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Interior Systems Installer

This occupation is found in the Construction and Built Environment industry including new-build, renovation and refurbishment. It is a specialist contracting occupation largely involved in the construction of partitions, walls and ceilings. The Interior Systems sector alone has over 35,000 operatives working on extremely diverse projects in hotels, schools, airports, football stadiums, hospitals, shopping centres. However other projects may mean working on security controlled installations such as Military Bases which may never be seen or used by the public. Interior Systems operatives have also played a major part in the construction of iconic structures which are known throughout the world and include Canary Wharf, the Olympic Stadium, Battersea Power Station and the Shard. This is a fast-growing sector with many opportunities for career progression into site supervision and management position which can lead to running their own businesses.
18 months

As an employee in this occupation, you will interact with other colleagues, other trades, site supervisors, site managers, end-users, main contractors and suppliers. Environments could range from internal and external construction sites to occupied buildings e.g large commercial properties or residential tower blocks with apartments and specialist buildings such as car showrooms. The work would usually be during normal weekday hours but unsocial hours may also be necessary. The work will be physically active, including lifting and fixing systems into place. Work could be at height from a platform or mobile scaffold and operatives will need to follow strict safe working practices at all times in whichever occupational area they choose. You will report to a supervisor or site manager and be capable of managing your own time, quality and resources to meet deadlines and specifications.

When does the course start?

Please get in touch with us to find out when the next course will start.

What does the course cover?

On this apprenticeship, you will cover the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:


On completion you will have the following core knowledge:

  • General principles of building design and regulation particularly in relation to interface with internal construction. Including: How fire spreads through a building, how to impede it and protect the structure; noise nuisance, noise transfer, noise reverberation and to reduce it with improved acoustics; vibration and how to reduce it; the need for air and water barriers (Vapour Control Layer’s (VCL)Damp Proof Membrane’s (DPM)) to seal a building, how these work, materials used and where they are found) 
  • The different methods to install dry lining systems to metal and stud partitions framed wall linings, framed and frameless beam and column encasements 
  • The importance of health and safety, how to work safely, including working at height and use of access equipment (e.g. scissor lifts, Mobile towers) asbestos awareness and manual handling. The appropriate additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be required for various tasks e.g. cutting metal, drilling, shot-firing 
  • The purpose and importance of risk assessments, method statements and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessments 
  • How to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage from sources such as setting out drawings, using BIM, digital working and Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) 
  • How to identify suitable materials, components, equipment and resources in accordance with project specification (e.g. fire, acoustics, deflection requirements) 
  • The tools, equipment, plant and machinery appropriate for use in each project type. e.g. scaffold, Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs), nail gun, circular saw, lasers 
  • The industry standards which cover the interior systems sector including BS 5234-1:1992, BS 8000-0:2014, BS 8000-8:1994, BS EN 13964:2014 and FIS Best Practice Guidelines § How to utilise materials in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions 
  • The importance of a clean and tidy environment and the impact on zero/low carbon outcomes in the built environment 
  • The importance of occupational health mental health and how to deal with stress and conflict, inherent in the workplace, e.g. drugs and alcohol, face fit testing, dust, noise, vibration, asbestos 
  • The different materials and components, to install and finish drylining and plasterboard linings e.g. panels, plasterboards, wallboards, thermal boards, glass-reinforced gypsum board, fixings and fittings, metal sections (primarily cold-rolled light gauge steel sections e.g. drylining stud and Steel Framed Systems (SFS) and timber battens, Knowledge
  • How to identify appropriate equipment and resources to install and finish drylining and plasterboard linings. 
  • The different methods of installation and removal used in drylining for the various manufacturers e.g. British Gypsum, Knauf, Siniat. 
  • The different levels of performance required for drylining and what is required to achieve specified acoustic and fire performance and protection 
  • The different types of drylining systems e.g. twin walls, staggered studs, service shaft partitions, curved walls, walls over 3 metres 
  • How to fix deflection heads
  • The different methods to install plasterboard linings 
  • How to ensure that the existing substrate is suitable for the component being installed and that an appropriate fixing regime is used 
  • The methods to form openings and junctions 
  • The different materials and methods of installation, disassembly and removal used in demountable partitions components for the various partition (e.g. glass and blinds) and ceiling (e.g. Tee grid, Mineral and metal concealed grid, Mineral and metal plank, Acoustic rafts, Vertical baffles) manufacturers e.g. Komfort, Sektor, Ocula, SAS, OWA, Armstrong 
  • The various finishes that can be applied to partitions, the methods of applying finishes and the differing methods for different manufacturers 
  • The different types of glass are used in demountable systems. The dangers of glass and how to safely handle glass panels 
  • The different types of blinds used, the methods of operation, remove, repair and maintain and how to adjust them 
  • The different types, weights, finishes, performance and seals for various doors and how to adjust doors and door furniture 
  • The different performances required for demountable partitions and ceilings and what is required to achieve the specified acoustic and fire performance and protection 
  • The range of perimeter trims and transition trims 
  • Hanger systems and how the types and centres differ across systems, loading and whether there is a need for a subgrid 
  • The appropriate use of pattresses, loading specifications and limitations of the ceiling systems 
  • The importance of setting out and suspension of acoustic rafts and baffles


  • On completion you will be able to:
  • Measure and set out from drawings provided and check vertical and horizontal datum 
  • Select the appropriate materials, tools and equipment in accordance with the specification requirements and or manufacturer specific instructions
  • Safely and correctly operate tools and equipment, plant and machinery appropriate for use. (e.g. scaffold, MEWPS, nail gun, circular saw, lasers
  • Apply fire and acoustic mastic seals in accordance with specification, designs details and manufacturers recommendations 
  • Accurately measure and cut components (e.g. metal sections, plasterboard, insulation, timber and plywood)
  • Appropriately fix all components according to specifications and/or drawings
  • Effectively protect surround surfaces and segregate work areas and cutting areas
  • Install dry lining systems to metal and stud partitions framed wall linings, framed and frameless beam and column encasements
  • Clearly communicate with management, customers and colleagues including other trades onsite 
  • Maintain a clean and tidy environment, appropriately disposing of waste according to site procedures 
  • Identify and select appropriate PPE for the task 
  • Install pattresses 
  • Install insulation
  • Form service penetrations through partitions 
  • Install primary channels or main runners to line and level cut to length 
  • Frame and fit access panels 
  • install drylining and plasterboard linings e.g. panels, plasterboards, metal sections, timber battens, wallboards, thermal boards, glass-reinforced gypsum board, fixings and fittings 
  • Select the appropriate materials, tools and equipment for installing drylining and plasterboard linings 
  • Install and remove drylining systems according to manufacturers guidelines e.g. British Gypsum, Knauf, Siniat 
  • Form openings and junctions in accordance with drawing specifications 
  • Carry out repairs to dry lining and plasterboard walls and ceilings in accordance with design details, specification and manufacturers recommendations
  • Form and Fix standard deflection heads in accordance with manufactures standard details 
  • Accurately measure and cut components
  • Appropriately fix all components according to specification/drawings. 
  • Install different types of drylining systems e.g. Twin walls, Staggered studs, Service shaft partitions, Curved walls, Walls over 3 metres high 
  • Cut and fix tracks at appropriate centres according to Specification & manufactures instructions 
  • Apply wall coverings according to Specification & manufactures instructions 
  • Install door and window frames in accordance with drawings. 
  • Fit cover trims and skirtings in accordance with Specification & manufactures instructions 
  • Install glazing, blinds and manifestations to meet customer requirements 
  • Hang door leaf complete with ironmongery including cutting and fitting of door furniture (e.g. hinges, levers, locks, closers and signage).
  • Cut and fix hangers in accordance with specification, manufacturers recommendations and FIS best practice guidelines 
  • Install ceiling perimeter trim to level. Ensure trims are cut to length and form internal and external corner mitres. 
  • Install subgrid e.g. hangers and heavy gauge channel to bridge services, heavy-gauge channel between roof purlins 
  • Fix secondary grid/cross tees ensuring grid is square and following manufacturers recommended installation. Form upstand using a cross tee and appropriate trims or channels 
  • Cut and install service tiles and pattresses e.g. form square and circular service cut-outs through mineral tiles with plywood pattress or metal tiles and insulation pad 
  • Complete tiling including Perimeter tile cuts to mineral and metal tile; tegular tile edges to mineral tile; perimeter wedges for cut metal tiles; tile clips to back of mineral ceiling tiles; insulation pads to back of the metal ceiling 
  • Remove sections of ceiling and replace damaged grid & tile


  • Safety first approach 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Be able to work with others applying the principles of equality and diversity 
  • Focus on timekeeping and productivity 
  • Ability to work alone taking responsibility for completing designated work in the agreed schedule 
  • Working towards high quality of all work completed with an understanding of the impact of defects
What will I achieve?

On successful completion, you will achieve a Level 2 Interior Installations Standard.

What are the entry requirements?

If you do not hold a level 1 English and maths qualification you will need to achieve this level. If you do not hold a level 2 English and maths qualification will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment

Where will I study?

Our Skills Development Tutors will visit you on-site to work with you in line with your employer's needs and expectations.

How much does the course cost?

There is no fee for the learner. For information on costs to the employer, please contact us.

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