Leaning and gaining a qualification can often be a long process and can take up a lot of your time. It can sometimes mean taking time off work, attending college or university and doing a lot of studying with examinations at the end of it.
Getting a Construction NVQ isn’t like that although you do need to put in the time and effort. After all, nothing worthwhile comes without effort and a construction NVQ is worthwhile because it leads to advancement in your job.
Construction NVQ Process
Getting a Construction NVQ is a better process than many other qualifications for several reasons. For one thing, it is a staged qualification where you can start at level 1 and work your way up to level 5, the top level, at a pace that suits you.
Although the whole process can take several years, each level will obviously take much less than that and you’ll gain benefits by reaching any level.
You also don’t have to go the whole way because a particular construction NVQ level may be appropriate to your job and you can stop when you reach it. This will enough to gain you a CSCS card that’s needed for your job, providing you also pass the health, safety & environment test. Reaching a higher level may not gain you anything, although you always have the option of advancing to a higher construction NVQ level at a later stage if your situation changes.
Achieving level 1 is a fairly quick and simple process because it’s aimed at unskilled workers and so doesn’t cover complex tasks.
A level 2 construction NVQ requires craft knowledge and so will take a little longer. As you move up through the levels, the requirements are naturally more demanding and so the process takes longer.
A level 3 construction NVQ, for example, can usually be achieved in around nine months.
Levels 4 and higher Construction NVQ, which are intended for managers and senior managers, can take 9-12 months each.
Construction NVQ Assessment
A good thing about the construction NVQ is that you can largely go at your own pace, although your employer may have other ideas if you’re taking too long. You can then go through learning material in your own time so you know you’re fully prepared.
A construction NVQ at any level is largely gained by gathering workplace evidence of a candidate’s competence and determining their level of knowledge. This can often be handled through a workplace assessment that means you don’t even need to take time off work.
Again, the time involved will vary with the construction NVQ level, typically being less than one day for construction NVQ level 2 but longer for higher levels since there is more to be assessed. The whole assessment process may be completed in under a week at level 2 NVQ but could take up to three weeks for level 3 NVQ, which still means you’ll get your construction NVQ quicker than most qualifications.