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Land-based Service Engineering L3 Standard

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    3 years

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    Easton College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Apprenticeship


Land Based Service Engineers and Technicians will carry out a range of tasks on machinery, plant and equipment specific to their sector within the industry. Upon completing Year 1 on the Land Based Service Engineer standard, apprentices will progress on to the Technician standard and will build upon their knowledge, skills and behaviours. The role can include preparing, installing and handing over complex and advanced machinery, plant and equipment, checking performance, diagnosing and repairing complex faults, conducting complex repairs and inspections, and compiling repair proposals, estimates and quotes.

Course content in Years 2-4 of the programme build on the knowledge, skills and behaviours learned in Year 1 and include:

  • Working on- site, using initiative in a customer- facing role
  • Mentoring and supervising junior colleagues
  • Giving advice and guidance to customers about machinery
  • Learning to diagnose and fault- find, so apprentices can recommend the best course of action to bring machinery/ equipment to operational requirements, according to the manufacturer’s specifications
  • A choice between the 4 available pathways (based on the nature of the employer): agricultural equipment, construction and plant equipment, outdoor power equipment, and fixed plant and equipment

The course is delivered at our Easton campus.

Contact our Apprenticeships Team for more information. If you already have an employer for your apprenticeship, or would like more information on how to find an apprenticeship, please click Apply Now. If you are an employer who is looking to recruit an apprentice or already have someone you would like to enrol onto the apprenticeship course, please contact our Apprenticeships Team on 01603 773365 or email to discuss the next steps.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Grade 4/ C in Maths and English (Language or Literature) or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • A basic understanding of ICT is desirable but not essential
    In order to enrol onto an apprenticeship, you need to be employed in a relevant job role and undertake a range of tasks which would enable you to complete the qualification.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, learners who have studied from Years 1- 4 will achieve the Land Based Service Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard, which includes:

  • Land Based Service Engineer
  • Land Based Service Engineering Technician
  • If not previously achieved, Level 1- 2 in English and Maths
  • First Aid


Training and assessments are delivered in the workplace and in college. Apprentices will be required to attend college-based sessions as part of their training, whilst also completing off-the-job training in the workplace. You will also complete assessments and observations in the workplace.

At the end of the apprenticeship you will complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) which will consist of:

  • 90- minute multiple- choice knowledge test
  • 1- day practical assessment with an independent assessor
  • 1- hour professional discussion with an independent assessor
  • 15- minute presentation on a topic of your choice, based on the chosen pathway


Successful completion of the overall apprenticeship programme will allow the apprentice to consider continuation, development or promotion at work or within the sector.

Career Progression

Upon successful completion of the overall apprenticeship programme, candidates may wish to register with the I.Agr.E. (Institution of Agricultural Engineers) for professional recognition.


Apprenticeship course fees are subject to the age of the apprentice, and the size of the company.
For employers with less than 50 employees who do not pay the apprenticeship levy and who take on an apprentice who is aged between 16-21 at the start of their apprenticeship, there will be no direct cost and the full training costs will be covered by Government funding. If the apprentice is aged 22+ the government partially subsides the training costs and the employer will need to pay 5% of the costs. In the case of this course, the fee would be £1,050.
For an employer with more than 50 employees a 5% charge will be implemented regardless of the age of the apprentice which in this case would be £1,050.
A levy paying company will pay the full cost of the apprenticeship from their levy account which in this case would be £21,000.
Please note that course fees are to be paid by the employer and apprentices must not be asked to make a financial contribution toward their training.
To discuss apprenticeship course fees in more detail or for more information on recruiting an apprentice, please contact 01603 773365 or

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