Specialist damp proof course cloak systems

The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with knowledge and understanding of specialist cloak systems and where and when they are used in the construction process of a building. This course standard includes Weep hole positioning standard.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with knowledge and understanding of specialist cloak systems and where and when they are used in the construction process of a building.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • An overview of what a damp proof course is and how it prevents moisture from penetrating the building
  • The defects associated with non-compliance
  • Understanding what a specialist cloak system is
  • Understanding where specialist cloak system is used and why 
  • How to set out a specialist cloak system
  • What tools are used to set out and install a specialist cloak system and the health and safety procedures surrounding 
  • How to install a specialist cloak system to manufacturers specifications

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 damp proof course (DPC) and bricklaying terminology, tools 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.

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, the trainer will be required to make a declaration of the learner’s contribution during the course and that they are confident the learner has understood the content of the course.

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:

  • Identify the hazards of non-compliance    
  • Describe what specialist cloak systems are and where they are used     
  • List what tools are used to prepare and install a specialist cloak system    
  • Discuss the Health and Safety elements that should be considered      
  • Read manufactures’ installation drawings     

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.