FURNITURE MANUFACTURER (Fitted Furniture Installer PATHWAY) apprenticeship standard

aston furniture apprenticeship

Overview of the role

Fitted furniture installer

A Fitted Furniture Installer is responsible for preparing and installing furniture including kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and offices, shops, exhibitions and boat interiors. This is onsite at the customer’s commercial or domestic premises. Apprentices taking this route will experience a wide variety of projects and interface closely with customers. In order to ensure sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of the industry whilst maintaining the rigour of every single apprenticeship within it, Installers will need to undertake all mandatory and two of the optional requirements.

Details of standard



Prep Transporting & Handling of Materials Ensure the safe transportation and handling of installation equipment and materials. The correct type and quantity of installation equipment and materials have to be located and then transported so that they arrive at the location of the installation in good order.

Prepare Location

Prepare location for assembly and placement of furniture. This involves making the assembly and placement area ready for work and preparing the furniture components for assembly.

Measure and Mark Out

Measure and mark out materials to specification.

Power Tools & Hand Tools

Set up and operate tools used to assemble furniture. Understand the tools used within working area and which specific job they are used in.


Assemble components of fitted furniture and understand the sequence of assembly and why this is important Installation

Install furniture on location to specification. This includes scribing, fixing and securing of furniture using correct fixings relating to foundation secured to etc., adaptations to non- standard situations to specification (i.e., pipe box, sockets, gas meter)

Post installation

Re-instate Location

Re-instate a location after assembly and placement of furniture. This involves confirming the end of placement, ensuring all resources are cleared and maintaining customer liaison.

Customer Service

Develop customer relationships. This includes building customer confidence in the level of service provided, meeting the ongoing needs and expectations of customers and developing relationships between customers and your organisation

Rectification/ rework

Carry out rectification or rework. This includes changing hinges and handles. Identify snags and awareness of where to seek help and guidance.



  • Gluing Apply adhesives to components and understand types, methods and processes involved in gluing.
  • Cut Outs Complete standard cut-outs in work surfaces for general appliances such as taps, hobs and sinks. This covers using a template, cutting out and finishing the area.
  • Cramping Position components and apply cramps to ensure products are positioned securely to specification.
  • Sanding Sand wooden work tops, trims, cornices and laminate edgings. Understand grit sizes and the process for sanding.
  • Veneers & Laminates Apply edging tape to laminate worktops to specification.
  • Jigs & Templates Use and maintain jigs and templates for furniture installation. Jigs for example hinges and templates for example sinks and work tops.
  • Joints Cut and join components on site. This could include work top jointing, up-stand, cornices and trims.
  • Fittings Prepare and assemble components to specification, finishing and checking the assembly conforms to specifications
  • Electrical / Mechanical Fittings First fit mechanical or electrical components to furniture.
  • Finish composite worktops Finish work tops to specification following manufacturers’ instructions.

Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship assessment Plan

FURNITURE MANUFACTURER apprenticeship standard

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