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BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship Launches

BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship Launches
27 April 2021

In response to the industry-wide shortage of BEMS Controls Engineers, training provider Group Horizon Ltd, in partnership with the Building Controls Industry Association, is to deliver the Level 4 BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship. 

Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) controls engineers use the technical skills they learn on the apprenticeship to keep the buildings of tomorrow running efficiently.

Commercial buildings represent one of the largest capital expenses for businesses, and building owners and managers are constantly looking for ways to make them more efficient and sustainable – and that is where BEMS plays a fundamental role. 


"Building Controls is a fast-growing market with numerous opportunities for skilled engineers and this apprenticeship will help to ensure our industry continues to maintain the highest levels of professionalism.” 

–Wendy Belfield

Chair, Trailblazer Employer Group

The announcement is the culmination of over four years of work by the Trailblazer Employer Group which included a number of Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) members.

The apprenticeship offers a balance of on the job assessments and technical training which covers all aspects of the industry including controls hardware and logic; field devices; networking; communication protocols and supervisor software.

Wendy Belfield, Chair of the Trailblazer Employer Group and BCIA member, who led the group that developed the apprenticeship standard, commented: “This is fantastic news for the BEMS industry and for anybody looking to pursue a career within it. Building Controls is a fast-growing market with numerous opportunities for skilled engineers and this apprenticeship will help to ensure our industry continues to maintain the highest levels of professionalism.” 

Peter Behan, Director of Group Horizon, added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the BCIA to deliver their full suite of technical training courses (BCM00 – BCM15) as part of the apprenticeship. We share the BCIA’s passion for developing new talent and preparing the workforce of the future and it will be a real pleasure to train the next generation of Building Controls Engineers.”


Level 4 Building Energy Management Systems Controls Engineer Apprenticeship


On successful completion of the programme, individuals will receive the Level 4 Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer Apprenticeship. In addition, on successful completion of technical modules BCM01 – 03 apprentices will receive the BCIA Technical Certificate and the BCIA Advanced Technical Certificate on successful completion of BCM04 - 06.

Apprentices will also be eligible to apply for an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Building Controls card at Associate or Integrator Level (depending on level of experience) on completion of specific BCIA technical training modules.

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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 April 2021


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