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Apply wall coverings to interior systems


The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with practical knowledge and skills required to apply wall coverings to interior systems.


Apply wall coverings to interior systems 


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours  

Purpose/ scope 

The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with practical knowledge and skills required to apply wall coverings to interior systems. Scope: 

  • instructions, drawings and technical literature 
  • materials and resources 
  • health and safety risks and preventions 
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • team work 
  • interpret designs 
  • application of adhesive 
  • hang wall coverings 
  • washing down 
  • clear, tidy and safe working environment 
  • bespoke products 

Occupational relevance 

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

  • operative and craft 
  • supervision 

Candidate pre-requisites 

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However a basic knowledge of interior systems terminology and techniques would be beneficial. 

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 
  • NVQ level 2, or equivalent, in the relevant discipline   
  • successfully completed training to this standard  
  • at least 3 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 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: 

  • practical training in an on or off the job environment 
  • classroom 

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

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


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. 


No Renewal/Refreshment Requirements - There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard. 

Approval date 


Review cycle 

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date. 

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome 

Briefly explain instructions, drawings and technical literature. 


Select and use materials. 


Briefly explain the health and safety risks associated with applying wall coverings to interior systems. 


Demonstrate the correct use of tools, materials and PPE. 


Work as part of a team under instruction. 


Interpret the design specified. 


Briefly explain the application of adhesive to a specified wall or covering. 


Demonstrate the application of adhesive to a specified wall or covering. 


Hang wall coverings to a specified area covering the following:

  • removal of air pockets 
  • overlapped joints 
  • pattern matching 
  • internal and external corners 
  • columns 
  • trim to fit extremities and M&E services 


Wash down finished areas to clean excessive adhesive. 


Explain how to interpret design specified. 


Protect the work and maintain a clear, tidy and safe working environment. 


Describe bespoke products that can be bought or designed. 


Additional information about this standard 

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance: 

Managing construction health risks 


Safety topics 



Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication: 

Health and safety in construction, HSG150, 2006.