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Course Length

24 months.

Role Profile

Site carpentry involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products on a construction site, creating and installing building components.

Typical Job roles

A Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have GCSE grade D/3 or higher in Maths and English. Any candidate without Maths and English at Grade C/4 will be required to pass English and Mathematics Functional Skills Level 1 qualifications and aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications before they can be put forward for the end point assessment of this apprenticeship. 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 will achieve NVQ Level 2 in Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry.

Method of Delivery

Site Carpentry apprentices attend College on block release (approximately one week per month) and work for their employer the rest of the time. Practical assessment will take place both during the apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment

An end-point knowledge assessment - to consist of a short written test lasting 45 minutes, delivered in a controlled invigilated environment. The test will comprise of 35 questions: 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) 5 questions will test the behavioural elements of the standard (e.g. effective communication, team working, logical thinking etc.) The practical assessment will take place in a controlled environment over a minimum period of 6 hours and will scored out a 100 marks.

Career Progression

The achievement of this standard will meet the requirement of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely recognised as a ‘license to operate’ in a skilled construction trade. On completion of this standard, apprentice will progress to a wide range of employment opportunities in the workplace. Self-employment or starting a business may also be an option.

Candidates may also progress on to higher level qualifications such as Level 3 Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry.


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