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Steeplejacking apprenticeship course

Duration: 24 months in total for 30 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 steeplejacking, while gaining professional experience.

You'll learn a variety of skills to equip you to replace glass, repair masonry, welding, paint, dismantle, demolish; and inspect structures for damage.

You’ll also learn to follow strict safety procedures, as the work can be dangerous.

Course content

The course covers practical principles in:

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

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.

Teaching and assessment

24 months in total for 30 weeks training call for specific details. 

Qualifications you gain

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Accessing and Rigging Occupations: Steeplejacking
  • Level 2 Construction Diploma in Steeplejacking
  • 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.

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

  • Complete a skills learning exercise and possibly attend the college for further tests.


  • Practical skills
  • Physical fitness
  • A good sense of balance
  • No fear of heights (or dirt)
  • 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

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.