Wind post installation


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge and skill to be able to safely and effectively install a windpost.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 3 learning hours


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge and skill to be able to safely and effectively install a windpost.
The scope includes:

  • introduction to what wind posts are and why they are used
  • types of wind post and positioning and when to install 
  • reading a wind post support drawing 
  • the tools, equipment and components used for installing a wind post 
  • the installation process of installing a wind post
  • health and safety procedures 
  • standards and regulations.

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 bricklaying terminology, techniques, tools and reading drawings 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 
    • experience in masonry construction
    • installation of windposts
  • A verifiable CV.


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

The theory side 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 (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.


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 wind posts are and why they are used in construction     
  • Identify where a wind post is positioned and the different places it can be installed   
  • Understand the different ties and fixings used when fitting wind posts and why they are used    
  • Discuss fixing type for various structural substrates   
  • Read and understand windpost layout and section drawings   
  • Demonstrate ability to use required tools to install a windpost effectively and safely.

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

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