How to become a shopfitter
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can take a construction course at college to learn some of the skills needed for this job. Relevant courses include:
- Level 2 Diploma in Shopfitting Bench Joinery
- Level 2 Diploma in Construction Operations
- Level 2 Extended Diploma In Site Carpentry
- T level for Carpentry and Joinery
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You can start as a junior shopfitter through an intermediate apprenticeship in interior systems, or an advanced apprenticeship for carpenters and joiners.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You may be able to apply directly for a job as a shopfitter if you've got experience in one of the construction trades, for example tiling or carpentry and joinery.
Employers may also look for some GCSEs in subjects like maths, English, and design and technology.
- you may need a Shopfitting and Interior Contracting Competency Scheme (SICCS) card to work on some jobs
Professional and industry bodies
You could become a member of the National Association of Shopfitters.
You can find out more about careers in shopfitting from Go Construct.