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Apprenticeship training course

Stained glass craftsperson (level 4)

Research, design, craft, construction and fitting of stained glass.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Conservation Glazier
  • Glass Painter
  • Lead Glazier
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Stained Glass Conservator
  • Stained Glass Craftsperson
  • Stained Glass Designer
  • Stained Glass Fabricator
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Apply health and safety precautions associated within the workshop and on-site, including COSHH, safe handling and useage of tools, materials and associated processes, use of PPE, adhering to risk assessment method statements and complying with working at height legislation.
  • Clearly communicate information to staff colleagues and external clients/stakeholders.
  • Collecting, documenting and applying appropriate research for each project and utilising a range of relevant and credible sources including photography, sketches and note-taking.
  • Accurately measure widths, heights, bar positions, lead profiles, etc. of openings e.g. using tape measures and fabricating templates of openings.
  • Preparing accurate drawings and cartoons using measurements and templates taken on-site.
  • Create rubbings using paper and wax method to faithfully reproduce original designs.
  • Accurately and appropriately document existing condition of panel through photography, drawing and note-taking.
  • Safely and systematically dismantle or assemble glass panels using the appropriate tools to ensure glass can be removed or re-assembled without damage.
  • Safely and correctly cut specialist glass using appropriate hand tools e.g. glass cutter, using appropriate positioning for both hand and type of glass.
  • Ensure correct storage and safe handling is used for fragile/ large/heavy glass panels.
  • Undertake construction processes appropriate to project including preparation and cleaning. E.g. using a soldering iron for stained-glass or bonding glass elements.
  • Application of correct waterproofing procedures, selecting correct materials. E.g. cementing or sealing.
  • Select and handle correct specialist materials appropriate to the task e.g. flat leads, convex leads.
  • Safely cut and shape specialist materials using appropriate tools. E.g. lead or glass
  • Construct using appropriate methods depending on fabricating technique. E.g. lead matrices to maximize stability which ensures longevity.

Full information on Stained glass craftsperson (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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