What is the difference between level 1+2 and levels 3+4 ?

At the lower levels 1 and 2, the person is able to execute simple tasks, following instructions. At the higher vocational levels 3 and 4, the person is able to run their own company, which means that they are a professional, able to plan and organise and execute the whole process.


What is the difference between level 3 and level 4 ?

At level 4, the professional can not only master all the steps, but they can also supervise and coordinate the work done by a team of craftspeople, in consultation with the client.


What is the difference between level 1 and level 2 ?

Level 1 is an entry-level, level 2 is the beginning of the professional training.

People on level 1 do not have any professional building site experience, or a vocational qualification in a building sector craft, or any experience of manual work. These people need educational support in their first steps towards this professional activity. They are under constant supervision, they only execute tasks that do not need any theoretical or practical professional knowledge. They are able to evaluate the result of the task that the supervisor has asked them to do.


What is the target group for level 1 ?

  • people who left school at school leaving age, i.e. young, 16 years and upwards
  • people without any building site or manual work experience


  • migrants who do not know the written and spoken language used in the context where the learning takes place
  • differently abled people who are limited in their understanding or in their movements.

Level 1 certificates are meant to value the work of young people and those with no experience so far. Learning outcomes on level 1 need to be very different to level2. We are expecting too much of new young trainees.

The achievements we expect people to have on level 1.

A guide to earth building training in Europe and beyond

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