CITB pay grants for the achievement of approved short courses, which last from 3 hours to 29 days and are focused on the core construction skills needed across the industry.
As an approved CITB Site Safety Plus provider, we can not only submit claims on your behalf for these grants, but we guide you through how they work too.
Short course grants are paid for the achievement of short duration courses which align to approved construction-related standards, or to approved standard titles where the standards are undergoing development.
This includes plant training linked to any card scheme courses and the theory and practical elements of Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) technical tests.
You can apply if you’re registered with CITB and meet their general Grants Scheme terms and conditions and the course criteria in this grant. Short course grants are available for all directly employed staff and all subcontractors.
Courses can be delivered in a number of ways and the industry-accepted methods of delivery are defined within the published course standard, including:
CITB pay grants at three tiered rates. The tier is determined by the duration and content of the course:
CITB only pay for each individual, per course, unless a standard specifies a renewal or refresher is required.
Renewals involve the repetition of a full course.
If the standard requires the training to be renewed after a specified time, you can apply for a full grant for it, provided that it’s completed within that time period.
You can only apply for grant once for renewal training within the required time period.
Refresher courses update knowledge and understanding in a shorter duration training course than the original, full training course.
The grant available for refresher training is 50% of the Tier 1, 2 or 3 rates given for the original full-length course.
We will only support refreshers once a full training standard has been developed and is in place.
Grant is paid for passing the theory and practical elements of CPCS technical tests only.
Theory elements are £60 each, up to a maximum of 2 per person per Grants Scheme year.
Practical elements are paid at different rates depending on the category of plant, up to a maximum of 2 per person per Grants Scheme year:
CITB only grant aid individual tests once per lifetime for each candidate. This grant is not available for renewal/refresher tests, on site assessments, shortened tests or transition assessments.
There is a cap on how many applications you can make for short duration achievements in any one Grants Scheme year. This cap does not apply to plant test grant where a maximum number of tests per person, per year are paid (see above).
CITB work out this number from your 2020 or 2021 Levy Return, based on how many employees you have on the payroll and your subcontractor wage bill.
If your Net CIS wage figure is less than £3 million, they’ll use your total CIS (gross and net) wage figure instead, up to a maximum of £3 million.
They then take the sum of the two figures and multiply it by 5 to get the total cap figure for your entire workforce for the year.
Note: if your cap works out to be less than 35 achievements in a grant year, it will be adjusted up to 35.
You can make your application through us! Supplying us with the relevant details of the person taking the qualification and your 7-digit CITB registration number.
When the person has completed the course, we will update the Construction Training Register and you should automatically receive the grant payment.