Available APL Training Courses

Kebur Garden Materials is committed to supporting the landscape industry to continually learn and improve. New in 2022, we are hosting a programme of hands-on, affordable training, delivered and approved by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). The programme covers a broad range of landscaping techniques and has been developed by the APL in line with their construction guides.

With expert training and small group sizes, you’ll develop skills and confidence, whether you are a landscape contractor, apprentice or designer. You’ll also receive an APL certificate when you complete your training. All courses are run at our easy-to-reach facility in Farnborough and are open to APL members and non-members.

Where are the courses run?

Our training facility is a two-minute walk from the Kebur Landscape Centre (Farnborough, Surrey) with parking and easy access to major roads and rail routes. 

How do I book?

To book your place contact Natalie Ilsley at APL. Natalie.Ilsley@hta.org.uk.

Each course needs a minimum of 6 people to run. Once the course is full you will be notified. If the 6 spaces are not filled by 5 days before the course starts, you will be notified and offered the next available date or your money back. Payment must be made in full to be accepted on to the course.

  • Introduction to Bricklaying

Dates:             Monday 28th February – Tuesday 1st March

Duration:        2 Days

Trainer:           Steve Smith

Fees:               £370 Non-APL Members, £300 APL Members

Course Objectives:

A practical introduction to bricklaying which will include:

  • rolling mortar on spot board
  • correct use of hand tools and techniques
  • levelling and setting out for single skin brickwork
  • building a single skin brick wall
  • building a single skin brick corner
  • pointing and finishing of wall.

Learning Outcomes:

Be able to mix mortars correctly as per industry guidelines

Be able to work safely and use the appropriate tools

Be able to set out independently single brick wall structures

Be able to confidently point and finish your tasks.

Be able to return to site and work independently on simple brick laying tasks.

 

Intermediate Bricklaying or Introduction (2 days as above)

Dates:             Monday 28th March – Wednesday 30th March

Duration:        3 Days

Trainer:           Steve Smith

Price:              £555 Non-APL Members, £450 APL Members

Course Objectives:

A chance to gain more in depth experience in specific bricklaying techniques including:

  • construction of a 215mm brick wall corner
  • different 215mm brick bonds
  • construction of brick piers
  • different pointing styles
  • preparation of a brick wall ready for render or cladding.

Learning Outcomes:

Be able to construct a variety of 215mm brick bonds and structures.

Be able to construct brick piers in line with industry standards.

Gain knowledge and practical ability of different pointing styles, when and why to use them.

Gain knowledge and practical ability to have a wall ready for render or cladding.

Be able to return to site and work independently or supervise a labourer on more complex brick laying tasks.

 

Introduction to laying Natural Stone Paving

Dates:             Monday May 2nd – Tuesday May 3rd

Duration:        2 Days

Trainer:           Steve Smith

Fees:               £370 Non-APL Members, £300 APL Members

Course Objectives:

A practical introduction into recommended installation techniques including:

  • Setting out
  • Sub-bases
  • laying patterns
  • cutting paving
  • mortars, primers, adhesives and jointing
  • fall rates
  • particular considerations for riven natural stone paving

Learning Outcomes:

Be able to set out simple paving scheme.

Be able to install sub-bases to correct falls (1:40 – 1:80).

Be able to lay stone paving correctly and safely as per APL Construction Guidance or manufacturers guidelines.

Be able to mark and cut stone paving correctly and safely to industry standards.

Be able to apply jointing methods safely and correctly to industry standards and manufacturers guidelines.

Be able to work independently on simple paving tasks.

 

Practical Landscaping for Designers

Dates:             Monday May 30th – Tuesday May 31st

Duration:        2 Days

Trainer:           Steve Smith

Fees:               £370 Non-APL Members, £300 APL Members

Course Objectives:

A practical opportunity to learn and have a go at basic techniques in brickwork, laying paving, block paving, levelling and setting out. This is hands-on and you will get dirty!

Learning Outcomes:

To gain an overview of brickwork and paving construction methods as per APL Construction Guidance.

To be able to converse confidently and with understanding with your landscape contractor.

The gain a better understanding of what is involved with built constructions placed in landscaped drawings.

 

Other courses available (enquire to phil.tremayne@hta.org.uk to be added to waiting list):

  • Brick and clay pavers
  • Driveways block paving
  • Decking (timber and composite)