External bench training


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to external bench training.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to external bench training.

The scope includes:

  • materials, to include:
    • identification
    • grading
    • storage
    • preservation
  • hazards associated with bench joinery
  • maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools, to include:
    • storage and maintenance
    • marking out and measuring
    • planes
    • chisels
    • hammers, etc.
  • prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools, to include:
    • safety aspects
    • maintenance and storage
    • electric drills
    • circular saws, etc.
  • marking out for routine products
  • produce basic woodworking joints, to include:
    • end joints
    • edge joints
    • dowel joints
    • dovetail joint
    • mitre joints.

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 building terminology and techniques 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
  • 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.

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

November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Identify the materials used in bench joinery
  • Identify the hazards associated with bench joinery
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Mark out for routine products
  • Produce basic woodworking joints.