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Lightning protection operative apprenticeship course

Duration: 18 months in total for 6 blocks of 3 weeks training
Location: Bircham (Norfolk)
: Continuous start dates available 
Funding: See Grants and funding below

This apprenticeship course is for people who want to gain an academic qualification in lightning protection operative, 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 covers practical principles in:

  • Interpreting information
  • Estimating resources
  • Basic building methods
  • Test, Inspection and commission of systems
  • Complete Installation of L/P systems 

You’ll learn knowledge, skills and behaviours in:

  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Risk assessments and method statements
  • Interpreting information
  • Effective communication
  • Customer relationships.

You’ll also focus on personal skills in:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Time management
  • Teamwork and independent working
  • Attitude and discipline
  • Personal organisation.

Qualifications you gain

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Accessing and Rigging Occupations: Lightning protective operative 
  • 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.

Mandatory entry requirements


No formal requirements, but it’s useful to have Maths and English GCSE Grades 3-9 or D-A.


  • 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.

Apply here - online application form

Need more information?

Contact one of our account managers

Jason Haslam

Sarah Forbes

Or phone Course booking line: 0344 994 4433

After this course

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