Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) – Site Carpentry

Qualification Overview

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry qualification has been developed for delivery in a working environment; this means you need to be employed to study this qualification. It has been designed to develop and recognise your skills, knowledge and competence so that you can work as Site Carpenter within the construction industry or progress onto further learning.

This level 2 Diploma will give you the underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding required to progress onto the level 3 Wood Occupations.

This qualification supports the Learner to attain enabling, fundamental and transferable practical skills with associated underpinning knowledge. Although part of an apprenticeship, this qualification is available outside of an apprenticeship where either the learner’s circumstances prevent them undertaking a full apprenticeship or where their prior skills and knowledge mean they do not require all components of the apprenticeship. In addition, industry will accept the qualification on its own as entry to a job role.

The learner will learn key practical skills and knowledge in these mandatory units:
– Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
– Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
– Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace

The learner will also learn key practical skills and knowledge in three of the following optional units:
– Installing First Fixing Components in the Workplace
– Installing Second Fixing Components in the Workplace
– Erecting Structural Carcassing Components in the Workplace
– Maintaining Non-structural Carpentry Work in the Workplace
– Setting Up and Using Transportable Cutting and Shaping Machines in the Workplace
– Installing Fire Resisting Timber Door Assemblies and Door-sets in the Workplace

The Diploma in Wood Occupations qualification also has five associated pathways which you might be interested in viewing:
– Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations – Timber Frame Erection
– Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations – Architectural Joinery
– Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations – Timber Decks and Cladding
– Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations – Structural Post and Beam Carpentry
– Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations – Light Structural Timber Framing

Within this occupational area we offer other qualifications with a similar name:
NVQ’s:
– Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations
– Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood Occupations
– Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments – Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing
– Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills – Wood Occupations
– Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations

These NVQ qualifications request the learner to demonstrate, in a real workplace environment, that you are competent against a set of performance statements. You are assessed by an occupationally competent and qualified assessor whose job is to work with you and help you through your programme of learning.

Training Qualifications:
– Entry Level 3 Award in Carpentry and Joinery
– Level 1 Award in Carpentry and Joinery
– Level 1 Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery
– Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
– Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery
– Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry
– Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry
– Level 3 Diploma in Woodmachining

These qualifications have been developed for delivery in a training environment; this means that you do not need to be employed to study this qualification. It has been designed to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding so you can work in a particular area in the construction industry or progress to further training.

This qualification is supported by federation British Woodworking Federation (BWF). For more information about BWF please refer to the supporting document within the toolbox below.

If you need to obtain a CSCS card, or simply want to be recognised in your area of expertise by gaining a qualification, this qualification is for you.

What You’ll Learn

As an NVQ approved assessment centre, ATS can offer NVQ on site assessment (OSAT) to those of you who have underpinning qualifications or who have been working within the Site Carpentry industry for more than 2 years and who have reached a level of competence which falls in line with NVQ Occupational Standards.

OSAT: NVQ Route – On Site Assessment for Carepnters with more than 2 years’ experience

If you have underpinning qualifications or have spent more than 2 years in carpentry, there is a route to achieving NVQ level 2.

We have our own Assessors and Internal Verifiers, all of whom are City & Guilds and Construction Skills approved. As long as you are working within the Site Carpentry Industry, we can come and assess you on site.

In order to qualify and register for this Carpentry  NVQ, the following criteria must be met:

  • You must work within a 80 mile radius of Reading – Postcode: RG7
  • You will need to be employed in a role that is related to Site Carpentry
  • You will need 2 years experience in the role as a carpenter

These qualifications (NVQs) focus on practical skills and knowledge. Developed and approved by people who work in the industry, they are a great way to get into construction or to boost your career by developing new skills and knowledge through the assessment of work based competence.


How You’ll Learn

Carpentry NVQ Assessment process

The process will start with an interview between you and your assessor whereby an action plan and timetable will be drawn up.

You will be required to gather and record evidence as indicated on your assessment plan and you would benefit from a work based recorder (Supervisor or foreman); this will help to confirm work which you have undertaken which an Assessor was unable to be present at.

Assessments will be at your work place whereby we will be observing you at work Site Carpentry; we will examine and discuss any evidence you have provided. An assessor will sign off completed units, where sufficient quality and quantity has been provided, any shortfalls of evidence will be discussed and any training requirements identified. In between visits, you will continue to generate further evidence.

The units required

The Qualification structure below specifies the combination of units that need to be achieved for the individual to be awarded the qualification.

Qualification Title: L2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) – Site Carpentry

Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification: 620

An estimate of the total time it could reasonably be expected for a learner to achieve a qualification. TQT includes guided learning hours (GLH) plus an estimate of the time a learner is likely to spend in preparation, study or other learning activities as directed by but not under the immediate guidance of a lecturer, supervisor, or tutor.

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification: 208
The time a learner spends in activities under the immediate guidance or supervision of a lecturer, supervisor, or tutor. This includes assessment if under supervision.

To achieve this qualification a minimum of 62 credits need to be attained. This comprises the 3 mandatory units plus 3 units from the following optional unit group.

To achieve QUA900 Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) – Site Carpentry are:

  • QCF641 : Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • QCF642 : Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
  • QCF643 : Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace

Supported by ONE optional unit from:

  • QCF09Av2: Installing First Fixing Components in the Workplace
  • QCF10Av2 :Installing Second Fixing Components in the Workplace
  • QCF11v2 : Erecting Structural Carcassing Components in the Workplace
  • QCF12v2 : Maintaining Non-structural Carpentry Work in the Workplace
  • QCF628v2 : Setting Up and Using Transportable Cutting and Shaping Machines in the Workplace
  • Unit358v3 : Installing Fire Resisting Timber Door Assemblies and Doorsets in the Workplace

There is no time scale on achieving a Site Carpentry NVQ. If your line of work allows, NVQs can be achieved in a relatively short space of time however, if the Site Carpentry work you are doing is restricted or repetitive, the NVQ process can take longer because the opportunity to meet all of the required NVQ units will not be available to you.


Courses Open To You After

Once you have achieved NVQ level 2 via this route, you may wish to consider being assessed on-site to achieve level 3 at a later date.


Additional Info

OSAT for Employers

OSAT is a method of delivering NVQs for experienced workers within the Construction Industry which meets the needs of both the industry and individuals.

Programmes are designed to assess individuals in their normal working environment as the focus is on what individuals do in their normal working environment so therefore the benefit to Companies are:

  • There is no downtime because Site Carpentry Assessments are carried out on site
  • More qualified and competent employees generate a higher quality product
  • Employees complete work faster and waste less time correcting mistakes
  • Creates greater awareness of health and safety issues which means there are fewer accidents

 The benefits to individuals are:

  • Helps workers achieve vital skills so they achieve CSCS cards quickly and easily
  • Takes account of existing skills so workers only train towards the things they don’t know how to do
  • Achieves Site Carpentry qualifications to show to potential customers

OSAT and CSCS

An increasing number of companies, contractors and clients are looking for operatives and employees to prove their competence via the CSCS card and working towards or achieving the Site Carpentry NVQ will allocate the following:

Red Card – EXPERIENCED WORKER – Registration will take place at profiling stage and as long as you sit/have sat a Construction Skills health and safety test, this card will be generated. The card is issued on a temporary basis, while the NVQ is being achieved. The card is valid for one year and is non-renewable. An Experienced Worker Card cannot be replaced by a Construction Site Operative or a Basic Skills Green Card.

Blue Card – SKILLED WORKER – You will qualify for a blue skilled card once you have successfully completed the EWPA process and achieved the NVQ level 2

All applicants must pass the Construction Skills health and safety test.

Number of NVQ’s Trowel Occupations
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