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Civil Engineering Senior Technician — Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Apprenticeship outline

The occupation covered by this Apprenticeship standard is Civil Engineering Senior Technician and typical job titles can include:

Assistant Site Manager, Assistant Supervisor or Construction Site Supervisor. In the case of SME construction companies the roles are likely to include Site Manager or Site Supervisor. They are associated with the supervision of specialist contractors and workers on construction projects and are based on construction sites with occasional time in offices.

The main duties and tasks of a Civil Engineering Senior Technician are:

Civil engineering senior technicians use and apply their technical knowledge, underpinned by scientific principles and theories, propose numerous suitable techniques, procedures and methods to undertake and deliver civil engineering solutions. They need to source, review, analyse and evaluate a range of data and information, perform advanced calculations, and analyse civil engineering problems to reach proven solutions.

Senior technicians prepare, produce and present civil engineering information, designs and documentation, with regard for the practical need to deliver, manage, assess and improve civil engineering solutions to relevant codes of practice and industry standards (for example, Construction Design and Management (CDM), the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB), or managing information over the whole life cycle of a built asset using Building Information Modelling (BIM) via ISO 19650), to statutory and regulatory requirements (such as the Building Safety Act), and in compliance with health, safety and wellbeing requirements.

A Level 4 qualification in Construction and Built Environment that meets the knowledge requirements of the standard and is approved by the industry’s recognised professional bodies meeting the educational requirements.

How to apply for this apprenticeship

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Study location Basford 664 Nuthall Road, Basford, Nottingham, NG8 6AQ

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Start date

You can start this Apprenticeship at any time of the year.


Depending on prior knowledge and experience, apprentices will typically spend 27-33 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at Grades 9 - 4 (A* - C) including Maths at Grade 9 - 6 (A - B), English and Science or their equivalent. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to have achieve this prior to taking the End Point Assessment.

You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

All applicants will be required to undertake an assessment in English and maths prior to enrolling.

Teaching & assessment

Apprentices will need to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and behaviours, which is embedded into the Apprenticeship Standard, an assessor who will visit them on site and ensure that they are progressing towards the End Point Assessment will support them.

Apprentices must also complete an online or paper-based portfolio of evidence, which demonstrates how the apprentice has met each of the knowledge, skills and behaviour statements in the standard. The portfolio can be used to help inform the employer that the apprentice is fully prepared to commence the End-point assessment process.

The assessment methods must be delivered in the following order:

  • Project – Apprentices must pass the project before taking the professional discussion. The Project’s subject, title and scope is agreed at the gateway.
  • Professional Discussion

This Apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve Technician status or the equivalent with the industry has recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this Apprenticeship will typically be representative of the review process required for professional registration


Upon achievement of the standard, apprentices may wish to progress on to the completion of a HND within the specialism at university.