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Level 3 Building Services Design Technician Apprenticeship Standard


Type: Full Time

Subject: Construction


Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

36 months – additional time may be required to complete your independent End–point assessment. You must have a contract of employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship programme.


This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard and is equivalent to A Levels.

There is the opportunity to progress onto a Higher Level/Degree Apprenticeship on successful completion of the independent End–point assessment.

Who is it for


Please only apply for this Apprenticeship Course if you already have a suitable employer. If you haven't already got an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies here–vacancies/.

Do you enjoy developing a wide range of skills in design and drawing using technical equipment?
Are you currently working within the field and looking to upskill?

A building services design technician Apprentice provides assistance to engineers and other construction professionals in the development of cost effective technical and sustainable design solutions involving the production of three dimensional models, calculations, specifications, reports and drawings taking into account, where appropriate, pre–fabrication techniques. Your work would typically includes systems such as renewable technologies, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, drainage, lighting, power, controls and lifts. Buildings and infrastructure take on many forms from newly built facilities to the refurbishment of premises for every sector of industry. As an Apprentice you could be working under supervision in a design consultancy, a contractor or a manufacturing company.

A design technician's Apprentice work could also involve:
• Analysis – using appropriate software and simulation systems to solve technical problems.
• Project delivery – contributing to planning, managing work schedules, budgets and deadlines working as a member of a team.
• Site engineering – operating quality systems and Health, Safety and Risk Management procedures, progress monitoring, see that installations generally comply with the design intent, responding to site queries, commissioning and post occupancy evaluations.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education can apply. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship course, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview and initial assessments in English and Maths with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers. You may also be required to complete an aptitude test focussed on construction skills.

We strongly advice all candidates to complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with their employer prior to the start of the Apprenticeship to ensure the industry is right for the applicant.

What will I need

Individual employers will set selection criteria, but it is likely to include 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above including English and Maths and Science or a Technology subject; a relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on construction skills.

You will also require a suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. If you do not have an employer already you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

We strongly advise you to complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with your employer prior to the start of your Apprenticeship to ensure it is a suitable organisation for your needs.

What is covered

This is a NEW Apprenticeship Standard that has replaced the previous Level Construction Technical Apprenticeship Framework. 

This Apprenticeship course primarily focuses on technical building design skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required for the construction industry.

• The different techniques and methods used to design building engineering services projects.
• The appropriate scientific, technical and engineering principles relating to the design of building engineering services projects.
• How to work effectively and contribute to engineering solutions by the correct use of resources and time.
• How to communicate effectively using a range of techniques.
• The code of conduct of relevant professional bodies and institutions including ethics and their application in design and delivery of projects.
• Safe working practices and how to comply with the Understanding of regulations such as Construction, Design and Management (CDM), hazard identification, and risk mitigation.
• Sustainable development and their own contribution to economic, environmental and social wellbeing.
• Sources of and approaches to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

• A Building Services Design Technician will be able to:
• Select and use appropriate scientific, technical and engineering principles, techniques and methods to contribute to the design and delivery of building engineering services projects.
• Work with others to contribute to produce integrated engineering solutions by the correct use of resources and time.
• Manage and maintain the quality of their work and that of others.
• Communicate effectively and appropriately with others using a range of techniques.
• Keep themselves and others safe by adhering to safe working practices.
• Maintain their skills base and learning.

• Take a responsible approach to health and safety.
• Be professional, proactive and receptive to constructive advice and guidance.
• Be willing to learn new skills and to adapt in the light of experience.
• Know one's limitations and when to ask for help or escalate.
• Work independently when appropriate and take responsibility for and pride in their work.
• Demonstrate a positive approach to problem solving.
• Show an ability to contribute to discussions as part of a team.

Apprentices are expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of their 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within your workplace, however you may also be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One–file.

Please note you may also be asked to complete Maths and English qualifications as part of your Apprenticeship programme.

How is the course assessed

As well as being assessed continually throughout your Apprenticeship course, all Apprentices are required to complete an End–point Assessment in order to complete their qualification.

The EPA is conducted independently to your employer and Peterborough Regional College and is designed to test whether you have gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Building Services Design Technician Apprenticeship Standard. You will be graded according to your individual performance.

Throughout the duration of your Apprenticeship you will complete a number of assessments, only when these have been completed can your assessor and employer agree to put your forward for the 'Gateway'. This gateway allows you to focus on and prepare for your EPA in order to complete your Apprenticeship. During this time your employer will be expected to support you to prepare for your EPA through regular training and guidance.

Throughout the Apprenticeship it is your responsibility with the help from your employer, assessor and college tutors to ensure you are ready for your final independent EPA.

More information about your EPA will be given to you by your Assessor at the Apprenticeship Sign Up.

What can this course lead to

Successful Apprentices can progress onto Level 6 Building Services Design Degree Apprenticeship, additional full time education. Qualified candidates can progress into full time employment, possible job roles could include: Estimator, Buyer, Planner and Surveyor.

Completion of this Apprenticeship satisfies the requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician by the relevant professional engineering institution.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Apprentices are also required to apply for a Trainee CSCS card which may involve an additional cost. There is no requirement for the employer to support you with this cost, you would need to discuss this with your employer directly.

Other details

A Building Design Technician Apprentice will work in many different locations and could involve some travelling. This will mean early starts and sometimes late finishes. The weather is another consideration as the majority of work will take place outside. There can be some moving and handling of heavy materials in dusty environments which could have some impact on your health. 

An Apprentice will work on average 40 hours a week, this may vary throughout the year dependent on work load.

As an employed status Apprentice you will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this. Please note you must be a paid employee of the business, you cannot be self employed or a volunteer.
• Have a contract of employment – this must be given to you at the start of your employment.
• Get paid holidays – these will be detailed in your contract of employment.
• Receive training – it is crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship that your employer supports you with regular training. The Apprenticeship standard states you must complete a minimum of 20% off–the–job training which can also include training at Peterborough Regional College and training on site. You will also be expected to build a portfolio and complete tasks on One–file and Google Classrooms.

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