As with any trade there is a certification program available to those who wish to pursue it. And so it is in dry stone. Dry Stone Canada does not have it own certification program. Instead, we encourage those interested in further developing their skills to seek certification with the following associations. Many of Dry Stone Canada members have attained some level of certification this way. Opportunities exist to be certified are available, on occasion, in Canada, but if you go to the links list below you will find information on certification, and dates to be tested, from the associations that offer it.

Dry Stone Canada recognizes the following associations for certification training:

Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA), Cumbria, United Kingdom

The Dry Stone Conservancy (DSC), Kentucky, USA

The Stone Trust, Vermont, USA

Certification in North America

Dry Stone Canada recognizes both the following associations’s certification programs as valid dry stone training:

The Stone Trust Certification Schedule (Vermont) follows DSWAUK Certification scheme

Dry Stone Conservancy Certification Schedule (Kentucky) has its own certification scheme (this program incorporates project management-related training)

Dry Stone Walling Association (UK) Certification Scheme

The DSWA GB Craftsman Certification Scheme is the leading, internationally recognized certification standard for dry stone walling. The DSWA certification levels are:

  • Level 1/Initial
  • Level 2/Intermediate
  • Level 3/Advanced
  • Master Craftsman


All descriptions of the testing process and marking sheets are available from the DSWA GB Certification Scheme Leaflet

Certified Members

Here is a list of our members who have gone through the process of certification. It is a grueling process and we applaud them for their efforts.




Craig BeattieLevel 2KingstonOntario
John BlandLevel 2Baie-D'UrfeQuebec
Menno Braam

Level 2, Certified Instructor



Jen Corrigan

Level 1

FauxburgNova Scotia
Kenny Davies

Level 3, Certified Instructor

Kyle DevriesLevel 1KanataOntario
Sean Donnelly

Level 3, Certified Instructor


Kevin Hackson

Level 2



Jo HodgsonLevel 3WakefieldQuebec

Torben Larson

Level 2



Andre Lemieux

Level 3, Certified Instructor

Charles R MerredewLevel 1MerrickvilleOntario
Renee NadeauLevel 1TorontoOntario
John Scott

Level 2, Certified Instructor

Ken TuachLevel 3Corner BrookNewfoundland
Scott Young

Level 2, Certified Instructor

Vankleek HillOntario

Certification Testing

Certification testing will be held in October 2023. Payment for those registered can be via e-transfer or by Stripe below: