CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry
Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours
Purpose / scope
The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with the knowledge and skills to install cement fibre tiles for a new roof, including the: battens, ridge tiles, and verge tiles.
The scope of this basic standard excludes installing the:
- membrane, flashings, ornamental ridge tiles, hip tiles, vented tiles, valley slates, inclined valleys, junctions, fittings, insulation, accessories, protrusions, and abutments.
The scope of this standard covers:
- use of a simple roofing rig without: dormers, chimneys, valleys, or hips
- practical training using one type of cement fibre tile type/size for the time available
- slating system: slates, battens, fasteners, fixings, tile fixing methods, ridge tiles, hip tiles, verge tiles, valley slates, vented tiles, fittings, abutments, inclined valleys, insulation, flashings, junctions
- interpret instructions and drawings
- tools and equipment (hand & power)
- calculate batten spacing and make a gauging stick
- calculate side lap and make a marking stick
- storage, handling, and lifting
- work safely
- roof check
- install: battens, main area tiles, verge tiles, and ridge tiles
- mark and cut tiles
- maintain a clean and tidy workplace
- if the weather deteriorates
- clean up and dispose of waste materials.
Training delivered against this standard is relevant to the following occupational group(s):
There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, a basic knowledge of slate and/or tiling roofing terminology and techniques would be beneficial.
Before candidates perform the work on a construction site, candidates must have successfully completed roofing-specific training for working safely at height.
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
- A verifiable CV.
The following method(s) may be used in the delivery of this standard:
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 practical 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 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 refreshment requirements for this standard.
Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.
|The candidate will be able to ||Additional guidance to support learning outcome
Describe the cement fibre slating system features including:
- tile types, uses, and materials
- fasteners and fixing methods (dry, bed, head/centre/shoulder fix)
- valleys, hips, verges, and ridges
- membranes, battens, ridge tiles, hip tiles, verge tiles, vented tiles, fittings, abutments, valley tiles, insulation, flashings, junctions
- installation information
- plain tiles
- ridge tiles
- verge tiles
Interpret instructions and drawings
- manufacturer’s instructions
- roofing drawings
- requirements/ specifications
- architects drawings
Use tools and equipment (hand and power) for:
- measuring, marking, cutting, and installing
- types, uses, cleaning, setting, hazards, maintenance, and storage
Examples of tools and equipment
Perform basic calculations for batten spacings including:
- bottom datum, top datum, and gauge
Make and use a gauging stick
Example of a gauging stick
Perform basic calculations for side lap
Make and use a marking stick
Example of a marking stick
Work safely including:
- follow safe work practices/procedures
- identify hazards
- reduce/eliminate risks
- use controls
- use personal protective equipment (PPE)
Videos/photos of good and bad practice.
- risk assessments
- safe work practices/procedures
- spills and clean up
- environmental legislation
- safety legislation
- SDS sheets for COSHH
Roof check including:
- defects, slope angle, spacings, dimensions, squareness and compensation techniques
Video in classroom
Practical demonstration in workshop using a roof rig
Candidate practice with coaching using a roof rig
Install stop battens and counter battens
Install tiles including:
- main roof area, ridge, and verge
Mark and cut tiles using hand and power tools
Maintain a clean and tidy workplace
Describe what to do if the weather deteriorates including:
- hot, cold, windy, and wet
- before, during, and after the work
Clean up and dispose of waste materials
Environmental considerations for waste materials
Additional information about this standard
Training at height
- BS 8454:2006 Code of practice for delivery of training & education for work at height and rescue
Advisory Committee for Roof Safety
Work at Height Safety Association
- View WAHSA technical guidance notes. These are a free resource, provided and maintained by WAHSA and its member companies for reference. They assist specifiers, managers, and end users of fall protection equipment.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Working at height guides
See relevant legislation
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HSWA) 1974
- The Work at Height Regulations (WHR) 2005
- Work at Height (Amended) 2007
- Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Regulations 2002
- Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations 1992
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) (1998 UK 1999 NI)
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH )2002
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998
- Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR ) 1995
- Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015
- Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 as amended 2002
- Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
- Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
- Building and Buildings, England and Wales: The Building Regulations 2010.
- The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004
- Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
View all available British Standards at the BSI website.
- BS 6100-6: 2008 Building and civil engineering – Vocabulary – Part 6 Construction parts (roofs)
- BS 5534: 2014+A2: 2018. Slating & tiling for pitched roofs and vertical cladding. Code of practice.
- BS 743:1970. Specification for materials for damp-proof courses.
- BS 8000-6: 2013. Workmanship on building sites. Code of practice for slating & tiling of roofs and claddings. Replaced By BS 8000-0:2014. Workmanship on construction sites. Intro and principles
- BS 8612: 2018. Dry fixed ridge, hip, and verge systems for slating and tiling. Specification.
- BS EN 1024: 2012. Clay roofing tiles for discontinuous laying. Geometric characteristics.
- BS EN 12326-1: 2014. Slate & stone for discontinuous roofing & external cladding. Specs for slate
- BS EN 1304: 2013. Clay roofing tiles and fittings. Product definitions and specifications.
- BS EN 13748-2: 2004. Terrazzo tiles. Terrazzo tiles for external use
- BS EN 490: 2011+A1: 2017. Concrete roof tiles & fittings for roof & wall cladding. Product specs.
- BS EN 492: 2012+A2:2018. Fibre-cement slates and fittings. Product spec and test methods.
- BS 5250: 2011+A1: 2016. Code of practice for control of condensation in buildings.
- BS 8437: 2005 Code of practice for selection, use and maintenance of personal protection systems
National Building Specification (NBS)
- A multi-volume subscription library of clauses covering most elements of building construction.
Building information modelling (BIM)