Construction Update November 2017

Thu Nov 30 12:13:00 UTC 2017

Extensions to Qualifications due for review 31 December 2017 and 30 April 2018. 

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Extensions to Qualifications due for review

Please note that while a large number of construction NVQ qualifications are approaching their review dates there are plans to extended them.

In a small number of cases where qualification uptake is very low we may set an end date during 2018, but sufficient notice will be provided in this event. We will contact centres individually to advise on the progress as soon as the dates are amended with Ofqual.

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.

View the latest Consolidated Assessment Strategy CITB website

Forthcoming Changes to BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

(Qualification linking to Green CSCS Labourers’ Card)

CITB have updated the approved unit for this qualification, which Pearson plans to implement in December 2017. There are minor changes to the qualification with two additional assessment criteria, reduction to the guided learning hour total and modifications to the assessment guidance section.

Please be aware that Pearson provides a 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.

View our course materials (Edexcel Online Log in required)

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

Latest Qualification Extensions

The following qualifications were extended on an interim basis to the end of 2017, partly to ensure they continue to remain available in SASE Apprenticeship frameworks.

A further longer term extension will be completed during December 2017 following a review of demand.

Qualification title
Level 4 NVQ Construction and Building Services Management and Supervision (Sustainability)  
Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians (Institution of Civil Engineers)  
Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering for Technicians  
Level 3 Diploma in Town Planning Technical Support  
Level 2 Diploma in Construction Occupations  
Level 2 Certificate in Construction Plant Operations  
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Building Maintenance Multi Trade Repair & Refurbishment Operations - extended to 31st December 2017 *new version being redeveloped in 2017 
Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management *new version being redeveloped in 2017 
Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Surveying Property and Maintenance 
Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Construction Management (Sustainability) 

BTEC Qualification Extensions (Wales Only) 

QN Qualification title Extension date
500/8275/9 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Construction and Built Environment (Specialist: Construction) (QCF) 31 December 2018
500/8289/9 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Construction and Built Environment (Specialist: Construction) (QCF)   31 December 2018

Qualification Amendments due to Updates to National Occupational Standards

The following qualifications are being redeveloped to meet updated occupational standards.

QN Qualification title
601/4293/5 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations & Civil Engineering Services – Construction Operations 
601/6181/4 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations & Civil Engineering Services – Roadbuilding 
601/6179/6 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations & Civil Engineering Services – Highways Maintenance 
600/3259/5 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations 
601/6183/8 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Cladding Occupations 
601/4297/2 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Building Maintenance Multi Trade Repair & Refurbishment Operations 
601/6023/8 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations 
601/6021/4 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Demolition 
601/6020/2  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in specialist Concrete Operations 

Qualification Withdrawals 

QN Qualification title Registration deadline
601/1133/1 Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Green Deal Non-domestic Advice 30 September 2017
600/9520/9 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Green Deal Domestic Advice 30 September 2017
601/0615/3 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment 31 December 2017
600/8393/1 Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Environmental Technologies 30 September 2017

New, Level 2 ‘Technicals’ for Post-16 preparation to employment

The following technical qualifications have been developed and are intended to be submitted to DFE for approval shortly:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Bricklaying
  • Pearson BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Carpentry 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Painting and Decorating

These are 360 guided learning hours and will include grading and externally assessed units to meet new Department for Education requirements as well as introducing the work skills, client skills and behaviours needed for the industry.

We have carried out consultation with employers and centres to ensure these are fit for purpose and intend to submit to the Department for Education in the September 2017 application window.

More about Level 2 Technicals

Previous qualification withdrawals due to low uptake

The following qualifications are being set to end as follows:
 

QN Qualification title End date for new registrations

600/4070/1

Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Post-Tensioning Operations

31 December 2017

601/4793/3

Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Specialist Installation Occupations

31 December 2017

601/4772/6

Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations

31 December 2017

600/7021/3

BTEC Level 6 Diploma in Construction*

Has been extended to  31 October 2017, then to be withdrawn

600/7036/5

BTEC Level 6 Extended Diploma in Construction*

Has been extended to 31 October 2017, then to be withdrawn

600/7022/5

BTEC Level 6 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction*

Has been extended to 31 October 2017, then to be withdrawn

*although these qualifications are set to end in their current form, we would like to replace them with improved content and progression routes for construction managers, to meet the Educational Base of the IENG professional standard.

If you have feedback on these, or any other areas in which you would like Pearson to develop qualifications, or would like to be involved in consultation please contact gabriel.staples@pearson.com 

New BTEC Nationals from September 2017 - now approved by Department of Education

We are pleased to announce the launch of new BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment, including Civil Engineering and Building Services Engineering specialist qualifications, which are now approved by Department of Education as meeting Tech Level performance criteria.

View our full list of qualifications and further information

Apprenticeships Update

Please note that new BTEC Nationals are being added into SASE and SASW frameworks* alongside the existing BTEC Nationals for those who wish to adopt the new versions from September 2017.

New HNC and HND’s in construction are also now included in the higher level frameworks alongside QCF versions (which close to new registrations on 31 December 2017). 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 Frawework New Standard and Qualifications Available/Notes

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations

Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying)

Bricklayer Level 2

In development

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

Intermediate Construction Building: Wood Occupations

Carpentry and Joinery (Site Carpenter, Architectural Joiner).

Existing NVQ L2 Diploma in Wood Occupations.

In Development

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

In development

Standard approved March 2017 (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

In development, standard approved April 2017, assessment plan in development

 

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 mandatory qualifications but existing competence qualification & BTEC National recommended by employers

Live October 2017

Current competence qualification and current or new BTEC L3 Diploma in Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering) to meet the knowledge standard

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

Qualifications not mandatory but existing BTEC and competence qualifications still recommended.

Live October 2017

Current competence qualification and current (or new) BTEC L3 Diploma in Construction & Built Environment (Building Services Engineering) for knowledge standard

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.

View all withdrawals on GOV.UK

New Frameworks (where Occupations not previously covered by SASE)

 

Occupation Relationship to previous qulalification/SASE Pearson qualification/Services to meet standard Available

Steel Fixer

None

NVQ L2 Diploma in Steel Fixing Occupations

Live November 2017

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

Ready for delivery 2017


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 late 2017

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

In Development

Building Services Engineering Technician

No direct relationship

BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

In Development expected late 2017

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

Funding

Information on new funding processes

Loan Fundable qualifications
 

QN Qualification title

600/0726/6

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Surveying, Property and Maintenance (QCF)

601/4787/8

Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management (QCF)

600/7813/3

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering for Technicians (QCF)

501/1115/2

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians (Institution of Civil Engineers) (QCF)

601/2500/7

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations (QCF)

600/9098/4

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Formwork (Construction) (QCF)

600/3997/8

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) (QCF)

601/4232/7

Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision (Construction) (QCF)

601/4776/3

Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Supervising Lifts (Construction) (QCF)

601/4771/4

Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management (Construction) (QCF)

601/2668/1

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design (QCF)

600/3994/2

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wall and Floor Tiling (Construction) (QCF)

600/9097/2

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing - Painting and Decorating (Construction) (QCF)

600/3263/7

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction) (QCF)

500/9771/4

Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection (QCF)

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