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Metal Stud Partitions - Basic

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 this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support hazards, risk assessment and safe systems of work; installation of metal stud partitions to maintain designed acoustic and fire performance, and more.


2 days of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the following: 


  • hazards, risk assessment and safe systems of work  
  • installation of metal stud partitions to maintain designed acoustic and fire performance including door openings up to 1200mm and doors under 60kg, standard internal/external corners and splayed corners
  • measuring, cutting and fixing plasterboard
  • working to construction and manufacturers drawings
  • construction principles
  • related products (e.g. plasterboards, fixings, sealants, components, etc.)
  • required tools and equipment 

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft
  • supervision

Delegates pre-requisites

There are no delegate pre-requisites as part of this standard, however a basic knowledge of metal stud partitions would be beneficial. 


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: 

  • a blend of classroom and e-learning 
  • a blend of classroom and remote

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

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate 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 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. 


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


Lifetime (Please note standards using this classification will only be grant aided once per delegate) 

Approval date

Dec 2021 

Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The delegate will be able to:

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statements 

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 

use health and safety control equipment safely and comply with the methods of work to carry out the activity in accordance with current legislation and organisational requirements when installing metal stud partitions 

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 

demonstrate compliance with given information and relevant legislation when installing metal stud partitions in relation to the following: 

  • safe use of access equipment
  • safe use, storage and handling of materials, tools and equipment 


list components required to build metal stud partitions 


select resources associated with installing metal stud partition including tools, equipment, metal components, fixings, sealants and plasterboard 


demonstrate and maintain a clean work space 


install standard t-junction and external corner details when installing metal stud partitions 

Manufacturer's website/technical information 

install splayed corners on metal stud partitions 

Manufacturer's website/technical information 

form basic door opening up to 1200mm and <60Kg 

Manufacturer's website/technical information 

apply single and double board metal stud partitions 


measure, cut and install plasterboard 


set out partitions from construction drawings using traditional methods and modern methods 


extend studs when exceeding stud length 

Manufacturer's website/technical information 

install different methods of service support (e.g. plywood, support clips)

Manufacturer's website/technical information