This apprenticeship is in revision

A revised version has been agreed and is available for information only at present. It will replace the version below for new starts from 01 August 2024 with a funding band of £17,000. Further details of this and other apprenticeships in revision are available in the revision's status report.

Overview of the role

Designing, installing and servicing engineering systems used to heat large buildings like factories and hospitals.

Building services engineering craftsperson

Reference Number: ST0062

Details of standard

1. Occupation

Building Services Engineering Craftsperson

(Previously referred to as: Heating and Ventilating (H&V) Craftsman; H&V Fitter; H&V Fitter/Welder; H&V Pipefitter; Mechanical Services Fitter)

2. Occupational profile

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.

Craftspersons have detailed knowledge of the system’s operating principles. They also:

set, identify and establish the requirements of the job, whether from drawings or client’s other instructions;

  • 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 are installed.

They are able to demonstrate competence in the health and safety, communication, quality control and environmental requirements appropriate to their scope of work.

Craftspersons 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.

3. Requirements: Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

What is required
Working Safely

Understand relevant safety legislation and safe working practices applying to themselves and others in building services engineering working environments.

Working Sustainably

Understand scientific principles underpinning building services engineering industrial and commercial systems including measurement, force and pressure, heat and power, materials and electricity.

Understand environmental protection measures within building services engineering for effective use of material resources, minimising wastage, the legislation surrounding the effective use of energy, gas and water resources.

Planning and

Understand how to utilise resources effectively within building services engineering including the roles and responsibilities of relevant people, how to oversee work; how to produce risk assessments and method statements and how to plan work programmes for self and small teams installing industrial and commercial systems.

Understand the preparation requirements for work areas in new and existing building services engineering sites.

Installing Pipework

Understand pipework fabrication and jointing techniques for industrial and commercial systems, including prefabricated and/or modularised components and distribution systems.

Understand the preparation, procedures, process, standards and codes of practice required to undertake welding of industrial and commercial systems pipework.

Installing Systems

Understand the design principles, layout, and operating principles, installation, testing, pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning techniques for new and existing industrial and commercial cold water systems, hot water systems, heating systems, chilled water systems, compressed air systems and steam systems.

Understand the principles and requirements of industrial and commercial gas, oil and solid fuel systems and mechanical sustainable energy systems

What is required
Working Safely

Apply relevant safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices to self and others in building services engineering working environments.

Planning, Preparing and Working Sustainably

Plan, organise and undertake the installation of industrial and commercial systems in ways which use resources effectively to complete work, with consideration for cost, quality, safety, security and environmental impact, within relevant legislative requirements, codes of practice and industry recognised practices.

Prepare work areas in new and existing sites to undertake building services engineering industrial and commercial systems installation.

Installing Pipework

Apply pipework fabrication and jointing techniques for industrial and commercial systems, including prefabricated and/or modularised components and distribution systems and natural gas distribution pipework.

 Installing Systems

Apply installation, testing, pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning techniques for industrial and commercial; cold water systems; hot water systems, heating systems, chilled water systems.

What is required

Use oral, written and electronic methods to communicate technical and other information effectively with work colleagues, other tradespeople, clients representatives, supervisors, and other members of the building services engineering and wider construction team.

Effectively and Efficiently

Work reliably and effectively without supervision, to the appropriate codes of practice and be aware of the needs and concerns of others, especially where related to diversity and equality.

Solve problems within their own scope of responsibility, by applying technical and behavioural skills and knowledge to define the problem, identity, evaluate and select alternatives and implement solutions.


Accept responsibility for the work of self and others under their control

Managing Tasks  Accept allocate and supervise technical and other tasks.
Working with others

Work effectively with colleagues, the public, other tradespeople, clients representatives, supervisors, and other members of the building services engineering and wider construction team.

Support the learning and development of others through activities such as mentoring, and sharing professional expertise and knowledge.


 Maintain and enhance competence in own area.

Working Ethically

Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner.

It is unlikely that individuals entering this apprenticeship without previous experience will complete the apprenticeship in less than 36 months, and a typical completion time is likely to be 48 months.

5. Qualifications

Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, trainability tests, or other criteria. Typically, most candidates will have English and Mathematics at level 2 and Information Communications Technology (ICT) level 1 on entry. All will have achieved English at level 2, Mathematics at level 2 and ICT at level 1 by the end of the apprenticeship. Additionally, all apprentices must achieve the Level 3 Heating and Ventilating Craftsperson qualification prior to undertaking the end-point synoptic assessment with an independent assessment organisation. This is currently under development.


This is a level 3 Apprenticeship

Review date

This standard will be reviewed in 3 years

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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 3
Reference: ST0062
Version: 1.1
Date updated: 22/04/2024
Approved for delivery: 6 June 2017
Route: Construction and the built environment
Typical duration to gateway : 36 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £18000
LARS Code: 173
EQA Provider: Ofqual
Employers involved in creating the standard: Priddy Engineering Services Ltd, Overclean Ltd, Hargreaves, N G Bailey Ltd, Delron Services Ltd, Gowing & Hunt Ltd, Skanska, Rashleigh Weatherfoil Ltd, Crown House Technologies, Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services Ltd, C Caswell Engineering Services Ltd, Imtech UK Ltd, Aura Construction Ltd, Shepherd Engineering Services Ltd

Version log

Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
Revised version awaiting implementation In revision 01/08/2024 Not set Not set
1.1 End-point assessment plan revised 06/02/2023 31/07/2024 Not set
1.0 Approved for delivery 06/06/2017 05/02/2023 Not set

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