So, what’s involved in gaining the NVQ/SVQ qualification?
The NVQ/SVQ is a competence-based qualification and is based on National Occupational Standards. These standards are statements of performance that describe what competent people in an occupation are expected to be able to do.
The NVQ is achieved through assessment, which is carried out through on the job observations and questioning. You will be asked to produce evidence to prove you have competence to meet the NVQ units for the qualification.
You will need to achieve several units that make up the full NVQ qualification. Some of the units are mandatory and must be completed, others are optional.
The time required to complete the qualification will be dependent on your abilities and the availability of suitable work to observe. The period is usually three months, allowing me time to compile the substantial number of documents required. However, if timings and experience allow, qualification can be much quicker.
Step 1 – Initial Profiling
As the qualification is an assessment of your competence in your job, I will carry out some initial profiling. This is to determine that your level of knowledge and skill is suitable for this qualification. Part of this process is completing my pre-registration and work history forms, and subject to the contents of these, a telephone discussion may be required. At this stage, you will give me your Office Point of Contact.
Step 2 – Registration
Subject to suitable initial profiling, you will be asked to sign a CITB Qulaification Registration form. I will complete this form with as much detail as possible and e-mail to you or your Office Point of Contact. Once you have completed the form, this should be posted/e-mailed back to me. On receipt of your completed forms and registration fee, I will cross check and issue to CITB for registration. This process can take up to two weeks and you will be notified of your Registration Number directly by CITB.
Please note that at this point a completion date will be decided by all parties. It is important you stick to this.
Step 3 – Induction
This is where I will meet up with you and explain the entire process. During this meeting, we will construct an Assessment Plan, detailing how the evidence will be obtained, in what format, and what endorsement’s you require. The endorsements are generally the products that you cover. You will be asked to sign off the induction process at the end, along with the assessment plan. The induction usually takes about 30 minutes and can be carried out almost anywhere. It generally takes place just prior to the first on-site observation.
It is possible to induct several Learners simultaneously in an office-based environment should this be required. The Office Point of Contact may be present at the meeting should they wish.
Step 4 – Learner Work Evidence
During induction, I will probably issue you with Learner Work Evidence Record forms. These are for you to complete and have verified by your supervisor or client. These forms are where you will describe jobs you do or have previously done that I do not observe, perhaps covering some of the various products you deal with. How many forms will depend on the chosen endorsements. Generally, I will ask for photographic evidence to accompany the forms, along with a copy of your client sign off paperwork. I will collect these from you at the end of the process during the discussion stage. I will talk to you about the forms you provide, and the work covered on them.
Step 5 – Observations
Depending on what you wish to cover, the number of on-site Observations will be decided during the induction (any more than two will be charged extra). If the first Observation isn’t directly after the induction, a date will be arranged either with you or your Office Point of Contact.
During on-site observations, your work and any discussions/questioning will be recorded via video as this gives the strongest evidence for your portfolio. Please ensure that any site I am to visit you on is aware of this, as some sites may be sensitive to photography.
On completion of the first observation, an Assessment Review will be created, and you will be asked to sign this off. This will state what has been done so far and what happens next and when. If a second observation is required, this will be noted, and I will arrange this with your Office Point of Contact.
Step 6 – Recorded Discussion
Once the observations have been completed and I am happy that I have collected sufficient site-based evidence, we will generally arrange to have a chat about the other various aspects of your job and the work you do. This is quite informal, can be held almost anywhere and will be recorded as evidence for your portfolio. During the discussion, we will also chat about the Learner Work Evidence Records you have presented. Subject to the progress of the discussion, I will ask you to sign a Declaration & Certificate Claim form.
Step 7 – Portfolio Completion
As soon as I am confident that the evidence I have gathered will lead to successful claim of your qualification, I will complete your portfolio. This can take a day or two and if I find any gaps, I will contact you immediately.
Your portfolio will be presented in electronic format to CITB for verification, who in turn will present it to the awarding body. This process is usually a formality and you can expect to receive your qualification certificate within approximately four weeks from presentation.
Terms & Conditions
My fee for this process will be given prior to commencement and your instruction for me to proceed will be taken as agreement to the fee.
The fee will be invoiced in stages and is subject to 14-day payment.
The first invoice will be issued at Stage 2, with the second directly after the first observation.
My total fee must be paid in full prior to presentation of the portfolio to CITB.
Any additional on-site observations will be charged on a daily rate, will attract a mileage charge of 35p/mile and additional travelling expenses such as overnight accommodation.
All aborted on-site observations will be charged as above.
It is important that you comply with the agreed completion date and you must make every effort to do so. Please note that this may require an input from your Office Point of Contact. Substantial failure to meet the agreed requirements may result in you being dropped from the process with a loss of all fees paid.
Should you terminate the process at any point, this will result in the loss of all fees paid.