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Apprenticeship training course

Photographic assistant (level 3)

Carrying out skilled work in the photographic industry utilising common photographic knowledge and skills.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Comply with relevant legislation and guidance including health, safety, COSHH, PPE and environmental issues in own workplace.
  • Comply with legal and copyright issues according to the task specification.
  • Obtain necessary permissions for use of images and confirm all agreements in writing.
  • Ensure that all licenses to use own work are issued in writing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different sub sectors of the photo imaging industry, and the job opportunities they present.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with clients/customers.
  • Start up and close down imaging hardware following proper procedures.
  • Follow workplace security procedures to check the system security, virus protection and file security.
  • Recognise any problems in the imaging system and resolve them where you can.
  • Carry out housekeeping activities.
  • Ensure that the digital imaging software is set up for efficient performance.
  • Ensure procedures are in place to maintain a history of all image files.
  • Ensure that system security and access procedures have been set up correctly.
  • Ensure that maintenance and servicing procedures have been set up correctly.
  • Ensure that all paperwork is completed accurately and in full and that copies are kept and accurate records maintained.
  • Determine the approach to be adopted in retouching the image(s) in agreement with the client.
  • Produce retouched images that clearly and accurately, meet the client’s requirements.
  • Check the quality of the retouched images against client requirements and workplace standards.
  • Save the retouched image files in the correct format ready for outputting or storage.
  • Embed copyright and other metadata in images in standard image file formats.
  • Embed key metadata information in own image files to avoid orphan work status.
  • Assign keywords to classify images including by content, topic and concept.
  • Ensure key metadata is preserved throughout the workflow to storage.

Full information on Photographic assistant (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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