September 2014 update

Thu Sep 25 09:55:00 UTC 2014

This month's update features news of NVQ changes in line with the new National Occupational Standards and potential new developments for 2014/15.

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NVQ updates to new National Occupational Standards in 2014/15 

Please find below a summary of the NVQs that are being updated.

Please note that, for those highlighted below, the changes have been made and the new versions are live (current versions are set to end on 31 October 2014).

Approval for the new versions has been transferred automatically.

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Thermal Insulation (Construction) - New QN 601/4233/9
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Building Maintenance Multi-trade Repair and Refurbishment Operations (Construction) - New QN 601/4297/2
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services - Construction Operations (Construction) - New QN 601/4293/5
  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision (Construction NVQ) - New QN 601/4232/7.

Specifications for the new qualifications can be found on the relevant subject pages

In addition, the incremental changes to Level 2 NVQ Diplomas in Roofing Occupations, Steelfixing Occupations and Trowel Occupations are being submitted to Ofqual now, and we expect these to be updated shortly, Ofqual accreditation permitting.

We do not anticipate a change of qualification number for these qualifications. Specifications for these qualifications will be uploaded to the website shortly.

Full list of NVQs to be updated

600/4019/1  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction) (QCF)  Amendment for 1 May 2015 
600/4016/6  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Specialist Concrete Occupations - Background Preparation and Profiling (Construction) (QCF)  Amendment for 1 May 2015 
600/4031/2  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Demolition (Construction) (QCF)  Amendment for 1 Nov 2014 
600/4033/6  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Floorcovering Occupations (Construction) (QCF)  Amendment for 1 May 2015 
600/4068/3  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction) (QCF)  Amendment for 1 May 2015 
600/4069/5  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction) (QCF)  Amendment for 1 May 2015 
600/4132/8  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Steelfixing Occupations (Construction) (QCF)  Amendment for 1 Nov 2014 
600/4213/8  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Thermal Insulation (Construction) (QCF)  New version launched 1 September 2014 
600/4183/3  Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision (Construction) (QCF)  New version launched 1 September 2014. Note change from level 3 to level 4
600/4127/4  Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Supervising Lifts (Construction) (QCF)  Amendment for 1 Nov 2014. Note change from level 3 to level 4
600/3992/9  Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management (Construction) (QCF)  Amendment for 1 Nov 2014 
500/9535/3  Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management (QCF)  Amendment for 1 Nov 2014 
600/9093/5  Pearson Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations  Amendment for 1 Nov 2014 
600/9093/5  Pearson Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Specialist Installation Occupations   Amendment for 1 Nov 2014 
600/9091/1  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Roofing Occupations (Construction)  Amendment for 1 Nov 2014 
600/9096/0  Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations  Amendment for 1 Nov 2014 
600/9087/X  Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services - Construction Operations  New version launched 1 September 2014 
600/9376/6  Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Maintenance Operations  New verson launched 1 September 2014. Note change to title 'Building Maintenance Multi Trade Refurbishment and Repair' 
600/9082/0  Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services - Highways Maintenance (Incident Support Unit Operations)  Amendment for 1 Nov 2014 
600/9085/6  Level 2 Diploma in Applied Waterproof Membranes  Amendment for 1 May 2015 

Update to Construction Consolidated Assessment Strategy for NVQs

Please note that an updated version of the assessment strategy has been issued by the Sector Skills Council. 

Update to assessment guidance for health and safety unit

Following updated guidance issued by CITB in July 2014, please be advised of the revised interpretation of Assessment Criteria 2.3. and 2.4 in mandatory NVQ unit ‘Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace’:

It is not necessary for the learner to list the current Health and Safety Executive ‘top ten’ safety risks, nor their current ‘top five’ risks to health, to meet this learning outcome. Learners are allowed to meet this outcome by simply citing the current common safety and health risks. Information on current risks to safety and health in Construction may, or may not, be issued by the Health and Safety Executive themselves.

Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (QCF) QN: 601/1861/1

A reminder that from July 2014 this qualification meets the new requirements for achievement of the CSCS Green Card for Labourers. This is a 4-credit qualification which is live and available to centres to deliver. We provide a free BTEC workbook assessment to all approved centres mapped to the qualification learning outcomes.

2014/5 projects

Pearson is currently scoping a number of potential new developments for projects to launch during 2014/5. We would greatly appreciate your input into this, especially if you have particular demand from learners or employers to deliver any of the following qualifications or simply to confirm you support the proposed developments:

Engineering Surveying Operations Level 2 NVQ

Employers working on the Crossrail project have identified a need for an NVQ to cover the competence of a 'Chain person' role carrying out technical support in construction and civil engineering surveying. It would provide progression to other technical roles at level 3 in surveying, covered by existing qualifications such as Construction Contracting Operations. Currently there are no qualifications to cover this occupation at level 2. Discussions are in place to develop this as a Trailblazer project under the reformed apprenticeship standards.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Standards are embedded in new NVQs, including the new Built Environment Design qualifications launched earlier in 2014. However, we plan to develop a level 3 BIM Introductory Awareness unit within BTEC.

Building Multi-Trade Refurbishment and Repair NVQ and Technical Certificates at level 3

This would offer a progression route from Building Multi-Trade Repair and Refurbishment (replaces Building Maintenance NVQ by November 2014).

Streetworks qualification

A competence qualification leading to the new streetworks act as a licence to practice: we are currently scoping demand to see if this can be developed.

If you have feedback on these, or any other areas in which you would like Pearson to develop qualifications please contact us.

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