Material identification for heritage wood occupations

This standard enables learners to identify and describe a range of materials associated with heritage woodwork.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry. 


Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours per day

Purpose / Scope

This training module is intended to focus on the trainee being able to identify and describe a range of materials associated with heritage woodwork.

The scope covers:

  • timber-based components in heritage work
  • soft and hard woods
  • quality and versatility
  • ironmongery
  • adhesives and finishes

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft
  • supervision
  • management and leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

Candidates must have successfully completed NVQ level 2 in Wood occupations (or equivalent).

Instruction / Supervision

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 should be of 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

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more theoretical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at an advanced level.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course 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.

Renewal / refresher

There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date


Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 year(s) from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the range of timber-based components used in heritage work and the science of their origin.
  • Identify and describe soft and hard woods including their:
    • source
    • properties
    • recognition
    • differences and uses
  • Quality and Versatility.  Selecting and quantifying the required resources.
  • Identify and describe ironmongery.
  • Identify and describe adhesives and finishes.

Additional information

Recommended reading:

Herbert Edlin (2009) What Wood is That?, Stobart and Sons

Ruth Slavid (2010) Timber in Refurbishment, TRADA Technology Ltd

Linda Hall (2005) Period House Fixtures and Fittings (1300 - 1900), Countryside Books

Hugh Johnson (1992) The International Book of Wood, Mitchell Beazley

Alec Clifton-Taylor (1987) The Pattern of English Building, Faber and Faber