Full qualification title: Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate and Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) – Site Carpentry
The qualification is suitable for tradespeople with at least 3 year’s experience in Site Carpentry. You will need to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to safely work with cutting and shaping machines (drills, powered saws, planers, jointers etc.); and install first and second fix components.
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. Learners will also be asked to also provide additional evidence in the forms of Toolbox Talks, Timesheets, Induction Registers and Employer’s and/or Client’s References. The whole process is designed around candidates and their needs. The idea is that assessor should not in any way interfere with the candidate’s work activities and must be almost invisible during workplace observations. At the end of the assessment assessor will conducted a tape-recorded discussion with the candidate to confirm their 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 two to three months, and the maximum length is twelve 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 CSCS card while being assessed for you NVQ or, if you already have a temporary card, extend it for a further 6 months. On completion of the assessment you will be able to apply for a permanent CSCS card valid for 5 years.
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.
You can purchase the Operative CSCS Test revision materials here (it is cheaper than at Construction Skills):
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 £800 + VAT. Construction companies registered for CITB Levy can claim grants from the CITB for each completed NVQ assessment.
You can spread the cost over two payments – one at the beginning of your assessment and second one at the completion. Please contact us for more information.