Full Qualification Title: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) (QCF)


The qualification is suitable for on-site foremen 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, liaise with site management and other contractors, provide contract information to operatives, organize delivery and storage of materials and equipment, ensure Health and Safety on site and regularly check quality of work against relevant standards.

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 by workplace observation and questioning. In case of Occupational Work Supervision it is very important that additional paperwork evidence is collected showing that the candidate regularly carries out Supervisory tasks such as conducting Toolbox Talks and Safety Inductions, ordering and receiving deliveries of materials and taking part in site meetings. This evidence can be in the forms of Toolbox Talks and Induction Safety registers signed by the candidate as well as Delivery Notes, Purchase Orders and Minutes of Site Meeting with the candidate’s name on them. Copies of these documents are normally easily obtainable from the candidate’s 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 £1000 + 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.