Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering – Toolmaker and Tool & Die Maintenance Technician (Development Competence)

Engineering and manufacturing

This qualification has been developed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge they will need to carry out the role of a Toolmaker or Tool & Die Maintenance Technician.

It covers the relevant H&S requirements to ensure that all aspects of the Product Design and Development Technician role can be carried out safely.

Learners must be at least 16 years old. There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however, centres should ensure that the learners have the potential to achieve this qualification. Learners must have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy to complete the learning outcomes and the external assessment.

Centres should make learners with particular requirements aware of the content of the qualification and they should be given every opportunity to successfully complete the qualification. EAL will consider any reasonable suggestions for, and from, those with disabilities that would help them to achieve the learning outcomes without compromising the standards required.

When used as part of an apprenticeship standard, apprentices must have achieved the requirements of the foundation phase of the apprenticeship in line with the apprenticeship standard they are working towards.

Learners who are working towards a relevant apprenticeship standard.

Learners who are looking to advance to the development phase of a relevant apprenticeship standard


Performance evidence must be a product of the Apprentices work, such as items that have been produced or worked on, plans, charts, reports, standard operating procedures, documents produced as part of a work activity, records or photographs of the completed activity together with evidence of the way the Apprentice carried out the activities, such as witness testimonies, assessor observations or authenticated Apprentice reports of the activity undertaken.

Knowledge and understanding are key components of competent performance, but it is unlikely that performance evidence alone will provide enough evidence in this area. Where the Apprentices knowledge and understanding is not apparent from performance evidence, it must be assessed by other means and be supported by suitable evidence

Supervised Teaching and Learning and Supervised Work-based Learning. All forms of assessment which take place under immediate guidance or supervision of an appropriate individual (Lecturer, Supervisor, Tutor, Mentor, etc.), including where the assessment is competence-based and may be turned into a learning opportunity.

  • Supervised E-Learning, Oral and written questioning, Workplace induction.
  • Supervised work: Student works under the supervision of employer/direct supervisor.
  • Final assessment: The student is supervised by the employer/direct supervisor during the assessment