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Brick soffit systems


The purpose of training against this standard is to provide the candidate with the knowledge and skill to be able to safely and effectively install brick soffit systems.

Standard details

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry.


2 days of 6 learning hours


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


  • introduction to brick soffit systems and what they are used for
  • types of brick soffit systems
  • advantages of brick soffit systems
  • introduction to how brick soffit systems are manufactured and components used
  • available products for brick soffit systems
  • tools and equipment used when installing a brick soffit system
  • health and safety considerations when installing a brick soffit system
  • moving, handling and storing brick soffit systems onsite
  • reading manufacturers’ specifications and drawings for installation of brick soffit systems
  • understanding construction details related to brick soffit systems
  • overview of the masonry support angle installation process
  • how to fix a brick soffit system from manufacturers’ specification

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 reading drawings, the use of drills, fixings, torque wrenches, tape measures and spirit levels/laser levels 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 learning.

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

The candidate will be able to:

  • discuss what a brick soffit is and when, where and how they are used in the construction process
  • list benefits and advantages of brick soffit systems
  • describe the types of brick soffit systems in relation to various structural substrates and the systems available
  • list the tools needed to be able to fit a brick soffit system
  • describe health and safety practices when installing brick soffit systems
  • identify the hazards associated with installing a brick soffit system
  • describe how brick soffit systems should arrive on site and how to move, store and handle
  • read details on brick soffit systems from drawings
  • fix a brick soffit system to manufacturers’ specifications; can also include installing the following:
    • masonry support angle to manufacturers’ specifications

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

PD 6697-2010 - Recommendations for the design of masonry structures to BS EN 1996-1-1 & 1996-2

Eurocode 6 - Part 1-1: General rules for reinforced and unreinforced masonry structures

Eurocode 6 – Part 2 : Design considerations, selection of materials and execution of masonry

NHBC Standards


The Construction Fixings Association


Masonry support angle installation