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Apprenticeship training course

Human factors specialist (level 7)

To make systems, products, tasks, jobs, organisations and work environments better for their intended users.

Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Ergonomist
  • Human factors consultant
  • Human factors engineer
  • Human factors practitioner
  • Human factors specialist
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Select and apply human factors methodologies to project requirements.
  • Use computer-based tools to assist in the design, analysis, evaluation and validation of jobs, interfaces, tasks and environments such as: Computer Aided Design, Task Analysis, Anthropometric Modelling, Workload Analysis, HCI/User Interface Design and Prototyping.
  • Produce Specific-Measurable-Appropriate-Realistic-Timebound (SMART) requirements.
  • Identify and comply with legal, statutory and any other relevant legislation and standards to bound and inform design and engineering choices.
  • Design and execute trials and experimentation involving Users.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data using numerical, analytical and critical analysis techniques.
  • Communicate with colleagues and stakeholders in multidisciplinary teams using different methods including oral, written, and presentation.
  • Plan, manage and lead projects.
  • Produce documentation such as assessments, risk registers, plans, specifications and assurance cases.
  • Plan and undertake research to meet the project requirement.
  • Technical decision making related to human factors engineering considering the impact on the project and area of delegated authority.
  • Use human factors design principles when developing solutions.
  • Plan and manage own time.
  • Integrate human factors programme of work within engineering programmes.
  • Teamwork and leadership skills including: negotiation techniques, conflict management, development techniques, and diversity, equality and inclusivity considerations.

Full information on Human factors specialist (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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