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Heating & Ventilation Craftsperson Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

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Building Services Engineering makes buildings work. It is a specialist branch of engineering within the construction sector. Craftspersons undertake the installation, testing, pre-commissioning, 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.

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As a craftsperson, you will learn detailed knowledge of the system’s operating principles. You will also set, identify and establish the requirements of the job, whether from drawings or client’s other instructions.

Once completed their apprenticeship the craftsperson will be able to:

  • Liaise and work with other trades, suppliers and clients, as appropriate
  • Solve problems within the scope of the work they carry out
  • Undertake work to comply with all relevant standards;
  • Plan and monitor work programmes for installing, testing, pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning systems;
  • Contribute to adjusting the configuration of systems as they have installed. 
  • Be able to demonstrate competence in the health and safety, communication, quality control and environmental requirements appropriate to their scope of work.

As a craftsperson, you are able to work within new build construction sites and existing buildings on their own, proficiently and without supervision, in the most efficient and economical manner. They must adhere to safe working practices without endangering themselves or others.

There is a qualification embedded into this standard, Level 3 Heating and Ventilating Craftsperson Qualification  (Industrial and Commercial), which you will achieve during your time on the programme.

As an apprentice, you can expect to undertake work-based learning with an employer who will pay you a wage. In the first year of your apprenticeship, you will attend college for one day per week, and in the second year, you will attend two days per week.

The rest of your training will take place in-house at your workplace by your employer and a qualified assessor who will visit you on-site who will complete assessments and progress reviews.

In order to complete the apprenticeship, you will undertake an End Point Assessment. It measures the knowledge, skills and behaviours each apprentice has developed and will include a knowledge test, craftsperson skills test and a professional discussion. This part of the apprenticeship is employer-led, so it will be your employer who decides if you are ready to undertake your End Point Assessment.

If you would like to read more about the knowledge, skills and behaviours the standard includes, please click here.


To start the apprenticeship, you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice, all of which will have different requirements. If you already have an employer, please contact us.  If not don't worry you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies which is regularly updated.

You will be required to attend an initial assessment in Maths and English and a short interview prior to enrolment, and you will be expected to have a C/4 or Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths and English and D/3 or Level 1 Functional Skill in ICT to enter gateway in order for you to complete your End Point Assessment.


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  • Course Length: 36 months
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Successful completion of this apprenticeship could help you progress to a qualified Heating & Ventilation Craftsperson and will help you progress into a range of roles, including a senior heating and ventilating engineer or a heating and ventilation project leader or manager.

Information for Employers

Each apprenticeship needs to include 20% off-the-job training. This must amount to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship. Off-the-job training is learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment
Each apprentice will need an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship. It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed. Employers will decide when the apprentice is ready to be assessed.