There are a great deal of Planners, Buyers, Quantity Surveyors and Estimators in the construction industry that are unaware that high level competence-based qualifications (NVQs) are available for their specific occupation. They’re all aware that academic qualifications exist such as HNC’s HND’s Degrees etc and many of them actually hold these qualifications, but is it enough?

The Pearson Level 6 NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations Management is a bachelor degree level qualification that has 5 distinct pathways tailored specifically for Planners, Estimators, Quantity Surveyors, Buyers and General Contractors. Many of these construction managers are not aware that specific qualifications directly related to their occupation even exist. This is partly because the ‘General Contracting’ pathway of this qualification is normally offered as a one-size-fits-all solution for simplicity.

Competence based qualifications (NVQs) are actually viewed by many in the construction industry as having more value than academic qualifications. Academic qualifications such as degrees are an opportunity to enter an industry and whilst the achievement of such a qualification is commendable, an individual can achieve a construction-related degree having never actually experienced a live construction site.

Although some use the NVQ route as an alternative to HNCs/HNDs/Degrees, CADUK have qualified a number of construction personnel on high level NVQs that already had academic qualifications. They held the White Academically Qualified Person (AQP) CSCS card to prove that they know the theory, but they also wanted the competence-based qualification and the Black CSCS card to back it up.

The Black CSCS card is linked to a Level 6 or 7 Qualification which demonstrates occupational competence and confirms the skills, knowledge and experience of an individual that has been gained over time in a real construction environment, which is why you can’t access the Black CSCS card with an academic qualification (i.e a degree).

The NVQ assessment process might seem less rigorous than an academic qualification because it is not a classroom-based assessment, but don’t let this fool you. Experienced Construction Managers have earned the right to gain a qualification that recognises the skills, knowledge and experience they have gained through the ‘school of hard knocks’. They started at the bottom, worked long hours and underwent huge personal sacrifices to be able to work competently at this level.

CADUK are specialists in the delivery of this qualification and are regularly asked by prospective learners for our advice and guidance as to the next steps in terms of their professional development. Most of our Assessors and Internal Verifiers at levels 6 are Members or Fellows of The Chartered institute of Building (CIOB).

If you would like to explore the benefits of competence-based qualifications, please give us a call us on (01952) 287 366.

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