Highways electrician / service operative

  • Anywhere
  • Current Funding Band: £12,000

Supervising the installation and servicing of electrical equipment and systems on roads and motorways.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard



Typical length

24 months

Entry requirements

Set by employer. Candidates will usually have completed the level 2 highway electrical maintenance and installation operative apprenticeship.

Current funding band



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What apprentices will learn

  • highways operational principles – including operational procedures and planning, resource management and routine and reactive works
  • highways operational practices – including installing, maintaining, inspecting and testing equipment and systems and dealing with emergencies such as road traffic incidents
  • using electrical components and equipment – including cables, distribution boards and fuses and safety cameras, street lighting and traffic signals
  • completing official records – including electrical test certificates and inspection, job and testing sheets
  • supervisory techniques – including allocating responsibilities, coordinating activities, effective communication and relationship management
  • health and safety practices and legislation within a highways environment – including Highway Electrical Registration Scheme (HERS) requirements and industry safety standards


  • level 3 certificate
  • level 3 NVQ diploma

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

Professional registration

On completing their apprenticeship, apprentices can register: with HERS so they can be issued with an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) card as a technician member (TMIET) with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as an engineering technician (EngTech) with the Engineering Council (EngC)

End-Point Assessment

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.

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