How to become a town planning assistant
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do a degree accredited by The Royal Town Planning Institute before applying for a job as an assistant.
- planning, environment and development
- city and regional planning
- urban planning and property development
You can take a college course to learn some of the skills needed for the job, which may help when applying for a trainee position. Relevant courses include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
- Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians
- T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 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 get into this job through a town planning assistant higher apprenticeship.
This typically takes 24 months to complete as a mix of learning in the workplace and off-the-job study.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You'll usually need GCSEs and A levels in subjects like geography, graphic design, business studies, English, environmental studies or economics to apply directly for jobs. Some employers may ask for a degree.
You may have an advantage if you have experience in:
- customer service
- computer-aided design (CAD)
You can find out more about careers in town planning from The Royal Town Planning Institute.