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Land-based Service Engineer (ST0242/AP02) (Agricultural)


Written by employers, the Land-based Service Engineer Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard is suitable for aspiring engineers looking to specialise in maintaining a range of machinery, plant and equipment. Apprentices can gain expertise in inspecting, carrying out routine maintenance and repairing elementary mechanical faults.

Designed with different learning styles in mind, IMI’s solution ensures apprentices are fully engaged and prepared for their End-Point Assessment (EPA). This new standard is suited to those who would have typically undertaken the Level 2 Land-based Engineering apprenticeship framework.


A Land-based Service Engineer carries out a diverse range of tasks on machinery, plant and equipment specific to their sector within the land-based engineering industry. These operations typically take place under the supervision of a senior technician in the workplace or on the customer’s site, in which case work may be undertaken outdoors. This requires a diverse blend of skills, industry underpinning knowledge and the disciplines required for environmental and safe working practice.


Typically it is expected that it will take between 18 to 24 months to complete the apprenticeship.


Employers involved in creating the standard: CLAAS UK Ltd, Toro, Kubota (UK),AGCO Ltd, Ransomes Jacobson, John Deere, Case New Holland, Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA),British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association (BAGMA),Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)


Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices. Typically this will include English and mathematics GCSE’s at Grade C or Grade 4 or equivalent. It is desirable that the apprentice has a basic understanding of Information and Communication Technology as well as demonstrating the following qualities:

  • Problem solving and self-organisation skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to learn


English and Maths at Level 1 (or equivalent) is required to be held by the learner prior to the EPA. They also must have attempted a Level 2 (or equivalent) exam prior to the EPA. For further detail regarding Maths and English requirements, please refer to the Assessment Plan for the Standard.


There are no requirements for formative assessment. However, employers are recommending that, in addition to the formal EPA Gateway, there are also on-programme gateways in place. The on-programme gateways can be used to review the apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours, as set out by the gateway criteria. This will also confirm that the apprentice is meeting expectations at the Gateways prior to commencing their EPA.

End-Point Assessment Gateway (Mandatory)

  • Review of the `log of progression`. (IMI eLogbook available)
  • English + Maths Level 1
  • Attempt English + Maths Level 2

End-Point Assessment

  • Review of completed `log of progression`. (IMI eLogbook available)
  • Online Knowledge Test
  • Practical Tasks assessment
  • Professional Interview
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