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Building Services Engineering Craftsperson Apprenticeship
Building Services Engineering Craftsperson Apprenticeship

Building Services Engineering Craftsperson’s Apprenticeship

Level 3

Course Overview

Part Time

A Building Services Engineer makes buildings work. It is a specialist branch of engineering within the construction sector. Craftspersons undertake the installation, testing, precommissioning, commissioning and decommissioning of large-scale engineering systems which are used for heating workplaces such as those found in industrial and commercial buildings like office blocks, factories, schools and hospitals. These engineering systems operate by moving temperature controlled water around the inside of buildings, providing heating and cooling, and utilise fossil fuels and sustainable energy systems. Craftspersons have detailed knowledge of the system’s operating principles.

Delivery model and duration:

Apprentices will attend college on a block release. Theory lessons will be reinforced in the workplace and practical skills will be practised and enhanced in college and the workplace. This can be supported by some remote delivery if required.

Duration: 24 months plus End Point Assessment

Ideal for:
• Individuals seeking a career in the construction trade
• Existing employees wishing to upskill

The apprenticeship will cover the following core areas:

  • Working Safely
  • Working Sustainably
  • Planning and Preparing
  • Installing Pipework and Systems
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Working Effectively and Efficiently
  • Taking Responsibility
  • Managing Tasks

Benefits for learners

• Receive training from experts with years of industry experience
• Gain a nationally recognised qualification
• Become occupationally competent
• Advance career aspirations

• Level 3 Heating and Ventilating Craftsperson
qualification (complete with welding option)
prior to end point assessment
• Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 2


Benefits to business

  • Gain qualified employees who have the relevant knowledge and
    skills to work in in housing, healthcare, social care, hospitality,
    education, commercial, leisure, retail, public and private sector
  •  Upskill existing members of staff

End Point Assessment
The End Point Assessment will test the entire Standard, and be undertaken as follows:
• Knowledge Test
• Craftsperson Skills Test
• Professional discussion supported by the apprentice’s record of achievement


Unit Overview
Working Safely Understand relevant safety legislation and safe working practices applying to themselves and others in building services
engineering working environments.
Working Sustainably Understand scientific principles underpinning building services engineering industrial and commercial systems including
measurement, force and pressure, heat and power, materials and electricity. Understand environmental protection
measures within building services engineering for effective use of material resources, minimising wastage, the legislation
surrounding the effective use of energy, gas and water resources.
Planning and Preparing Understand how to utilise resources effectively within building services engineering including the roles and responsibilities
of relevant people, how to oversee work; how to produce risk assessments and method statements and how to plan
work programmes for self and small teams installing industrial and commercial systems. Understand the preparation
requirements for work areas in new and existing building services engineering sites.
Installing Pipework Understand pipework fabrication and jointing techniques for industrial and commercial systems, including prefabricated
and/or modularised components and distribution systems. Understand the preparation, procedures, process, standards
and codes of practice required to undertake welding of industrial and commercial systems pipework.
Installing Systems Understand the design principles, layout, and operating principles, installation, testing, pre- commissioning,
commissioning and decommissioning techniques for new and existing industrial and commercial cold water
systems, hot water systems, heating systems, chilled water systems, compressed air systems and steam
systems. Understand the principles and requirements of industrial and commercial gas, oil and solid fuel
systems and mechanical sustainable energy systems.


Unit Overview
Working Safely Apply relevant safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices to self and others in building services
engineering working environments.
Planning, Preparing and
Working Sustainably
Apply pipework fabrication and jointing techniques for industrial and commercial systems, including prefabricated and/or
modularised components and distribution systems and natural gas distribution pipework.
Installing Pipework Apply pipework fabrication, installation and jointing techniques for industrial and commercial system components to
industry recognised standards. This includes prefabricated and/or modularised components and distribution systems,
and including the assembly, positioning, orientation and fixing of storage vessels, heat emitters, pressure vessels,
controls. Undertake allocated work tasks in the testing, pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning of
industrial and commercial cold-water systems, hot water systems, heating systems and chilled water systems.
Installing Systems Apply installation, testing, pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning techniques for industrial and
commercial; cold water systems; hot water systems, heating systems, chilled water systems.
  • GCSEs in English and maths at grade 9-4 (A* - C) and ICT at grade 9-3 (A* - D) and completion of Building Service Engineer Installer Level 2 Qualification

  • Completers may want to progress to
    • Becoming a Building Services Manager
    or Business Owner
    • Compliance with Water Regulations,
    Unvented Hot Water, and Gas at Level 3

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Building Services Engineering Craftsperson’s Apprenticeship

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Construction is a key industry sector in Gloucestershire and now is the perfect time to train for a qualification in any of the industry areas we offer. Our construction courses are a great way to develop skills and build the foundation for a successful career in domestic and industrial construction.

We are the first UK college to buy a house as a renovation project for our construction and building services students, to further develop their skills and provide them with practical experience of working on-site with other trades, and it’s initiatives like this that ensure our students leave us employment-ready.

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Student Stories

Ben Mason

“The people I’ve met – especially my lecturer – are really easy to talk to. The facilities are wonderful and all in order; it’s very easy to pick out and find what you need. Carpentry is fun and enjoyable, and sets you up for the rest of your life. I feel really prepared for life after college and the skills I’ve learnt are useful in daily life. “To someone thinking of applying to GC I would say that it’s absolutely brilliant and somewhere you can learn lots and achieve a high grade. I’m working on sites at the moment so I get to travel and do renovations and house builds, which I want to continue after college.”

Ben Mason

Level 2 – Carpentry – Gloucester Campus

Harry Taylor

“Prior to starting my apprenticeship, I worked in plumbing and removals, but was ready for a career change. I’ve learnt many new skills in my apprenticeship, including fitting door linings, hanging doors and measuring and fitting kitchens. The college side of my training has been very useful for when I’m working on site and my assessor has been helpful when showing me skills on a one-to-one basis. An apprenticeship was the best route for me and I hope to become a self-employed carpenter once I complete my training”

Harry Taylor

Bench Joinery Apprentice at Pickering and Spencer

Natasha Brown

“The course gave me a great overview of the construction industry, which is exactly what I needed to progress in my career. I wanted a change and this equipped me with the knowledge and skills I required in order to do that. I now work as in Administration Manager in family run Construction business and I really enjoy it. “The lecturers were very supportive and the knowledge they have is immeasurable. They have lots of experience in the industry. I very much enjoyed the variety in modules too, it allowed us to be creative and practically use what we had learnt. “I made some great friends here, it was a very inclusive atmosphere. “I would do it all again, it was such a brilliant experience. I would advise anyone thinking of applying to GC to not be afraid and make the jump!”

Natasha Brown

HNC – Construction – Gloucester Campus


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