Introduction to movement joints


The purpose of training against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to the provision of movement joints in masonry construction.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 3 learning hours


The purpose of training against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to the provision of movement joints in masonry construction.

The scope includes:

  • General principles
  • Vertical movement joints
  • Movement joint positions and building details
  • Horizontal movement joints
  • Materials for movement joints

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft
  • supervision
  • management and leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, a basic knowledge of masonry terminology and techniques would be beneficial.


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.

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 per cent or more theoretical training.


For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the learning outcomes.

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.


Non-mandatory refresher every 3 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:

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Discuss why movement joints are used in masonry construction

See Designing for movement in brickwork

Identify the defects of not using movement joints


Discuss what to consider when placing movement joints in masonry 


Discuss vertical and horizontal movement joints


Describe what bed joint reinforcement is


Discuss the materials used for movement joints including; suitable materials, non-suitable materials


Discuss where to place movement joints in masonry construction paying attention to spacings and how they may differ on the different types of wall and where they start and end


Describe where to place wall ties in relation to the movement joint


Read design drawings and recognise where the movement joints are indicated


Additional information about this standard

It is recommended that candidates receive a copy of Designing for movement in brickwork when training to this standard.

This standard was written by The Association of Brickwork Contractors (ABC) and The Brick Development Association (BDA). Training against this standard is delivered through The ABC Assessment Centre. Any guidance or support with training to this standard can be sought from the Association of Brickwork Contractors or the BDA.