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Short course grants

We 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.

On this page you will find the following: 


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.

Who can apply to claim a grant

You can apply if you’re registered with us and meet our 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.

Which courses are eligible?

Search the full list of short duration courses eligible for grant

Please note that we are still developing a full standard for some of these courses on behalf of the construction industry. We have listed the course titles according to the titles of the training standards which are being developed.

In some cases, the training standard title incorporates several individual course titles under a common title. So if at first you can't locate a specific course title, please search for key terms.

Approved courses are provided by CITB Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) who will be listed in the Construction Training Directory.

Courses can be delivered in a number of ways and the industry-accepted methods of delivery are defined within the published course standard, including:

  • classroom, where the course is the full duration as published in the standard
  • e-learning, where the course is at least 50% of the published duration in the standard
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning, where the course is at least 75% of the published duration in the standard

For example, where a published standard defines the duration as 1 day, a classroom based course must be a full day to align to the standard, whilst an e-learning course must be at least half a day (3 hours) to align to the standard.

Over time, certain course standards will be withdrawn or replaced to align with industry requirements. Occupational Working Groups representing different sectors of the industry have agreed that these course standards are no longer relevant or needed by the sector. We give notice where we are withdrawing a standard so you can see that if you  have completed the training before the withdrawal date you can still claim for the course.

Search for standards and find which ones have been withdrawn.

Alternatively, you can download a list of grant codes (PDF, 373KB). This list is updated on a monthly basis, so please ensure you are using the correct version each time you submit a claim.

If you know of a construction-related course that you believe is not already identified on the list of grant eligible training, complete our suggest a course form.

How much is it?

We pay grants at three tiered rates. The tier is determined by the duration and content of the course:

  • tier 1 is £30
  • tier 2 is £70
  • tier 3 is £120

You can find out which grant tier a course has from the approved course list.

We only pay a grant once for each individual per course, unless it’s part of a renewal or refresher process.

Renewal courses

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 claim once for renewal training within the required time period.

Refresher courses

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.

Plant tests grant rates

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:

  • Rate 1: £190
  • Rate 2: £240
  • Rate 3: £410 

Note: These rates apply to CPCS tests only. Please see vocational qualification grants for special Plant vocational qualification grant rate.

How many applications are allowed?

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).

We work out this number from your 2018 or 2019 Levy Return, based on how many employees you have on the payroll and your subcontractor wage bill.

We add:

  • the number of employees on the payroll
  • the number of Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) subcontractors who you make CIS tax deductions from (Net CIS subcontractors). (We calculate this figure by dividing your total Net CIS wage figure by £36,000 which is the average subcontractor wage based on earnings of £750 per week over 48 weeks).

If your Net CIS wage figure is less than £3 million, we’ll use your total CIS (gross and net) wage figure instead, up to a maximum of £3 million.

We then take the sum of the two figures and multiply it by 3 to get the total cap figure for your entire workforce for the year.

Note: if your cap works out to be less than 21 achievements in a grant year, it will be adjusted up to 21.

How to apply

You should make your application through your CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) in the Construction Training Directory, supplying them with the relevant details of the person taking the qualification and your 7-digit CITB registration number.

When the person has completed the course, the provider will update the Construction Training Register and you should automatically receive the grant payment.

Please contact our customer services team if your payment is not received within one month of completing the course.

If your training provider has not yet completed the CITB ATO approval process, you will need to apply through CITB Online within 20 weeks of completing the course. 

If your learner has achieved a CPCS test or a Site Safety Plus course, or you are using an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), you do not need to make a claim for a Short course grant. We will make automatic payment, if eligible, via Bacs using the data provided when you book the course.

Find out more about how to apply for a grant for short courses.

Have you sent us your bank details? 

Do we have your bank details so that we can pay out on your grant claim?

Grants are only paid by bank transfer. If we do not hold your current bank details, please complete and submit the secure online Bacs Direct Credit Authorisation Form to receive grant payments