Key information

  1. Reference: ST0263
  2. Date updated: 21/08/2023
  3. Level: 3
  4. Route: Construction and the built environment
  5. Regulated occupation: No

This occupational standard has options. This document is currently showing the following option:

Print occupational standard

Details of the occupational standard

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in both the new build and refurbishment construction sector. The construction industry is central to creating the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure society needs. There is growing demand for carpenters and joiners to help meet the need for the transition to modern methods of construction, heritage projects and sustainability.

The broad purpose of the occupation is working with wood-based materials and associated products to create and install complex building components. This typically involves shaping and cutting materials, installing finished materials like complex or decorative components. All work needs to be carried out safely, using the appropriate tools and to the quality specified.

This occupation includes two different options and people will either work on a construction site as an Advanced Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Advanced Architectural Joiner.

Advanced Site Carpenters work on building sites in the construction of domestic and commercial properties, preparing and installing complex and bespoke building components. They prepare, construct and erect irregular and complex roof structures.

Advanced Architectural Joiners are employed in a workshop creating complex building components by setting out, marking out and create assembled products requiring advanced skilled work including the full range of woodworking machines. There will often be a need for refurbishment or repair work of bespoke pieces.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation liaises with other construction roles such as bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers, supervisors, site management, architects, designers, contractors and customers.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for working in a team, lead others, using machinery and tools to create, refurbish or repair structures or components. Having attained this level of competence, they could progress further in the industry as team leaders, trade forepersons, contract or works managers.

Typical job titles include:

Advanced architectural joiner Advanced site carpenter

Core 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 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K19 K20 K21

S1 S2 S3 S6

B1 B2 B3 B5 B6

Duty 2 Interpret technical specifications including digital information, identify requirements, develop the work programme and schedule, plan their own work and that of the team accordingly, ensuring this is communicated clearly to colleagues

K2 K4 K5 K7 K11 K12 K14 K15 K16

S1 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S10 S11 S12

B3 B5

Duty 3 Select the required quantity and quality of resources required for carrying out complex and non-standard work, including timber, tools and fixings.

K4 K5 K7 K9 K15 K16 K18 K21

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S8 S12

B5

Duty 4 Plan and organise the work site including setting out the work site, materials, tools and equipment appropriate to the project for self and others.

K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 K10 K11 K13 K16 K18 K21

S1 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S9 S12

B1 B3 B5

Duty 5 Plan the work to obtain optimum environmental, quality and schedule performance from the team

K1 K4 K7 K8 K11 K12 K16

S1 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8

B1 B3 B5

Duty 6 Complete work of fire door systems in accordance with current legislation

K1 K4 K6 K10

S1 S2 S3 S6

B1 B5

Duty 7 Carry out their work in compliance with all current and relevant building regulations and quality standards, where appropriate checking the work of others for compliance including the installation of fire door system

K1 K2 K4 K6 K15

S1 S2 S3 S6 S8

B1 B3 B5

Duty 8 Take a lead when working in a team, especially when complex or non-standard work is involved

K1 K2 K7 K8 K9 K11 K16

S4 S7

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 9 Utilise a range of advanced skills which allow them to carry out complex carpentry or joinery work to demanding tolerances and industry standards including measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing

K1 K15

S2

B1 B3 B5

Duty 10 Collaborate with stakeholders, clients and other construction roles, including programming and technical matters

K11 K12 K14 K16 K19 K20

S4 S7 S10 S11

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 11 Carry out quality checks of own and others work against specification and take action where required, providing remedial work instructions to others

K17

S4 S8 S10 S11

B1 B3 B5

Duty 12 Lead by example and promote sustainable building practices

K5 K8 K9 K13

S6

B2 B3 B4 B5 B6

Duty 13 Carry out pre-use checks of all tools and equipment to be used for the project by self and colleagues, providing training and instruction where necessary

K1 K3

S11

B1 B3 B5 B6

Option duties

Craft Site Carpenter duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 14 Install complex and non-standard doors and window frames, shaped door and hatch linings, partitions with changes of direction and staircases with turns.

K24 K25 K26 K27 K28

S14 S15

B1

Duty 15 Carry out complex site carpentry tasks conforming to all current and relevant building regulations, quality standards and specifications

K22 K23 K24 K25 K28

S13 S14 S15 S19

Duty 16 Install accessible service encasements, bespoke wall and floor units, fitments, panelling and stair components (e.g. balustrades, handrails and spindles to staircases with turns)

K22 K23 K25

S13 S14 S15 S16

Duty 17 Erect inclined roofs with gables, roof verges and eaves, including finishings, joists and roof coverings, dormers and features

K26

S16 S17

Duty 18 Repair, modify, maintain and or replace frames, mouldings, floor or flat roof joist coverings, door and window ironmongery, window components, structural joists and rafters, window components, guttering and downpipes

K20 K24 K26 K27

S13 S18 S19

Craft Architectural Joiner duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 19 Carry out complex architectural carpentry tasks conforming to all current and relevant building regulations, quality standards and specifications.

K31 K32

S22 S24 S25

Duty 20 Fit and assemble non-standard complex timber products

K31 K32

S21 S24 S25

Duty 21 Set out complex work tasks for non-standard architectural joinery products, including complex door sets, doors, windows, units and fitments, staircases (straight and with turns) and products with single/double curvature features

K29 K30 K31 K32 K33

S20 S23 S25 S26

Duty 22 Mark out accurately from setting out details for the manufacture of complex and shaped (circular and circular on circular) doors, opening windows, units and fitments and staircases

K29 K30 K31 K32

S20 S25 S26

Duty 23 Create complex, decorative and shaped (circular and circular on circular) architectural joinery products including doors, windows with opening lights, units and fitments, panelling/cladding, staircases (straight and with turns) and veneers

K30 K31 K33 K34

S22 S23 S25

Duty 24 Use and maintain marking tools, hand tools, power tools and associated equipment required for complex work

K31 K32 K33

S22 S23 S25

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 and Fire door legislation. Health and Safety at Work Act. Asbestos awareness. Manual handling. Signage and notices. Fire extinguishers. 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) & near miss reporting. Back to Duty

K2: Types incidents - accidents, near misses. Mitigation methods. Incident management techniques. Back to Duty

K3: Safe systems of work, control measure implementation and monitoring techniques. Back to Duty

K4: Safety Control equipment and safety techniques: Personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and local exhaust ventilation (LEV). Back to Duty

K5: Environmental management systems and standards. Environmental Protection Act, types of pollution and control measures: water, noise, air pollution, smells, spills, waste and disposal of hazardous waste. Back to Duty

K6: The principles of building construction: Fire safety, fire doors and linings, fire stopping, water ingress. Staircases, security requirements for external doors and windows. Vapour barriers, breathable membranes and sound proofing. Back to Duty

K7: Methods of interpreting information from drawings, specifications, the production plan and producing work instructions, utilising traditional and digital methods. Back to Duty

K8: Resource quantity calculation techniques, costing, wastage and recycling allowance. Back to Duty

K9: The importance and considerations of the environment: U values, R Values, thermal bridging, airtightness, acoustic performance and thermal performance requirements of carpentry and joinery components. Back to Duty

K10: Standards and regulations associated with carpentry and joinery: British standards, building regulations, warranty provider standards. Back to Duty

K11: Written communication techniques. Plain English principles. Back to Duty

K12: Documentation methods and requirements - digital and paper based. Back to Duty

K13: Different energy efficiencies of insulation products and common construction methods sustainable principles associated with timber, manufactured timber-based products and associated materials. Back to Duty

K14: Purpose and use of digital design and modelling systems in carpentry and joinery. Back to Duty

K15: The principles of heritage building, considerations, like for like replacement and other techniques applicable to the carpenter and joiner. Back to Duty

K16: Planning, work scheduling, and time management techniques for self and others. Back to Duty

K17: Quality assurance requirements and monitoring techniques. Back to Duty

K18: Stock, material stock and considerations: Availability, stock lead times. Correct handling to prevent damage. Stock value. Faulty stock and returns process, stock rotation and quality control. Back to Duty

K19: Well-being: Mental and physical health considerations in self and others and how to access support. Back to Duty

K20: Inclusion, equity and diversity in the workplace. Back to Duty

K21: Hand and portable power tools for non-standard and angled carpentry and joinery work. Back to Duty

K22: CSC: Complex first fixing techniques: 1. fire door linings, 2. floor coverings with non-standard angle returns and 3. structural partitions. Back to Duty

K23: CSC: Complex second fixing techniques: 1. bespoke wall and floor units (commissioned order with features or like for like replacement), 2. worktops with masons mitre, 3. cornices and fitments, 4. spindles and handrails to stairs with turns, 5. hang fire doors. 6. service encasements with access panels. Back to Duty

K24: CSC: Complex first fixing techniques carpentry techniques: Stud partitions with standard and non standard (non-90 degree) turns. Back to Duty

K25: CSC: Complex second fixing techniques carpentry techniques: Double side hung doors with linings and associated ironmongery. Non-standard mouldings. Back to Duty

K26: CSC: Complex roofing techniques: Form dormer windows to roofs and how to construct traditional cut roofs and prefabricated (trusses) with hips and valleys. Back to Duty

K27: CSC: Carpentry maintenance and repair techniques: External doors and frames, structural timbers, sash window cords, timber guttering and fixings, window frames and glazing. Back to Duty

K28: CSC: Non-standard (non – 90 degree) joint forming techniques. Back to Duty

K29: CAJ: Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery: Setting up and operating method and techniques. Back to Duty

K30: CAJ: Manufacture and assembly techniques for bespoke windows with shaped joints, curves and non standard (non – 90 degree) window bars. Back to Duty

K31: CAJ: Manufacture and assembly techniques for complex timber second fix products: 1. fire doors 2. shaped, non-standard doors 3. bespoke wall and floor units (commissioned order with features or like for like replacement). Back to Duty

K32: CAJ: Manufacture and assembly techniques for complex timber first fix products: 1. staircases with turns 2. fire door linings, 3. bespoke windows with non standard (non-90 degree) angles, 4. shaped non standard door linings. Back to Duty

K33: CAJ: Techniques to create shaped work using specialist jigs and fixed machinery. Back to Duty

K34: CAJ: Techniques for forming shaped woodworking joints. Back to Duty

Skills

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

S2: Identify and use safety control equipment including RPE, dust suppression, PPE and LEV. Back to Duty

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

S4: Interpret and extract information using paper based or digital techniques from drawings, specifications and provide work instructions. Back to Duty

S5: Calculate resource and cost quantities from site measurements. Back to Duty

S6: Apply environmental and sustainable principles in compliance with regulations, standards and systems for example segregate resources for reuse, recycling and disposal. Back to Duty

S7: Apply planning, work scheduling and time management techniques to identify and agree production plan targets. Back to Duty

S8: Apply quality assurance procedures. Back to Duty

S9: Select, check and use hand and power tools. Back to Duty

S10: Complete documentation - paper based or digital. For example, job sheets, time sheets, risk assessments, method statements, equipment service records, handover documents, work sheets, checklists, incident reports, requisition sheets, quality records. Back to Duty

S11: Communicate and report in written form any issues against the production plan and contribute to the solutions.  Back to Duty

S12: Obtain, monitor and rotate stock and supplies. Back to Duty

S13: CSC: Apply craft site first fix carpentry techniques and practices to install timber stud partitions with standard and non-standard (non–90 degree) turns. Back to Duty

S14: CSC: Apply craft site carpentry techniques and practices to install complex first fix elements: 1. fire door linings, 2. floor coverings with non-standard (non–90 degree) returns and 3. structural partitions. Back to Duty

S15: CSC: Apply craft site second fix carpentry techniques and practices to install double side hung doors with associated ironmongery and lining. Non-standard (non–90 degree) mouldings. Back to Duty

S16: CSC: Apply craft site carpentry techniques and practices to install complex second fix elements: 1. bespoke wall and floor units (commissioned order with features or like for like replacement), 2. worktops with masons mitre, 3. cornices and fitments, 4. spindles and handrails to stairs with turns, 5. fire doors. 6. service encasements with access panels, 7. non-standard (non-90 degree) door linings. Back to Duty

S17: CSC: Apply craft site carpentry techniques and practices to erect trussed or traditional roofs rafter roofs with hips, valleys and dormers. Back to Duty

S18: CSC: Form non-standard (non–90 degree) joints. Back to Duty

S19: CSC: Replace or repair carpentry work, for example, structural timbers doors, glazing, window frames and sills, mouldings, timber guttering and fixings or sash window cords. Back to Duty

S20: CAJ: Set out, mark out and form curved joinery products. Back to Duty

S21: CAJ: Form shaped wood working joints. Back to Duty

S22: CAJ: Set up and use CNC machinery to produce joinery products. Back to Duty

S23: CAJ: Apply craft architectural joinery techniques to manufacture and assemble a window frame with, curved head and non-standard (non–90 degree) window bars. Back to Duty

S24: CAJ: Apply craft architectural joinery techniques and practices to manufacture and assemble complex timber second fix products: 1. fire doors 2. shaped , non-standard doors 3. bespoke wall and floor units (commissioned order with features or like for like replacement). Back to Duty

S25: CAJ: Apply craft architectural joinery techniques and practices to manufacture and assemble complex timber first fix products: 1. staircases with turns 2. fire door linings, 3. bespoke windows with non-standard (non–90 degree) angles, 4. shaped, non-standard door linings. Back to Duty

S26: CAJ: Apply craft architectural techniques to create shaped work using specialist jigs and fixed machinery. Back to Duty

Behaviours

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

B2: Support an inclusive culture. Back to Duty

B3: Take responsibility for the quality of work and encourage others to work to high standards. Back to Duty

B4: Collaborate and promote teamwork across disciplines and external stakeholders. Back to Duty

B5: Committed to continued professional development (CPD) to maintain and enhance competence in their own area of practice. Back to Duty

B6: Promotes health, safety, environment and sustainability principles to others. Back to Duty


Crown copyright © 2024. You may re-use this information (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. Visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

Is this page useful?

Tell us about your visit

Help us improve our website