January 2018 Construction Update

26 January 2018

This update for January 2018 covers 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

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 due for review 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 can also be found here.

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

A reminder that CITB’s updated version of this unit is due for implementation shortly - we are seeking accreditation and changeover from 1st February 2018. The two main changes are the new assessment criteria as follows and will result in a new qualification number with centre approval being transferred accordingly from 01/02/18:

  • 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 are updating the free workbook to reflect the new criteria and carrying out a general update to improve the content.

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, can be found here (Edexcel Online Log in required)

For more details please contact customer services on 0844 576 0045

New BTEC Nationals from September 2017 - now approved by DFE

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 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 now.

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 31/12/17). 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

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 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

In development, standard approved April 17, 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, but are notified centrally here

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

Live Nov 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

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