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Using and maintaining framing power tools


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge and skills to safely and competently, use and maintain framing power tools.


1 day of 6 learning hours 


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge and skills to safely and competently, use and maintain framing power tools. 


  • personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • respiratory protective equipment (RPE) 
  • using specific framing power tools safely 
  • using specific framing power tools effectively and efficiently 
  • storing tools in a suitable way to avoid damage or hazard 
  • maintaining tools in a good working order 
  • identifying and correcting defects.

Occupational relevance 

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups: 

  • operative and craft.

Delegates pre-requisites 

Delegates should already be working in a structural framing occupation and have significant relevant carpentry experience. 


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.  

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

  • classroom 

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

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level. 


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).


Maintain Framing Power Tools

Approval date 

March 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 

select, fit and use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

to include: 

  • safety footwear 
  • safety gloves 
  • safety eyewear 
  • RPE/dust masks 
  • knee protectors 
  • hearing protectors 
  • hard hats 
  • high visibility clothing 

store, maintain and report defects in training and work equipment 

to include: 

  • the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) regulations  
  • workshop hazard identification 
  • safe working conditions 

identify which power tool is appropriate for the task  

to include: 

  • Power Mortiser 
  • Circular Saw 
  • Drill 
  • Beam Planer 
  • Carpenters Chainsaw 

carry out pre-use checks  

to include:  

  • flex and plug safety  
  • electrical test certificate  
  • general condition 

set up the machine according to manufacturer’s instructions 


describe how to check waste removal is operating correctly 


demonstrate knowledge of safe working environment with regards to work positioning  

to include: 

  • stools  
  • blocks or benches 
  • power lines 
  • access routes  
  • trip hazards  
  • proximity to other personnel 

explain the workshop procedure for putting a faulty tool out of use 


use a Power Mortiser adhering to safety and efficiency best practise standards 

to include: 

  • correct specification of chain and bar 
  • sharpness of chain 
  • check chain tension 
  • remove and replace chains 
  • guards and fences 
  • lubrication as required by user manual 
  • fit and maintain guide accessories 

use a Circular Saw adhering to safety and efficiency best practise standards 

to include: 

  • sharpness of blade 
  • remove and replace blade 
  • guards and fences  
  • adjust height and tilt of cut 
  • how to avoid “kickback” 

use a Drill adhering to safety and efficiency best practise standards 

to include: 

  • condition and sharpness of the auger bit  
  • remove and replace the auger bit. 
  • side handles are adjusted and secured 
  • avoiding “snatching” 

use a Beam Planer adhering to safety and efficiency best practise standards 

to include: 

  • sharpness of knives 
  • remove and replace knives 

use a Carpenters Chainsaw adhering to safety and efficiency best practise standards 

to include: 

  • sharpness of chain 
  • remove and replace chain 
  • lubrication of chain 
  • riving knife position 
  • guards and fences 
  • adjusting tilt of cut  

Additional information about this standard 

Recommended reading:  

  • OAK FRAMED BUILDINGS – Rupert Newman  
  • FRAMING ROOFS – The best of Fine Homebuilding  
  • BARNS OF RURAL BRITAIN –Graham Hughes ISBN 0-906969-36-0  
  • TIMBER FRAME – Ted Benson ISBN 1-56158-281-6  
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDINGS – John Bailey Bed Bucks and Cam Historic Building Research Group  
  • CONSERVATION OF TIMBER BUILDINGS – F. W. B. Charles ISBN 0-7487-0376-4 

Related standards 

  • Oak frame sector introduction 
  • Using and maintaining framing hand tools 
  • Lifting & moving heavy timbers 
  • Scribing timbers for structural timber frames 
  • Design & drawing for structural timber frames 
  • Selecting, converting and grading timber 
  • Introduction to joint design and frame engineering 
  • Setting out structural timber frames 
  • Fabricating structural timber frames 
  • Site erection of structural timber frames 
  • Timber conservation & repairing timber frames 


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