Construction NVQ – National Vocational Qualifications
NVQs are the most widely-recognised construction qualifications in the industry. Thousands of site managers rely on them to make hiring decisions. Unlike academic qualifications, most construction NVQs do not require studying for an examination at the end. However, some training providers require that you complete a few written questions as part of the pre-enrolment assessment process.
You don’t need to be an academic, the NVQ provides access to recognised construction qualifications, even to those who haven’t completed any other form of formal education.
Complete Your Construction NVQ While on the Job!
Construction NVQ qualifications are work-based and are therefore completed while on the job and therefore your employer wont need to work around your studying.
Construction NVQ Qualifications Available
NVQ Level 7
NVQ Level 6
- NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Construction Site Management (Construction)
- NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management
NVQ Level 4
NVQ Level 3
- NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)
- NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations
NVQ Level 2
- NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services – Construction Operations
- NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Wood Operations
- NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations
- NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Cladding Occupations
- NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Wall and Floor Tiling
- NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Interior Systems
- NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Operations
Apply for CSCS Card Using Your Construction NVQ
The Construction Skill Certification Skills Scheme (CSCS) is the foremost body of its type in the United Kingdom. They keep a database of skilled workers in the United Kingdom. CSCS cards are a system of colour-coded identity cards, they signify that you’re qualified to do your job.
Once you’ve gained a Construction NVQ qualification, you will be able to apply for the relevant CSCS card. If you’re in the process of earning your first NVQ, you’ll be able to apply for a red ‘trainee’ CSCS card, provided that you’ve enrolled on the course in question and that you’ve completed a small Health, Safety and Environment Test. These last for 5 years, which provides more than enough time to complete an NVQ from start to finish.
Much like the NVQ itself, CSCS cards are a widely-recognised standard within the construction industry. It is not a legal requirement to hold a CSCS card, however if you’re going to work on a construction site, most contractors and major builders consider them a requirement.
NVQ Assessment Visits
An on-site assessment will be required, the extent of this will depend on the level of the construction qualification you have chosen. Lower-level courses involve simpler skills, which can be assessed quickly. Advanced NVQ construction qualifications where students are expected to perform more complex tasks and make judgements will require more time to assess.
Your NVQ assessor will typically visit several times toward the end of the qualification – these will be pre-arranged visits. Assessment dates will be arranged to suit both you and your employer. The entire assessment process rarely takes longer than ten weeks and in most cases, much less.
Submit Evidence Electronically
Evidence of your NVQ assessment may be submitted electronically.
Different construction NVQs will require different levels of independent study. Most lower-level NVQs will not require anything other than turning up to work and doing your job. On the other hand, if you’re doing a higher-level NVQ qualification that involves managing and other more theoretical skills, you’ll need to set aside some time at home on an evening or over a weekend for study and revision.