NVQ for Construction Managers

Construction Managers – “You Don’t Know What You Know”

Most construction managers with no formal academic qualifications 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), Membership of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (MCABE), Associate Membership of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS), 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. Alternatively, if your role is more on the Management of the Design process you should undertake the Pearson/Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice.

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) 292 005 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

Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice

NVQs in Construction

CADUKs Guide to the Benefits of NVQs in Construction

Well, what do you know about NVQs?

Contrary to popular belief its not who you know these days but what you know and what you can do that makes a difference in the world of work in Construction.

Who says so?

Employers throughout the UK and abroad are using evidence of practical, work-related skills, knowledge and experience as the measurement of how valuable their people are now and for the future. CDM Regulation 2015 which are the the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects have provided guidance for Principal Designers/Principal Contractors where they are advised to appoint contractors and workers and provide the managers and supervisors who have the right blend of skills, knowledge, training and experience. You can improve your chances of getting a better job and building a better career simply by being recognised for what you already know by committing yourself to undertake a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ).

The following is an introduction by CADUK to NVQs in Construction. What they are; who they are for, how you get them, what employers think of them and how you find out more.

How do you show what you know and can do?

The best way to improve your career prospects is to show that your skills meet the standards agreed by Construction Employers across the UK.  NVQs are designed to help you do just that.

NVQs are National because the represent the standards accepted through the UK. They are Vocational because they are about the work you do. They are respected, high quality qualifications that are Internationally recognised that give you a certificate to prove that you have reached the required standard to carry out your job in the Construction Industry.

Does an NVQ involve sitting exams?   

No. NVQs aren’t about how good you are at exams, they are about how good you are at work. NVQs never involve written tests, they don’t involve trick questions – they are designed to let your skills, knowledge and experience shine through in practical ways. All NVQs in Construction (and there are over 300 NVQs in Construction) are developed by the CITB through consultation with National Working Groups and Practitioner Groups from across the four home nations, so they are developed by people who know the Construction Industry. They relate to the real world and many certificate holders and their employers will tell you that this is their main advantage. NVQs are not about going back to school. They are about going where you want to go in your career.

Where can NVQs in Construction take you?

With a little effort on your part, The relevant NVQ can take your career wherever you want it to go. Whatever your job in Construction at whatever level there is an NVQ for you. As your career develops further NVQs at higher levels will become accessible. The NVQ framework in construction is designed to help you make progress in your career. Having an NVQ  gives you a better chance of changing jobs or having access to work abroad. You could even have a career break without having to start from scratch every time. When you move on from a job you take your recognised skills and experience with you: by giving you formal recognition, NVQs help keep your career on the move.

Are Employers in the Construction Industry backing NVQs?

NVQs tell your employer a lot about you. By gaining an NVQ, you are making a strong statement about your will to succeed in your job, particularly if you have paid for it yourself. You are saying that your skill level matters to you and you want to improve.

They also give employers a national benchmark for judging the contribution you are likely to make to the business. If you have an NVQ you have shown that you are prepared to invest your time in being recognised as a proven contributor to business success.

How do you get an NVQ?

NVQs are really flexible. There are no time limits, no age limits, no special entry requirements. You can work towards NVQs in the way that suits you best – at work, at home, interactively online. You decide how long it will take – working at your own speed you can do it all at once or in stages. NVQs are awarded dependent on your work skills this may include being watched at work by your assessor but this depends on the qualification you are undertaking and individual needs and circumstances.

Who are NVQs for?

Everyone in the Construction Industry can benefit from NVQs. There are 7 Levels of NVQs ranging form level 1 covering basic work activities through to level 7 for senior managers – so they can help the careers of senior managers as much as relative newcomers to the industry.

What about special cases?

Every NVQ carries a commitment to equal opportunities. Age, sex, race and learning difficulties are not barriers to achievement. All that matters is your ability to meet the NVQ standard.

What Industry Accreditation and Professional Designations are accessible through NVQs?

As well as providing access to the highly sort after Blue (Operative), Gold (Supervisor) and Black (Manager) CSCS cards, NVQs also provide access to professional recognition with a variety of Professional Institutions such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), The Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI) and The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

How can you find out more?

Talk to CADUK.  Contact us through our website www.caduk.co.uk or call us on 01952 292 005

End of the CRO/CSO Card, is this an inconvenience or an opportunity for Construction Supervisors and Managers?

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) withdrew the Construction Site Operative Card (CSO) in 2014 and stopped issuing the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card on 31st March 2017.

This means that

  •  CSO cards will be out of circulation in summer next year because they were valid for 5 years
  • CRO cards issued since 1st October 2015 will expired on 30th September 2017
  • CRO & CSO card holders must take further steps to replace their cards before they expire.

In 2012, the CRO card, which required no qualifications to obtain, accounted for a quarter of the cards in circulation, that is over 230,000 CRO card holders.  CSO cards which also required no qualifications to attain accounted for over half of the cards in circulation.  In the majority of cases CRO & CSO card holders will be required to register for existing or newly developed qualifications at operative Level, but what those who have developed their skills, knowledge and experience and are now responsible for supervising and managing the construction process?

Those Supervisors and Managers who still hold CRO and CSO card, who do not take the necessary steps to replace their cards will find they will be unable to obtain another CSCS card. These individuals need to undertake a Construction Supervisory and Management NVQ from Level 3 to Level 7 to gain access to Gold and Black CSCS cards.  Gaining measurable competence based qualifications (NVQs) is what the CSCS scheme is all about and its is all part of an individuals professional development and is good practice. People need to proactively take the opportunity to develop their careers.

There are a wide variety of competence based qualifications (NVQs) available that cover every aspect of construction supervision and management. Examples include:

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Works Supervision – for  those who contribute to the supervision of formworkers, steelfixers, construction operatives, labourers, logistics teams etc.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – For those people who might be considered to be office based such as Junior estimators, quantity surveyors, buyers, planners and general contractors; also people who might be considered to be site based and carry out such functions as dimensional control, surveys, work planning and technical sales.

Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision – For those who undertake the duties of construction site supervisors or assistant managers. Construction site supervisors will have responsibility for other people in their occupation and clearly be decision makers. Their duties include Controlling work progress against agreed programmes, Maintaining systems for health, safety, welfare and environmental protection and Allocating and monitoring the use of plant, equipment or machinery.

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

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.

All qualifications lead to either the Gold (Supervisor) and Black (Manager) CSCS cards. Level 6 & 7 NVQs also lead to professional status with The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)The Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI) and The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

To find more information about the qualification you believe you have access to, please click on the link provided above or give us a call on (01952) 292 005.

The Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management, a no brainer!

The Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management is designed for those practitioners in the Construction sector who are working in a Policy-makingDirector or Senior management capacity (Click here to download our brochure for this qualification)

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.

This qualification is comparable to a Masters Degree in terms of academic value. Candidates need to reflect on their own professional practice and provide workplace evidence to demonstrate to their assessor (all of our Level 7 assessors are themselves Fellows or Members of the CIOB) how they carry out their occupational role.

Within a few months they could:

  1. Become a Member of The Chartered Institute of Building (Chartered Construction Manager)
  2. Become a Member/Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers
  3. Become an Associate Member of The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  4. Be in possession of a Black CSCS Card

To find out if you have access to this qualification please click here to download our ‘self assessment’ profile tool or call CADUK directly on (01952) 292 005.

Below are a selection of reviews from some of our recent learners that have achieved the Pearson/Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management and are now either MCIOB or working towards it:


Louise Tully (NVQ 7 Achievement April 2018)

“I have just completed my NVQ 7 Diploma in Construction Senior Management with CAD UK and the support I have had from them has been first class.

They have helped me every step of the way and have been more than understanding when work commitments took over.

I would highly recommend CAD UK.”


Kevin Beaver (NVQ 7 Achievement April 2018)

“The NVQ7 in Construction Senior Management is a great programme and allows you to complete at your own pace.

The support provided by CADUK, Gary, Nick and David was superb. I thoroughly enjoyed the studying and found it to be a great learning experience.

Thoroughly recommend it to anyone that has not gone the BSc route academically and looking to gain chartered status with CIOB!”


Adam Powell (NVQ 7 Achievement March 2018)

“I have just achieved my NVQ 7 in Construction Senior Management with CADUK. Once I managed to set aside structured time to undertake this NVQ I completed it in approx. 2 months. From the moment I contacted them based on Gary’s enthusiasm and passion I knew this was the provider for me.

I could not recommend a provider higher. Great support, advice & service from start to finish. Thank you Gary, Nick & of course John.”


Luke Baker  (NVQ7 Achievement March 2018)

“I have recently completed my NVQ L7 Senior Construction Management, from my initial call to Gary at CADUK, to receiving my certificate I found the team to be professional throughout.

Many thanks to Gary, Martyn and Nick for the support though the process.”


Tom Messenger (NVQ7 Achievement Febuary 2018)

“CADUK Provided me with the facility and support I needed to get the correct qualification to further my career.

After a brief discussion with Gary, he gave me the belief that I would be able to complete the Level 7 NVQ in Construction Senior Management. Once I started the course it took me 6 months to complete, based on 2 evening sessions per week and a morning at weekends. It could be done quicker but I was able to allocate the times that suited my life and my work without having a detrimental effect on either.

My assessor was David and I cannot speak highly enough of him. I now have my Black CSCS card, have completed my Professional review and await approval for MCIOB status”


Shaun Bull (NVQ7 Achievement Feb 2018)

“My experience with CADUK has been brilliant, I received great support and guidance throughout the learning process and constructive feedback on the assessments. A very Professional organisation that I would highly recommend for any of your Construction skill competence and assessment needs!”


Andrew Parkes  (NVQ7 Achievement Feb 2018)

“I had been searching for a higher level qualification to enhance my career prospects for some time when I came across the CADUK website and saw the range of courses they offer.

I contacted CADUK to discuss my options and from that point on the team at CADUK have been extremely helpful. Gary guided me through the application process and was a great source of help and motivation throughout the course, always available to offer advice. Nick provided support in the use of the easy to use online submission system and always offered prompt advice in the event of any technical issues. Last but not least John my assessor who provided positive, helpful feedback throughout the assessment process and challenged me to reflect on my experience and produce the best possible submissions.

I have now completed the Pearson Edexcel NVQ Level 7 diploma in construction senior management delivered by CADUK and would highly recommend both the course and CADUK to anyone considering undertaking a qualification of this type”


Rob Bazzant (NVQ7 Achievement Febuary 2018)

“The CADUK team acted as great mentors throughout my studies, despite us being on opposite sides of the World!

They are a first class organisation who’s knowledge and guidance was invaluable to me in achieving my qualification.

Thanks to the whole team at CADUK.”


Deon Swanepoel (NVQ7 Achievement Febuary 2018)

“I have completed my NVQ7 Diploma with Caduk this month.

A big thanks to the team at Caduk. They have mentored me through this Diploma with a high level of professionalism and dedication even when times got difficult.

Now that I have my Diploma they will continue with there Professional guidance to help achieve MCIOB.

It’s has bean a real pleasure working with Caduk and will recommend them to all.

Thanks for all the help once again..”


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Congratulations Murray Arnold on attaining MCIOB and AssocRICS through the NVQ7

Murray like many other construction managers had worked his way up through the ranks while working overseas in extremely demanding locations and positions – this was when experience counted for everything.

For 14 years he worked as a military construction contractor, however he saw this market closing and decided to make the move to Oil and Gas. He quickly found out that experience, no mater how much, was simply not enough. He now needed professional recognition and Planned development process to give him more opportunities.

Murray contacted CADUK who established that the NVQ 7 in Construction Senior Management was the perfect route for him, because on achievement he would have direct access to MCIOB and AssocRICS. This would be achievable despite Murray being located in the Middle East as the CADUK ePortfolio system offers the opportunity achieve the qualification totally online.

He is now delighted to have achieved all his goals. He was also sent a letter letter from the CIOB confirming recognition that his MCIOB achievement is recognised as degree level and is currently having this attested by the Kuwait government.

Murray can now look forward to enjoying a higher status within the business and a better monetary package.

Well done Murray!

To find about more about the Fast-Track routes to MCIOB and AssocRICS through the NVQ Level 7 (totally online) contact CADUK on (01952) 292 005 or send us an enquiry and we’ll get back to you.

NVQ Level 6 Provides Direct Access to AssocRICS

It is not well known in the Construction industry that The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) offer a direct route to Associate RICS Membership (AssocRICS) through the completion of Construction Management NVQs at levels 6 and 7.

The benefits of this level of membership includes:

  • A chance to join a group of elite professionals and open up career development opportunities
  • Strengthen your CV with a world class professional qualification
  • Prove your exceptional technical and ethical standards to clients and peers
  • Connect with other high-calibre professionals
  • Benefit from RICS career development resources
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Access to the CSCS Black Card

The following NVQ qualifications provide direct entry to RICS Associate Membership:

CADUK offer these qualifications via an interactive online ePortfolio assessment, which means there are no exams, no workshops, no site visits, and no time off work. We’ll  also guide you through the RICS application process ensuring success.

Click here for more information on the benefits of AssocRICS, how we deliver our NVQs and to see if you are eligible or give us a call on (01952) 292 005.

CSCS Profiled Route Now Closed

The CSCS Profiled Route was introduced in 2011 as a route to the Black or Gold Card for construction site managers or supervisors who have on-site experience but no nationally recognised qualification in construction. As of 1st April 2016 CSCS are no longer accepting applications for the Profiled Route, with the announcement made by the construction leadership council that the Profiled Route no longer supports industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce.

To find out more about why Profiled Route is closed visit the changes to Profiled Route webpage.

Applicants will still be able to apply for a Construction Site Manager or Construction Site Supervisor CSCS card, but will be required to complete an NVQ/SVQ levels 4, 5, 6 or 7*.

What to do next:

To obtain the Gold Supervisory Card you must now complete the NVQ Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Supervision.

To obtain the Black Managers Card you must now complete the NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Construction Site Management.


Source: CSCS