“You don’t know what you know!” I say that every day to Construction Site Managers who enquire about the NVQ Level 6 in Construction Site Management. The majority of them are enquiring about the qualification not because they want to, but because they have to in order to access the Black CSCS card.

Most are oblivious of the breadth of the skills, knowledge and experience they have naturally developed over the years and have lost sight of the value and complexity of the tasks they do every day. They didn’t go to University, they started at the bottom, worked long hours and underwent huge personal sacrifices to be able to work competently at this level. They gained their skills, knowledge and experience through the ‘school of hard knocks’. Despite their vast experience however, they still feel an inferiority or a lack of self-confidence due to the disparaging attitude (or perceived attitude) of some colleagues who have entered the industry via the achievement of a University Degree and have some form of Professional Status.

In my opinion, this insecurity not only hinders the individual’s prospects for further advancement and employment opportunities, it also damages the reputation of the whole Construction industry. It creates the impression that construction sites are run by unqualified and therefore unprofessional people.

What these individuals don’t realise is that far beyond just accessing a Black CSCS Card, they actually have power to change their own view of themselves and the perception of others. Experienced Site Managers can undertake a qualification that is comparable to a Bachelors Degree such as the Level 6 NVQ in Construction Site Management. This qualification is not about learning, there is no studying and no exams. It is about demonstrating the skills, knowledge and experience you already have and being recognised for them.

The importance attached to being qualified to carry out a Site Management function in construction has grown significantly in the eyes of employers and clients across all sectors of the industry, particularly through CDM Regulations 2015. Being qualified to carry out your job role is without doubt what most employers and clients initially use to measure competence. Employers now want more than just a CV, they want proof that individuals have both the knowledge and technical ability to carry out a job role in the workplace to a recognised industry standard.

The industry benchmark for a Construction Site Manager is not a Degree, it’s not an HNC,  HND, or an SMSTS certificate (non of these will even help you gain access to a Black CSCS Card) – it is the NVQ Level 6 in Construction Site Management. Once a Site Manager has had the chance to reflect on their past practice, break down their skills and knowledge, tell their story, and provide workplace evidence that is assessed by an industry professional (all our our NVQ Assessors at this Level are Members or Fellows of The Chartered Institute of Building) they will be far more aware of their skills knowledge and experience and therefore much more confident. They really will “know what they know”.

Once this qualification has been completed, in addition to the Black CSCS Card, Site Managers will also have the opportunity to become Members of The Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB) and Associate Members of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS).

To find out if you have access to the Level 6 NVQ in Construction Site Management Click here and download our self-assessment Profiling Tool or give us a call on 01952 292 005.

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