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Apprenticeship training course

Curtain wall installer (level 3)

Install curtain wall systems to form all or part of the external envelope of a building.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
21 months
Apprenticeship category
Construction and the built environment
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Curtain Wall Fitter
  • Curtain Wall Fixer
  • Curtain Waller Installer
  • External Building Envelope Installer
  • Façade Installer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Select the correct type and quantity of materials, components and equipment for each task in line with specifications/instructions
  • Read and interpret specifications, diagrams, drawings, and work instructions such as BIM; following instructions
  • Prepare the work area effectively, making the site safe and ensuring all parties are considered
  • Perform dynamic risk assessments, identifying risks and hazards in the workplace and control measures
  • Complete tools and equipment checks and adjustments. Use appropriate tools and equipment safely
  • Handle, load, unload and store products safely to minimise damage
  • Follow health & safety and environmental policy and procedures. Re-use, re-cycle and dispose of material, waste and scrap from the work area, as appropriate
  • Check and inspect own work. Report work outcomes and problems
  • Communicate with colleagues/customers; using common industry terminology appropriately and accurately
  • Complete all relevant documentation to the job such as system specific checklists and accident and emergency reporting methods
  • Use lifting and handling equipment/plant that is appropriate for the installation
  • Use access equipment safely including the use of man safe systems
  • Inspect the structure and survey the work area to ensure the drawings are accurate, the specification is correct and the installation can take place
  • Set out the curtain wall system to gridlines and datums
  • Correctly utilise the appropriate fixings, anchors and brackets to secure to the structure
  • Correctly utilise the appropriate fixings and method to secure the curtain wall system to the structure
  • Use a range of sealants and sealing methods correctly and according to specification.
  • Check that the installation is plumb, line and level
  • Use support/setting blocks correctly to avoid damage
  • Install infill panels and secure them into place
  • Apply face caps and gaskets correct to specification
  • Complete own work correct to specification within the defined schedule.
  • Carry out the handover process

Full information on Curtain wall installer (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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