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Further Information - Small Bore Tubing Training Course - ECITB approved


The Mintra ECITB-approved online training courses are designed for existing workers to refresh their theoretical knowledge before taking the ECITB Technical Tests.

Who is the course for?

This Small Bore Tubing Training Course - ECITB approved course is aimed at individuals who are preparing to take the ECITB Small Bore Tubing knowledge test. The course covers work with twin ferrule mechanical grip fittings.

Is previous experience required?

It is expected that as a participant in this course, you will have received formal training in working with small bore tubing and fittings and that you hold suitable qualifications. Completion of this course alone does not qualify you for the ECITB standard.

How will the course benefit me?

Incorrectly made up small bore tubing assemblies are the second-largest single source of hydrocarbon releases. This course will give you an understanding of how twin ferrule mechanical grips fittings are assembled, disassembled and reassembled correctly to prevent leaks.

The knowledge gained in this course will help you understand how to work with small bore tubing assemblies in their entirety; from P&IDs to tubing and support systems. It will identify potential problems with small bore tubing assemblies and enable you to mitigate these problems by following the correct procedures.

How will the course benefit my company?

By ensuring that fittings and assemblies are made up correctly, you can help to minimise hydrocarbon releases, leading to a reduced environmental impact and greater safety for the asset and all workers.

What standards are referenced in the course?

This course is aligned with the knowledge sections of ECITB SBT Training Standards 02, 03, 04, 05 and 06, and has been approved by ECITB.

Is there an assessment?

Once you have completed the course, you will be asked questions to check your knowledge and understanding. These are based on the learning objectives for the course and have a pass mark of 80%. Note that passing the assessment does not mean that you are certified to the ECITB standard, but are ready to take the knowledge test and practical course.

Learning Objectives

• Explain why SBT incidents are a major concern
• Describe the potential problems associated with SBT assemblies
• Summarise the safety initiatives introduced to reduce the number of SBT incidents
• Describe the different types of engineering drawings
• Identify common symbols used on engineering drawings
• Explain the importance of correctly following engineering drawings
• Describe twin ferrule mechanical grip fittings
• Outline how twin ferrule mechanical grip fittings work
• Differentiate between metric and imperial fittings
• Explain how to assemble fittings correctly
• Identify common faults associated with assembling fittings
• Describe the correct disassembly method
• Explain how to reassemble fittings correctly
• Distinguish between parallel and tapered threads
• Summarise how to apply thread sealant to tapered threads
• Describe port connectors, caps and plugs
• Recognise the difference between tubing and pipe
• Understand tubing specifications
• Explain how to prepare, handle and store tubing
• Describe the tools used for working with tubing
• Outline best practices for marking, cutting and bending tubing
• Demonstrate how to measure and bend tubing
• Identify common issues associated with cutting and bending tubing
• Explain why expansion loops are required in tubing runs
• Recognise the support systems for SBT assemblies
• Describe the correct use of clamps
• Explain why vibration is a concern in SBT assemblies and how it can be minimised


End of course exam with an 80% pass mark.

System Requirements

• Internet Access - Users will need a computer or device with a web browser and an internet connection.
• System - Runs on desktop computers and tablets. Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10 and MAC OS. Apple Tablets running IOS 11.
• Browser - Runs on Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, no plug-ins required
• Minimum browser size - 1024x672
• Audio – Requires speaker or headphones.
• Notes - Not suitable for smartphones



This course is ECITB approved. The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is the skills, standards and qualifications body for the development of the engineering construction workforce of Great Britain. An arms-length body of the UK Government, the ECITB reports to the Department for Education.