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Abrasive wheels theory training - Refresher


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with knowledge and skills of abrasive wheels theory.


Half day of 3 learning hours


The purpose of the Abrasive wheel theory training - refresher standard is for delegates who have previously passed training to the full Abrasive wheel theory training standard or subsequent refresher training and can provide proof of attendance.

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 training to the Abrasive wheel theory training standard or subsequent refresher 3 years prior to attending this refresher.


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
  • 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, delegates must complete an end of course 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%

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 3 years


Recommended refresher

Buffer/grace period

3 months

Approval date

August 2021

Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes (additional guidance)

The delegate will be able to:

  • describe the hazards, risks, and controls for abrasive wheels (HSE-HSG17, SR21, CIS54)
  • select an abrasive wheel to suit the material and task, using the markings
  • store, handle, and transport abrasive wheels safely
  • inspect and test abrasive wheels for damage and out-of-balance (HSE-HSG129)
  • describe the names and functions of all the components of abrasive wheel assemblies such as: flanges, blotters, bushes, nuts, etc.
  • assemble abrasive wheel units correctly to make sure they are balanced and safe to use
  • identify suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), and respiratory protective equipment (RPE) required, such as rated eye protection (HSE website)
  • Describe the methods of cutting/grinding

Additional information about this standard

For the duties of those people using abrasive wheels to be fully understood, the standard should be read in conjunction with the:

Related standards

  • Abrasive wheels theory training
  • Handheld disc cutter safety in construction
  • Diamond tipped segmented blades