PREVIEW: Environmental awareness in construction

This preview is for ATO use. This course meets the basic environmental knowledge that the sub-contract chain is required to provide to major contractors.

This standard is available to ATOs to preview before it’s finally published. You should make sure your course matches these details. This standard will eventually supersede the existing standard in development. 

Until then, continue to publicise your courses against the existing title on the Construction Training Directory.


Minimum one day of 6 learning hours


This course meets the basic environmental knowledge that the sub-contract chain is required to provide to major contractors. It also covers environmental aspects of the CITB health, safety and environment test.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • environmental management
  • waste and materials management
  • how to be a good neighbour: statutory nuisance, communication
  • archaeology and heritage
  • energy and resources
  • biosecurity
  • restoration
  • responsibilities and regulation.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • supervision
  • management.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • successfully completed training to this standard 
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience as a fitter
  • a verifiable CV.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning.

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more theoretical training.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


No renewal/refreshment requirements: there are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date

To be confirmed

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Describe a construction environment management plan and how it should be used


Manage materials on site to reduce waste, save money and comply with legislation


Describe “good neighbour” best practice.

Frequently asked questions on the Law & Your Environment website

List some of the ways that archaeology and heritage considerations might need to be considered in a project.

Historic England's 'Environmental Archaelogy' guidance (PDF download)

Identify invasive, non-native or noxious plants and action that can be taken to manage them


Describe ways to assist and improve post-construction restoration


Describe the legislation, offences and penalties relating to construction works


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