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Installing fire barriers and breaks


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to install fire barriers and breaks.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to install fire barriers and breaks.

The scope of this unit covers:

  • A brief overview to the spread of fire within a building and within the concealed cavities
  • To understand what fire barriers and breaks are and why they are used to restrict the lateral and vertical spread of fire 
  • The hazards and defects associated with non-compliance  
  • To understand where fire barriers and breaks are fitted and how to read from drawings
  • To understand the different types of fire barriers and breaks used 
  • How to install a cavity fire barrier 
  • What records, information and detail should be used and kept when installing fire barriers and breaks
  • Understanding the accreditation requirements and system certification
  • An overview of fire break requirements for services

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, knowledge of bricklaying terminology, techniques and tools is beneficial, as is the ability to read construction drawings and manufacturer’s installation specifications.


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 5 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 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:

  • practical training in an off the job simulated environment

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.


Non-mandatory refresher every 5 years

Approval date

November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Discuss what fire barrier and breaks are and how both are elements of passive fire protection    
  • Discuss the importance of why fire barriers are installed and the hazards associated with non-compliance     
  • Discuss why fire breaks/stops are installed and the hazards associated with non-compliance     
  • Identify where fire barriers are used    
  • Identify where fire breaks/stops are used    
  • Identify where fire barriers and breaks are referred to on drawings    
  • Install a cavity fire barrier from manufacturers installation drawings   
  • List what documents should be used and kept throughout the installation process for good workmanship and for the fire safety manual      
  • Describe accreditation and responsibilities of installing fire barriers and breaks

Additional information about this standard

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

Any guidance or support with training to this standard can be sought from the Association of Brickwork Contractors.

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