering
  • Tools

5. Plastering

  • Plasterboards
  • Cutting Plasterboard
  • Fixing Plasterboards to Walls
  • Jointing Plasterboard
  • How to Repair Holes in Plasterboard
  • How to Repair Cracks
  • Fixing Plasterboard to Ceilings
  • How to Plaster Over Plasterboards
  • Finishing Outside Corners
  • Tiles
  • Tiling Tools
  • Floors
  • How to Tile a Wall

6. Carpentry Reno  

  • Carpentry tools
  • Power tools
  • Choosing wood
  • Buying wood
  • Working with wood
  • Cutting & joining
  • Fixing joints
  • Finishing
  • Applying Woodwork Skills

7. Painting  

  • Painting tools
  • Paint Work
  • Before Painting
  • Sanding
  • Preparing to Paint
  • What to Paint a Surface With
  • Getting ready to paint
  • Using Brushes
  • Cleaning & Storage of Brushes
  • Using Rollers
  • Cleaning & Storage of Rollers
  • Sprayers (spray painting)

8. Plumbing Basics   

  • Roof Plumbing and Guttering
  • Water supply
  • Plumbing tools
  • Plumbing fittings
  • Earth bonding
  • Sanitary appliances

9.  Electrical Basics   

  • What is electricity?
  • Basic home electrics
  • Tools
  • Other Tools
  • Basic Wiring Jobs
  • Solar Power
  • Energy Ratings

10. Renovating a Room  

  • Planning a Room Renovation
  • A Schedule of Works
  • Planning Time
  • Drawing up a Budget
  • Project Management
  • Choosing Materials and Appliances
  • Special Project


Course Aims

  • Determine the nature and scope of work required for a building renovation project.
  • Explain how to prioritise and address the most important structural deficiencies in the early stages of any building renovation.
  • Explain how roofs and floors can be repaired or renovated in an old building.
  • Explain how doors and windows can be repaired or replaced in a building or room renovation.
  • Explain how plastering and tiling work is undertaken.
  • Explain tools, techniques and applications for carpentry work in building repairs and renovations.
  • Explain selection and use of paints in interior and exterior decoration of buildings.
  • Explain plumbing work for renovation jobs.
  • Explain electrical work for building renovations.
  • Plan and either manage or undertake the renovation of a room.


Where Does Building Renovation Begin?

Whilst there are no rules as such, the following points can help you determine where to start:

Many people start by considering colour. Certain colours (and patterns) are often associated with certain periods. If you are living in a time where cool colours are fashionable, it may be wise to paint out warm colours. If you live in a place and time where bright, flamboyant patterns are fashionable; it may be worth introducing these, but such things may not be appropriate in all locations and at all times.

Attend to Damage and Degradation
Any surfaces that are marked, scratched or dented need repair. Any signs of rot, rust or mould need removal. Be aware of any smells and attend – check for poor drainage or blocked drains outside. Check for any cracks. Check for any subsidence.  Any electrical or plumbing fixtures that are faulty will need repair.

More Light May be Good
Often older buildings lack adequate light. A lack of light can make a room colder in winter but can also make it appear uninviting. It may not be so important for bedrooms which are largely used for sleeping in but dark rooms which are used regularly can be quite depressing. Adding a skylight or extra windows can make a big difference. Perhaps French doors leading to the outside will brighten up a ground floor room in the middle of a house.

Practical Features
People expect certain features in modern houses e.g. for houses in warm climates most people would look for ceiling fans, good ventilation, and air conditioning.  For houses in cold climates insulation and heating systems are desirable. In places where mosquitoes or other insects are prevalent insect screens fitted to doors and windows would be highly sought after. In places where criminal activity is perceived as a threat security systems, strong or impenetrable fencing and lockable gates would be high on people's wish list. In bushfire prone areas a sprinkler system and fire alarms would be a good idea.  

Luxury Features
Luxury features also have a place in renovation. Unless the property is in an inner city location and you are looking to sell it after renovating, then luxury features are not always a good idea except for personal use. A swimming pool may be great if you live in a warm climate but it is not everyone's favourite idea of how to make use of outdoor space. It could actually deter some potential buyers from the property. Similarly, if you spend tens of thousands of dollars on marble kitchen floors and bench tops whilst it might look amazing you may not recoup that money when it comes to selling up.


How The Course Works

You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.


Why Study This Course?

This course is designed to be of benefit to people who are interested in learning how to renovate buildings for themselves or in business. It will also be of value to those who are operating an existing property development business who would like to broaden their knowledge.

Take this course if you would like to:

  • Find ways to improve an existing renovation business.
  • Enhance your employability in construction and building maintenance.
  • Improve your knowledge of practical aspects of building renovation.
  • Buy a property with a view to renovating it.

This course may be studied by itself or along with other 100-hour modules as part of a higher level qualification.

Studying With ACS

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At ACS we provide you with more than just a set of course notes.

Your 'learning package' includes:

  • Course notes.
  • Self-assessment quizzes.
  • Assignment feedback.
  • You can interact one on one with a professional tutor with decades of experience - just email, phone or log on to chat to connect with them.

Enrolling is easy

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You can phone us now on (UK) 01384 442752, or (outside UK) +44 (0) 1384 442752.

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Alexander O'BrienBased in Ireland, trained in Architecture, Permaculture, Mechanical Engineering, Ceramics, Furniture Design/Construction, Sustainable building and Art,Craft and Design.
Lachlan AllanBA (Hons) Business Administration, BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Lachlan has experience of the hospitality, banking and utilities sectors in managerial positions in the UK. Following a career change after moving to Australia, he is also experienced in the medical engineering field where he was an engineer responsible for devices at hospital sites and laboratories.
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