Installing and maintaining work area protection

The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with the practical skills and knowledge to be able to safely and effectively install and maintain work area protection. It is aimed at people working in the Waterproofing sector.


Installing and maintaining work area protection 


Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours per day 


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with the practical skills and knowledge to be able to safely and effectively install and maintain work area protection. It is aimed at people working in the Waterproofing sector.  


  • interpretation of information 
  • meeting contract specification 
  • safe working practises 
  • selection of resources 
  • minimising risk  
  • health and safety control equipment.

Occupational relevance 

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

  • operative and craft 
  • supervision 
  • management and leadership.


There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However a basic knowledge of waterproofing terminology, tools 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 minimum of five years proven history spent working within the Structural Waterproofing Sector or able to provide evidence of recognised up skilling (e.g. Train the Trainer)   
  • proven competence in the design and delivery of training courses in structural waterproofing related construction topics and good presentational skills  
  • ideally hold the PCA Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) qualification.


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: 

  • practical elements – 1: 4 (workshop)  
  • practical elements – 1: 2 (on site)  
  • classroom elements – 1: 8 . 

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard: 

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

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

This standard is considered to be set at a basic/entry level. 


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete a multiple-choice question and answer assessment. 

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 refreshment requirements for this standard. 

Approval date 

May 2020 

Review cycle 

On request or within 3 years from approval date 

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome 

Interpret drawings and plans 

recognise the requirements for the protection measures 

understand and extract relevant information from drawings and plans. 

Interpret risk assessments and method statements 

understand and extract relevant information from risk assessments, method statements, specifications, schedules, site inspections and manufacturers' information.

learn how to comply with information and instructions derived from risk assessments and method statements.


Calculate resources, to include: 

  • quantity 
  • quality 
  • size 
  • standard or specialist 

methods of calculating quantity, length, area and wastage associated with the method and procedure to establish work area protection 

Correctly position equipment  

to include: 

  • measuring 
  • positioning 
  • constructing 
  • securing 

Install temporary site protection and safety arrangements 

to include: 

  • protection equipment 
  • barriers 
  • fences 
  • cones 
  • tapes 
  • hoarding 
  • protection and safety notices 
  • safety lighting 

Maintain temporary site protection and safety arrangements 

to include: 

  • protection equipment 
  • barriers 
  • fences 
  • cones 
  • tapes 
  • hoarding 
  • protection and safety notices 
  • safety lighting 

Determine appropriate personal protection measures 

to include: 

  • local exhaust ventilation (LEV) 
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
Demonstrate ability to use health and safety control equipment and access equipment safely to carry out the activity in accordance with current legislation  

understanding of safe and healthy working practices when establishing work area protection and safety 

Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative 

how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when establishing work area protection and safety 

Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time 

how to complete the work within the allocated time when establishing work area protection and safety 

Describe their responsibilities regarding potential accidents and health hazards, whilst working: 

  • in the workplace  
  • below ground level  
  • in confined spaces  
  • at height  
  • with tools and equipment  
  • with materials and substances  
  • with movement/storage of materials 
  • by manual handling and mechanical lifting 

knowledge of how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when establishing work area protection and safety 

Related standards 

  • Install drains sumps and pumping ancillaries 
  • Installation of cavity drainage and membrane systems 
  • Hand held tools and equipment .