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Perimeter Climbing Access & Protection Screens for General Operatives

We have doubled the grant rates for short course tiers 1 – 3. To address rising costs, you can now receive higher rates on course achievements from 1st April 2023

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 this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the following: overview, terminology, principles of climbing screens, purpose and functions of components, drawing Interpretation, installation, operation, and removal theory , practical installation, operation, and removal , hazards, risks, and interdependencies, safety features, assessment and test,


2 days of 6 learning hours.


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


  • overview
  • terminology
  • principles of climbing screens
  • purpose and functions of components
  • drawing Interpretation
  • installation, operation, and removal theory
  • practical installation, operation, and removal
  • hazards, risks, and interdependencies
  • safety features
  • assessment and test.

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Delegates pre-requisites

Delegates must have successfully completed an NVQ Level 2 in a construction discipline and hold a current CSCS Card. 

Operatives require at least 6 months’ UK site experience beforehand.


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 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 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.

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

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 80%.

Safety critical elements will have a 100% pass mark requirement. 

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 5 years


Mandatory Renewal

Approval date

March 2021.

Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes/learning outcomes to be refreshed

Learning outcomes

The delegate will be able to:

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

describe the basic principles of climbing screens.

To Include the different types available:

  • platform
  • non-platform
  • loading platforms
  • and / or variations

describe structure and climbing screens terminology.

Support needles. Dry & wet levels

describe the purpose and functions of components


interpret a design drawing, establish correct tools, equipment and documentation required.

Required tolerances

identify the assembly area, correct component sizes, and know the erection / lifting sequence

Importance of correct setting out and tolerances consequence of incorrect setting out

safely erect, lift and remove the protection screen. practical task(s) in accordance with the drawings provided.

Structure attachment points and components and ensuring security of the screen.

Protection screen removal doesn’t have to be practical. Can be taught in classroom

identify and describe potential hazards and risks associated with protection screens.

To include:

  • snagging during lifting
  • lift plan
  • finger trapping
  • gap closure
  • good housekeeping
  • maintain independence between slab falsework/formwork and screens – Avoid transfer of loads when pouring concrete slabs.
  • environmental impact

identify and describe safety features and safe working practices at all stages.  

To include:

  • working at height
  • Site RAMS
  • safe systems of work
  • lifting operations
  • leading edge protection

Additional information about this standard

Duration:  Where applicable training must be taken on consecutive days or within 7 days.

In addition to this training it is recommended that familiarisation training (equipment specific – bespoke) on the safe use of supplier’s specific equipment is undertaken.