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Key information

  1. Status: In development
  2. Ticked Proposal approved
    Ticked Occupational standard approved
    Ticked End-point assessment plan approved
    Ticked Funding approved
  3. Reference: ST0802
  4. Level: 3
  5. Typical duration to gateway: 30 months
  6. Typical EPA period: 3 months
  7. Maximum funding: £14000
  8. Route: Construction and the built environment
  9. Date updated: 29/05/2024
  10. Lars code: 539
  11. EQA provider: Ofqual
  12. Example progression routes:
  13. Review:

    This apprenticeship standard will be reviewed after three years

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Details of the occupational standard

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in the construction and built environment sector. Curtain Walling is an integral part of the building external envelope.  Curtain walling installers work primarily in the commercial market and on higher-end residential projects ranging from simple single storey retail screens to multi storey, high rise office and residential developments.

Curtain walling is predominately manufactured from aluminium. For specialist applications curtain walling systems are also available in timber and steel materials.

Aluminium offers a durable and lightweight framework which is typically anchored to the primary structure of the building.  Curtain walling can have infills such as window and door inserts, glass panels, ventilation and acoustic elements. 

The broad purpose of the occupation is to install curtain wall systems to form all, or part of the external envelope of a building. Curtain walling systems are structurally capable of spanning multiple floors. They offer a continuous glazed façade, often covering the full height of the building.

The installation process includes fixing of the primary system, securing the infill materials and applying all the perimeter abutment products following The Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) guidelines and manufacturers systems’ manuals.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other members of the installation team, site managers and installation managers, the client, main contractors, architect, design team,  external envelope contractors,  system supplier and façade consultants.

This is usually a site-based occupation and can involve working at extreme heights including the use of specialist access equipment and specialist plant to handle and install the products.

The installer may work directly for the system fabricator or work for a specialist installation company. The installers will travel to where the work or site is located. This can involve working away for a period of time and staying in local accommodation for the duration of the work programme.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for working with a team ensuring they have the correct access, tools, plant and materials to carry out the installation. This may involve different parts of the building being worked on at one time. They will be responsible for the setting out and fixing of the main grid work in accordance with the approved drawings and works instructions. They will normally work under an Installation Manager, Project Manager or Site Manager who will task them with different duties during the project programme. On smaller projects they may work unsupervised due to the simpler nature of the installation being carried out. The work may also include the fitting of doors and windows into the curtain wall grid.

Typical job titles include:

Curtain wall fitter Curtain wall fixer Curtain wall installer External building envelope installer Façade installer

Occupation duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 1 Work in compliance with occupational health, safety and environmental requirements to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of self and others at all times

K1 K2 K3 K5 K6 K9 K17 K18 K20 K22 K29

S1 S2 S4 S7 S23

B1

Duty 2 Interpret drawings, specifications, risk assessments, method statements, programmes, systems manuals, regulations and standards

K3 K6 K8 K9 K11 K12 K15 K16 K21 K22 K27

S6 S7 S8 S10 S11

Duty 3 Receive, handle, store, load, transport and position materials and components safely

K1 K2 K4 K5 K18 K19 K24 K29

S1 S8 S10 S11

B1 B4

Duty 4 Prepare the site, materials and access equipment ready for installation

K1 K2 K15 K16 K23 K25 K36

S1 S5 S12 S13

B1 B3

Duty 5 Use the appropriate hand tools, power tools and equipment to install curtain walling to industry standards

K1 K26 K27 K28 K32

S2 S3 S4 S8 S10 S11 S14 S15

B1

Duty 6 Install and fix grid work and datum in line with specifications

K16 K17 K20 K22 K27 K28 K30 K34 K36

S1 S2 S3 S4 S14 S15 S18 S23

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 7 Identify and confirm installation requirements and components

K10 K11 K12 K17 K18 K23 K24 K25 K26 K30 K31 K33 K35

S1 S2 S5 S6 S12 S13 S16 S17 S18 S23 S24

B1 B2 B5

Duty 8 Install required setting blocks and support pieces to ensure correct load transfer of infill element

K5 K7 K10 K24 K25 K26 K27 K29 K31 K35

S1 S2 S17 S21 S23 S24

B1 B2 B3 B5

Duty 9 Conduct installation in accordance with manufacturers' instructions and information and client requirements

K7 K10 K12 K14 K17 K24 K25 K28 K32 K36

S8 S9 S10 S11 S18 S23 S24

B1 B3 B4

Duty 10 Perimeter sealing to surrounding structure to ensure weather and air tightness

K24 K29 K36 K38

S1 S2 S19 S23

B1 B4

Duty 11 Secure infills to the correct torque setting.

K17 K22 K23 K24 K26 K31 K34 K38

S1 S2 S6 S7 S12 S13 S20 S23

B1

Duty 12 Apply decorative face caps, gaskets or weather seals

K17 K23 K24 K29

S1 S2 S3 S23

B1

Duty 13 Conduct interim and final inspections of the work to ensure adherence to specifications and project specific drawings and work instructions

K14 K15 K17 K20 K23 K24 K29 K33 K37 K38

S1 S2 S5 S20 S23

B3 B4 B5

Duty 14 Clean and handover to customer including main contractors, clients, architects, fabrication specialists, façade specialist

K13 K14 K15 K16 K17 K19 K23 K27 K29

S1 S2 S7 S15 S17 S24

B2 B3 B4

Duty 15 Complete project documentation at the relevant stages of the project

K13 K17 K21 K24 K27 K32

S2 S8 S9 S10 S22 S23

B3 B4

Duty 16 Maintain a clear and safe worksite at all times, promoting sustainable building practices

K1 K3 K22

S7 S10 S11 S22 S23

B1

KSBs

Knowledge

K1: Awareness of health, safety and welfare regulations, standards, and guidance and impact on role of the team and other construction trades. Employer and employee responsibilities. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH). Fire safety. Health and Safety at Work Act. Building Safety Act Asbestos awareness. Manual handling. Fire extinguishers. Safety signage. Situational awareness. Slips, trips, and falls. Working in confined spaces. Working at height. Electrical safety. Reporting injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR), Provision and use of work equipment regulations (PUWER) and near miss reporting, signage and meaning. Back to Duty

K2: Safety Control equipment and safety techniques: Personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and dust suppression. Back to Duty

K3: Types incidents - accidents, near misses. Mitigation methods. Back to Duty

K4: Moving, handling and storing of materials, including loading and unloading of materials. Back to Duty

K5: Licences required for moving and handling site equipment. Back to Duty

K6: Industry legislation and regulations that apply to working in the curtain wall profession Legislation, standards and regulations associated with curtain wall activities. Back to Duty

K7: Application and types of face caps and gaskets. Back to Duty

K8: Curtain wall markets: domestic, commercial and public sector. Back to Duty

K9: Characteristics, qualities and uses of curtain wall products and an awareness of specialist products for enhanced performance, safety, security and fire rating. Back to Duty

K10: Types of use of fixings, anchors and brackets used to secure curtain wall systems. Back to Duty

K11: Pre-installation inspection methods and techniques: compliant with specification and fault rectification. Back to Duty

K12: Methods of interpreting and extracting relevant information from drawings, specifications, digital documents including Building information modelling (BIM) and work instructions, including confirming installation requirements. Back to Duty

K13: Written communication techniques. Plain English principles using curtain wall terminology. Back to Duty

K14: Verbal communication techniques. Giving and receiving information and matching style to audience. Back to Duty

K15: Planning, work scheduling, and time management techniques for curtain wall installation for self and others. Back to Duty

K16: Setting out techniques: positioning, gridlines, datums and comparing to approved drawings. Back to Duty

K17: Project testing techniques, purpose and consequence of unsatisfactory results. Back to Duty

K18: Site specific inductions, toolbox talks, risk assessments and control measures, method statements and hazard identification in the work area. Back to Duty

K19: Environmental management systems and standards. Environmental Protection Act. Environmental signage, notices and permits. Types of pollution and control measures: waste and disposal of hazardous waste. Back to Duty

K20: The importance and considerations of the environment: U values, R Values, airtightness, acoustic performance, and applicable building regulations. Back to Duty

K21: Power tools check, use, maintenance and storage, defect or fault identification. Back to Duty

K22: Curtain wall errors: during installation; drainage errors, investigation, reporting and rectification techniques. Back to Duty

K23: Principles of structure checks: floor check, correct to drawing, full height curtain wall installation, structural clashes, building structure and structural irregularities. Types of position and uses of load bearing and wind restraint bracketry. Back to Duty

K24: Material compatibility: incompatibility and how to prevent bi-metallic corrosion. Back to Duty

K25: Position and installation techniques of windows and doors. Back to Duty

K26: Positioning and installation techniques of glazed and infill panels. Back to Duty

K27: Installation checking techniques: Line, level and plumb. Back to Duty

K28: Sealing methods, purpose and use. Back to Duty

K29: Causes and consequences of deflection. Back to Duty

K30: Ventilation systems and requirements in curtain walling systems. Back to Duty

K31: Torque system settings and how to adjust. Back to Duty

K32: Application and use of support or setting blocks. Back to Duty

K33: Toggle and pressure plate purpose and use. Back to Duty

K34: Post-installation inspection requirements including defect identification and pre handover checks. Back to Duty

K35: Architectural finishes to curtain wall. Back to Duty

K36: Employment types (self-employed and employed), small business start-up principles and tax responsibilities. Back to Duty

K37: Signs of wellbeing and mental health within the workplace, and signposting to available support Inclusion, equity and diversity in the workplace. Back to Duty

K38: Apply team working principles. Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Comply with health and safety regulations, standards, and guidance. Back to Duty

S2: Apply environmental and sustainable principles in compliance with regulations standards and systems for example segregate resources for reuse, recycling and disposal. Back to Duty

S3: Implement and monitor safe systems of work and control measures. Back to Duty

S4: Comply with industry standards, guidance and tolerances. Back to Duty

S5: Identify and use safety control equipment including RPE, dust suppression and PPE. Back to Duty

S6: Interpret and extract information using paper based or digital sources for example from drawings, specifications, production plans and work instructions. Back to Duty

S7: Handle, load, unload and store curtain wall products safely to minimise damage. Back to Duty

S8: Check, use and store power tools and equipment. Back to Duty

S9: Verbally communicate with colleagues using industry terminology. Back to Duty

S10: Apply written communication techniques: Site documentation, checklists, email and handover documents. Back to Duty

S11: Use lifting, moving and handling equipment for installation. Back to Duty

S12: Set out for curtain walling. Back to Duty

S13: Install glazed and infill panels and secure into place with pressure plates or toggles. Back to Duty

S14: Install windows and doors into curtain wall systems. Back to Duty

S15: Apply face caps and gaskets. Back to Duty

S16: Use fixings, anchors and brackets. Back to Duty

S17: Apply sealants to curtain wall system. Back to Duty

S18: Check curtain wall is plumb, line and level. Back to Duty

S19: Use support or setting blocks. Back to Duty

S20: Manage time and tasks to meet project deadlines. Back to Duty

S21: Carry out post installation checks, complete workplace documentation and report any issues. Back to Duty

S22: Carry out pre-installation inspection and checks. Back to Duty

S23: Carry out and record planned and unplanned learning opportunities and development activities. Back to Duty

S24: Apply team working principles. Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Take personal responsibility for their own health and safety. Back to Duty

B2: Support equity, diversity, and inclusivity in the workplace. Back to Duty

B3: Collaborate and promote teamwork across disciplines and external stakeholders. Back to Duty

B4: Committed to continued professional development (CPD) to maintain and enhance competence in their own area of practice. Back to Duty

B5: Respond and adapt to work demands and situations and know when to seek advice from others. Back to Duty

Qualifications

English and Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

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End-point assessment plan

Introduction and overview

This document explains the requirements for end-point assessment (EPA) for the curtain wall installer apprenticeship. End-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) must follow this when designing and delivering the EPA.

Curtain wall installer apprentices, their employers and training providers should read this document.

A full-time curtain wall installer apprentice typically spends 30 months on-programme. The apprentice must spend at least 12 months on-programme and complete the required amount of off-the-job training in line with the apprenticeship funding rules.

The EPA should be completed within an EPA period lasting typically 3 months.

The apprentice must complete their training and meet the gateway requirements before starting their EPA. The EPA will assess occupational competence.

An approved EPAO must conduct the EPA for this apprenticeship. Employers must work with the training provider to select an approved EPAO from the apprenticeship providers and assessment register (APAR).

This EPA has 4 assessment methods.

The grades available for each assessment method are below.

Assessment method 1 - multiple-choice test:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Assessment method 2 - observation with questions:

  • fail
  • pass

Assessment method 3 - presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Assessment method 4 - interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

The result from each assessment method is combined to decide the overall apprenticeship grade. The following grades are available for the apprenticeship:

  • fail
  • pass
  • merit
  • distinction

EPA summary table

On-programme - typically 30 months

The apprentice must:

  • complete training to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) outlined in this apprenticeship’s standard
  • complete training towards English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules

  • compile a portfolio of evidence

End-point assessment gateway

The apprentice’s employer must be content that the apprentice is occupationally competent.

The apprentice must:

  • confirm they are ready to take the EPA
  • have achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules

For the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, the apprentice must submit a portfolio of evidence.

Gateway evidence must be submitted to the EPAO, along with any organisation specific policies and procedures requested by the EPAO.

End-point assessment - typically 3 months

The grades available for each assessment method are below

Multiple-choice test:

  • fail

  • pass

  • distinction

Observation with questions:

  • fail

  • pass

Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence:

  • fail

  • pass

  • distinction

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence:

  • fail

  • pass

  • distinction

Overall EPA and apprenticeship can be graded:

    • fail
    • pass
    • merit
    • distinction

Re-sits and re-takes
  • re-take and re-sit grade cap: pass
  • re-sit timeframe: typically 3 months
  • re-take timeframe: typically 4 months

Duration of end-point assessment period

The EPA is taken in the EPA period. The EPA period starts when the EPAO confirms the gateway requirements have been met and is typically 3 months.

The EPAO should confirm the gateway requirements have been met and start the EPA as quickly as possible.

EPA gateway

The apprentice’s employer must be content that the apprentice is occupationally competent. That is, they are deemed to be working at or above the level set out in the apprenticeship standard and ready to undertake the EPA. The employer may take advice from the apprentice's training provider, but the employer must make the decision. The apprentice will then enter the gateway.

The apprentice must meet the gateway requirements before starting their EPA.

They must:

  • confirm they are ready to take the EPA
  • have achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules

  • submit a portfolio of evidence for the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Portfolio of evidence requirements:

The apprentice must compile a portfolio of evidence during the on-programme period of the apprenticeship. It should only contain evidence related to the KSBs that will be assessed by the interview. It will typically contain 8 discrete pieces of evidence. Evidence must be mapped against the KSBs. Evidence may be used to demonstrate more than one KSB; a qualitative as opposed to quantitative approach is suggested.

Evidence sources may include:

  • workplace documentation and records
  • workplace policies and procedures
  • witness statements
  • annotated photographs
  • video clips with a maximum total duration of 10 minutes; the apprentice must be in view and identifiable

This is not a definitive list; other evidence sources can be included.

The portfolio of evidence should not include reflective accounts or any methods of self-assessment. Any employer contributions should focus on direct observation of performance, for example, witness statements, rather than opinions. The evidence provided should be valid and attributable to the apprentice; the portfolio of evidence should contain a statement from the employer and apprentice confirming this.

The EPAO should not assess the portfolio of evidence directly as it underpins the interview. The independent assessor should review the portfolio of evidence to prepare questions for the interview. They are not required to provide feedback after this review.

Gateway evidence must be submitted to the EPAO, along with any organisation specific policies and procedures requested by the EPAO.

Order of assessment methods

The assessment methods can be delivered in any order.

The result of one assessment method does not need to be known before starting the next.

Multiple-choice test

Overview

In the multiple-choice test, the apprentice answers questions in a controlled and invigilated environment. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge mapped to this assessment method.

Rationale

This assessment method is being used because:

  • it allows for the efficient testing of knowledge where there is a right or wrong answer
  • it allows for flexibility in terms of when, where and how it is taken.

Delivery


The multiple-choice test must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

The test can be computer or paper based.

The test will consist of 40 multiple-choice questions.

Multiple-choice questions must have four options, including one correct answer.

The apprentice must be given at least 14 days’ notice of the date and time of the test.

Test administration

The apprentice must have 60 minutes to complete the test.

The test is closed book which means that the apprentice cannot refer to reference books or materials whilst taking the test.

The test must be taken in the presence of an invigilator who is the responsibility of the EPAO. The EPAO must have an invigilation policy setting out how the test must be conducted. It must state the ratio of apprentices to invigilators for the setting and allow the test to take place in a secure way.

The EPAO must verify the apprentice’s identity and ensure invigilation of the apprentice for example, with 360-degree cameras and screen sharing facilities.

The EPAO is responsible for the security of the test including the arrangements for on-line testing. The EPAO must ensure that their security arrangements maintain the validity and reliability of the test.

Marking

The test must be marked by an independent assessor or marker employed by the EPAO. They must follow a marking scheme produced by the EPAO. Marking by computer is allowed where question types support this.

A correct answer gets 1 mark.

Any incorrect or missing answers get zero marks.

The EPAO is responsible for overseeing the marking of the test.

Assessment location

The apprentice must take the test in a suitably controlled and invigilated environment that is a quiet room, free from distractions and influence. The EPAO must check the venue is suitable.

The test can take place remotely if the appropriate technology and systems are in place to prevent malpractice.

Question and resource development

The EPAO must develop a purpose-built assessment specification and question bank. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting with employers. The assessment specification and question bank must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.    

The assessment specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this.  

The EPAO must ensure that the apprentice has a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the test:

  • assessment materials for independent assessors and markers which includes:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • test specification
    • sample test and mark schemes
    • live tests and mark schemes
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and the employer

The EPAO must ensure that the EPA materials are subject to quality assurance procedures including standardisation and moderation.

Observation with questions

Overview

In the observation with questions, an independent assessor observes the apprentice in their workplace and asks questions. The apprentice completes their day-to-day duties under normal working conditions. Simulation is not allowed. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

Rationale

This assessment method is being used because:

  • this is a practical role, best demonstrated through completing tasks in a real work setting
  • observation makes use of the employer's resources and equipment which will be familiar to the apprentice and thus allows them to perform at their best
  • tasks completed during the observation should contribute to workplace productivity and are valid
  • questioning allows for the assessment of the breadth and depth of underpinning knowledge against the grading descriptors
  • it is a holistic assessment method

Delivery

The observation with questions must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

An independent assessor must conduct and assess the observation with questions.

The independent assessor must only observe one apprentice at a time to ensure quality and rigour. They must be as unobtrusive as possible.

The EPAO must give the apprentice 14 days' notice of the observation with questions.

The observation must take 7 hours.

The independent assessor can increase the time of the observation with questions by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to complete a task or respond to a question if necessary.

The observation may be split into discrete sections held on the same working day.

The EPAO must manage invigilation of the apprentice during the assessment, to maintain security of the EPA, in line with their malpractice policy. This includes breaks and moving between locations.

The independent assessor must explain to the apprentice the format and timescales of the observation with questions before it starts. This does not count towards the assessment time.

The independent assessor should observe the following during the observation:

  • read and interpret specifications or work instructions
  • compliance with health and safety regulations, standards and guidance
  • position and install glazed or infill panels in a curtain wall system

These activities provide the apprentice with the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

The independent assessor must ask questions.

The purpose of the questions is:

  • to seek clarification where required
  • to assess the level of competence against the grading descriptors

Questioning can occur during the observation. The time for questions asked during the observation is included in the overall assessment time. The independent assessor must ask at least 3 questions during the observation. To remain as unobtrusive as possible, the independent assessor should ask questions during natural stops between tasks rather than disrupting the apprentice’s flow. Follow-up questions are allowed where clarification is required. The independent assessor must use the questions from the EPAO’s question bank.

The independent assessor must ask questions about KSBs that were not observed to gather assessment evidence. These questions are in addition to the set number of questions for the observation with questions and should be kept to a minimum.

The independent assessor must make the grading decision. The independent assessor must assess the observation and responses to questions holistically when deciding the grade.

The independent assessor must keep accurate records of the assessment. They must record:

  • the KSBs observed
  • the apprentice’s answers to questions
  • the KSBs demonstrated in answers to questions
  • the grade achieved

Assessment location

The observation with questions must take place in the apprentice’s normal place of work for example, their employer’s premises or a customer’s premises. Equipment and resources needed for the observation must be provided by the employer and be in good and safe working condition.

Questioning that occurs after the observation should take place in a suitable environment, for example a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

Question and resource development

The EPAO must develop a purpose-built assessment specification and question bank. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO must maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting with employers. The assessment specification and question bank must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.  

The assessment specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the observation with questions:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and the employer

The EPAO must ensure that the EPA materials are subject to quality assurance procedures including standardisation and moderation.

Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence

Overview

In the presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence, the apprentice delivers a presentation to an independent assessor on a set subject. The independent assessor must ask questions after the presentation. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

Rationale

This EPA method is being used as it provides the opportunity to demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills, and behaviours that are usually demonstrated in an observation or practical assessment. These assessment methods would be unsuitable due to the length of time the curtain walling work takes to complete.

The further rationale for this assessment method is:

  • it assesses knowledge and skills that would be difficult to schedule in practice
  • it allows the apprentice to directly demonstrate KSBs relating to communication
  • it provides the opportunity to use authentic work-based contexts which increases assessment validity in relation to the occupational role
  • it allows for the presentation of evidence and testing of responses where there are a range of potential answers it can be conducted remotely, potentially reducing cost

Delivery

The presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

An independent assessor must observe and assess the presentation with questions.

The presentation must be based on curtain walling work undertaken by the apprentice during the final 18 months of the on-programme period and or the EPA period of the apprenticeship.

The presentation must include:

  • introduction
  • carrying out pre-installation checks
  • setting out techniques
  • handling, unloading and storage of curtain wall products
  • use of fixings, anchors and brackets
  • use of support or setting blocks
  • installation of windows and doors into curtain wall systems
  • application of face caps and gaskets
  • sealing curtain wall systems
  • carrying out post installation checks
  • compliance with industry standards
  • application of team working principles
  • application of environmental and sustainable principles

The presentations with questions must be underpinned by work-based evidence. The work-based evidence should relate to the KSBs assessed in this assessment method. The work-based evidence must be presented clearly as presentation slides for the apprentice to use and refer to in the presentation. The presentation slides may contain supporting evidence such as photographs, videos and witness statements. (videos should be no longer than 3 minutes long; the apprentice must be in view and identifiable). The evidence provided within the presentation slides should be valid and attributable to the apprentice; the presentation slides should contain a statement from the employer and apprentice confirming this.

The apprentice must submit any presentation materials to the EPAO by the end of week 6 of the EPA period. The apprentice must notify the EPAO, at that point, of any technical requirements for the presentation.

During the presentation, the apprentice must have access to:

  • audio-visual presentation equipment
  • flip chart and writing and drawing materials
  • computer

The independent assessor must have at least 2 weeks to review the presentation materials, before the presentation is delivered by the apprentice, to allow them to prepare questions. The EPAO must give the apprentice at least 14 days' notice of the presentation assessment.

The independent assessor must ask questions after the presentation.

The purpose of the questions is:

  • to seek clarification where required
  • to assess the level of competence against the grading descriptors

The presentation and questions must last 50 minutes. This will typically include a presentation of 30 minutes and questioning lasting 20 minutes. The independent assessor must use the full time available for questioning. The independent assessor can increase the total time of the presentation and questioning by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to complete their last point or respond to a question if necessary.

The independent assessor must ask at least 4 questions. They must use the questions from the EPAO’s question bank or create their own questions in line with the EPAO’s training. Follow up questions are allowed where clarification is required.

The independent assessor must make the grading decision. The independent assessor must assess the presentation and answers to questions holistically when deciding the grade.

The independent assessor must keep accurate records of the assessment. They must record:

  • the KSBs demonstrated
  • the apprentice’s answers to questions
  • the KSBs demonstrated in answers to questions
  • the grade achieved

Assessment location

The presentation with questions must take place in a suitable venue selected by the EPAO for example, the EPAO’s or employer’s premises. The presentation with questions should take place in a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

Question and resource development

The EPAO must develop a purpose-built assessment specification and question bank. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO must maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting with employers. The assessment specification and question bank must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.

The assessment specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this.

The EPAO must ensure that the apprentice has a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence:

  • independent assessor EPA materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and the employer

The EPAO must ensure that the EPA materials are subject to quality assurance procedures including standardisation and moderation.

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Overview

In the interview, an independent assessor asks the apprentice questions. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

The apprentice can refer to and illustrate their answers with evidence from their portfolio of evidence.

Rationale

This assessment method is being used because:

  • it tests KSBs holistically and objectively
  • it allows for the assessment of KSBs that do not occur on a predictable or regular basis
  • it allows for testing of responses where there are a range of potential answers
  • it can be conducted remotely, potentially reducing cost

Delivery

The interview must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

An independent assessor must conduct and assess the interview.

The purpose is to assess the apprentice's competence against the following themes:

  • health and safety
  • characteristics and finishes
  • written communication
  • moving and handling
  • errors, causes and adjustments
  • wellbeing, EDI and CPD
  • time management

The EPAO must give an apprentice 14 days' notice of the interview.

The independent assessor must have at least 2 weeks to review the supporting documentation.

The apprentice must have access to their portfolio of evidence during the interview.

The apprentice can refer to and illustrate their answers with evidence from their portfolio of evidence however, the portfolio of evidence is not directly assessed.

The interview must last for 45 minutes. The independent assessor can increase the time of the interview by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to respond to a question if necessary.

The independent assessor must ask at least 6 questions. The independent assessor must use the questions from the EPAO’s question bank. Follow-up questions are allowed where clarification is required.

The independent assessor must make the grading decision.

The independent assessor must keep accurate records of the assessment. They must record:

  • the apprentice’s answers to questions
  • the KSBs demonstrated in answers to questions
  • the grade achieved 

Assessment location

The interview must take place in a suitable venue selected by the EPAO for example, the EPAO’s or employer’s premises.

The interview should take place in a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

Question and resource development

The EPAO must develop a purpose-built assessment specification and question bank. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO must maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting with employers. The assessment specification and question bank must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.

The assessment specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this.

The EPAO must ensure that the apprentice has a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and the employer

The EPAO must ensure that the EPA materials are subject to quality assurance procedures including standardisation and moderation.

Grading

Observation with questions

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors
Health and safety
K2 S1 S5 B1

Complies with health and safety regulations, standards and guidance taking responsibility for their own health and safety. (S1, B1)

Identifies and uses safety control equipment including RPE, PPE and dust suppression in line with the manufacturer’s instructions and task requirements. (K2, S5)

Documentation
K12 S6

Interprets and extracts information from digital or paper in line with the task. (K12, S6)

Verbal communication
K14 S9

Uses verbal communication techniques suitable for the context, adapting style and use of terminology to suit the audience. (K14, S9)

Tools and equipment
K21 S8

Checks for faults or defects, uses and stores hand tools, power tools and equipment in line with manufacturer’s guidance and organisational procedure. (K21, S8)

 

Position and install
K26 K27 K33 S13 S18

Installs glazed and infill panels and secures the panels with pressure plates or toggles in line with the task requirements. (K26, K33, S13) 

Applies installation checking techniques to check the installation for plumb, line and level in line with task requirements and specification tolerance. (K27, S18)

Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors
Distinction
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors and all of the distinction descriptors
Pre-installation
K11 S22

Describes how they carry out pre installation inspection and checks in line with the organisational procedure. (K11, S22)

Explains the benefits of carrying out the pre installation checks and the impact of not doing them. (K11, S22)

Setting out
K16 S12

Describes how they apply setting out techniques, when setting out curtain walling in line with task requirements and approved drawings. (K16, S12)

Justifies their choice of setting out techniques for the curtain walling system being installed. (K16, S12)

Moving and handling
K4 S7

Describes how they move, handle and store materials including the loading and unloading, to prevent damage during curtain walling tasks. (K4, S7)

None.

Fixings
K10 S16

Describes how they use anchors and brackets to secure the curtain wall to the structure in line with the specification. (K10, S16)

Explains the importance of using the anchors and fixing specified in the work instruction. (K10, S16)

Position and install
K25 K32 S14 S19

Explains how they position and install windows and doors within curtain wall systems in line with the specification. (K25, S14)

Describes how they use of support and setting block when installing curtain wall systems in line with good practice. (K32, S19)

 

None.

Finishing and post-installation
K7 K28 K34 S15 S17 S21

Explains how they apply face caps and gaskets and describes how they apply sealants to make waterproof the curtain wall system. (K7, K28, S15, S17)

Explains how they carry out post installation checks and how they report any defects and the documentation that is required to be completed for the curtain wall system. (K34, S21)

 

None

Legislation, regulation and environmental
K6 K19 S2 S4

Explains how they comply with industry standards, guidance and tolerances when working on curtain wall systems. (K6, S4)

Describes how they follow procedures in compliance with environmental and sustainability regulations standards, organisational procedures, and guidelines and consider the environment through the use and reuse of resources and disposal of waste. (K19, S2)

 

Explains the impact to themselves and the business of non-compliance with environmental and sustainability regulations standards, organisational procedures, and guidelines. (K19, S2)

Team working
K38 S24 B3

Explains how they have applied team working principles within their own team and with different disciplines whilst installing curtain wall systems. (K38, S24, B3)

None.

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors
Distinction
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors and all of the distinction descriptors
Health and safety
K18 S3

Describes how they implement safe systems of work and control measures to curtain walling tasks. Explains how they apply monitoring techniques to ensure safe systems of work and control measures are fully fulfilled and applied continuously throughout the task. (K18, S3)

Justifies how chosen control measures and safe systems of work have the potential to minimise risks or hazards to themself and others. (K18, S3)

Characteristics and finishes
K9 K35

Describes the different uses of curtain walling and the characteristics and qualities needed in those applications. Describes the specialist products used in curtain walling for fire safety, security and enhanced performance. (K9)

Describes different architectural finishes that can be applied to curtain walling. (K35)

 

None.

Written communication
K13 S10

Describes how they communicate information to others using written techniques, paper based or electronic, to complete documentation that is suitable for the context and supports task completion. (K13, S10)

None.

Moving and handling
S11

Explains how they use lifting, moving and handling equipment in the installation of curtain walling in line with good manual handling techniques. (S11)

None.

Errors, Causes and adjustments
K22 K29 K31

Explains common errors that can occur during installation of curtain walling and drainage systems and  how errors are investigated, reported and rectified. (K22)

Describes the causes and consequences of deflection on curtain walls. (K29)

Explains torque systems and adjustments for curtain walling. (K31)

 

None.

 

Wellbeing, EDI and CPD
K37 S23 B2 B4

Describes mental and physical health considerations of themselves and others and identifies sources of support available for themselves and others. (K37)

Describes how they support an inclusive workplace by taking account of individuals needs in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion in line with regulations, guidance and principle. (B2)

Describes learning and development they have completed and recorded to support competence in their role. (S23, B4)

None.

Time management
K15 S20 B5

Explains how they use planning and time management techniques to meet project deadlines during curtain wall installation. (K15, S20)

Explains how they respond and adapt to changing work priorities and situations to ensure project deadlines are met inline with customer and business needs. (B5)

None.

Multiple-choice test

Grade Minimum marks required Maximum marks required
Fail 0 24
Pass 25 32
Distinction 33 40

Overall EPA grading

Performance in the EPA determines the overall grade of:

  • fail

  • pass

  • merit

  • distinction

An independent assessor must individually grade the observation with questions, presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence and interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence in line with this EPA plan.

The EPAO must combine the individual assessment method grades to determine the overall EPA grade.

If the apprentice fails one assessment method or more, they will be awarded an overall fail.

To achieve an overall pass, the apprentice must achieve at least a pass in all the assessment methods. To achieve an overall EPA merit, the apprentice must gain a distinction in the presentation with questions underpinned by work based evidence and a distinction in either the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence or the multiple choice test, and a pass in the remaining assessment method. To achieve an overall EPA distinction, the apprentice must gain a distinction in presentation with questions underpinned by work based evidence, a distinction in the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence and the multiple choice test and a pass in the observation with questions.

Grades from individual assessment methods must be combined in the following way to determine the grade of the EPA overall.

Multiple-choice test Observation with questions Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence Overall Grading
Any grade Any grade Any grade Fail Fail
Any grade Any grade Fail Any grade Fail
Any grade Fail Any grade Any grade Fail
Fail Any grade Any grade Any grade Fail
Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass
Distinction Pass Pass Pass Pass
Pass Pass Distinction Pass Pass
Pass Pass Pass Distinction Pass
Distinction Pass Distinction Pass Merit
Pass Pass Distinction Distinction Merit
Distinction Pass Distinction Distinction Distinction

Re-sits and re-takes

If the apprentice fails one assessment method or more, they can take a re-sit or a re-take at their employer’s discretion. The apprentice’s employer needs to agree that a re-sit or re-take is appropriate. A re-sit does not need further learning, whereas a re-take does. The apprentice should have a supportive action plan to prepare for a re-sit or a re-take.

The employer and the EPAO should agree the timescale for a re-sit or re-take. A re-sit is typically taken within 3 months of the EPA outcome notification. The timescale for a re-take is dependent on how much re-training is required and is typically taken within 4 months of the EPA outcome notification.

Failed assessment methods must be re-sat or re-taken within a 6-month period from the EPA outcome notification, otherwise the entire EPA will need to be re-sat or re-taken in full.

Re-sits and re-takes are not offered to an apprentice wishing to move from pass to a higher grade.

The apprentice will get a maximum EPA grade of if pass they need to re-sit or re-take one or more assessment methods, unless the EPAO determines there are exceptional circumstances.

Roles and responsibilities

Roles Responsibilities

Apprentice

As a minimum, the apprentice should:

  • complete on-programme training to meet the KSBs as outlined in the apprenticeship standard for a minimum of 12 months
  • complete the required amount of off-the-job training specified by the apprenticeship funding rules and as arranged by the employer and training provider
  • understand the purpose and importance of EPA
  • prepare for and undertake the EPA including meeting all gateway requirements

Employer

As a minimum, the apprentice's employer must:

  • select the training provider 
  • work with the training provider to select the EPAO 
  • work with the training provider, where applicable, to support the apprentice in the workplace and to provide the opportunities for the apprentice to develop the KSBs
  • arrange and support off-the-job training to be undertaken by the apprentice 
  • decide when the apprentice is working at or above the apprenticeship standard and is ready for EPA
  • ensure the apprentice is prepared for the EPA
  • ensure that all supporting evidence required at the gateway is submitted in line with this EPA plan
  • confirm arrangements with the EPAO for the EPA in a timely manner, including who, when, where
  • provide the EPAO with access to any employer-specific documentation as required for example, company policies
  • ensure that the EPA is scheduled with the EPAO for a date and time which allows appropriate opportunity for the apprentice to meet the KSBs
  • ensure the apprentice is given sufficient time away from regular duties to prepare for, and complete the EPA
  • ensure that any required supervision during the EPA period, as stated within this EPA plan, is in place
  • ensure the apprentice has access to the resources used to fulfil their role and carry out the EPA for workplace based assessments
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA
  • pass the certificate to the apprentice upon receipt

EPAO

As a minimum, the EPAO must:

  • conform to the requirements of this EPA plan and deliver its requirements in a timely manner
  • conform to the requirements of the apprenticeship provider and assessment register
  • conform to the requirements of the external quality assurance provider (EQAP)
  • understand the apprenticeship including the occupational standard and EPA plan 
  • make all necessary contractual arrangements including agreeing the price of the EPA
  • develop and produce assessment materials including specifications and marking materials, for example mark schemes, practice materials, training material
  • maintain and apply a policy for the declaration and management of conflict of interests and independence. This must ensure, as a minimum, there is no personal benefit or detriment for those delivering the EPA or from the result of an assessment. It must cover:
    • apprentices
    • employers
    • independent assessors
    • any other roles involved in delivery or grading of the EPA
  • have quality assurance systems and procedures that ensure fair, reliable and consistent assessment and maintain records of internal quality assurance (IQA) activity for external quality assurance (EQA) purposes
  • appoint independent, competent, and suitably qualified assessors in line with the requirements of this EPA plan
  • appoint administrators, invigilators and any other roles where required to facilitate the EPA
  • deliver induction, initial and on-going training for all their independent assessors and any other roles involved in the delivery or grading of the EPA as specified within this EPA plan. This should include how to record the rationale and evidence for grading decisions where required 
  • conduct standardisation with all their independent assessors before allowing them to deliver an EPA, when the EPA is updated, and at least once a year 
  • conduct moderation across all of their independent assessors decisions once EPAs have started according to a sampling plan, with associated risk rating of independent assessors 
  • monitor the performance of all their independent assessors and provide additional training where necessary 
  • develop and provide assessment recording documentation to ensure a clear and auditable process is in place for providing assessment decisions and feedback to all relevant stakeholders 
  • use language in the development and delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the apprenticeship
  • arrange for the EPA to take place in a timely manner, in consultation with the employer
  • provide information, advice, and guidance documentation to enable apprentices, employers and training providers to prepare for the EPA
  • confirm the gateway requirements have been met before they start the EPA for an apprentice
  • arrange a suitable venue for the EPA
  • maintain the security of the EPA including, but not limited to, verifying the identity of the apprentice, invigilation and security of materials
  • where the EPA plan permits assessment away from the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the required resources and liaise with the employer to agree this if necessary
  • confirm the overall grade awarded
  • maintain and apply a policy for conducting appeals

Independent assessor

As a minimum, an independent assessor must: 

  • be independent, with no conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider, specifically, they must not receive a personal benefit or detriment from the result of the assessment
  • have, maintain and be able to evidence up-to-date knowledge and expertise of the occupation
  • have the competence to assess the EPA and meet the requirements of the IQA section of this EPA plan
  • understand the apprenticeship’s occupational standard and EPA plan
  • attend induction and standardisation events before they conduct an EPA for the first time, when the EPA is updated, and at least once a year
  • use language in the delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the apprenticeship
  • work with other personnel, where used, in the preparation and delivery of assessment methods
  • conduct the EPA to assess the apprentice against the KSBs and in line with the EPA plan
  • make final grading decisions in line with this EPA plan
  • record and report assessment outcome decisions
  • comply with the IQA requirements of the EPAO
  • comply with external quality assurance (EQA) requirements

Training provider

As a minimum, the training provider must: 

  • conform to the requirements of the apprenticeship provider and assessment register
  • ensure procedures are in place to mitigate against any conflict of interest
  • work with the employer and support the apprentice during the off-the-job training to provide the opportunities to develop the KSBs as outlined in the occupational standard
  • deliver training to the apprentice as outlined in their apprenticeship agreement
  • monitor the apprentice’s progress during any training provider led on-programme learning
  • ensure the apprentice is prepared for the EPA
  • work with the employer to select the EPAO 
  • advise the employer, upon request, on the apprentice’s readiness for EPA
  • ensure that all supporting evidence required at the gateway is submitted in line with this EPA plan
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA

Marker

As a minimum, the marker must:

  • attend induction training as directed by the EPAO 
  • have no direct connection or conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider
  • mark test answers in line with the EPAO’s mark scheme and procedures 

Invigilator

As a minimum, the invigilator must: 

  • attend induction training as directed by the EPAO 
  • not invigilate an assessment, solely, if they have delivered the assessed content to the apprentice 
  • invigilate and supervise the apprentice during tests and in breaks during assessment methods to prevent malpractice in line with the EPAO’s invigilation procedures 

Reasonable adjustments

The EPAO must have reasonable adjustments arrangements for the EPA.

This should include:

  • how an apprentice qualifies for a reasonable adjustment
  • what reasonable adjustments may be made

Adjustments must maintain the validity, reliability and integrity of the EPA as outlined in this EPA plan.

Special considerations

The EPAO must have special consideration arrangements for the EPA.

This should include:

  • how an apprentice qualifies for a special consideration
  • what special considerations will be given

Special considerations must maintain the validity, reliability and integrity of the EPA as outlined in this EPA plan.

Internal quality assurance

Internal quality assurance refers to the strategies, policies and procedures that an EPAO must have in place to ensure valid, consistent and reliable EPA decisions.

EPAOs for this EPA must adhere to the requirements within the roles and responsibilities table.

They must also appoint independent assessors who:

  • have recent relevant experience of the occupation or sector to at least occupational level 2 gained in the last 3 years or significant experience of the occupation or sector

Value for money

Affordability of the EPA will be aided by using at least some of the following:

  • completing applicable assessment methods online, for example computer-based assessment
  • utilising digital remote platforms to conduct applicable assessment methods
  • using the employer’s premises

Professional recognition

This apprenticeship is not aligned to professional recognition.

KSB mapping table

Knowledge Assessment methods
K1

Awareness of health, safety and welfare regulations, standards, and guidance and impact on role of the team and other construction trades. Employer and employee responsibilities. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH). Fire safety. Health and Safety at Work Act. Building Safety Act Asbestos awareness. Manual handling. Fire extinguishers. Safety signage. Situational awareness. Slips, trips, and falls. Working in confined spaces. Working at height. Electrical safety. Reporting injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR), Provision and use of work equipment regulations (PUWER) and near miss reporting, signage and meaning.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K2

Safety Control equipment and safety techniques: Personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and dust suppression.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K3

Types incidents - accidents, near misses. Mitigation methods.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K4

Moving, handling and storing of materials, including loading and unloading of materials.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K5

Licences required for moving and handling site equipment.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K6

Industry legislation and regulations that apply to working in the curtain wall profession Legislation, standards and regulations associated with curtain wall activities.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K7

Application and types of face caps and gaskets.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K8

Curtain wall markets: domestic, commercial and public sector.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K9

Characteristics, qualities and uses of curtain wall products and an awareness of specialist products for enhanced performance, safety, security and fire rating.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K10

Types of use of fixings, anchors and brackets used to secure curtain wall systems.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K11

Pre-installation inspection methods and techniques: compliant with specification and fault rectification.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K12

Methods of interpreting and extracting relevant information from drawings, specifications, digital documents including Building information modelling (BIM) and work instructions, including confirming installation requirements.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K13

Written communication techniques. Plain English principles using curtain wall terminology.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K14

Verbal communication techniques. Giving and receiving information and matching style to audience.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K15

Planning, work scheduling, and time management techniques for curtain wall installation for self and others.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K16

Setting out techniques: positioning, gridlines, datums and comparing to approved drawings.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K17

Project testing techniques, purpose and consequence of unsatisfactory results.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K18

Site specific inductions, toolbox talks, risk assessments and control measures, method statements and hazard identification in the work area.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K19

Environmental management systems and standards. Environmental Protection Act. Environmental signage, notices and permits. Types of pollution and control measures: waste and disposal of hazardous waste.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K20

The importance and considerations of the environment: U values, R Values, airtightness, acoustic performance, and applicable building regulations.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K21

Power tools check, use, maintenance and storage, defect or fault identification.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K22

Curtain wall errors: during installation; drainage errors, investigation, reporting and rectification techniques.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K23

Principles of structure checks: floor check, correct to drawing, full height curtain wall installation, structural clashes, building structure and structural irregularities. Types of position and uses of load bearing and wind restraint bracketry.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K24

Material compatibility: incompatibility and how to prevent bi-metallic corrosion.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K25

Position and installation techniques of windows and doors.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K26

Positioning and installation techniques of glazed and infill panels.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K27

Installation checking techniques: Line, level and plumb.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K28

Sealing methods, purpose and use.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K29

Causes and consequences of deflection.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K30

Ventilation systems and requirements in curtain walling systems.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K31

Torque system settings and how to adjust.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K32

Application and use of support or setting blocks.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K33

Toggle and pressure plate purpose and use.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K34

Post-installation inspection requirements including defect identification and pre handover checks.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
K35

Architectural finishes to curtain wall.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K36

Employment types (self-employed and employed), small business start-up principles and tax responsibilities.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K37

Signs of wellbeing and mental health within the workplace, and signposting to available support Inclusion, equity and diversity in the workplace.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K38

Apply team working principles.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
Skill Assessment methods
S1

Comply with health and safety regulations, standards, and guidance.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S2

Apply environmental and sustainable principles in compliance with regulations standards and systems for example segregate resources for reuse, recycling and disposal.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S3

Implement and monitor safe systems of work and control measures.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S4

Comply with industry standards, guidance and tolerances.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S5

Identify and use safety control equipment including RPE, dust suppression and PPE.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S6

Interpret and extract information using paper based or digital sources for example from drawings, specifications, production plans and work instructions.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S7

Handle, load, unload and store curtain wall products safely to minimise damage.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S8

Check, use and store power tools and equipment.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S9

Verbally communicate with colleagues using industry terminology.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S10

Apply written communication techniques: Site documentation, checklists, email and handover documents.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S11

Use lifting, moving and handling equipment for installation.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S12

Set out for curtain walling.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S13

Install glazed and infill panels and secure into place with pressure plates or toggles.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S14

Install windows and doors into curtain wall systems.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S15

Apply face caps and gaskets.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S16

Use fixings, anchors and brackets.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S17

Apply sealants to curtain wall system.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S18

Check curtain wall is plumb, line and level.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S19

Use support or setting blocks.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S20

Manage time and tasks to meet project deadlines.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S21

Carry out post installation checks, complete workplace documentation and report any issues.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S22

Carry out pre-installation inspection and checks.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
S23

Carry out and record planned and unplanned learning opportunities and development activities.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S24

Apply team working principles.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
Behaviour Assessment methods
B1

Take personal responsibility for their own health and safety.

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
B2

Support equity, diversity, and inclusivity in the workplace.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B3

Collaborate and promote teamwork across disciplines and external stakeholders.

Back to Grading
Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence
B4

Committed to continued professional development (CPD) to maintain and enhance competence in their own area of practice.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B5

Respond and adapt to work demands and situations and know when to seek advice from others.

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Mapping of KSBs to grade themes

Observation with questions

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Health and safety
K2
S1 S5
B1

Safety Control equipment and safety techniques: Personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and dust suppression. (K2)

Comply with health and safety regulations, standards, and guidance. (S1)

Identify and use safety control equipment including RPE, dust suppression and PPE. (S5)

Take personal responsibility for their own health and safety. (B1)

Documentation
K12
S6

Methods of interpreting and extracting relevant information from drawings, specifications, digital documents including Building information modelling (BIM) and work instructions, including confirming installation requirements. (K12)

Interpret and extract information using paper based or digital sources for example from drawings, specifications, production plans and work instructions. (S6)

None

Verbal communication
K14
S9

Verbal communication techniques. Giving and receiving information and matching style to audience. (K14)

Verbally communicate with colleagues using industry terminology. (S9)

None

Tools and equipment
K21
S8

Power tools check, use, maintenance and storage, defect or fault identification. (K21)

Check, use and store power tools and equipment. (S8)

None

Position and install
K26 K27 K33
S13 S18

Positioning and installation techniques of glazed and infill panels. (K26)

Installation checking techniques: Line, level and plumb. (K27)

Toggle and pressure plate purpose and use. (K33)

Install glazed and infill panels and secure into place with pressure plates or toggles. (S13)

Check curtain wall is plumb, line and level. (S18)

None

Presentation with questions underpinned by work-based evidence

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Pre-installation
K11
S22

Pre-installation inspection methods and techniques: compliant with specification and fault rectification. (K11)

Carry out pre-installation inspection and checks. (S22)

None

Setting out
K16
S12

Setting out techniques: positioning, gridlines, datums and comparing to approved drawings. (K16)

Set out for curtain walling. (S12)

None

Moving and handling
K4
S7

Moving, handling and storing of materials, including loading and unloading of materials. (K4)

Handle, load, unload and store curtain wall products safely to minimise damage. (S7)

None

Fixings
K10
S16

Types of use of fixings, anchors and brackets used to secure curtain wall systems. (K10)

Use fixings, anchors and brackets. (S16)

None

Position and install
K25 K32
S14 S19

Position and installation techniques of windows and doors. (K25)

Application and use of support or setting blocks. (K32)

Install windows and doors into curtain wall systems. (S14)

Use support or setting blocks. (S19)

None

Finishing and post-installation
K7 K28 K34
S15 S17 S21

Application and types of face caps and gaskets. (K7)

Sealing methods, purpose and use. (K28)

Post-installation inspection requirements including defect identification and pre handover checks. (K34)

Apply face caps and gaskets. (S15)

Apply sealants to curtain wall system. (S17)

Carry out post installation checks, complete workplace documentation and report any issues. (S21)

None

Legislation, regulation and environmental
K6 K19
S2 S4

Industry legislation and regulations that apply to working in the curtain wall profession Legislation, standards and regulations associated with curtain wall activities. (K6)

Environmental management systems and standards. Environmental Protection Act. Environmental signage, notices and permits. Types of pollution and control measures: waste and disposal of hazardous waste. (K19)

Apply environmental and sustainable principles in compliance with regulations standards and systems for example segregate resources for reuse, recycling and disposal. (S2)

Comply with industry standards, guidance and tolerances. (S4)

None

Team working
K38
S24
B3

Apply team working principles. (K38)

Apply team working principles. (S24)

Collaborate and promote teamwork across disciplines and external stakeholders. (B3)

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Health and safety
K18
S3

Site specific inductions, toolbox talks, risk assessments and control measures, method statements and hazard identification in the work area. (K18)

Implement and monitor safe systems of work and control measures. (S3)

None

Characteristics and finishes
K9 K35

Characteristics, qualities and uses of curtain wall products and an awareness of specialist products for enhanced performance, safety, security and fire rating. (K9)

Architectural finishes to curtain wall. (K35)

None

None

Written communication
K13
S10

Written communication techniques. Plain English principles using curtain wall terminology. (K13)

Apply written communication techniques: Site documentation, checklists, email and handover documents. (S10)

None

Moving and handling

S11

None

Use lifting, moving and handling equipment for installation. (S11)

None

Errors, Causes and adjustments
K22 K29 K31

Curtain wall errors: during installation; drainage errors, investigation, reporting and rectification techniques. (K22)

Causes and consequences of deflection. (K29)

Torque system settings and how to adjust. (K31)

None

None

Wellbeing, EDI and CPD
K37
S23
B2 B4

Signs of wellbeing and mental health within the workplace, and signposting to available support Inclusion, equity and diversity in the workplace. (K37)

Carry out and record planned and unplanned learning opportunities and development activities. (S23)

Support equity, diversity, and inclusivity in the workplace. (B2)

Committed to continued professional development (CPD) to maintain and enhance competence in their own area of practice. (B4)

Time management
K15
S20
B5

Planning, work scheduling, and time management techniques for curtain wall installation for self and others. (K15)

Manage time and tasks to meet project deadlines. (S20)

Respond and adapt to work demands and situations and know when to seek advice from others. (B5)

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Employers involved in creating the standard: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service: Fire and Rescue, The Window Company Ltd

Version log

Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
Revised version awaiting implementation Occupational standard, end-point assessment plan and funding band revised 17/06/2024 Not set Not set
1.0 Approved for delivery 03/02/2020 16/06/2024 Not set

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