Home Maintenance Course




2 days




The Builder Training Centre (The BTC) offers high quality structured Home Maintenance Courses, which can be attended either as a 2-day weekday course, or weekend course (Saturday and Sunday).

Our instructors are qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Tradespersons, so students can take advantage of all the tips of the trade, personal experiences and advice they offer.

This short course is intensive, but the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable which creates a good learning environment. If you have a particular project in mind, or some building plans you wish to gain advice on, our instructors will be more than happy to discuss these with you.

This two day hands-on practical weekday/weekend course is ideal for those with little or no experience looking to learn some of the general skills required to keep your home in good repair or for a basic introduction into the various building trades. The Home Maintenance Course will teach you the basic DIY skills required to tackle most household tasks.

Should you wish to progress on to one of our other foundation courses this will give you a good insight into other trades.

Course Content

Practical tasks will include:

  • Use of power tools, such as drills
  • Use of basic hand tools such as saws, screwdrivers and levels
  • Use of mediums such as nails and screws
  • Refreshing grout in tiles
  • Replacing a damaged tile
  • Use of silicon sealants 
  • Cutting and fixing plasterboard
  • Changing an electrical socket
  • Changing a light fitting
  • Fitting a dimmer switch
  • Wiring a plug
  • Use of fittings to repair burst pipes
  • Use of decorating fillers
  • Use of brushes and rollers for paint application
  • Preparing woodwork for final paint coat

Theory tasks will include:

  • Correct use of numerous fixing types such as rawlplugs and cavity wall fixings
  • Repairing a tap washer
  • Removing blockages from baths, sinks and shower wastes
  • Draining and removing radiators for decorating and refilling
  • Correct use of paint types
  • Cleaning and maintaining tools

Training Facilities

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Please click the button below to proceed with our online Application Form. You will be given details on the Application Form about how to make the minimum deposit payment of £150.00, or the full amount of £250.00, to secure a place on your chosen date.

Alternatively, give us a call on 020 8649 9340 to get booked in over the phone.

Have you considered adding Home Maintenance to a multi-course package?
e.g. Home Maintenance, Plastering, Tiling, Plumbing
Total £1,525.00 (inc VAT)
A saving of £90.00!


Steel toe-capped safety footwear is a health and safety requirement for all our courses. We stock steel-toe capped boots from size 3 to 13 (with some half sizes), which can be purchased on the first morning of your course for just £20.00. You should wear suitable comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty.

We provide all relevant tools and materials that are required for the duration of your course.

Changing facilities for men and women are available on-site. For a £5.00 deposit you can get a padlock to a locker for any small valuables you may wish to bring along.

You are welcome to bring your own food to eat in our canteen. Alternatively, we sell a small selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks, or you could purchase food from one of the local supermarkets/shops/cafes/restaurants within just a few minutes’ walk.

Provided you are aged at least 18 years and deemed fit and healthy to complete physical work, this course is suitable for you. Whether your background is already in a trade or something completely different, these skills can be learnt and applied directly after the course.

Over the years, we have had students attend the course for many reasons, the most popular of which would be to expand their current professional services, start a whole new career or to just pick up a new skill for DIY. These are not just skills for one project, these are skills for life!

The Home Maintenance course can be attended either over 2 consecutive weekdays or over a weekend (Saturday & Sunday). The content of the course is the same and it will follow the same structure.  However, please note that the weekend courses start at 8.30 am instead of 9 am to maintain consistency with our other weekend courses.

You will be awarded a Builder Training Centres Limited Certificate of Continuous Professional Development after full completion of the course. The Certificate will include your name, the dates you attended, and on the reverse we list all the areas you have covered throughout your course.

Course notes will be provided during your course. These will summarise most of the topics covered with some diagrams and pictures also included, however, you may choose to bring along a notepad and pen to take additional notes.

As we are located within Waddon Train Station Buildings, we do not have any parking on-site. That said, there are plenty of residential roads in the surrounding area that have free unrestricted parking, within just a few minutes’ walk. If attending on Sunday, you can park in the marked red boxes in Epsom Road where our Centre at Waddon Station is situated and in Stafford Road where our Electrical Centre is situated (a minute’s walk away) all day free of charge.

Please email info@thebtc.co.uk if you would like any further information or instructions.


Our training facility is located at the following address:
Waddon Station Buildings, 160 Epsom Road, Croydon, CR0 4UP

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"It was fantastic. I have learnt an amazing amount about basic tasks involved in maintaining a home, and feel confident to have a go at things that would have terrified me or daunted me before. So much better than reading a DIY manual which doesn’t give you the hands-on experience."
Rima Devereaux
"A very enjoyable course with loads packed in. The tips and hints alone will save you the price of the course, i.e. when you get paint, home fixings you can do yourself without having to get someone in. Martin is an excellent and charismatic trainer. We had a lot of fun."
Neil Sinclair
(West Sussex)
"Love it! The course provided hands-on training of general home maintenance issues that I have wanted to resolve for a long time in a fun and informal & informative way. With clear lines on what I can not touch at home also… i.e. what needs a qualified electrician."
Abimbola Olabode