Construction update - April 2022 | Pearson qualifications

Construction update - April 2022

Tue Apr 19 08:30:00 UTC 2022

An update on everything new within the Construction sector.

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Reminder - Qualification Extensions/ Withdrawals

The following qualifications have been set to end due to changes to the occupational standards which we will not implement due to low demand. No new learners registrations will be permitted after the dates indicated. 

QN  Qualification Title  Last Registration date  Certification End Date  
603/2841/1 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Slinger/Signaller (Construction) 31 December 2022 31 December 2024 
601/4772/6 Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations 31 December 2022 31 December 2024
603/2843/5 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Demolition (Construction) 31 July 2022  31 July 2024
603/4366/7 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and rigging 31 December 2022  31 December 2024

We are currently updating the Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision and the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management to meet new occupational standards and we expect to have these live by May/ June this year.

BTEC L1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment:

Centres should be aware that the specification will be updated shortly to note the specific CITB requirement regarding trainers to hold verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and knowledge as well as hold a valid trainer’s qualification. 


We have just concluded discussions with CITB Wales and Qualifications Wales to ensure selected qualifications remain in apprenticeships (SASW) where there is still a demand and where we are permitted to do so.  

After 31 May 2022 some occupations are restricted: Only the new QW-commissioned CBE qualifications may be used in apprenticeships and for full time under 19 learners, which Pearson does not award, in the following occupations: 

Bricklaying, Site Carpentry, Timber Frame, Solid Plastering, Painting and Decorating, Wall and Floor Tiling, Roof Slating and Tiling, Civil Engineering Operations, Dry Lining, Plant Operations.  

For classroom-based qualifications, a new GCSE and A Level in Construction will replace all equivalent qualifications (such as BTEC) for these sizes (180 and 360 GLH)

Occupational Work Supervision:

Centres should note that the CITB employer working group have agreed to remove specific, named endorsements against this qualification. These changes will be reflected in the specification shortly.

The following entry requirements apply for anyone taking the OWS NVQ or SVQ and it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure all supervisors are competent to carry out their duties regardless of the occupation being supervised:

Learners must have occupational industry experience prior to being registered for the Occupational Work Supervision qualification 

Learners have ability and experience in supervising teams 

Learners must be occupationally competent to at least level 2 or SCQF level 5 in Construction OR be able to show a letter from the employer confirming their suitability and a professional discussion or portfolio of evidence of previous experience.


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