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 a work history form, showing your experience/training in the industry 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 and a head & Shoulders digital photograph.
Step 2 – Registration And Cost Agreement
Subject to suitable initial profiling, you will be asked to sign an ESA Qualification Registration and Cost Agreement 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 signed and dated the form, this should be e-mailed back to myself.
The cost of the assessment will be clearly itemised on the form and the number of expected on-site observations will be indicated.
On receipt of your completed forms the initial invoice covering the registration fee and 50% of the assessment fee will be raised by the ESA. Once payment has been received, which should be within 7 days, your will be registered by the ESA Admin team, and we can then start the process. You will be notified by e-mail as soon as you are registered.
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
Observations dates will be agreed between you, your Office Point of Contact and myself. During on-site observations, your work and any discussions/questioning will be recorded via video (where possible) 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 planned or required, this will be noted, and I will arrange this with your Office Point of Contact.
Step 6 – Recorded Discussion
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 the ESA 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 to six weeks from presentation.
Terms & Conditions
ESA Terms and Conditions will be issued with the initial invoice, but you can request these at any time or click on this link.