April 2018 Construction Update

16 April 2018

This update for April 2018 covers updates to NVQ changes and updates, updates to CITB Consolidated Assessment Strategy and changes to BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. There is also a general update on BTEC Nationals and new apprenticeships

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NVQ Changes and Updates from January 2018

We have now updated Qualifications to new national occupational standards as per the list below and confirm that centre approval has now been transferred accordingly:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Roofing Occupations (Construction) 603/2836/8
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Demolition (Construction) 603/2843/5
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Slinger/ Signaller (Construction) 603/2841/1
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Building Maintenance Multi Trade Repair and Refurbishment Operations (Construction) 603/2837/X*
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) 603/2840/X
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Cladding Occupations (Construction) 603/2842/3

*Please note the qualification is being updated to allow unit ‘preparing background surfaces in plastering, tiling, paneling and painting decorating' in BMMTRRO L2 to be undertaken more than once, for learners who need to evidence achievement in more than one of these trades.

The remaining outstanding qualification updates to new occupational standards will follow later in the year, and include:

  • L2 Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services (highways, general and roadbuilding)
  • L2 Wood Occupations
  • L2 Site Logistics Operations
  • L3 Accessing Operations and Rigging

Extensions to other qualifications with original review dates of 31/12/17 and 30/04/18

In December 2017 we extended a large number of construction NVQ’s to ensure their continued availability with the Regulators in England and where appropriate in Wales. Please refer to the website for latest dates

Reminder: Updates to CITB Consolidated Assessment Strategy (NVQs)

CITB have updated their Consolidated Assessment Strategy from August 2017 with additional clarification on required assessor competences for Thermal Insulation. All centres should refer to the August 2017 version, with the exception of providers delivering Plant or Controlling Lifting Operations NVQs, who should continue to use the 2016 version with the annexe on Plant/ Lifting.

From January 2018 a new, stand-alone Plant and Lifting Assessment Strategy will become operational, which specifies requirements around the conditions for workplace assessment, ensuring observation is used for experienced workers , following the removal of the ‘experienced worker Practical Assessment’ (EWPA) route offered by some boards.

The latest August 2017 version will be uploaded to our construction qualification website shortly, but you can also obtain it from the CITB website.   

New BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (Qualification linking to Green CSCS Labourers’ Card)

A reminder that the qualification was updated on 1st February 2018 with approval automatically transferred for qualifying centres.

The two main changes are the new assessment criteria as follows: 1.10 State the Purpose of Dynamic Risk Assessments and 5.3 State the importance of safeguards located near where plant, machinery and equipment are being used.

In addition we have updated the free workbook for delivery and assessment and the specification to improve the content and centre guidance e.g. on malpractice

The workbook for assessment with contextualised case studies, questions and up-to-date scenarios to help both teaching and the gathering of evidence, with free teaching materials for centres, is now available. (Edexcel Online Log in required)

For more details please contact customer services on 0844 576 0045.

Download the workbook

New BTEC Nationals from September 2017 - now approved by DFE

A reminder that new BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment, including Civil Engineering and Building Services Engineering specialist qualifications, are now approved by DFE as meeting Tech Level performance criteria. A full list of qualifications and further information including resources, authorised assignment briefs, sample assessment materials and delivery guides are available.

All qualifications in the suite have now been recognised in England and Wales and are included in English apprenticeship frameworks, and will be updated into Welsh frameworks asap where they have not already been done.

2010 BTEC Nationals remain available and it it intended to offer dual running of these until 2020.

BTEC First/ Tech Award Update

Pearson has submitted a new Tech Award to DFE in March, for consideration on the 2020 performance tables, for first teaching 2018. This is designed to meet new DFE requirements for synoptic assessment and a greater proportion of mandatory core. Content has been refreshed from the 2012 BTEC First, with a focus on sustainability in the built environment and an external assessment more focussed on applying synoptic knowledge to situations presented, rather than specifically focusing on the theoretical science and maths previously examined.

Apprenticeships Update

New HNC and HND’s in construction are now included in the higher level frameworks* and have replaced the QCF version at level 4 on our systems (registration end date of 31/12/18). Level 5 HND QCF is still available for those centres with learners needing to progress from QCF L4 to L5. Any existing Technical Certificates, NVQ’s and other competence qualifications are being extended to ensure continuity of provision, as above.

*Building Services Engineering for Technicians pathway within the ‘Building Services Engineering Technology & Project Management’ Framework remains QCF only until it is replaced by the Trailblazer Standard.

Current and anticipated product replacements for SASE frameworks to reformed ‘Trailblazer’ standards

Note that most standards do not specify mandatory qualifications, but listed below are qualifications that may be suitable as they cover much of the on-programme knowledge/ skill requirements. Unless mandated, the choice of a qualification will be down to the employer to agree with providers.

Qualifications

SASE Framework

New Standard & Qualifications

Available / Notes

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations

Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying)

Bricklayer Level 2.

 

Does not mandate an NVQ though NVQ and knowledge qualification may be used, subject to employer  acceptance

Standard approved March 2017 (Assessment Plan still in Development)

 

Existing NVQ L2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations may be acceptable

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations, BTEC Diploma in Construction Occupations (Carpentry/ Joinery)

Intermediate Construction Building: Wood Occupations

Carpentry and Joinery (Site Carpenter, Architectural Joiner).

Existing NVQ L2 Diploma in Wood Occupations & BTEC Diploma (optional) can be used, but may be subject to minor amendments to meet additional specialist knowledge)

Launched February 2018.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction Occupations

Advanced Construction Building: Wood Occupations

Advanced Carpentry and Joinery

Carpentry and Joinery (Site Carpenter, Architectural Joiner).

Existing NVQ L3 Diploma in Wood Occupations.

In Development

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction Occupations

Construction Specialist: Plastering

Plasterer

 

No qualifications specified, though NVQ L3 and existing knowledge qualification may be used, subject to employer acceptance

In development

Standard approved March 17 (Assessment Plan still in development).

NVQ 3 and BTEC L3 may be acceptable route to meet on-programme requirements, (as the standard links to the same CSCS requirements for NVQ), subject to individual employer approval

L2 NVQ Diploma in Building Maintenance Multi Trade Repair/ Refurbishment

Intermediate Construction Building: Building Maintenance Multi-Trade Repair/ Refurbishment.

Property Maintenance Operative

Portfolio and research assignment (qualifications not mandatory)

Available Now.

Note this is not a like-for-like replacement standard. Construction NVQ e.g. Building Maintenance Multi-Trade/ Wood Occupations / Painting & Decorating can cover much of the skill standards.  

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – slinger signaller

Level 2 NVQ Certificate/ Diploma in Construction Plant Operations

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Construction Occupations

Construction Civil Engineering:

Controlling Lifting Operations, and

Construction Plant Operations

Lifting Technician

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – slinger signaller

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Plant Operations (mobile/ tower/ crawler/ crane units)

Approved industry tests to meet knowledge curriculum

Live February 2018  

 

Note this is not a like-for-like replacement, with two NVQ’s now recommended covering the role of ‘Lifting Technician’.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Surveying, Property and Maintenance

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment (Surveying)

Surveying

Surveying Technician:

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment/ Subsidiary Diploma  (Surveying pathway)

Available now.

Surveying units/ pathway should be undertaken.

Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Site Supervision

Pearson BTEC HNC Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment

Construction Management: Site Supervision

Construction Site Supervisor

Qualifications not mandatory. Portfolio & knowledge evidence against standard.

In Development

BTEC HNC Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment confirmed as acceptable with employer group to meet knowledge requirements.

NVQ L4 Diploma in Site Supervision may meet portfolio evidence requirements subject to mapping & individual employer approval.

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

Construction Technical & Professional: Civil Engineering for Technicians

Civil Engineering Technician

No specific qualifications are specified

Current Pearson Civil Engineering BTEC National and Civil Engineering competence qualifications, aligned to EngTech, may be acceptable to employers

Live October 2017

A portfolio of evidence signed off by the employer including an element of external verification and assessment.

Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering for Technicians

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering)

Building Services Engineering Technology & Project Management:

Building Services Engineering Design Technician

Building Services Design Technician

BTEC L3 Diploma in Construction & Built Environment (Building Services Engineering) for knowledge and L3 Diploma for Building Services Engineering Technicians

Live October 2017

A Like-for-like replacement of Pearson qualifications in current framework

L2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations & Civil Engineering Services – Highways Maintenance

Civil Engineering -Highways Maintenance

Highways Maintenance (Skilled Operative)

In development

L2 NVQ Diploma in Formwork

Civil engineering - Formwork

Formworker. The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Formwork is anticipated to meet competence requirements for this standard

In development

*Note that the above SASE Frameworks are not necessarily withdrawn, even when replacements are available, but are notified centrally.

New Frameworks (where Occupations not previously covered by SASE)

Occupation Relationship to Previous Qualifications / SASE Pearson Qualification / Services to meet standard Available

Steel Fixer

None

NVQ L2 Diploma in Steel Fixing Occupations

In Development

Piling Attendant

None

NVQ L2 Diploma in Piling Operations

In Development

Assembly Technician

None

NVQ L2 Diploma in Erection of Precast Concrete

In Development

Digital Engineering Technician

NVQ 3 Diploma in Built Environment Design,

BTEC L3 Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment

NVQ L3 Diploma in Built Environment Design.

It is anticipated that a revised BTEC L3 Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment will meet this new standard from 2017

Live January 2018

Rail Engineering Design Technician

A specialist discipline derived from ‘Civil Engineering for Technicians’  SASE Framework in response to employer demand.

BTEC L3 Diploma in Engineering (720) incl. contextualized project unit.

SV Service to meet portfolio evidence requirements, for which centres can seek approval.

September 2015

Transport Planning Technician

A specialist discipline derived from ‘Civil Engineering for Technicians’  SASE F/W in response to employer demand.

BTEC L3 Diploma in Transport Planning for Technicians incl. contextualized project unit.

SV Service to meet portfolio evidence requirements, for which centres can seek approval.

September 2016

Construction Site Engineering Technician

No direct relationship. Possible progression route from Construction Contracting Operations L3 and a relationship to L4 Site Supervision (see above).

BTEC L4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Expected 2018

Construction Design & Build Technician

No direct relationship. Possible progression route from civil Engineering Design technician at L3.

BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

Expected 2018

Building Services Engineering Technician

No direct relationship

BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

Expected 2018

Power Network Craftsperson

No direct relationship

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering (e.g. Mechanical, Electrical or general)

Live 2016

Utilities Engineering Technician

No direct relationship

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering (e.g. general, mechanical or electrical)

Live 2016

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