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STEP CERTIFIED – complete with Zoom workshop and Online course

vorgestellt von Herbert Gruber

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Your path to becoming a certified straw bale construction professional: With STEP CERTIFIED, you take part in our Zoom workshops as well as the STEP-5 workshop, have access to the online course and can join our Zoom webinars once a week – the STEP talk and question time, so to speak.

The structure: The STEP training comprises 400 hours of training in 8 units. The STEP 1, 6, 7 and 8 units are pure theory modules, the theory of STEP 2, 3 and 4 includes practical days, STEP 5 Clay & Lime – Surfaces and Facades is a special case: In the workshop, theory and practice are trained together, so it takes place „for real“. Here are the descriptions and Zoom workshop dates of the modules.

STEP 1 - Einführung in den Strohballenbau
STEP ONLINE: available
Zoom-Workshop: 30. 04. – 2. 05. 2021, Start Fr 12:00 (Info)
STEP 3 - Lasttragender Strohballenbau
STEP ONLINE: available
Zoom-Workshop: 19. – 22. 05. 2021, Start Th 12:00 (Info)
STEP 5 - Oberflächen: Lehm, Kalk, Holzfassaden
STEP ONLINE: available from 30.05.2021
Theory-Workshop in Ravelsbach: 05. – 10. 07. 2021 (Info)
STEP 7 - Strohballenhaus Planung und Architektur
STEP ONLINE: available
Zoom-Workshop: 04. – 08. 10. 2021, Start 12:00 (Info)
STEP 2 - Strohballen-INFILL-Holzständerkonstruktionen, CUT, GREB
STEP ONLINE: available
Zoom-Workshop: 3. – 7. 05. 2021, Start Mo 12:00 (Info)
STEP 4 - Strohballen Wrapping
STEP ONLINE: available
Zoom-Workshop: 21. – 25. 06. 2021, Start Mo 12:00 (Info)
STEP 6 - Bauphysik im Strohballenbau
STEP ONLINE: available from 29.04.2021
Zoom-Workshop: 9. – 13. 08. 2021, Start Mo 12:00 (Info)
STEP 8 - Kommunikation und Kalkulation
STEP ONLINE: available from 01. 07. 2021
Zoom-Workshop: 13. – 16. 09. 2021, Start Mo 12:00 (Info)

The procedure: If you have completed all theory modules, you can take the theory assessment (e.g. on 18/19 Sept. 2021) and receive a Certificate of Attendance. If you have also completed the 20 practical days with included performance review, you will also receive the ECVET certificate „Certified Straw Bale Builder“ in addition to the practical certificate.

Prices and registration:
STEP CERTIFIED training – 7 Zoom workshops (30 days), 1 on-site theory workshop (6 days, with practical exercises), access to the online course, weekly Zoom webinars for feedback and questions, 1 STEP EXTRA of your choice for free, final assessment 18/19 September 2021):
€ 2.900,- / € 2.400,- for students and unemployed (you can pay in advance or in 10 instalments of € 300,- / € 250,- each).

Your advantage as a couple: the second person pays the reduced price!
10% discount for asbn membership

Click here to register for the STEP training.

Free of charge to STEP CERTIFIED: optionally one of the 5-day courses STEP EXTRA Building Services & Window Installation or STEP EXTRA Interior Fitting & Decoration.


To become a certified straw bale builder, you also need proof of at least 20 completed STEP practical days. The practical exam is integrated into the training.

Date I: 10. – 14. May 2021 (5 days practice)
und/oder: Termin II: 12. – 16. Juli 2021 (5 Tage Praxis)
21. – 25. June 2021 (5 days practice)
25. – 28. May 2021 (counts as 5 days practice)
Date I: 19. – 23. July (clay plaster, 5 days practice)
Date II: 30. August – 4. September 2021 (lime plaster, 6 days practice)
Date III: 6. – 10. September (fine clay plaster, 5 days practice)

Combined price for 20 practice days (4 modules: U2, U3, U4, U5): € 1.290,- / € 960,- for students and unemployed people.
You can arrange these individually according to your time budget and the availability of practical workshops. You can also book individual practical workshops (€ 70/day or € 55/day for students and unemployed) or workshop days (min. 3 consecutive). All practice days (8 hours each) will be entered in your certificate of practice. You can also complete the practice over 2 years or more.

The practice workshops cannot be held online. You can already book the practical modules, but we will have to postpone or cancel them if they cannot take place in 2021 due to a lockdown or entry restrictions, or if they cannot take place with at least 5 participants.

Our Corona guarantee: The workshop is carried out in compliance with a safety concept based on daily tests, compliance with the distance rules where possible and the additional wearing of FFP2 masks if necessary. If you are unable to attend a practical workshop due to Corona, you will receive a 100% refund of any participation fees already paid.


Accommodation during all practical courses: You can sleep in a tent or (a shared room) in our straw bale house, eat (breakfast/lunch/dinner), shower (2 bathrooms) and do your laundry in our training centre, all for € 25,-/day (we cook together ourselves). The practice workshops take place in Ravelsbach, Neu Nagelberg (near Gmünd) or on practice construction sites.

STEP-TRAINER: (Learning Outcomes Deutsch/English)

Über den Autor

Herbert Gruber

Netzwerker seit der Gründung des ASBN 1999, Obmann des ASBN seit 2006, Buchautor (Bauen mit Stroh, Neues Bauen mit Stroh), Gesellschafter von StrohTec (Österreichs erster Strohbaufirma), hat in Ravelsbach im Zuge eines Haus der Zukunft plus-Projektes die Virtuelle Stroh-Baustelle ins Leben gerufen, wo seit 2010 regelmäßig Workshops stattfinden. 2015 gründete er die Kooperation StrohNatur, die nun auch Strohballenhäuser (mit und ohne Workshops) errichtet.