Short duration course achievements grants

We pay grants for the achievement of approved short duration courses, which last from 3 hours to 29 days, that are focused on the core construction skills needed across the industry.

On this page you will find the following: 


Short duration course achievement grants are paid for the achievement of short duration courses which align to approved construction-related standards, or to approved standard titles where the standards are undergoing development.

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Who can claim

You can claim if you’re registered with us and meet our general Grants Scheme eligibility requirements. Short duration course achievement grants are available for all directly employed Pay As You Earn (PAYE) staff and all sub-contractors.

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Which courses are eligible?

Search the full list of short duration courses eligible for grant

Please note that we are still developing a full standard for some of these courses on behalf of the construction industry. We have listed the course titles according to the titles of the training standards which are being developed.

In some cases, the training standard title incorporates several individual course titles under a common title. So if at first you can't locate a specific course title, please search for key terms.

Approved courses are provided by CITB Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) who will be listed in the Construction Training Directory.

Courses can be delivered in a number of ways and the industry-accepted methods of delivery are defined within the published course standard, including:

  • classroom, where the course is the full duration as published in the standard
  • e-learning, where the course is at least 50% of the published duration in the standard
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning, where the course is at least 75% of the published duration in the standard

For example, where a published standard defines the duration as 1 day, a classroom based course must be a full day to align to the standard, whilst an e-learning course must be at least half a day (3 hours) to align to the standard.

Support for Plant courses, including testing, are supported in a slightly different way. See Plant training grant for details.

On August 17 2018, certain course standards were withdrawn or replaced to align with industry requirements. Occupational Working Groups representing different sectors of the industry have agreed that these course standards are no longer relevant or needed by the sector. Search for standards and find which ones have been withdrawn.

If you know of a construction-related course that you believe is not already identified on the list of grant eligible training, complete our suggest a course form.

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How much is it?

There are three tiers in the grant rate. 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.

Renewal courses

Renewals involve the repetition of a full course.

If the course requires your worker to renew their training after a specified time, you can claim a full grant for it, provided that it’s completed within that time period.

You can only claim once for renewal training within the associated time period.

Refresher courses

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 support refreshers once a full training standard has been developed and is in place.

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How many claims are allowed?

There is a cap on how many claims you can make for short duration achievements in one Grants Scheme year.

We work out this number from your 2017 or 2018 Levy Return, based on how many PAYE employees you have and your sub-contractor wage bill.

We add:

  • the number of PAYE employees
  • the number of Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) sub-contractors who you deduct CIS tax from (Net CIS sub-contractors), which we calculate by dividing your total Net CIS wage figure by £36,000 – the average sub-contractor 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 take the sum of the two figures and multiply it by 3 to get the total cap figure for your entire workforce for the year.

Note: if your cap works out to be less than 21 achievements in a grant year, it will be adjusted up to 21.

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How to claim

You should make your claim through your CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) in the Construction Training Directory, supplying them with the relevant details of the person taking the qualification.

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 late.

If your training provider has not yet completed the CITB ATO approval process, you will need to claim 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) within the new Grants Scheme from 1 April 2018, you do not need to make a claim for a short duration course achievement grant. We will make automatic payment, if eligible, via Bacs using the data provided when you book the course.

Find out more about how to make a claim for short duration courses and training grants.

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Have you sent us your bank details? 

Do we have your bank details so that we can pay out on your grant claim?

Grants are only paid by bank transfer. If we do not hold your current bank details, please complete and submit the secure online Bacs Direct Credit Authorisation Form to receive grant payments.

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