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Short course grants

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

On this page you will find the following: 


Overview

Short course 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.

This includes plant training linked to any card scheme courses and the theory and practical elements of Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) technical tests.

Who can apply for this grant?

You can apply if you’re registered with us and meet our general Grants Scheme terms and conditions and the course criteria in this grant. Short course grants are available for all directly employed staff and all subcontractors.

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.

E-learning is only an acceptable form of training when a full standard has been developed and is in place. 

Over time, certain course standards will be withdrawn or replaced to align with industry requirements.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. We give notice where we are withdrawing a standard so you can see that if you have completed the training before the withdrawal date you can still apply for grant for the course.

Alternatively, you can download the list of Grant codes for Short Duration Standards below. This list is updated on a monthly basis, so please ensure you are using the correct version each time you submit an application.

Grant codes for Short Duration Standards - September 2021 (PDF, 600KB)

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.

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 grant once for each individual per course, unless a standard specifies a renewal or refresher is required. 

Grant for standards in development are only paid once per individual per lifetime as the requirement for a renewal or refresher has not yet been determined.  

Renewal courses

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 apply for grant once for renewal training within the required 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 only support refreshers once a full training standard has been developed and is in place.

Plant tests grant rates

We are currently undergoing a review of grants for plant tests. Not all tests are eligible for grant and new tests will not be added to the Grants Scheme until the review is complete. As a result, please ensure you check the eligible course list to determine if a test attracts grant. 

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 

We only grant aid individual tests once per lifetime for each candidate. This grant is not available for renewal/refresher tests, on site assessments, shortened tests or transition assessments.

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).

We work out this number from your 2020 or 2021 Levy Return, based on how many employees you have on the payroll and your subcontractor wage bill. 

We add:

  • 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. 

Exceptions:
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 apply 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.

Have you sent us your bank details?

Grants are 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