This programme was developed by CITB in conjunction with a number of trade federations and associations to address the issue of managers being unable to gather evidence required to gain the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management. A number of managers do not manage the whole construction site, but are responsible for managing their own occupational work activities on a construction site, hence the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations (CCO) – General is a more appropriate qualification for them and to then apply for the appropriate CSCS Managers card.

Training Programme

The programme includes three inter-related elements:

1. 12 days off-the-job training session (mapped against the Level 6 NVQ units), delivered as 6 x 2 days, with a six week gap between each two-day session.

2. Learner completes and submits for review/approval/sign-off response to the scenarios in the four workbooks (mapped against the training programme and Level 6 NVQ units) to reinforce the off-the-job learning, and also used as knowledge-based evidence in the assessment process.

3. Assessment by an approved assessor for the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations - General.

Delivery of the off-the-job training programme is completed within 9 months, with the workbooks completed parallel to the training, followed by assessment (achievement time dependent upon the learner and accruing the required relevant work-based evidence).

Off-the-Job Training Programme – Outline Content

1. Resource management: Contracts and contract law, costs, cash flow and risk, forecasting, valuations and accounts, disputes, etc.

2. Leadership and Management: Decision-making, problem-solving, negotiating, working with people, behavioural issues, communication, customer care, client liaison, etc.

3. Health & Safety and Environmental & Sustainability: CDM 2015 and amends to risk assessments based around CITB CDM App; compliance, gaps and legal position affecting the business owner; current practice; construction phase plan, etc.

4. Planning, Programming and Logistics: Research, estimating, surveys, procurement, schedules, supply-chain, transport and deployment, collaborative working, etc.


The following apply and must be met to claim the CITB grant:

1. Companies must be in-scope and registered with CITB.

2. Leaners must be directly employed on a PAYE basis.

(This grant is not available for NET (taxed) CIS sub-contractors. Net CIS is the term used to describe sub-contractors you deduct tax from when paying them for work carried out. These can be identified from your contractor’s monthly returns (CIS300) submitted to HMRC)

3. Learners on the pilot must have SMSTS or be working towards SMSTS at the time of registering for the course. This must be current and valid throughout the period of the training programme (if not they will need to undertake the 2 day SMSTS refresher course).

4. Learners must complete and submit to the training provider the required Skills and Knowledge Pre-Questionnaire along with a CV and details of relevant experience, to enable them to be profiled to confirm their suitability before being accepted on to the programme.

5. Learners must complete the required Learner Registration Form.

6. Only the training programme and related documentation developed by CITB and agreed with the training providers can be used for this training programme.

7. Learners must be registered for and achieve the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – General to enable the employer to claim the CITB achievement grant.

Employers Responsibilities

The employer must agree to and ensure the following are met:

1. Confirm that the learner requires this level of training and accept the 9 month minimum period required for the learner to complete the off-the-job training and workbooks elements and that they do not only need the OSAT (On Site Assessment and Training) route

2. Ensure the learner is fully aware of the requirements of the training programme and assessment process.

3. Obtain approval from the training provide that the learner has been accepted for the training programme.

4. Ensure their learner receives all course details and related training materials and required details are provided at the required times.

5. Cover the cost of travel and overnight accommodation for the off-the-job training sessions and any other travel and subsistence costs associated with them attending this training programme.

6. Ensure their learner has the opportunity to complete the Workbooks as soon as possible on completion of each off-the-job training module and before the next training session.

7. Support the learner to put the learning into practice and be able to gain the necessary work-based evidence as part of the assessment process.

8. Ensure the trainee is provided with all relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and adheres to all Health & Safety requirements in the workplace and whilst on-site.

9. Inform the training provider immediately if their learner drops-out/leaves their employment.

Training Providers Responsibilities

Quality Assurance of the programme is via CITB staff working in partnership with the training providers, assessors and employers. The training provider, approved by CITB, must adhere to the following:

1. Supply all relevant information and guidance, course programme, dates and location of training and learning materials to the learners and ensure this is kept up-to-date and amended as required.

2. After desk top profiling/professional discussion between the learner and assessor, ensure the learner is registered by the approved assessor for the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – General.

3. Provide a named point of contact for the learners and employers throughout the training programme regarding any changes, queries or concerns as and when these might arise.

4. Supply the Workbooks so the learners can complete these to be used as knowledge-based evidence towards the assessment process and review, date and sign-off the written responses to each scenario at the appropriate times and as evidence for the employer to claim the A99 grant.

5. Liaise with CITB to provide dates of courses and allow a CITB representative access to attend and observe training delivery.

6. Record the learners name, signature and date of each training session to verify attendance, which can be reviewed by CITB.

7. Capture feedback from the learners and employers to review the effectiveness of the training, workbooks and assessment and as required, make any adjustments to improve the programme and share with CITB.

CITB Grant Support

Costs for the training and assessment may vary depending upon the training provider.

This programme is approved on the list of Professional, Technical and Management courses eligible for CITB grant support. Current CITB grant is shown in the table below. The A09 element is accurate for the period 1 August 2015 – 31 July 2016, providing the off-the-job training is completed within that period, but claimed within 13 weeks after the training has been undertaken.


CITB Grant CITB Grant Amount

A09: 12 days off the job training claimed on a Company Training Plan @ £50 per day plus £50 per day enhanced funding = £100 per day: £1,200

A33:Achievement Grant claimed in normal way using GL1 claim form: £400

A99: Completion of all course Scenario-based Workbooks via e-learning, Assessor signs-off that the Scenario-based Workbooks are fully completed and this element is claimed by the employer making their application for e-learning approval as per the following CITB Grants Scheme website link: :£900

Total CITB Grant £2,500


Further Information

If you require further information as an employer, learner or a potential training provider please contact:
Oliver Farrell, Project Co-ordinator, Product Management, CITB

Telephone (Mobile): 07771 542 431; E-mail:; Web: