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Apprenticeship training course

Lightning protection operative (level 2)

Install and maintain lightning protection and earthing systems.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Construction and the built environment
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Organise the workplace and other areas affected by the activities.
  • Cross reference to Method Statements and Risk Assessments
  • Identify shortfalls in the process and/or changes to the workplace which will have a safety, production or budgetary impact.
  • Solve problems - predict and prevent H&S problems through observation and preventative action.
  • Select the correct materials and equipment for the application and to ensure that the installation is compliant with the 'Standards' and that it meets client requirements/specification
  • Ability to fault-find and determine and/or apply suitable corrective action.
  • Installation of lightning protection and earthing products including air termination rods, down conductors and earth electrodes, isolated masts with associated testing and verification of products, networks and systems
  • Installation of pedestrian controls including temporary traffic management
  • Effective communication skills including oral, written including the keeping of accurate records, listening and body language.
  • Installation of safety barriers or exclusion zones where hazardous work tasks are performed or mechanical plant is being used.
  • Effective loading, unloading and distribution of materials
  • Conductor joining techniques including pressure clamps, exo-thermic welding, brazing and crimping
  • Specialist testing and verification: low resistance electrical continuity tests for earthing systems joint connections

Full information on Lightning protection operative (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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