Bench joinery, workshop and on site

This standard focuses on skills needed to carry out bench joinery in a workshop and on site in a heritage environment.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry. 


Minimum 5 days of 6 learning hours per day

Purpose / Scope

This training module is intended to focus on the trainee being able carry out bench joinery in a workshop and on site with a heritage environment.

The scope covers:

  • tools of the trade; selection, storage, sharpening, care and maintenance
  • shaping and milling
  • understanding detailing
  • general on-site joinery repairs; measuring and scribing
  • making and using jigs 
  • manufacturing complex shaped and bespoke bench joinery products using old tools and new
  • installing bench joinery in the workplace (in a historical context).

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

Candidates must have successfully completed NVQ level 2 in Wood occupations (or equivalent).

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 5 years relevant industrial experience
  • A verifiable CV.


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

All materials and equipment should 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.

The following delivery methods may/may not be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • workshop

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more practical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at an advanced level.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course 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.

Renewal / refresher

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

Approval date


Review cycle

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

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Use, select, store, sharpen, care and maintain tools of the trade
  • Demonstrate the skills of shaping and milling 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of heritage timber detailing 
  • Demonstrate general on-site joinery repairs; measuring and scribing 
  • Make and use jigs in a heritage timber context 
  • Manufacture complex shaped and bespoke bench joinery products using old and new type tools  
  • Install bench joinery in the workplace (in a historical context).

Additional information

Recommended reading:

Fine Woodworking (2000) Joinery, Shaping and Milling - Essentials of Woodworking, Taunton Press

Hugh Lander and Peter Rauter (2001) English Cottage Interiors, Cassell and Co