Prepare background surfaces to receive screed flooring

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to give candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prepare background surfaces to receive screed flooring. 

The scope covers: 

  • legislation, official guidance and information
  • personnel protection equipment
  • selection and loading of plant and equipment onto company transport 
  • preparation methods 
  • offload equipment and transport to area of operation 
  • connect to power sources 
  • safe area of work (install barriers, signs, props, etc.) 
  • inspect plant and equipment  
  • general maintenance procedures 
  • sub floor preparation work  
  • measuring areas 
  • debris removal and disposal.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft.

Candidate pre-requisites

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


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 with minimum of 2 years at supervisory or management level in a screed flooring organisation
  • 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 not be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • a blend of classroom and elearning

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.


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

Approval date

January 2019

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: Additional guidance to support learning outcome
Interpret guidance and information relating to preparing background surfaces to receive screed flooring.

FeRFA guidance documents

Contract information:

  • job record sheet, method statement and risk assessment.
Product/system information:
  • product datasheet, COSHH datasheets. 
  • Interpret project checklist including safety warning signs.
Understand the methods and equipment available to prepare and profile a substrate. including:
  • shotblasting 
  • planing 
  • multi-stripping 
  • grinding.
Understand the functions of the equipment and profiles achievable for:
  • shotblasting 
  • planing 
  • multi-stripping 
  • grinding.

Identify and select the appropriate machine, accessories/medium and materials to achieve the surface profile as per specification and method statement. including:
  • power source
  • machine size
  • accessories.
Understand the job details and substrate requirements to receive a screed flooring system, the condition of the substrate and materials to be removed. including interpretation of contract information:
  • job sheet
  • method statement
  • specification
  • risk assessment
  • COSHH assessment.
Select and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).  PPE including:
  • goggles, head protection, safety footwear, gloves, ear defenders, breathing masks, high visibility clothing.
  • use, storage and maintenance requirements.
FeFRA Guide to PPE for use with in-situ screed floors & surface preparation.
Understand regulations for safe removal of debris to conform to environmental regulations. FeRFA Environmental guide
Erect barriers and signage to protect the area of operation.  Safe area of work
Load the vehicle in a safe manner observing manual handling.
  • interpret project checklist including safety warning signs 
  • tools and equipment required to carry out the works 
  • load vehicle and final check.
Understand health & safety requirements for manual handling and loading of equipment.
  • Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA)
  • Manual handling procedures.
identify defects and faults and reporting procedures relating to:
  • plant and equipment
  • tools and accessories
  • materials
  • components.
Inspect plant and equipment prior to commencing work, recognise and report faults and defects. How to identify defects and have knowledge of what can be repaired safely in accordance with company policy.
Prepare the work area.
  • setting up safe area of work
  • measuring area.
Understand how to prepare plant and equipment for use.
  • correct machine settings
  • safety features enabled
  • power supply
  • speed control
  • selection of accessories or medium.
Prepare plant and equipment for use.
  • correct machine settings
  • safety features enabled
  • power supply
  • speed control
  • selection of accessories or medium.
Use the machine to achieve the surface preparation as stated in the method statement. Understand machine settings and any adjustments and accessories/medium available to achieve surface profile without damage, to receive screed flooring system, as per the method statement and manufacturers specification.
Understand basic maintenance for plant and equipment.
in relation to manufacturers specification, guidance and/or technical information.
Carry out basic maintenance on plant, tools and equipment.
  • general maintenance procedures
  • replacement of key components
  • dismantling and cleaning.
Leave work area clean and tidy on completion of the work.

Additional information

Industry guidance:

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance:

Legislation on the HSE website: