Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management

Level 6 & 7 NVQs in Construction Management – A life changing decision!

Covid-19 is having a huge impact within the Construction Industry and many Construction managers will be faced with challenges around competency when they apply for work. Around 60,000 grandfather rights CSCS card holders and thousands more operating with CSCS cards that do not represent what they actually do are leaving themselves at risk. The immediate benefit however, of achieving an NVQ 6 or 7 in Construction Management puts that situation to bed.

It is important to remember that these NVQs at Levels 6 & 7 are comparable to Bachelor/Master Degrees and therefore should not be treated simply as a ‘tick box’ achievement but as something you can hang your hat on, it is a certificate of competence that cannot be ignored. For instance the NVQ Level 7 gives you a route to Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building through the shortened professional review.

When selecting your training provider, they should be able to demonstrate their commitment to delivering work based qualifications appropriately through their attitude to learning & development, professionalism and their respect for the qualifications and the individuals they are assessing.

At CADUK most of our assessors at Level 6 & 7 are Members/Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Building and are industry experts. Click Here to see what our customers have to say about us.

So when selecting an NVQ provider to undertake a Construction Management NVQ; consider the full implications of what you are embarking on,  as that this could be a life changing decision.

For more information, advice and guidance on any of our competence based Managerial NVQs please visit or website or call us on 01952 28 7366.

60,000 industry accreditation cards (Grandfather Rights) still in circulation!

For several years the strategic direction of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has focused on ensuring that all applicants can demonstrate the achievement of a nationally recognised construction related qualification.

Industry Accreditation, also known as Grandfather Rights, allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification.

CSCS has consulted with the industry and agreed a plan that will pave the way for the eventual withdrawal of cards issued under Industry Accreditation.

From 1st January 2020, all cards renewed under Industry Accreditation will expire on 31st December 2024 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 30thJune 2024.

What each of the 60,000 Industry Accreditation card holders need to do next depends on their occupation and any qualifications they may already hold. Those without qualifications will be required to register for the appropriate qualification for their occupation before their cards expire in 2024.

The withdrawal of Industry Accreditation will be the final step towards achieving the Construction Leadership Council’s objective of ensuring cards are only issued to those who have achieved, or are in the process of achieving, a nationally recognised construction related qualification.

Contact CADUK if you need any further advice and guidance.

NVQ for Construction Managers

Construction Managers “You don’t know what you know”

Most Construction Managers without formal qualifications like NVQs have no idea how much they know, and even worse, they don’t know the value of what they know. They are worried that:

Everyone I work with knows it already…
What I do is just common sense…
Lots of people know a lot more than me…
It’s pretty easy, most of the time I do it without thinking about it…

This often leads to them not reaching their full potential whilst more inexperienced people with university degrees and not as much workplace experience end up with more successful careers.

In simple terms in order to be able to VALUE what you do, you have to get what you know out of your head. You need to reflect on your own practice, you need to be asked lots of relevant questions about your job, write down or verbalise your answers professionally, present other types of evidence to back your responses. Whatever you do; you have to get it out there and share it with other Construction professionals who are in a position to appreciate and measure what you have achieved.

If you’re prepared to undertake some self reflective practice we at CADUK can ensure that you achieve much more than just the satisfaction of knowing what you know, we can also help you achieve the highest competence based assessment qualification in the Built Environment. This qualification provides access to Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Black CSCS Card and much more.

The Qualification CADUK recommend that most Senior Construction Managers should undertake is the Pearson/Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management.

Our experience suggests that often; Construction Managers believe that this qualification is beyond them because they never went to university or they currently work for smaller sub-contractors etc. These managers often approach us to inquire about Supervisory & Managerial qualifications at lower levels, and are surprised to realise that they actually have access to a Level 7 NVQ – a qualification that is comparable to Masters Degree.

Let us help you.

Unlike some training providers we will never enrol you on a qualification unless we are 100% sure that you have the required skills, knowledge and experience to be successful.

For more information, just give us a call on (01952) 287 366 or visit the appropriate link(s) below and download our self-assessment profile tool to find out if you have access to either of these qualifications:

Construction Senior Management


How can Planners, Estimators, Buyers & Quantity Surveyors access the Black CSCS card?

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.

Become an NVQ Assessor with CADUK

How do I become a NVQ Assessor in Construction Management?

According to a recent article in Construction Manager magazine, a fifth of all vacancies in the construction industry remain hard to fill because employers cannot find staff with the right skills, qualifications or experience – and at senior construction management the situation only gets worse.

Over the years CADUK have qualified hundreds of learners on the Pearson NVQ 7 Diploma in Construction Senior Management. Most of these have continued their professional development by becoming Members/Fellows of The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and various other professional institutions.

Some of our learners enjoyed the assessment process so much that they went on to become CADUK NVQ assessors themselves. They wanted to give something back to the industry and to help other construction professionals just like them to develop themselves and their careers. They know how it feels to have started in the industry ‘on the tools’, worked your way up through the ranks over the years to the point that you’re now running the construction project – but the only qualification you have to your name is a ‘City & Guilds Level 2 in Carpentry’ or similar.

This is where the NVQ assessor comes in, he’s been through the process himself, he understands that it’s essentially one qualified construction professional determining whether or not their candidate is also a competent construction professional and enabling them to achieve the formal recognition that they deserve.

Becoming an NVQ assessor is more simple than you might think, a realistic time-frame to become and assessor is 6-8 weeks. CADUK train our own assessors in-house. Initially there is one full day of theory/learning which we carry out here at the CADUK office in Telford, followed by a live assessment of two candidates through professional discussion and production of a portfolio of evidence.

If you have achieved the Pearson Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management and gone on to become a Member of The Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB), you could be one of a handful of expert assessors that can help change construction manager’s lives with CADUK.

The cost to become qualified NVQ assessor though the Pearson Level 3 NVQ in assessing competence in the work environment is £1300 + VAT.

If you’re interested in becoming an NVQ assessor and joining the CADUK assessment team, please give us call 01952 287 366

Access to MCIOB through the Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management

Why Join The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)?

CADUK offer a number of Construction Managerial NVQs that provide access to Membership of The Chartered Institute of Buildingbut what does MCIOB recognition really mean to the individual?

Please watch the video below:

The Level 7 NVQs below provide direct access via the Shortened Review and the Level 6 NVQs provide access to MCIOB through the Full Review if you have been assessed by a Member (Jan 2020).

Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management – For those practitioners in the Construction sector who are working in a Policy-makingDirector or Senior management capacity: i.e. Contracts and Production Managers and Commercial ManagersOperations Directors of smaller construction companies, Property and Facilities Managers and Specialist Construction Managers; as well as those in Construction Project Management – i.e. those who oversee projects from inception to decommissioning, who advise stakeholders and who form and lead project delivery teams.

Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design & Consultancy Practice – For employed and self-employed design managers in the construction and built environment sector. It is designed to assess occupational competence in the workplace where learners are required to demonstrate skills and knowledge to a level required in the construction industry. This qualification is accessible to design managers working for the contractor and those who provide consultancy services.

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management – For those working in at senior site management level, e.g. those with responsibility for Controlling Project Progress, Ensuring that Work Activities and Resources Meet Project Work Requirements, and Controlling Project Quantities and Costs.

There are 5 routes to this qualification, Building & Civil Engineering, Highways and Maintenance Repair, Residential Development, Demolition and Conservation.

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection –  For those working as site inspectors, architectural inspectors and quality inspectors. i.e. those managers who carry out the role of Clerk of Works.These people will have responsibility for monitoring project quality and managing project progress and handover in construction.

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations –  For those people will have responsibility for other people in their occupation and clearly be decision makers. These include roles such as Senior Estimators, Senior Quantity Surveyors, Senior Buyers, Senior Planners and General Contracting (This could include those who are Site Agents, Site Engineers, Site Managers, Logistics Managers, Lifting Managers, and those who carry out the role of Principal Designer (CDM Regulations 2015).

This qualification is suitable for people who might be considered to be site based and have responsibilities for functions as dimensional control, surveys, physical testing and work planning. It covers all sections of the construction cycle including all forms of construction and civil engineering. This includes functions such as maintenance and demolition and companies specialising in a single operation such as roofing, plastering and shop-fitting

For more information on how you can become a member of The Chartered Institute of Building through any of the above NVQ routes please click here to visit our CIOB web page, or give us a call us on (01952) 287366.

Pearson Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management

Zero to HERO – Through the NEW Level 7 NVQ in Construction Senior Management

CADUK have identified that the achievement of the New Pearson Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management is the qualification that can take these experienced construction managers from ‘Zero’ to ‘Hero’ in just a few months.

All they have to do is reflect on their own professional practice with the assessor (MCIOB or FCIOB) and provide evidence of how they do their job.

Within a few months they could:

  1. Become a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB) shortened professional review.
  2. Be in possession of a Black CSCS Card

To discuss this, or any of our qualifications in more detail, give us a call on 01952 287366.


CADUK deliver their 1000th NVQ in Plant & Controlling Lifting Operations Level 2-5

CADUK proud of our achievements in helping over 1000 individuals achieve their NVQs in Plant and Controlling Lifting Operations from levels 2-5.

Since 2014 we have been developing an on-site electronic assessment system that enables candidate achievement of the NVQ in a far quicker time period than any of our competitors, whilst still maintaining the integrity and quality of the qualification.

Our online system, combined with the professionalism of our specialist NVQ assessors and administrators ensures timely achievement of the NVQ and access to the Blue CPCS card.

In partnership with the Awarding Body (SQA) we endeavor to provide evidence of achievement within one day to enable individuals to gain access to their CPCS Blue card. If you are unhappy with the way that your current NVQ provider conducts the assessment process, why not give us a call on (01952)287366 or send us an enquiry and we’ll get back to you.


Looking for a Black CSCS Card?

What is the Black CSCS Card?

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) aim is to increase safety on construction sites and ensure that those in the construction industry work to an industry standard and have the ability to carry out their role safely and effectively.

The Black CSCS card is the Managerial Level card that is accessible to those that have achieved a Managerial NVQ Level 6 & 7 in the Construction Industry. This card demonstrates that you have the skills,  knowledge, experience and capability to manage personnel in a construction environment.

How can I access this card?

Completion of a any of the NVQ qualifications below at Level 6 or 7 will enable individuals to access the Black CSCS card:

How are these qualifications assessed?

We deliver NVQs 6 predominantly through our unique ‘CADUK ePortfolio’ online assessment system. All of our assessors at Level 6 & 7 are Fellows of The Chartered Institute of Building and they will guide you through the process using the ePortfolio, as well as Skype, Email and Telephone.

Candidates are required to respond to the questions by attaching documentary evidence that proves their competence and supplementing it with a short written or verbal description. We provide support for 12 months through this online route, although generally these qualifications are easily achievable in 2-3 months (and much less, given the right amount of dedication).

What do you offer at Level 7?

Although generally our Managerial NVQs at Level 6 are delivered ‘interactively’ online, we can now offer new  help candidates complete their New Level 7 in Construction Senior Management qualification in a very short space of time. This will involve you and your assessor engaging in a professional discussion. Learners will need to prepare all the required evidence and documentation for the assessor to review beforehand.

In order to be successful in this on-site fast-track route, candidates will need to be very experienced and be able to confidently speak about their job role in detail. These Managers will have already gained the skills, knowledge and experience required to complete this qualification on the job, over time, in a real construction-site environment.

How much do these qualification cost?

The Level 6 NVQs costs £1850 + VAT and the New Level 7 NVQ in Construction Senior Management costs £2100 + VAT (This included registration fees, assistance with CIOB etc).

Where can I get some more information?

If you need more information on any of these qualifications, click the appropriate link(s) above to visit the specific qualification page on our website. Here you can also download the ‘initial profile tool’ for each of these qualifications to find out if you skills, knowledge and experience to complete them.

Alternatively call CADUK on 01952 287 366.

CSCS Black Manager Card

Academically Qualified Construction Managers. Future Proof yourself

There are many experienced managers in the construction industry such as Quantity Surveyors, Planners, Estimators, Design Managers, Site Engineers, Construction Managers, Project Managers, Commercial Managers, Contract Managers, Property Developers, Facility/Estate Managers who have achieved high level academic qualifications in construction management HNC, HND, Degrees who are dismissing the idea of undertaking an NVQ because they feel that their academic achievements have far more value.

Many argue that it took over 3 years to achieve their academic qualifications, paid an extortionate amount of money, burnt the midnight oil, attended workshops and lectures and undertook rigorous exams in the pursuit of academic excellence.

This may well be true, but to ignore the benefits of undertaking a competence based assessment qualification (NVQ) when you have access to one (at level 6 or 7) could be counterproductive in terms of professional development and access to work opportunities. This is particularly prevalent in the construction industry where competence based qualifications are seen to have more value than academic qualifications i.e. you cannot gain access to a Black CSCS card with an academic qualification.  The truth is vocational qualifications complement academic qualifications because they demonstrate that the knowledge and skills that have been developed in a learning environment have now been applied in the workplace.

The NVQ assessment process might seem less rigorous than an academic qualification, but don’t let this fool you. Although the assessment process has no requirement for you to undertake exams, carry out project and assignments, undertake research or writing essays i.e. assessment methods normally associated with increased rigour, the process of NVQ assessment is meaningful, thoughtful and systematic and designed to encourage the individual to reflect on their own professional practice to confirm that you have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to conduct your role to an industry standard.  Competence-based qualifications are not training courses, they provide recognition of skills, knowledge, experience and confidence that has already been developed over time in the industry.

CADUK are specialists in the delivery of the Level 6 & 7 NVQs in Construction Management and are regularly asked by prospective learners for our advice and guidance as to the next steps in terms of their professional development. All of our Assessors and Internal Verifiers at level  7 are Members or Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Building. So if you have a high level academic qualification and want to have a chat about the benefits of competence based assessments and help with identifying the right NVQ for you, please send us an enquiry on our website www.caduk.co.uk or give us a call us on (01952) 287366.