End Point Assessment

Structural Steelwork Erector

Structural Steelwork Erector

  • Reference Code: ST0169
  • Level: 2
  • Version: 1
  • Duration: 24 months


Structural steelwork erectors are required to assemble fabricated structural steel components to the  highest  standards  in  order  to  ensure  that  the  finished  structure  is secure  and  level. These structures can be on display as part of iconic structures such as national and local sports stadia, high rise towers or bridges and other structures such as schools, colleges, hospitals and warehousing.

Occupational role

A competent structural steelwork erector will be able to identify the relevant steelwork sections and  plates  that  are  required  to  complete  a  structural  steel  frame  and  the  relevant  tools  and equipment that are required to complete the bolted connections. This will include the knowledge and understanding of material drawings and component lists. The use of the appropriate tools and equipment that requires skills to be developed (which will include working at height) to ensure they are used safely and accurately to the company specific standards, minimising any waste of product or production time.


Maximum £9,000

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.


The apprenticeship includes core knowledge, skills and behaviours required to undertake the work of a Structural Steelwork Erector.

End Point Assessment

Overview of assessment

The end point assessment covers all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours in the Standard. It will take place using independent assessors appointed by QFI and the methods shown below:

Practical Test


The   test   will   require   the   apprentice   to complete  a  structural  steel  fabrication  task designed by QFI. During the practical test, the assessor  will  ask  the  apprentice  a  series  of questions  to  assess  underlying  knowledge  of fabrication  principles.  The  practical  test  will take 3 hours and 30 minutes. Upon completion of   the   task   the   assessor   will   mark   the completed  fabrication  work,  checking  that  it conforms   to   the   drawings,   the   correct materials   have   been   used   and   fixed   as instructed   and   all   are   within   the   given tolerances.

Professional Discussion

The  professional  discussion  is  conducted  on  a one-to-one basis in a controlled environment and can take place remotely. The portfolio of evidence will be used by the apprentice to provide evidence to support the discussion, although the portfolio will  not  in  itself  be directly assessed.  During  the professional  discussion,  the  apprentice  will  be asked a series of 8 competency-based questions, with  follow-up  questions  to  probe  further  if required.   The   duration   of   the   professional discussion is 60 minutes.

Readiness for assessment

The  employer  will endorse  progression  to  the  end-point  when  satisfied  that  the  apprentice  is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard, and the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been met with evidence to support these:

  • achieved minimum level 1 English and mathematics and taken the tests for level 2
  • completed a portfolio of evidence –to support the professional discussion


This apprenticeship is graded by the independent assessor appointed by QFI and grades are either: fail, pass or distinction.

Professional Recognition


Why choose QFI

QFI is  listed  on  the  Register  of  Apprenticeship  Assessment  Organisations  to  assess  this apprenticeship  Standard. We  have  access  to  specialist,  occupationally  competent  independent assessors. We  will  work  with  you  to  ensure  that  the  end-point  assessment  runs  as  smoothly  as possible providing support for any staff involved in the process. Contact us now to discuss your requirements leadassessor@qfiepa.org