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Lightning conductor engineer apprenticeship course

Duration: TBC
Structure: TBC
Location: TBC
: See How to apply below
Funding: See Funding below

This apprenticeship course is for people who want to gain an academic qualification in lightning conductor engineering, while gaining professional experience.

You’ll learn how to carry out repairs, maintenance and renovation work on high structures, such as industrial chimneys, power station cooling towers, church spires and bridges.

You’ll also need to be prepared to work at height, using ladders, scaffolding, mobile work platforms (cradles), bosun’s seats (harnesses) and industrial ropes (abseiling).

Course content

The course includes practical training in the following:

  • Interpreting information
  • Estimating resources
  • Basic building methods
  • Building elements.

Teaching and assessment


Qualifications you gain

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Accessing and Rigging Occupations: Lightning Conductor Engineer
  • Level 2 Construction Diploma in Lightning Conductor Engineering
  • Level 1 Functional Skills
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
  • You may also gain value-added qualifications in first aid and health and safety, along with other industry-specific subjects.

Entry requirements


No formal requirements, but it’s useful to have GCSE grades A*-C in English, maths, science, design and technology.


  • Practical skills
  • Physical fitness
  • A good sense of balance
  • A head for heights
  • Enjoy working outdoors in all weathers
  • Teamwork.


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 or email customer.engagement@citb.co.uk 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.