Construction NVQ – Widely Recognised Construction Qualifications
NVQs are the most widely-recognised construction qualifications in the industry. Every day, thousands of site managers rely on them to make hiring decisions. They’re therefore an obvious choice for those looking to get on in the construction industry. Unlike academic qualifications, most construction NVQs don’t require studying for an all-important exam at the end. With that said, many will require that you complete a few written questions as part of the assessment process.
You don’t need to have graduated high school with flying colours to get along in the construction industry. In fact, some of the foremost talents in the country don’t have a single GCSE to their name. The NVQ provides access to recognised qualification, even to those who haven’t completed any other form of formal education.
Construction NVQ courses are completed while on the job, and thus your employer won’t need to work around your absence. Moreover, you’ll be able to continue to earn as you progress.
The Construction NVQ is a great thing in and of itself. But it’ll also grant your access to other means of advertising your competencies. Among the best of these are CSCS cards. The Construction Skill Certification Skills Scheme is the foremost body of its type in the UK. They keep a database of skilled workers in the United Kingdom. CSCS cards are a system of colour-coded identity cards that can be displayed just about anywhere. They let everyone around you know that you’re qualified to do the job you’re doing.
Once you’ve earned an appropriate Construction NVQ, you’ll be able to apply for the corresponding 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 five years, which is plenty of 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. While holding a CSCS card is not a legal requirement, if you’re going to be working on a construction site, most major builders and contractors consider them a requirement.
NVQ Assessment Visits
The extent of the on-site assessment will depend on the level of the course. Lower-level courses involve simpler skills, and thus can be assessed relatively quickly. More advanced NVQ courses where students are expected to perform complex tasks and make judgements will require more time.
The assessor will typically visit several times toward the end of the course. These aren’t surprise visits! Dates will be arranged to suit both you and your employer. The entire assessment process rarely takes longer than ten weeks. In most cases, it’s much less!
Nowadays, evidence of your NVQ assessment can be submitted electronically. Wherever you are in the world, and whatever time it might be, you’ll be able to submit!
Different sorts of construction NVQ will require different levels of independent study. Many lower-level NVQs will not require anything other than turning up to work and doing the job well. There’s only so much that reading can teach you about practical vocations like trowel application and formwork. On the other hand, if you’re doing higher-level NVQs that involve management and other more theoretical skills, then you’ll need to set aside time at home for study and revision. If this sounds daunting, or you’re concerned about where you’re going to find the time, then don’t worry: we’ll be able to support you in any independent study you might want to engage in.
Construction NVQ Courses Available
NVQ Level 7 Construction Management
NVQ Level 6 Construction Site Management
- NVQ Level 6 Construction Contracting Operations Management
- NVQ Level 6 Construction Site Management – Building & CE
- NVQ Level 6 Construction Site Management – Residential Development
- NVQ Level 6 Construction Site Management – Demolition
NVQ Level 4 Construction
- NVQ Level 4 Construction Site Supervision – Building & CE
- NVQ Level 4 Construction Site Supervision – Residential Development
- NVQ Level 4 Construction Site Supervision – Demolition
- NVQ Level 4 Construction Site Supervision – Tunnelling
NVQ Level 3 Construction
- NVQ Level 3 Plastering (Construction) – Solid
- NVQ Level 3 Decorative Finishing & Painting Occupations – Painting & Decorating
- NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision
NVQ Level 2 Construction
- NVQ Level 2 Plastering (Construction) – Solid
- NVQ Level 2 Interior Systems – Dry Lining Fixing
- NVQ Level 2 Plant Operations – Cranes and Specialist Lifting
- NVQ Level 2 Plant Operations – Fork-Lift Trucks
- NVQ Level 2 Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry
- NVQ Level 2 Diploma Decorative Finishing and Painting Occupations – Painter
- NVQ Level 2 Formwork (Construction)
- NVQ Level 2 Trowel Occupations