Steelfixing introduction

The purpose of training delivery against this standard is to provide candidates with knowledge and understanding of Steelfixing.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours

Purpose / Scope

The purpose of training delivery against this standard is to provide candidates with knowledge and understanding of Steelfixing. The scope of this standard covers:

  • Principles of reinforcing concrete
  • Storing different types and quality of steel
  • Methods used to determine cover for rebar
  • Methods of tying and when different ties are used
  • Risk awareness and hazard mitigation
  • Deciding between pre-fabrication and in situ steelfixing
  • How to read Steelfixing drawings and schedules
  • How to prefabricate a small ground beam from a drawing and schedule
  • Pre-pour, placement and post-placement inspections.

Occupational relevance

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

  • Operative and Craft
  • Supervision
  • Management
  • Leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.

Instruction / supervision

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 as a fitter
  • A verifiable CV.


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

The training requires a flat area of grass or concrete, minimum 12 -15 sq metres.

All materials and equipment must be of 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.


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 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.

Renewal / refresher

No renewal / refreshment requirements: There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date

17 November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 year(s) from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Outline the principles of using steel to reinforce concrete 
  • List the different types and quality of steel used and implications for storage 
  • List methods used to determine cover for rebar including the implications of rust 
  • Use different methods of tying and describe when different ties should be used 
  • Describe the risks involved in steel fixing and how to reduce them 
  • Outline reasons for prefabricating or working in situ 
  • Read and interpret drawings and schedules (including side notes) such as cover, splice length, revisions, drawing numbers 
  • Describe how to undertake pre-pour, placement and post-placement inspections 
  • Prefabricate a small ground beam from a drawing and schedule.