Overview of the role

Providing technical support to transport planners to help manage and improve transport services and systems.

Details of standard

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in small specialist firms to large multi-national and multi-disciplinary consultancies and contractors, to local authorities, Government departments and agencies. Transport planning technicians may be found in academia, research organisations, in providers of infrastructure and transport, and with developers and financing companies with transport interests

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide technical support in the planning, design, implementation or assessment of transport planning policies, plans and projects. Transport planning technicians will use their broad knowledge and skills base to support the delivery of, or improvement to, local, regional, national or international transport systems or services that are appropriately risk assessed and sustainable. They will also use data analysis and digital technologies to model and forecast the demand for transport or travel, enabling technicians to identify how they may influence choice, or assess and appraise various modes of transport or travel. Transport planning technicians connect transport with land use planning to support economic growth, protect the environment and support social cohesion through consideration of security, safety and inclusion

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with members of their own team, each contributing to the delivery of transport projects, processes and/or policies. Transport planning technicians may communicate and work with other professionals across their organisation, including those involved in planning, environmental assessment, engineering and construction, but they could also liaise with a wide range of stakeholders including the general public and regulatory bodies. The majority of their time will be spent working in an office environment, with the potential for occasional work visiting sites, clients, customers or suppliers

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for initiating and completing assigned transport planning tasks to defined specifications within agreed timescales and budget, following best practice and policy and regulatory requirements, whilst maintaining high levels of professional conduct, ethical behaviour and integrity. Transport planning technicians will typically be working with a more senior transport planning professional, providing technical input on transport planning projects which can be challenging, complex and non-routine

Typical job titles include:

Assistant planner Assistant technician Assistant transport planner Transport planning assistant Transport planning technican

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprentices, but many will be seeking candidates with an aptitude for handling data and have a desire to work in transport planning with a passion for helping develop creative solutions.

Apprentice candidates will typically have at least 5 GCSEs at Grades A*-C / 9-4 including Maths, English and Science or their equivalent.

Occupation duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 1 Assist in the planning, design, implementation or assessment of transport planning solutions, by carrying out data collection, analysis and evaluation.

K1 K3 K5 K9

S1 S3 S4 S11 S12

B2 B3 B4

Duty 2 Ensure safe systems of work are applied, hazards and risks are identified and mitigated in their own work and demonstrate compliance with industry standards, and with health, safety and environmental regulations.

K2 K7 K8 K9

S2 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12

B1 B2

Duty 3 Communicate effectively with a range of audiences, such as internal and external stakeholders, through the preparation of written reports and presentations.

K6 K8

S4 S6 S7 S9 S10 S11

B2 B4 B5 B6

Duty 4 Undertake planning for transport and travel in a way that influences travel behaviours and improves sustainability, safety, security and inclusion.

K1 K2 K5 K7

S1 S3 S6 S8 S12

B1 B2 B5 B6

Duty 5 Contribute to the modelling of transport and traffic systems, by preparing and producing models using digital technologies to agreed specifications, industry codes, policies and regulations, standards and procedures.

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K7 K9

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S8 S9 S10 S12

B1 B2 B4

Duty 6 Collect, interpret and analyse inter-related and often dynamic technical information and data, to inform the development of policies, plans or projects.

K1 K2 K3 K5

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5

B2 B5

Duty 7 Participate in community, or stakeholder engagement, or public consultations.

K5 K6 K10

S6 S11

B4 B5 B6

Duty 8 Use the quality management and assurance systems available to, proactively plan and, manage tasks which and contribute to the delivery of larger work programmes of work.

K7 K8

S7 S9 S10 S11

B2 B4 B5

Duty 9 Undertake transport planning with consideration for, and application of, ethical principles.

K6 K10

S6 S8 S9 S12

B1 B6 B7

Duty 10 Maintain their own learning and skills development by carrying out continuing professional development in line with professional codes of conduct and/or industry specifications and obligations.


S12 S13

B2 B5 B6 B7



K1: Principles and processes used for the design, assessment and appraisal of transport planning, underpinned by appropriate analytical, scientific and technical knowledge and understanding. Back to Duty

K2: National, regional and local policies, transport regulations and planning acts, and how they interface with each other. Back to Duty

K3: Key principles, techniques and methods of data collection, analysis and evaluation used in the delivery of transport planning solutions. Back to Duty

K4: Transport models and forecasting techniques, using computer-based software system/packages, and their use in the sector for assessment and appraisal. Back to Duty

K5: The various modes of transport and travel, including an awareness of travel behaviours and the demand drivers and factors that affect choice. Back to Duty

K6: Techniques for, and interpretation of, stakeholder engagement and public consultation used within transport and travel planning. Back to Duty

K7: Statutory health and safety policies, procedures and regulations that must be adhered to in the transport planning environment. Back to Duty

K8: Project management, quality assurance systems and continuous improvement as applied to transport planning. Back to Duty

K9: Principles of sustainable development as applied to transport and travel planning. Back to Duty

K10: Ethical principles as applied to transport planning. Back to Duty

K11: The values and standards by which they record and maintain their professional conduct and technical knowledge and skills through CPD. Back to Duty


S1: Apply principles and processes of transport planning including analytical, scientific and technical know-how to transport planning solutions. Back to Duty

S2: Use national, regional and local policies, transport or planning regulations when contributing to, or appraising, transport planning solutions or improving transport systems and services. Back to Duty

S3: Apply key principles, techniques and methods of data collection, analysis and evaluation to support the planning, design, implementation or assessment of transport planning solutions. Back to Duty

S4: Plan and carry out data collection, analysis, evaluation, and report the outputs through appropriate means using relevant conventions and terminology. Back to Duty

S5: Use models to forecast demand using appropriate software packages for data gathering and analysis. Back to Duty

S6: Apply techniques and processes for design, delivery and interpretation of stakeholder or community engagement or public consultation activities. Back to Duty

S7: Apply document control processes and procedures using the approved processes, maintaining quality compliance when creating or amending transport planning or design documentation. Back to Duty

S8: Support and contribute to the production of transport planning solutions with consideration for economic, security, cultural and societal, well-being, and the environment. Back to Duty

S9: Plan, carry out and manage own work, recognising the wider implications to others, such as client, customer or end-user needs, and within cost and resource limitations. Back to Duty

S10: Apply statutory health and safety policies and procedures in the transport planning environment, using risk assessment processes, procedures and documentation. Back to Duty

S11: Communicate using appropriate methods for the audience incorporating relevant and appropriate terms, standards and data. Back to Duty

S12: Apply sustainable and ethical principles to planning for transport and travel. Back to Duty

S13: Plan, undertake, record and review their own professional competence, regularly updating their CPD to improve performance. Back to Duty


B1: Complies with statutory and industry regulations and policies. Back to Duty

B2: Works independently, operating in a systematic, proactive and transparent way, knowing their limitations and when to ask for support or escalate. Back to Duty

B3: Applies a structured approach to problem solving with attention to detail, accuracy and diligence. Back to Duty

B4: Is motivated when collaborating in teams and with other stakeholders, offering sensible challenge, reflects on and provides constructive feedback and contributes to discussions. Back to Duty

B5: Acts professionally with a positive and respectful attitude; can reflect on own learning, is receptive to constructive feedback and resilient when facing challenge. Back to Duty

B6: Maintains professional and ethical working relationships with internal, external and connected stakeholders, recognising the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion. Back to Duty

B7: Takes responsibility for their own professional development, seeking opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skills and experience. Back to Duty


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.

Other mandatory qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Transport Planning

Level: 3

Professional recognition

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) for Engineering Technician (EngTech)
  • Transport Planning Society (TPS) for Transport Planning Technician (TPTech)

Additional details

Occupational Level:


Duration (months):



this apprenticeship will be reviewed in accordance with our change request policy.

Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 3
Reference: ST0336
Version: 1.1
Date updated: 24/11/2021
Approved for delivery: 11 May 2016
Route: Construction and the built environment
Typical duration to gateway: 30 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £13000
LARS Code: 100
EQA Provider: Ofqual
Employers involved in creating the standard: Atkins, Arup, London Borough of Hackney, CH2MHill, Curtins, Highways Agency, Hyder Consulting, Leeds City Council, Mott MacDonald, Odyssey Markides, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Peter Brett Associates, Transport for London, WSP, Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation, Transport Planning Society

Version log

Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
1.1 Standard, Funding and End-point assessment plan revised. 24/08/2020 Not set Not set
1.0 Retired 11/05/2016 23/08/2020 Not set

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