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The Level 4 Town Planning Assistant apprenticeship is a real job with training.  It is designed for those who would either like to embark on a career in town planning from school or college, or those currently working in support roles in the profession who would like to gain a first qualification that recognises their skills.  It can open up new career paths into full planning positions in due course.

Town Planning Assistants may work in local authorities, small consultancies, large multi-disciplinary consultancies, central government or other organisations undertaking planning work.  As the government-approved standard explains typical job titles can include assistant town planner, planning assistant, planning support officer, technical support officer.

Individuals undertaking this work would be involved in providing technical and administrative support to Chartered Town Planners to deliver new developments and to shape and create sustainable places for the benefit of the public.


This apprenticeship is currently being delivered by Chichester College who have developed a hybrid delivery model combining online and in person teaching.

Please contact Chichester College - 01243 812948 / [email protected] for further information

Career progression and professional recognition

The scheme offers free RTPI student membership.

Although this standalone qualification is not accredited, successful completion of the apprenticeship could enable participants to progress onto the Chartered Town Planner degree apprenticeship programme, or an employer-funded (or self-funded) postgraduate programme.  Further details of the routes to RTPI Membership via this apprenticeship can be found here.

Further information

Please note there are different apprenticeship systems across the UK. This page has information about apprenticeships in England. If you are interested in apprenticeships in the other nations, you can find out more:

Northern Ireland