An NVQ shows your current and future employers that you are competent in your work and have an interest in developing and improving yourself. It allows you to upskill and also gets you one step closer to attaining your CSCS/CPCS card.
You can work at your own pace, with the time taken being dependent on your workload and how easily you find the required evidence. As a rough guide:
- Level 2 NVQ: 2-4 months
- Level 3 NVQ: 4-6 months
- Level 6 NVQ: 6-12 months
The level of work that you do in your current job determines what NVQ level you should do. You must have a minimum number of relevant years’ experience to do higher level NVQs.
Your NVQ is an assessment of how competent you are in your job role. Our assessor will visit you in the workplace to carry out the checks and may also speak to your colleagues and/or line manager.
Yes there may be homework as part of your NVQ or apprenticeship. You will be able to collect most of your evidence during your daily work, however you may want to compile your portfolio at home to give yourself more time.
No, you can’t fail an NVQ. If you can’t find enough or the right evidence then your assessor will help you along the way.
No, in fact the NVQ should complement your job and improve your skills and knowledge to ensure you are working even better.