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Cold weather working requirements for bricklayers


The purpose of training against this standard is to provide candidates with knowledge of the key requirements for bricklayers working in cold weather.

Standard details

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


½ day of 3 learning hours

If e-learning only, the duration is to be at least 50% of this.


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


  • an overview to cold weather working and the hazards associated and precautions to take
  • frost damage to mortars
  • storage and protection including ventilation, insulation and saturation
  • admixtures

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

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at a basic level.


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

For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the delegate has achieved all learning outcomes.

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.


There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refresher requirements for this standard.



(Please note standards using this classification will only be grant aided once per delegate)

Approval date


Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 year(s) from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The delegate will be able to:

  • identify the hazards and defects of cold weather on brickwork and the bricklaying trade
  • identify the hazards and defects of cold weather on mortars, to include:
    • adhesion
    • strength
    • durability
  • discuss the storage and protection methods you should use in cold weather
  • describe where to use admixtures and accelerators and what they do
  • identify the temperature when brickwork should normally cease and who to inform for approval

Additional information about this standard

Brick Development Association (BDA) ‘Guide to successful brickwork

This standard was written by The Association of Brickwork Contractors (ABC) and The Brick Development Association (BDA). Training against this standard is delivered through The ABC Assessment Centre.


Related standards

Materials storage and protection