Compressed Air and Vacuum Technician | Pearson qualifications

Apprenticeship Standards Compressed Air and Vacuum Technician

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About the role

The compressed air and vacuum technician apprenticeship is designed as a 36-month programme. This industry is made up of manufacturers and distributors of compressors, vacuum pumps, pneumatic tools and allied products. Compressed air and vacuum systems are used by pharmaceutical, electronic, manufacturing, oil and gas, power stations, garages, hospitals, dentists, transportation and plant hire companies.

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The broad occupation is to install and commission air and/or vacuum equipment and their associated systems. Completing planned and reactive maintenance, servicing, fault diagnosis and ensuring equipment is working at its optimum efficiency. They may work at a static site or as a mobile engineer working at a client's premises.

They will be required to ensure compliance with health, safety and environmental standards, regulations and laws including pressure systems safety (PSSR) and fluorinated greenhouse gas (F Gas).




We provide a clear learning programme to take apprentices from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

You can use our on-programme offer regardless of whether you are using Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation or not.


There is a mandatory qualification for this standard.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)

English and maths
Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

As both a vocational and academic awarding organisation, we can offer a wide range of English and maths qualifications in line with your standards’ requirements from Functional Skills through to GCSEs.

Learning resources

English and maths resources
We have a wide range of resources and useful tools to complement your programme, including assessment tools, podcasts and training events.

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