How much is it?
We pay grants at three tiered rates. The tier is determined by the duration and content of the course:
- tier 1 is £30
- tier 2 is £70
- tier 3 is £120
You can find out which grant tier a course has from the approved course list.
We only pay a grant once for each individual per course, unless it’s part of a renewal or refresher process.
Renewals involve the repetition of a full course.
If the standard requires the training to be renewed after a specified time, you can apply for a full grant for it, provided that it’s completed within that time period.
You can only claim once for renewal training within the required time period.
Refresher courses update knowledge and understanding in a shorter duration training course than the original, full training course.
The grant available for refresher training is 50% of the Tier 1, 2 or 3 rates given for the original full-length course.
We will only support refreshers once a full training standard has been developed and is in place.
Plant tests grant rates
Grant is paid for passing the theory and practical elements of CPCS technical tests only.
Theory elements are £60 each, up to a maximum of 2 per person per Grants Scheme year.
Practical elements are paid at different rates depending on the category of plant, up to a maximum of 2 per person per Grants Scheme year:
- Rate 1: £190
- Rate 2: £240
- Rate 3: £410
Note: These rates apply to CPCS tests only. Please see vocational qualification grants for special Plant vocational qualification grant rate.
There are some differences in the system for grants in Scotland.
How many applications are allowed?
There is a cap on how many applications you can make for short duration achievements in any one Grants Scheme year. This cap does not apply to plant test grant where a maximum number of tests per person, per year are paid (see above).
For the 2019-2020 Grants Scheme year we worked out this number from your 2018 or 2019 Levy Return, based on how many employees you have on the payroll and your subcontractor wage bill.
For the 2020-2021 Grants Scheme year, we will work this number out from your 2019 or 2020 Levy return.
- the number of employees on the payroll
- the number of Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) subcontractors who you make CIS tax deductions from (Net CIS subcontractors). (We calculate this figure by dividing your total Net CIS wage figure by £36,000 which is the average subcontractor wage based on earnings of £750 per week over 48 weeks.)
If your Net CIS wage figure is less than £3 million, we’ll use your total CIS (gross and net) wage figure instead, up to a maximum of £3 million.
We then take the sum of the two figures and multiply it by 5 to get the total cap figure for your entire workforce for the year.
Note: if your cap works out to be less than 35 achievements in a grant year, it will be adjusted up to 35.
How to apply
You should make your application through your CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) in the Construction Training Directory, supplying them with the relevant details of the person taking the qualification and your 7-digit CITB registration number.
When the person has completed the course, the provider will update the Construction Training Register and you should automatically receive the grant payment.
Please contact our customer services team if your payment is not received within one month of completing the course.
If your training provider has not yet completed the CITB ATO approval process, you will need to apply through CITB Online within 20 weeks of completing the course.
If your learner has achieved a CPCS test or a Site Safety Plus course, or you are using an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), you do not need to make a claim for a Short course grant. We will make automatic payment, if eligible, via Bacs using the data provided when you book the course. Please ensure you supply your 7 digit registration number at the time of booking.
Find out more about how to apply for a grant for short courses.