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Building regulations and standards for residential homes


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the following: overview of law and legislation; relationship between legislation, standards, and guides; potential consequences of non-compliance; main legislation; building regulations/standards; codes of practice; British/European/ISO standards; guidance types and sources.


2 days of 6 learning hours. Duration for e-learning to be at least 50% of this. 

Purpose / Scope

The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the following: 


  • overview of law and legislation 
  • relationship between legislation, standards, and guides 
  • potential consequences of non-compliance 
  • main legislation 
  • building regulations/standards 
  • codes of practice 
  • British/European/ISO standards 
  • guidance types and sources. 

Occupational relevance

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

  • operative and craft  
  • supervision.

Delegates pre-requisites

There are no delegate pre-requisites as part of this standard, but it is useful to have a working knowledge of construction.

Instruction / Supervision

As a minimum, course trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have: 

  • an award in education and training (or equivalent, as per requirements for approved training organisations)   
  • 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 delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation. 

The class size and delegate/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates to achieve the learning outcomes.  

Maximum class size is 16.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard: 

  • classroom 
  • remote 
  • a blend of classroom and remote. 

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning. 

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, delegates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures all learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria. 

Where this training is assessed using multiple-choice questions, a minimum of 10 questions must be asked and delegates are required to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 75%. 

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 every 3years.


Mandatory Renewal.

Buffer/grace period 

3 months.

Approval date

May 2021.

Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The delegate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome 

describe the relationship between legislation, standards, and guides 

To include:  

  • RRO (Regulatory Reform Order) 2005 

  • Building Act 1984 

  • Building (Approved Inspector, etc) regulations 2010 

describe the potential consequences of non-compliance in relation to legislation and standards 

To include:  

  • RRO (Regulatory Reform Order) 2005 

  • Building Act 1984 

  • Building (Approved Inspector, etc) regulations 2010 

describe the building regulations Approved Documents A to R (England and Wales) or Technical Booklets (Scotland and Northern Ireland) 

To include: 

  • fire safety 

  • access 

  • ventilation 

  • conservation of fuel and power 

identify and explain the codes of practice in relation to residential and commercial buildings 

To include: 

  • fire safety 

describe the main aspects of standards 

To include: 

  • British 

  • European 

  • ISO 

list the guidance types and sources 


Additional information about this standard 

  • Approved Documents (England and Wales) 
  • Technical Booklets (Scotland and Northern Ireland)  
  • Local Authority Building Control (LABC) 
  • Approved inspectors (AI) 
  • Home Building Federation (HBF).