To ensure that the training centre can establish your previous experience and identify the best suited courses and qualifications for you, please click on and complete the above on-line Hard Metal Assessment form and submit it to the Lead & Hard Metals Roofing Training Group.
Hard Metal training courses - copper, zinc and stainless steel
As well as training in the use of lead, the LSA’s training expertise also extends to courses in hard metals. Training takes places at our unique Training Centre based in Kent, with our highly qualified tutors and where everything is provided for you apart from safety boots and overalls.
LSA courses are flexible and designed to work around an individual’s circumstances and work commitments and support and advice on accessing funding is also available.
Courses range from the basic to more specialist. LSA staff are happy to help identify the best course for your needs but this provides a brief overview to show the options available.
1. Basic, intermediate and advanced skills in hard metals
These short courses last five days and provide an introduction to the skills needed for working with hard metals, and move up to intermediate and more advanced skills. These courses are beneficial to leadworkers, roofers and general building contractors who want to become more skilled in the prefabrication and installation of typical hard metal details.
2. Specialist Apprentice Programme
A two-year course resulting in QCF Level 2, with the option to attain Level 3 with an additional year.
The course includes a combination of formal instruction in the LSA training centre coupled with on-site training with an employer where the final assessment and knowledge of the participant will be carried out.
The course is designed to ensure those taking part are able to understand the hazards and safe working practices within this specialised industry and after the training will be able to form and install metal flashings, weatherings and roof details to a variety of roof finished to meet recognised practice and standards of competence.
3. On Site Assessment and Training (OSAT)
This approach provides the necessary on-site assessment and training required to achieve a nationally recognised QCF Level 2/3 Roofing (Lead and Hard Metals).
It is aimed at experienced leadworkers wishing to gain the Roofing QCF Level 2/3 (Lead and Hard Metals).
As the process is carried out on site it reduces time away from the workplace. Training is also aimed at areas where there are skill gaps. It entails up to three site visits by our assessor.
Lead Training Courses
To ensure that the training centre can establish your previous experience and identify the best suited courses and qualifications for you, please click on and complete the above Online Leadwork Assessment form and submit it to the Lead & Hard Metals Roofing Training Group.
Lead sheet is the oldest roofing material in the world and if installed correctly will provide maintenance free weather protection for any building for more than 100 years.
It is widely used across the UK and adorns many prominent buildings, especially in its historical use on the majority of our ecclesiastical properties.
Adopted as an architectural feature during its historical development in construction, lead sheet is a soft metal that can be easily shaped by hand to fit any detail and it is the malleability of the material that has led to its widespread use by architects over the centuries, especially to protect buildings of significance.
However in more recent times lead sheet has achieved prominence as a practical, economic and long lasting weathering material for modern day housing and therefore working with lead sheet should certainly not just be viewed just as an historical craft.
Regardless of where it is used, proper design and application of the metal requires skilled and knowledgeable installers to ensure the optimum performance over its long lifespan and so the training, up-skilling and ongoing availability of such practitioners is key to the continuing successful use of lead sheet in roofing and cladding.
A range of courses has therefore been developed over the years in response to the needs of installers and employers, offering a flexible approach to allow participants to get the most out of their training and gain the skills required to ensure optimum performance from the metal.
Off-the-job training is provided by industry-recognised experts, delivered at the Lead Sheet Association’s purpose built National Roof Training Centre in Kent.
The first step therefore in enrolling for a leadwork course is to complete and submit the relevant self assessment form and a member of the LSA team will then contact you to discuss the course that most suits your needs. Or you could simply call the LSA on 01622 872432 and talk to one of their training officers.