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Course Length

15 months.

Role Profile

This involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products on a construction site creating and installing building components. The Advanced Site Carpenter 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 Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and installing complex and often bespoke building components e.g. high quality doors, shaped linings, staircases with turns, complex wall and floor units, erecting bespoke structural carpentry (inclined roofs and joists) and erecting complex roof structures (e.g. inclined roofs with hips, valleys and dormers).

Entry Requirements

You will have NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Wood Occupations / Site Carpentry, 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 NVQ Level 3 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) ‘Advanced 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 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. Candidates may also progress on to higher level qualifications such as HNC.


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