Interior systems introduction to the construction of metal stud partitions and linings (basic and deflection)

The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with practical knowledge and skills required to work on the construction of metal stud partitions and linings (basic and deflection).


Construction of metal stud partitions and linings (basic and deflection)


Minimum 1/2 day of 3 learning hours  


The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with practical knowledge and skills required to work on the construction of metal stud partitions and linings (basic and deflection)  


  • interpreting the design 
  • calculate the amount of materials 
  • selection of resources and materials 
  • manual handling techniques 
  • safe working practices 
  • installation of simple metal stud partition 
  • installation of simple multi-layer boarded systems 
  • perimeter, services and penetration installation 
  • trimming and fitting boards 
  • fixings and supports 
  • insulation 
  • British standards 
  • tolerances or margins for error 
  • manufacturer’s literature 
  • metal stud partitions available

Occupational relevance 

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

  • operative and craft 
  • supervision 


There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standardHowever 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  
  • successfully completed training to this standard  
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience 
  • 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 

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

This standard is considered to be set at an entry 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. 


Calculate the amount of materials required. 


Select the resources from storage racks and apply the correct manual handling techniques. 


Contribute to safe working practices, work alone and as part of a team. 


Install simple metal stud partition systems, within tolerance and with minimal waste. 


Install simple multi-layer boarded systems, within tolerance and with minimal waste. 


Demonstrate perimeter, services and penetration installation. 


Briefly explain how interpret a drawing and calculate the amount of materials required. 


Accurately trim the boards to fit accurately to the abutments. 


Demonstrate the use of fixings for attaching boards to studs. 


Demonstrate the placement of fixings. 


Demonstrate the spacing of supports. 


Select metal stud partitions and accurately trim the metal stud partition for use. 


Describe the use of and installation of insulation. 


Briefly explain the requirements specified in the British standard and others. 


Describe how to interpret drawings. 


Briefly explain tolerances or margins for error. 


Explain the lengths and distances for where fixings should be used. 


Briefly explain the performance levels as referred to manufacturers literature. 


List the range of metal stud partitions available. 


Briefly explain the requirements for a multi-layer boarded system. 


List the range of handling and fixing of insulation material. 


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.