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Chartered architectural technologists

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Carpenters and joiners

Up to £30,000

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Role Profile

The occupation involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The advanced carpenter and joiner is able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams.

Typical Job roles

An Advanced Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop, producing complex building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing bespoke architectural products (e.g. doors, windows, staircases with turns and paneling/cladding.

Entry Requirements

You will have achieved Level 2 in Architectural Joinery and have passed GCSE English and Maths at grade 4/C or above or have achieved Functional Skills in these subjects at Level 2. 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 a Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) to demonstrate competency. This will be the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Wood Occupations – Architectural Joinery. 

Method of Delivery

Architectural Joinery Apprentices attend College on a weekly day release basis and work with their employer the rest of time.

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 consist 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 or architectural joinery)
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) ‘Advanced Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely recognised as a ‘license to operate’ in a skilled construction trade. Candidates may also progress on to higher level qualifications such as HNC and work in roles such as supervisors in the workplace and then progress on to management level jobs. Self-employment or starting a business may also be an option.


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