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Basic Traditional Hard Metal Craft Operative


5 days of 6 learning hours

Purpose/ scope

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


  • interpretation and use of the FTMRC UK Guide to Good Practice in fully supported Metal Roofing and Cladding for best working methods. Including reference to BS CP143 and relevant manufacturers recommendations.
  • understand the various characteristics of the metals used.
  • familiarisation of tools & equipment used in basic metal roof installation and fabrication
  • develop the practical ability to form basic installation details
  • understanding the requirements of a suitable substrate.
  • understanding the requirements for a suitable underlay for metal coverings.
  • understanding basic fixing procedures and the effect of wind lift and thermal expansion.
  • familiarisation and safe correct use of soldering equipment.
  • learn basic soldering techniques for the alternative metals used.
  • develop awareness of hazards associated with working at height and with hard metal sheeting
  • correct way to recycle waste materials

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, however a basic knowledge of roofing terminology and techniques would be beneficial.

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 3 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV


Delivery will be off the job in a training 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.

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

  • classroom
  • blend of classroom and remote

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

This standard is considered to be set at a basic 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 80%.

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 refresher requirements for this standard.


Lifetime (Please note standards using this classification will only be grant aided once per delegate)

Approval date 

January 2022

Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date

Learning outcomes

The delegate will be able to: 

  • interpret the guide to good practice and codes of practice.

  • demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and compatibility of the various metals used.

  • understand the correct use of tools & equipment used in basic metal roof installation and fabrication.

  • understand the requirements of a suitable substrate. Choose a suitable underlay.

  • demonstrate a fixing procedure for roof coverings considering clipping zones, clipping to free edges, wind lift and thermal movement.

  • demonstrate the safe and correct use of soldering equipment including fire risk assessment.

  • fabricate and install the following:
    • Eaves flashings
    • Roof panels including clipping and seaming up
    • Standing seam terminations
    • Standing seam abutments
    • Verge coverings with interlock welted joints and single welted drip edge
    • Cross and pinched seams.

  • demonstrate basic soldering techniques for alternative metals used, in the flat and vertical plane.

  • produce a soldered pipe penetration and corner gusset detail.

  • assess hazards associated with working at height and with hard metal sheeting.

  • clean all work areas and store scrap metal ready for recycling.

Additional information about this standard

  • The Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC) UK Guide to Good Practice in fully supported Metal Roofing and Cladding. https://ftmrc.co.uk/technical/guide-to-good-practice

  • Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
    • Safe working at height resources from HSE
    • Useful web links on working at height from HSE
    • HSE publication: HSG33 ‘Health and safety in roof work’
    • HSE publication ‘Working on roofs’

  • Government regulations
    • The Work at Height Regulations 2005

  • British Standard /Code of Practices. BS CP143