Masonry cutting and drilling


The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with the knowledge, safety procedures and skill to be able to cut and drill masonry with all types of cutting and drilling equipment.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with the knowledge, safety procedures and skill to be able to cut and drill masonry with all types of cutting and drilling equipment.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • A brief revive of abrasive wheels training 
  • What the different tools for cutting and drilling masonry are
  • The different blades and components used for cutting and drilling masonry
  • The hazards when cutting and drilling masonry 
  • The risk assessment checks needed before using masonry cutting or drilling equipment
  • When to use masonry cutting and drilling and what type of work it covers
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements 
  • How to inspect for damages to equipment and retain records 
  • How to prepare, handle and cut masonry using an abrasive wheel 
  • How to prepare, handle and drill masonry using a masonry drill

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

For this training candidates must hold a valid abrasive wheels certificate. It would be beneficial if candidates had a good knowledge of bricklaying terminology, tools 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.

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 practical 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 (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 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:

  • Outline the hazards and risks arising from masonry cutting and drilling and the precautions to be observed    
  • Describe the types of masonry drilling and cutting equipment that can be used and the type of work they are used for    
  • Discuss why the size, strength and type of blades and other components are important to consider when cutting and drilling masonry     
  • Describe how to handle, store and transport masonry drills and cutting equipment   
  • Name the PPE required     
  • Inspect and test abrasive wheels for damage and how to retain records     
  • Prepare for masonry drilling with a masonry drill with any risk assessment checks     
  • Prepare for masonry cutting with an abrasive wheel with any risk assessment checks    
  • Use an abrasive wheel to cut masonry     
  • Use a masonry drill

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.