How to become a steeplejack
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could apply to do an apprenticeship with a construction, engineering or heritage conservation company to give you some of the skills to be a steeplejack.
Related apprenticeships include:
- Lightning Protection Operative Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
- Scaffolder Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
- Structural Steelwork Erector Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
- Engineering Construction Erector Rigger Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
- Fall Protection Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
These can take between 2 and 3 years to complete.
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 can apply directly to become a steeplejack. Employers may ask for GCSEs, or equivalent, in maths, English, science or design and technology.
Experience in general construction, scaffolding, roofing or electrical work may give you an advantage.
If you want to work as a lightning conductor engineer, you'll need maths skills and a basic understanding of electrical theory.
- you'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
You can find out more about how to become a steeplejack from Go Construct and the Steeplejack and Lightning Protection Training Group.