Fire stopping, penetration seals, cavity barriers and the building envelope

The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to best practice of fire safety within the home building sector.


Minimum half day of 3 learning hours


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to best practice of fire safety within the home building sector.

The scope should include:

  • Building Regulations (AD Part B Volume 1&2)
  • Materials used in passive fire stopping and seals
  • Construction of fire walls, stopping, cavity barriers and deflection heads
  • External Walls
  • Materials

Optional based of build type:

  • Compartmentation
  • Penetrations
  • Floors
  • Partitions
  • Travel distances

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft
  • supervision
  • management and leadership
  • procurement
  • design

Candidate pre-requisites

Candidates should have a basic awareness of fire safety strategy within the home building sector and have a basic knowledge of building terminology and techniques.


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
  • 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.

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


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.


Health & Safety Executive (HSE), other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

September 2019

Review cycle

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

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Discuss what fire stopping and seals are.
  • Discuss the importance of why fire stopping and seals are installed and the hazards of non-compliance.
  • Identify where fire stopping and barriers are required.
  • List the documents that should be used and records that must be kept throughout the installation for the safety manual and by whom.
  • Describe accreditation and responsibilities of installing of fire stopping and seals.