About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 3 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the construction industry. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to the award of a level 3 qualification and recognition as a qualified person within the sector.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in construction technical will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete both a competence-based and a knowledge-based qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship, or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
- information and communication technology – level 1
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
Competence and knowledge qualifications – pathway options
You need to complete both a competency-based and a knowledge-based qualification in your chosen pathway, selected from the lists below.
Pathway 1 – construction civil engineering
- Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians (Institute of Civil Engineers) 501/1115/2
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma Construction and the Built Environment – Civil Engineering 500/7137/3
- Pearson BTEC National Diploma in Civil Engineering 603/1217/8
Pathway 2 – construction surveying
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment 603/0864/3
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment 603/0862/X
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment 603/0861/8
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme.
Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the apprenticeshipsni level 2 framework in construction or a related occupation. Employers may also apply their own criteria at the recruitment stage.
You may also enter the level 3 apprenticeship, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, if you:
- have already gained significant work experience in your occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of a level 2 apprenticeship and can show the capacity to achieve a level 3 standard
- have previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification in a related area
See also the DfE operational requirements.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.
For this framework, the participant is required to complete a suitable employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) workbook. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from the training contractor that the ERR has been completed.
It is the responsibility of the training contractor/college to ensure that all components of this framework are delivered in accordance with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework No 461 Issue 3: 03/21) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy. For further information, contact: