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Apprenticeship training course

Props technician (level 3)

Supporting the props master to supply, build and maintain dressing and hand props for film, television and theatre productions.

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
  • Effectively break down a script for both dressing with props and standing by.
  • Cost and source props or materials required for the production.
  • Select appropriate props for period designs.
  • Prepare props according to the shooting and dressing schedule.
  • Work with the props team to create appropriate work and storage spaces.
  • Use suitable methods to adapt props to meet production requirements.
  • Repair any broken props on set using the correct adhesives and good working practices.
  • Work with a team to dress the set or location to the design and dressing brief.
  • Work in accordance with the constraints of the set or location.
  • Work in an effective, safe and timely manner to meet the dressing schedule.
  • Use selected tools and kit to complete the required task for set building or dressing.
  • Work effectively as part of a team to meet the requirements of the strike.
  • Follow the brief outlined by Chargehands and Storeman.
  • Adhere to current Health and Safety legistation and organisational policies when striking a set.
  • Apply health and safety knowledge practices to minimise the risk to cast and crew.
  • Identify, mitigate and report any incidents or risk to the appropriate personnel.
  • Select the appropriate tools and equipment and use these safely on set, on location and in workshops on productions.
  • Develop, maintain and use professional networks.
  • Develop and maintain own competence and knowledge in props areas.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely using discretion when required.
  • Work within budget and timescales to support the production.

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

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