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Bonding, taping and positioning insulation board

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Grant Tier

Achievement date before 1 April 2023

Achievement date on or after 1 April 2023

Grant Tier 1

Grant Tier 1 Refresher





Grant Tier 2

Grant Tier 2 Refresher





Grant Tier 3

Grant Tier 3 Refresher






The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with a practical introduction to the fixing of insulation boards and how to position, bond and tape as per specification

Standard details

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry.


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours.


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the following:


  • an overview on insulation in a building and where it can be used
  • the types of insulation boards available for internal wall
  • the types of insulation boards available for external wall
  • the types of insulation boards available for cavity wall
  • methods of internal wall insulation
  • methods of external wall insulation
  • methods of cavity wall insulation
  • importance of correct bonding and taping and consequences of non-compliance
  • understanding manufacturers’ specification
  • materials, equipment and components used when positioning bonding and taping insulation board
  • health and safety considerations
  • how to bond insulation boards
  • how to tape insulation boards
  • how to position insulation boards

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft
  • supervision
  • management and leadership

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no delegate pre-requisites as part of this standard, however a basic knowledge of bricklaying terminology, tools and techniques would be beneficial.


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

  • an award in education and training (or equivalent, as per requirements for approved training organisations)
  • successfully completed training to this standard
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • 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 delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and delegate/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates 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
  • a blend of classroom and remote

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more practical training.

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level.


Methods of assessment considered appropriate for training delivered against this standard are:

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

Where this training is assessed using multiple-choice questions, a minimum of 10 questions must be asked and delegates are required to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 75%.

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.


Renewal every 3 years


Mandatory Renewal

Buffer/grace period

3 months

Approval date


Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe why insulation is used on a building
  • Discuss the different types of insulation boards available for internal wall
  • Discuss the different types of insulation boards available for external walls
  • Discuss the different types of insulation available for cavity wall
  • Identify the equipment and components needed to bond, tape and position insulation plaster board
  • Outline the hazards and risks arising from masonry cutting and drilling and the precautions to be observed
  • Install insulation boards to specification from manufacturers’ drawings
  • Identify the key interface details, to include:
    • damp proof course (DPC)
    • wall ties
    • cavity trays
    • fire breaks

Additional information about this standard

This standard was written by The Association of Brickwork Contractors (ABC) who deliver training against this standard through The ABC Assessment Centre. 


Related standards

Forming cavities and correct installation of wall ties

Installing fire barriers and breaks

Specialist damp proof course cloak systems