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Civil Engineering Technician apprenticeship course

Duration: 3 years
Structure: 36 weeks training plus on-the-job experience 
Location: NCC Norfolk and your workplace
: See How to apply below
Funding: See Funding below

This apprenticeship course is for people who want to gain professional experience  while training for a Level 3 Construction Contracting Operations qualification, including the Extended Level 3 BTEC in Civil Engineering. 

You’ll learn all the skills you need to liaise between the engineers, management and operatives on a construction site.

You’ll also get a comprehensive insight into how construction sites operate, with hands-on experience in a variety of different roles.

Course content

The course includes training in:

  • Safe working practices
  • Managing excavation, plant and piling
  • Laying domestic drainage
  • Levelling and Setting out
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Mathematics for civil engineers
  • Carrying out pre-pour inspection and testing of concrete
  • Planning and design process and environmental considerations.

Teaching and assessment

Year 1:

  • 17 weeks at college; site placement.

Year 2:

  • 16 weeks at college.

Year 3:

  • Employer-based work experience with assessment
  • Theory and workshop-based practical assessments including:
    • A site visit
    • A comprehensive practical test
    • An assessment
    • Online multiple choice test.

Qualifications you gain

  • Level 3 Construction Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations
  • Level 2 Functional Skills (maths and English)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Entry requirements

You will be aiming for a supervisory or management role in civil engineering or construction. 


Four GCSEs at grades A*-C or equivalent (must include maths, a science subject and English).

To help us assess your suitability for the course, you'll need to:

  • complete a Skills Learning exercise and maths test.


  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Ability to carry out independent research.


You will be paid while you learn.


The following CITB grants are available for employers to fund their apprentices on this course:

If you applied for your apprenticeship through the Education and Skills Funding Agency, only applicants aged between 16 and 18 who have not been placed on a training scheme before are guaranteed full funding.

How to apply

Call 0300 456 5037 for course dates and how to apply. 

After this course

You can be assessed for higher NVQs at the National Construction College. We provide details to all trainees.