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Apprenticeship training course

Outside broadcasting engineer (integrated degree) (level 7)

Provides picture and sound coverage of an event.

Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
Typical duration
12 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • audio engineer
  • cable riggers
  • cameramen
  • unit managers
  • vision engineer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Set up microphones, find technical faults, use talkback kits, edit sound.
  • Rig monitors, set up video equipment, soldering and find technical faults.
  • Set up and test recording systems with associated cabling requirements. Make and repair cable connectors.
  • Rig cables, work at heights, work on a stage and the safety constraints of working with a crowd. Regulations and risk assessment.
  • Distribution and management of power supplies on location.
  • Cable bashing, camera set-up, camera use (zoom, focus, shot match), camera talkback.
  • Check picture exposure and colour vision, interpretation of mood and look required. Follow programme scripts and lighting cues.
  • Carry out site surveys and resulting documentation, rig and repair RF cables and use web browser interfaces and terminal server programs.
  • Configuring equipment to work with an existing network, using analysis tools to fault find and adding external storage systems.

Full information on Outside broadcasting engineer (integrated degree) (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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