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Concrete polishing

Polished concrete is a sustainable design option with numerous types of embellishments and finishes. This standard will equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to install or renovate a range of different floors (or walls and ceilings).

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 4 days of 6 learning hours per day


Polished concrete is a sustainable design option with numerous types of embellishments and finishes. This standard will equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to install or renovate a range of different floors (or walls and ceilings).


  • benefits and comparisons to other finishes
  • finish options including coatings, colourings
  • wet and dry polishing options
  • finishes and coating options
  • renovation
  • maintenance.

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.


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 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment. It is envisaged that this course would be highly practical (e.g. minimum 3-4 polishes).

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/may not be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • workshop

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


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

  • 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.


Recommended refreshment – Health & Safety executive (HSE), other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: Additional guidance to support learning outcome
Describe some of the benefits of polished concrete finishes
List some of the finish options including coatings and colourings
Compare the advantages and disadvantages of wet and dry polishing
Apply different finish options
Discuss how to approach renovation
List some maintenance essentials and options

Additional information about this standard

https://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/polishing/ - helpful for source and background information plus access to brief videos.

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guides:

Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Health and safety in construction

Personal protective equipment a brief guide







Manual handling


Hand-arm vibration




  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HSWA) 1974
  • The Work at Height Regulations (WHR) 2005
  • Work at Height (Amended) 2007
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Regulations 2002
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations 1992
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) (1998 UK 1999 NI)
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH )2002
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR ) 1995
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015
  • Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 as amended 2002
  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.