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Construction design and build technician

Reference Number: ST0043

Details of standard

1.     Occupation(s) 

The occupation covered by this standard is Construction Design and Build Technician and typical job titles can include: Assistant Design Co-ordinator or Design and Build Co-ordinator. In the case of SME construction companies the roles are likely to include Design Co-ordinator or Design Manager. They are associated with the co-ordination of design information on construction projects and are based on construction sites with occasional time in offices.

2.     Occupational profile

The main duties and tasks of a Construction Design and Build Technician are:

  • Identification of client requirements in construction projects
  • Identification of health and safety risks in the design of projects
  • Checking of compliance with regulations on a construction project
  • The minimisation of the environmental impact of construction projects
  • Assisting architects with the development of detailed design on a construction project
  • Co-ordinate design information on a construction project
  • Monitoring of quality on a construction project
  • Assisting commercial staff with the monitoring of costs on a construction project

3.     Requirements: Knowledge, Skills (and behaviours)


What is required

Client Requirements

Know how to analyse client requirements and ensure comprehensive survey information

Health and Safety

Understand risk assessment of design solutions and the importance of behaviours in safety-critical environments


Understand the sustainability issues in projects across economic, social and environmental aspects

Construction Technology

Understand different construction methods and materials and building regulations

Develop Designs

Understand how to develop detailed designs in line with client requirements and construction process

Design Documentation

Understand how to co-ordinate design information in both electronic and paper form

Monitor Compliance

Understand construction contracts and client quality standards

Monitor costs

Understand the importance of cost control on a construction project



What is required

Client Requirements

Assist in the assessment and presentation of client requirements

Health and Safety

Identify risk in designs and suggest actions to reduce risks


Assess, identify and record the environmental impact of projects

Construction Technology

Assist in the implementation of the most appropriate solutions for construction projects whilst maintaining adherence to building regulations

Develop Designs

Prepare and present design proposals and solutions

Design Documentation

Control document production and design information

Monitor Compliance

Inspect and report on quality standards and assist in commissioning of finished construction projects

Monitor costs

Understand financial and legal constraints and measure and record progress against budget



What is required

Professional Judgement

Be able to work within own level of competence and know when to seek advice from others

Commitment to Code of Ethics

Understand and apply the Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards relevant to industry’s recognised professional bodies.

Continuing Professional Development

Identify own development needs and take action to meet those needs. Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested.

Commitment to Equality and Diversity

Understand the importance of equality and diversity and demonstrate these attributes so as to meet the requirements of fairness at work.

Communicate Effectively

Be able to contribute effectively to meetings and present information in a variety of ways including oral and written.

Work in Teams

Be able to work with others in a collaborative and non-confrontational way.

Demonstrate Innovation

Be able to identify areas for improvement and suggest innovative solutions.

4. Duration

The typical duration for this Apprenticeship is three years but this will depend upon the previous experience of the apprentice and access to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.

5. Entry requirements

Individual employers will determine their own entry requirements, but the typical entry requirements for this Apprenticeship will be five GCSEs or equivalent, including Maths, English and a Science; or a Level 2 Apprenticeship. 

6. Qualifications

The following qualification will be gained:

  • A Level 4 qualification in Construction and Built Environment that meets the knowledge requirements of the standard and is approved by the industry’s recognised professional bodies meeting the educational requirements for Technician status or the equivalent level of membership.
  • English and Maths; apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.


7. Link to professional registration

This Apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve Technician status or the equivalent with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this Apprenticeship will typically be representative of the review process required for professional registration.


This Apprenticeship standard is at Level 4.

Review date

This apprenticeship standard should be reviewed three years after approval of the standard.

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