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Introduction to movement joints

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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 against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to the provision of movement joints in masonry construction.

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:


  • general principles
  • vertical movement joints
  • movement joint positions and building details
  • horizontal movement joints
  • suitable materials for movement joints

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

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The delegate will be able to:

  • discuss why movement joints are used in masonry construction
  • identify the defects of not using movement joints
  • discuss what to consider when placing movement joints in masonry
  • discuss vertical and horizontal movement joints
  • describe what bed joint reinforcement is
  • discuss the materials used for movement joints, to include:
    • suitable materials
    • non-suitable materials
  • discuss where to place movement joints in masonry construction paying attention to spacings and how they may differ on the different types of wall and where they start and end
  • describe where to place wall ties in relation to the movement joint
  • read design drawings and recognise where the movement joints are indicated

Additional information about this standard

The Brick Development Association (BDA) ‘Designing for movement in 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

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


Forming cavities and correct installation of wall ties

Sills, copings, cappings and junctions