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Interpreting plans and drawings

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 training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to site plans and drawings used in the house building sector.


1 day of 6 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:


  • importance of accurate site plans and building drawings
  • types of drawings, to include:
    • site plans
    • house type working drawings
    • drainage drawings
    • external works drawings
    • boundary plans
    • scale rules
    • section 104 plans and section 38 plans
  • using relevant drawings on site
  • interpretation of drawings for clients

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft
  • supervision
  • management and leadership

Delegates pre-requisites

There are no delegate pre-requisites as part of this standard, however candidates should have a minimum of 3 months experience within the home building sector and have a basic knowledge of building terminology and techniques.


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 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 75%.

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 to be refreshed

The delegate will be able to:

  • explain the importance of accurate site plans and building drawings
    • BS 8541- 2 2011
  • identify types of drawings used within the house building sector
    • House building plans and sections (section 104 plans and section 38 plans)
  • use site drawings and building plans on site
  • interpret drawings for clients