About the course




The SVQ course, of Level 3 standard, takes approximately 16 weeks to complete. The course teaches quality invisible hand-stitching, how to plan a kilt, correct depth and number of pleats, shaping in the back, and the use of quality canvas and linings.

The total cost of the course is £1200*

Our course is currently led by Emma.


What's involved the course 

The students will be required to a MINIMUM of 6 kilts using different weights of tartan and different pleatings. Working with Creative Skillset and the SQA, we have significantly raised the standard of the existing course with emphasis on hand stitching. This takes us back to the traditional standard of kilt making. More information about the curriculum can be found here.

This is a candidate led course. 

So far, we have had 57 students complete the course. This includes 9 kilt makers from other stores in Edinbrugh who joined EKA to achieve the highest standard of kilt making. We have also had a student join us who has been kiltmaking for years, who saw EKA as an opportunity to retrain after a life-time of experience. 

In the future we hope to introduce a modern apprenticeship in kilt making which will also be to a SVQ standard. The apprenticeship will last 18 months and not only will you be gaining a level 3 SVQ kiltmaking qualification during your time with us you will learn all about the highland wear industry with the opportunity of work at the end, whether it be through self-employment or with the Academy.

Join our 2018 Courses:

If you wish to apply to the course please contact us directly or apply through the SQA here:  http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/66948.html

Application forms can be downloaded here. 


 By introducing a formal qualification, the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy has set a recognised industry standard for other kilt makers to strive towards.





*The classes running in 2017 are the last classes priced at £920. As of 2018 the total price of the course will rise to £1200.