Brick soffit systems


The purpose of training against this standard is to provide the candidate with the knowledge and skill to be able to safely and effectively install brick soffit systems.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours


The purpose of training against this standard is to provide the candidate with the knowledge and skill to be able to safely and effectively install brick soffit systems.

The scope includes:

  • An introduction to brick soffit systems and what they are used for
  • Types of brick soffit systems 
  • Advantages of brick soffit systems 
  • Introduction to how brick soffit systems are manufactured and components used
  • Available products for brick soffit systems 
  • Tools and equipment used when installing a brick soffit system 
  • Health and safety considerations when installing a brick soffit system 
  • Moving, handling and storing brick soffit systems onsite 
  • Reading manufactures specifications and drawings for installation of brick soffit systems
  • Understanding construction details related to brick soffit systems
  • How to fix a brick soffit system from manufacturers specification following the installation process.

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However a basic knowledge of the reading drawings, the use of drills, fixings, torque wrenches, tape measures and spirit levels/laser levels would be beneficial. 

An understanding of brick gauging and coursing would also be useful to assist in understanding the setting out and interface between soffit systems and handset facing brickwork. 


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 
    • experience in masonry construction
    • installation of brick slip soffit systems, lintels and masonry support
  • A verifiable CV.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

Practical training could be in an off the job simulated environment. Theory could be delivered by the following delivery methods:

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

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 training.


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 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 (that is, to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Discuss what a brick soffit is and where they are used in the construction process   
  • List benefits and advantages of brick soffit systems    
  • Detail the types of brick soffit systems in regards to various structural substrates and the systems available    
  • List the tools needed to be able to fit a brick soffit system     
  • Describe Health and Safety practices when installing brick soffit systems     
  • Identify the hazards associated with installing a brick soffit system     
  • Describe how the brick soffit system should arrive on site and how to move, store and handle    
  • Read details on brick soffit systems from drawings     
  • Fix a brick soffit system to manufacturers’ guidelines

Additional information about this standard

This standard was written by the Association of Brickwork Contractors who deliver training against this standard through the ABC Assessment Centre. 

Any guidance or support with training to this standard can be sought from the Association of Brickwork Contractors.

Related standards

Other standards relating to Brick soffit systems:

PD 6697-2010 - Recommendations for the design of masonry structures to BS EN 1996-1-1 & 1996-2

Eurocode 6 - Part 1-1: General rules for reinforced and unreinforced masonry structures

Eurocode 6 – Part 2 : Design considerations, selection of materials and execution of masonry

You can find out more from these organisations:

NHBC Standards

The Construction Fixings Association