Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management

Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management

The Pearson/Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management is designed for project managerscontracts managers, production managerscommercial managersproperty and facilities managers, specialist construction managers, and operations directors of smaller construction companies.

As a minimum, they will:

  • oversee projects from inception to handover.
  • determine project requirements and form the project team accordingly.
  • evaluate and present technical information.
  • provide advice on technical construction issues.
  • evaluate project information to determine project risks and opportunities.
  • undertake personal development and manage the development of others.
  • identify quality standards and pass them on to the project team.
  • analyse the organisation’s strategic objectives, plans and forecasted future projects to plan workforce requirements.

Site managers, Contracts Managers or Project Managers overseeing smaller parts of the overall project may find the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management a more appropriate qualification.

What are the benefits of this NVQ?

How can I apply for this NVQ?

To apply for this NVQ, click the red button below to complete our online application form. This form contains the criteria of each unit, including the evidence required, and the experience that you will need to have.

Frequently asked questions

What happens after I apply?

Once the online application form (click the red button above) has been submitted, one of our NVQ assessors will contact you directly for a brief telephone discussion (there is no charge for this, and no obligation to go ahead with the NVQ).

The NVQ assessor needs to confirm that you have the experience and evidence required to achieve this NVQ.

We will only ever approve a candidate to enrol onto any of our NVQs if we are absolutely sure that they are capable of achievement.

When can I start?

Once one of our assessors has approved your application to enrol, you can start the process at any time.

There are no set start/end dates with an NVQ.

How is this qualification assessed?

This Level 7 NVQ is assessed though a discussion-based process.

There is no written work, no classroom-based elements, and the whole assessment can be achieved remotely (without the assessor coming to site) through our unique assessment process.

First, we provide a list of evidence (workplace documents) that you will need to upload to our ePortfolio portal. Once your assessor has reviewed your evidence and is satisfied with it, you will move onto the discussion stage.

The discussions will be carried out remotely via Zoom. During these Zoom sessions you will ‘share screens’ with your assessor so that you can both look at your evidence at the same time.

You will then have a separate discussion for each of the units.

This discussion is a two-way natural conversation between two construction professionals. It’s not a question-and-answer session, and you’re not trying to give the assessor ‘the right answer that you think they want to hear’. You’re simply telling them about your experiences, your process, your projects and your documents.

What sort of evidence is required for this qualification?

Evidence for this Level 7 NVQ will include (but is not limited to):

  • Project risk register
  • Programme of works
  • Construction phase plan
  • Company training matrix
  • Meeting minutes
  • Project brief
  • Client specification
  • Quality report
  • Construction appraisal
  • Building control consent
  • Progress report
  • Non-conformance report

Evidence can be used from a current project, or various previous projects, provided that it under 5 years old.

Who will be my assessor?

All of our Level 7 assessors are Members or Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

They are experienced, qualified, construction professionals who have ‘done the job’ themselves (and in some cases, still are).

Many of our assessors have worked in senior construction management positions for Tier 1 companies including Macegroup and Laing O’Rourke.

We carefully select a particular assessor for each learner to ensure that your work experiences are aligned and that the feedback and guidance provided is useful, relevant and rewarding.

Your assessor will provide advice and feedback on request via phone, email, Teams/Zoom and through our ePortfolio system.

Once the Level 7 NVQ has been achieved, your assessor and our centre staff will continue to provide advice and guidance (free of charge) throughout your application for Membership of The Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB).

What is the duration of this qualification?

Achievement of this Level 7 NVQ is largely down to the learner’s own motivation.

We provide support for a period of 12 months from the date of registration, however this qualification is realistically achievable within 1-3 months.

How does the MCIOB application work?

This Level 7 NVQ provides fast-track access to MCIOB through the ‘Shortened Review’ process.

Please note that in order to take advantage of this shortened (fast-track) route, your NVQ assessor must be a Member or Fellow of The CIOB themselves (all of CADUK’s Level 7 assessors are).

On completion of the NVQ Level 7 you can apply for MCIOB. You only need to complete a short application form focusing on your ethics and professional judgement.

Your NVQ assessor will help you every step of the way with this process free of charge.

Once your MCIOB application has been successful you will be eligible to use the following post-nominal letters after your name:

John Smith MCIOB

When can I apply for my Black CSCS card?

Once enrolled/registered onto this qualification you will be eligible to apply for the Red ‘TSM’ Experienced Technical, Supervisor or Manager CSCS card right away (this is optional, but useful for those that need a CSCS card urgently to get on site).

The ‘TSM’ card is issued on a temporary basis and demonstrates that you are working towards your NVQ. 

Once the NVQ has been completed, we’ll send you a scanned copy of your certificate which you can use to apply for your Black ‘Manager’ CSCS Card.

Please note: To apply for any CSCS card you are required to have passed the appropriate level of CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test within the last two years.

More information about this can be found here.

Can I fail this NVQ?

Technically Yes, you can fail any NVQ. NVQs are competence-based qualifications, they are a recognition of the skills, knowledge and experience that you already have.

With that in mind, if you have never ‘done the job’ and/or don’t have the evidence to prove it, how are you going to answer the question?

This is exactly why it’s so important to make sure that the NVQ is achievable before you start.

The key to CADUK’s success in this area is that we only enrol candidates onto our qualifications in the first place if we know that they have the skills, knowledge and experience to be successful.

We carry out a thorough profiling process (free of charge) with each and every candidate before enrolment to make 100% sure that the qualification is achievable.

Qualification cost


Price above includes Pearson registration fees and ‘fast-track’ MCIOB application guidance from your assessor.

CITB Grant claimable (£1500)

CADUK are a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO). This enables CITB registered companies to claim back £1500 on completion of this qualification through the Short Period Qualification Grants scheme. This includes small employers (i.e. those with a wage bill of less than £80k) who don’t have to pay the levy. This grant applies to directly employed staff on the payroll and all subcontractors.

Find out more about the CITB Grant scheme by clicking here.

To check if your company is eligible to claim please call CITB on 0344 994 4455.

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