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Chartered architectural technologists

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Role Profile

This occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, in a workshop, creating and installing building components. You will be producing timber based building components and other architectural products. This will include doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.

Typical Job roles

On completion of this apprenticeship you will be qualified to work as an architectural/bench joiner. You will be able to:

  • Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues
  • Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed
  • Understand the technical principles of architectural joinery and how they are applied in routine tasks, such as, setting out and producing cutting lists, marking out from setting out details and producing cutting lists and fitting and assembling

Entry Requirements

As a minimum you have GCSE English and Maths at grade 3/D or above. If you do not have grade 4/C or above you will be required to work towards Level 2 Functional Skills in these subjects. To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment.


You must achieve a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) to demonstrate competency. This is NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Wood Occupations – Architectural Joinery. 

Method of Delivery

This apprenticeship is delivered through a combination of work based learning and College based work on a block release based basis initially and then day release in year 2 of the apprenticeship. The Diploma is assessed using both practical and written tests and must be passed prior to end point assessment. Continual assessment will take place throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. The Functional Skills element is delivered on block release and is assessed through on-line tests

End Point Assessment

The knowledge assessment to consist of a short written test lasting 45 minutes, delivered in a controlled invigilated environment. The test will consist of 35 questions designed to assess the apprentice’s understanding as follows: 10 questions will test the core elements of the standard (e.g. health and safety, manual handling), 20 questions will test the specific elements of the chosen pathway in the standard (e.g. principles of site carpentry or architectural joinery) and 5 questions will test the behavioural elements of the standard (e.g. effective communication, team working, logical thinking etc.) The practical assessment will be a skills test delivered in a controlled environment and will be scored out of 100 marks and will last a minimum of 6 hours.

Career Progression

The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely accepted in the sector as a ‘license to operate’ in a skilled construction trade. You may also have the opportunity to progress on to the next level to increase your skills and knowledge of the job role.


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