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Landscape technician

Details of standard

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in the construction, horticultural, digital, creative and design, environmental and planning sectors.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to work with and support landscape professionals in designing, planning and managing spaces in both natural and built environments. They work to meet project requirements and support these other professionals in protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public, communities, stakeholders and clients. Landscape Technicians use a wide range of technical skills and are at the forefront of technological innovation.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with clients, planners, landscape architects, architects, landscape managers, urban designers, ecologists, engineers, arboriculturists, park managers, local and national Government departments, non-governmental organisations, the public, local communities and many others. The work includes a mixture of office based and outdoor activities.
An employee in this occupation will be responsible for some of their own work and will work under supervision of landscape professionals and managers in more complex areas.

Typical job titles include:

Junior Landscape Architect, Landscape Assistant, Landscape Technician, Landscape Visualiser Landscape CAD Technician, BIM Technician, GIS Technician, Landscape Technologist, Assistant Parks Manager, Parks Officer, Landscape Clerk of Works

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for the apprenticeship will typically be five GCSEs at Grade 4 (Grade C) or higher including Maths and English or a Level 2 apprenticeship in a relevant discipline but the final decision is that of each employer. 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 English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to an English qualification for those for whom this is their primary language.


Occupation duties

Duty

KSBs

Duty 1 Prepare drawings, documents, graphics and visualisations for landscape schemes from concept stage to detailed design and construction to aftercare and management.

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8

S2 S3 S4 S5 S7 S9

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 2 Contribute to planning applications and other regulatory procedures

K1 K2 K4 K7 K8

S3 S5 S7 S9

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 3 Use Computer Aided Design (CAD), other software and traditional drawing methods

K3 K4 K7 K10

S2 S3 S4 S5 S7 S9

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 4 Prepare detailed specifications for suitable hard and soft landscape materials

K1 K2 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9

S5 S7 S9

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 5 Prepare and present of maps and plans using computer-aided design (CAD) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to support data gathering of sites and study areas

K2 K3 K10

S1 S4 S6

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 6 Work with and support landscape professionals to deliver projects, record completed work on site, produce as built/record drawings and schedules and manage contracts

K3 K4 K7 K9

S3 S5 S7 S8 S9

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 7 Undertake simple site investigations, analysis and appraisals

K1 K2 K3 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10

S1 S6 S9

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 8 Prepare maintenance and management information for landscape schemes, parks and green spaces.

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10

S3 S4 S6 S7 S8 S9

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 9 Undertake research to support a landscape design or management process

K4 K9 K10

S6 S9

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 10 Coordinate analogue and digital information

K3 K4 K9 K10

S3 S4 S6 S9

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 11 Provide support for other landscape professionals

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5


KSBs

Knowledge

K1: Landscape design and management - Principles of landscape design and management and their role in shaping the landscape. The importance of promoting biodiversity, health and wellbeing, accessibility, and sense of place. Understanding barriers to access and potential solutions. Best practice standards including the Green Flag Award. Back to Duty

K2: Site analysis - Principles of site investigation, analysis and appraisal. Understanding constraints and opportunities associated with sites, such as trees and other landscape elements. Back to Duty

K3: Technology - Appropriate technologies typically including computer-aided design, Building Information Modelling, Geographic Information Systems, 3D modelling and visualisation, graphics and other relevant software and how they interface with one another. Information exchange processes and systems. Back to Duty

K4: Conveying ideas and information - The methods and approaches that can be used to convey ideas to clients, stakeholders and the public typically including graphic design, reports, visualization, photography and graphics software, landscape strategies, maintenance and management plans. Back to Duty

K5: Materials - Hard landscape materials and construction methods. Paths and other circulation routes, drainage (including Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems), ornamental features and furniture. Back to Duty

K6: Plant science - Plant identification and maintenance. Growth habits, lifespan and horticultural requirements. Types of planting typically including native habitats, urban trees and ornamental. Soil types, climate and topography. Back to Duty

K7: Legal and regulatory compliance - Landscape, planning and environmental related legislation, requirements, policies and procedures including but not limited to, planning applications, Environmental Impact Assessment legislation, statutory and non statutory designations associated with landscape. Building Regulations particularly Parts K and M. Health and safety at work and on site including the Construction, Design and Management Regulations. Equality law. Law of contract and law of tort. The role of the Landscape Institute including the Code of Conduct. Back to Duty

K8: Sustainability - How and why sustainability seeks to balance economic, environmental and social objectives. Back to Duty

K9: Organisations - The different types of organisation providing landscape services and the role of the landscape technician in working towards business objectives. How to deliver high standards of client and customer care. Back to Duty

K10: Data collection and management - Key principles of data collection, data management and confidentiality. Law and regulation of data including General Data Protection Regulations and Freedom of Information. Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Undertake site surveys and inspections - Undertake site surveys and inspections and record findings in an appropriate format. Take account of natural processes, habitats and biodiversity and the topographical and physical environment including nearby structures, water courses, services. Back to Duty

S2: Prepare basic landscape designs - Assist with the preparation of landscape designs accounting for the physical and social context. Consider the potential to improve health and wellbeing, sensory design and ensure schemes are accessible and inclusive for all. Apply the principles of sustainability. Back to Duty

S3: Convey ideas - Contribute to conveying ideas to clients, stakeholders, volunteers and the public typically using reports, photography, visualisation, presentations and graphics software. Back to Duty

S4: Use technology - Use technology typically including computer-aided design, Building Information Modelling, Geographic Information Systems and Excel. Back to Duty

S5: Contribute to the preparation of drawings and specifications for landscape schemes. Back to Duty

S6: Research - Undertake desk and site based landscape research. Back to Duty

S7: Legal and regulatory compliance - Comply with relevant landscape, parks, planning, building and environmental related legislation, requirements, policies and procedures. Follow health and safety procedures at work and on site Back to Duty

S8: Contract process - Contribute to the implementation or aftercare of landscape projects and comply with or ensure compliance with contract terms Back to Duty

S9: Personal effectiveness - Communicate clearly in writing and verbally. Manage work and time. Work independently and as part of a team. Interact with other built environment professionals. Back to Duty

Behaviors

B1: Adopt the Landscape Institute's standards of conduct and practice Back to Duty

B2: Commitment to continuing professional development Back to Duty

B3: Be reliable, act with integrity and have respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters, including appropriate use of social media and information systems Back to Duty

B4: Pay attention to detail Back to Duty

B5: Be adaptable Back to Duty


Qualifications

English & 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.

Professional Recognition

This standard has professional recognition.

Body Level
Landscape Institute / Technician


Additional details

Occupational Level:

3

Duration (months):

24

Review

This standard will be reviewed after three years.

Status: In development
Proposal approved Standard approved Assessment plan approved
Level: 3
Reference: ST0741
Version: 1
Date updated: 22/05/2019
Route: Construction
Typical duration: 24 months
Trailblazer contact(s): colin.pill@tylergrange.co.uk
Employers involved in creating the standard: Tyler Grange, Re-form Landscapes, Meiloci, Munro-Whitten, LUC, Gillespies, The Environment Partnership, Capita, Birmingham Council, Amey, Arup, Farrer Huxley Associates, BDP, Fira Landscape Architects, LDA Design, LHC Design, Highways England, Winchester City Council, Townshed Landscape Architects, Wilder Associates, The Landscape Institute

Version log

Version Date updated Change Previous version
1 22/05/2019 Standard first published

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