Construction Technical and Professional Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

The Construction Technical and Professional Advanced Apprenticeship is for learners who are starting out on their journey in a technical, supervisory or managerial career within various fields of the construction industry. It is suitable for those looking to work towards becoming an Architect, Quantity surveyor, Surveying technician or Technical support person.

This programme is also suitable for adult learners already employed in the industry, who have accumulated related prior experience but do not have a relevant technical qualification. Successful Learners will achieve a Level 3 NVQ Diploma as part of each pathway.

Learning is through a combination of on and off-the-job training, with learners attending college on a day release basis during term time. The rest of the week is spent earning and learning in the workplace. Apprentices are assessed on a continual basis through a combination of knowledge and practical assessment activities. This includes the assessment of activities in the workplace.

Four routes are offered as part of the Apprenticeship:

  • Built Environment and Design
  • Construction Contracting Operations
  • Civil Engineering for technicians
  • Building Control
Built Environment and Design

Construction Technical and Professional Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 – Built Environment and Design

The Advanced Apprenticeship – Built Environment and Design Pathway is suitable for those seeking to work as a Construction Design Technician, or similar role. This qualification is appropriate for employees in the construction and the built environment sector working across a broad range of areas who may be involved in producing design solutions, surveys, drawings and preparing tenders.

Apprentices will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as: investigating factors affecting project development in built environment design; producing and recommending detailed design solutions; preparing drawing and schedules; maintaining professional relationships and practice in built environment design.

Topics covered in this qualification include the following areas:

  • Design Solutions in Built Environment Design
  • Professional Relationships and Practice in Built Environment Design
  • Project Development in Built Environment Design
  • Drawings and Schedules in Built Environment Design
  • Project Information and Specifications in Built Environment Design
  • Surveys in Built Environment Design
Construction Contracting Operations

Construction Technical and Professional Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 – Construction Contracting Operations

This pathway is a structured training and development programme which is aimed towards facilitating career progression within many of the disciplines that constitute construction operations (e.g. estimating, quantity surveying, planning and site management).

Learners can specialise in several different fields of Construction Contracting Operations. Apprentices will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as: developing and maintaining working relationships, preparing and processing invitations to tender, preparing programmes and schedules of work, operating project information systems, and operating health, safety and welfare systems in construction.

Topics covered in this qualification include the following areas:

  • Buying
  • Design co-ordination
  • Estimating
  • General
  • Planning
  • Site technical support
  • Surveying

As well as ensuring full competence within Construction Contracting Operations, apprentices are provided with a foundation for potential progression into a structured career path such as building services, civil engineering, and specialist occupations such as site management, estimating, design, planning and other technical roles.

Civil Engineering for Technicians

Construction Technical and Professional Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 – Civil Engineering for Technicians

Civil engineering is the professional engineering discipline which deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. This includes infrastructure such as roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.

A Civil Engineer’s job focuses primarily on the construction of infrastructure and buildings, which might include project management in the commercial construction industry.

The Advanced Apprenticeship – Civil Engineering for Technicians pathway is suitable for those seeking to work as a Civil Engineering Technician or similar role. By following the Civil Engineering for Technicians pathway learners develop the skills, knowledge and competence needed to carry out the duties of a Civil Engineering Technician in the workplace.

Apprentices will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as: techniques, procedures and methods for civil engineering tasks; developing and finalising civil engineering solutions, management and leadership in civil engineering; commercial awareness in civil engineering and sustainable development in civil engineering.

Topics covered in this qualification include the following areas:

  • Construction and the built environment
  • Further mathematics in construction
  • Science and materials
  • Construction technology and design
  • Surveying in construction and civil engineering
  • Structural analysis and design

With further training learners can specialise in different fields of Civil Engineering which may include roles in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, hydrology and coastal engineering.



Building Control

Construction Technical and Professional Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 – Building Control

The Building Control pathway is suitable for people who provide technical support on projects covering assessment of building regulations and inspection of compliance on site.

Building control officers carry out assessments of building projects and inspect site work to ensure it meets the Building Regulations. They may be employed by local authorities or as approved inspectors who advise on appropriate design solutions.

Topics covered in this qualification include the following areas:

  • The underpinning mathematics and science related to construction and civil engineering
  • The technology of building construction
  • The principles of design in the built environment
  • How to calculate the cost of construction works and monitor the progress against the budget, building surveying, building regulations and control.


Entry Requirements

Candidates will need to be employed in the construction industry in an appropriate technical job role, working either on construction sites or in construction offices in trainee or junior roles.

Individual employers are likely to have their own entry requirements, which typically for an apprentice will include the expectation that the candidate has already achieved 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at Grade C (4/5 ) or above. Apprentices without English and Maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to completion of the apprenticeship.

Applicants with appropriate prior experience of work in the sector may also be considered. Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification, but this may very according to the pathway chosen

Course Progression

Learners can progress onto HNC qualifications alongside their careers in the construction industry. There is also the opportunity for progression onto a Construction Site Supervision higher apprenticeship at level 4.

A wide range of further study opportunities also exist at Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree (FdA) and undergraduate Degree level (BSc).

There are also many postgraduate courses available in construction and engineering, designed for existing professionals in the industry. Chartered status can be acquired by registering with a professional institution such as the Chartered Institue of Building.


One day per week attendance at Colchester Institute is required and this will be in conjunction with assessment in the workplace. Attendance and progress is closely monitored by the assessor towards the qualifications and your employer will be informed of any non-activity.

Requirements in the Workplace

Students are required to be employed in a suitable work placement providing construction related tasks in a supervisory role, such as construction site management, quantity surveying or site engineering. Skilled and knowledgeable staff in the workplace will be necessary to support the apprentice.

Construction Technical and Professional Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
LevelLevel 3
DurationTypically 24 months.
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£9,000* (Built Environment and Design Pathway is £6,000)
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£450* (Built Environment and Design Pathway is £300)

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


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