Full Qualification Title: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – General (QCF)


The qualification is suitable for supervisors/junior site managers with at least 3 year’s experience in site supervision. You will need to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to plan and organize work activities, obtain necessary project information, liaise with site management, clients and other contractors, create and amend work programmes and schedules, provide contract information and guidance to operatives and sub-contractors, organize delivery and storage of materials and equipment, obtain information on H&S, hazards and safe methods of work and regularly check quality of work against relevant standards. The role is largely office -based, as opposed to Occupational Work Supervision which is suitable more to on-site foreman.

Assessment Process

The most common way to achieve your NVQ is called the On Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) and involves an assessor collecting evidence of candidate’s skills and knowledge. In case of Construction Contracting Operations the evidence is strictly documentary (Product Evidence) i.e. Risk Assessments and Method Statements, Toolbox Talks, Safety Induction, Purchase Orders, Minutes of Site Meeting, Requests for Information, Programmes of Work as well as email correspondence regarding H&S, planning of work, information, re-scheduling work activities and quality of work. Copies of these documents are normally easily obtainable from the candidate and their employer or client. There is also a requirement for a tape-recorded discussion with assessor at the end of the assessment to confirm candidate’s work knowledge.

How Long Does It Take?

The minimum length of the assessments from the candidate’s registration to the actual achievement of the NVQ is about three months and the maximum is twenty four months. We will always make sure that you achieve your qualification in the shortest possible time by using assessment methods tailored to your circumstances and constantly updating you on the progress of the assessment.


You can apply for a temporary Supervisory CSCS card while being assessed for you NVQ which is valid for three years. On completion of the assessment you will be able to apply for a permanent CSCS card valid for 5 years.

Health & Safety Test

You will require a valid CSCS Health and Safety Test in order to obtain your Experienced Worker (temporary) CSCS Card. So if you don’t have one or you passed your test more than 5 years ago please visit Construction Skills website to book one.

However, if you wait until the assessment’s completion, you will not be required to pass the test to obtain your CSCS Card, as the H&S aspect is included within the assessment


The cost of the full assessment is £1050 + VAT. Construction companies registered for CITB Levy can claim grants from the CITB for each completed NVQ assessment.

You can spread the cost into two payments – one at the beginning of your assessment and another one at the completion. Please contact us for more information.