Introduction to sealant application tooling techniques

The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with the initial knowledge and skills to develop their tooling techniques for applying sealants.

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 the initial knowledge and skills to develop their tooling techniques for applying sealants.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • safety measures and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • tools, tooling and tooling sticks
  • wetting methods/techniques
  • clean tools and disposal of waste
  • measuring tools
  • removal of debris
  • strength of bond
  • finished appearance.

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

The candidate pre-requisite for this course are successful completion of the following courses:-

  • BS8000 part 16 code of practice
  • Introduction to sealant application, preparation
  • Introduction to sealant application, gunning techniques.


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
  • achieved the NVQ Level 2 Certificate in joint sealant application
  • 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/may not be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • workshop.

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more practical training.

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


Methods of assessment considered appropriate for training delivered against this standard are:

For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete a practical assessment.

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.


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

Approval date


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
Select and fit appropriate PPE  
Explain safety measures and safe working environments  
Create tooling sticks  
Tool areas of sealant to appropriate style  
Use the various trade tools  
Utilise appropriate methods to clean tools/equipment correctly and dispose of waste in an environmentally safe way
Use measuring tools
Identify safety measures and appropriate PPE

Identify tools, including:

  • tooling sticks
  • making sticks
  • tooling blocks
  • carting (concave joint).

Describe wetting techniques
Describe the removal of debris, handling and disposal of waste  
Identify the strength of bond of sealant to surfaces  
Explain why the finished appearance is appropriate to the client specification  

Additional information about this standard

Additional information is available from manufacturer’s literature.