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Apprenticeship Standard: Architectural Joiner

An Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing timber-based building components and other architectural products such as doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.

Why Choose This Course?

An Architectural Joiner will produce building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing basic architectural products including doors, windows, straight staircases and associated ironmongery. Joiners also liaise with other workshop colleagues and supervisors as well as architects, designers and customers. As a joiner you will be responsible for working as part of a team and under supervision using machinery and/or tools to create structures or components from designs, plans and specifications that meet the client’s expectations. The programme offers great routes into further education or possible direct employment upon completion.

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Start date: 21/10/2024

Course code
Level 2
Penwith College
2 years 3 months

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Learn from sector experts

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience who will advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the construction industry.


Enjoy professional environments

Enjoy workshops that replicate the world of work within industry, kitted out with tools and materials which meet those used on site.


Develop skills in line with industry needs

Learn skills that are required in industry, enhancing not only your knowledge and practical ability but also your future employability.

What Will I Learn?

The programme is broken down into modules of delivery which are covered within industry with your employer and during your time at College with your tutor. The curriculum is divided into a few categories. An example of what you will be covering is detailed below:


  • The principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace.
  • How to communicate with others and comply with instructions and directions.
  • The different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials.
  • How to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications.
  • Responsibilities under current employment and safety legislation, such as The Health & Safety at Work Act.
  • How to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources.
  • The needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others.
  • The characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with timber and timber-based products and components, such as hardwood, softwood, MDF and other materials.


  • Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues.
  • Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed.
  • Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation and guidance.
  • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers.
  • Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings.
  • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out work.
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Where Will It Take Me?

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting for a joiner. This may be working for a house building company, a property development company or working as part of a small business repairing and refurbishing buildings.

This qualification will allow you to progress into employment enhancing the skills and knowledge that you have gained at Level 2, or to progress into a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry.

Entry Requirements

For entry to this programme you will need a Grade 2 in English and Maths GCSE. You must have a keen interest in construction and a good work ethic. You must be able to work alone and as part of a team and demonstrate commitment to the course.

Assessment Arrangements

The employer, in consultation with the training provider, will make the judgement as to whether the Apprentice is ready for end-point assessment through the achievement of a Level 2 English and Mathematics qualification. On conclusion that the assessment gateway requirements have been achieved, you will be able to proceed to the end-point assessment stage of the Apprenticeship. It is expected that you will complete the assessment gateway requirements within three months of your planned Apprenticeship completion.

Your end-point assessment will consist of the following measures of knowledge and competence:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Practical Assessment

Additional Information

We provide all of the tools and materials for the course, however you will be responsible for your own PPE and will be required to come equipped with a pair of steel toe capped boots and a pair of safety glasses.

Awarding Body: City and Guilds

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What you could earn

  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Chartered Surveyors
  • Architects
  • Production Managers and Directors in Construction
  • Construction and Building Trades Supervisors
  • Elementary Construction Occupations
  • Construction Operatives
  • Rail Construction and Maintenance Operatives
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