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

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, provide evidence of how they do their job or how they have done it in the past.

Within a few months they could:

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

Many construction managers mistakenly believe that because the Level 7 NVQ Diploma is broadly equivalent to a Masters Degree and they don’t work for a main contractor that they aren’t able to achieve it. In our experience in the majority of circumstances this is not the case.

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

 

CSCS ANNOUNCE PLANS TO WITH DRAW INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION

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.

With the introduction of the Labourer card, the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation card and the planned removal of the Site Visitor card the next step is the withdrawal of cards issued under Industry Accreditation.

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 closed Industry Accreditation to new applicants in 2010 but those already holding a card are currently able to renew on the same basis.

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.

Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS said: “Following the closure of the Construction Related Occupation card and the Construction Site Visitor Card, cards gained by Industry Accreditation are the only cards in the CSCS scheme which do not require the cardholder to achieve a recognised qualification. Industry Accreditation does not support industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce and as such it will be withdrawn.”

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.

Graham Wren added: “A lot of work has taken place to ensure those with cards issued under Industry Accreditation will be able to transition to other CSCS cards as simply as possible. We are making this announcement early to ensure card holders and their employers have enough time to make the necessary alternative arrangements.”

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.

Pearson Edexcel Release New 2019 Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management

Pearson Edexcel have just released the 2019 version of the Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management.

Potential job roles include 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.

The introduction of this new qualification has ensured that the roles and accountabilities of the Construction Manager are more clearly identified and defined.

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 Fellows or Members of the CIOB) how they carry out their occupational role.

On the 2019 version of this qualification the use of Professional discussion is now a mandatory assessment method, which is why it is vital that assessors at this level have both the experience and the qualities to draw out your applied knowledge and experience.

CADUK have a innovative e-assessment process that can facilitate professional discussions both online and face to face.

Within a few months, learners that undertake this qualification could:

  1. Become a Member of The Chartered Institute of Building (Chartered Construction Manager)
  2. Be in possession of a Black CSCS Card

Achievement of this qualification will demonstrate to employers that you have the most up to date skills, knowledge and experience relating to the occupational role.

To find out if you have access to this qualification please click here to download our ‘self assessment’ profile tool or call us on (01952) 287 366.

CADUK already have a number of learners registered on this updated qualification, so don’t delay, get in touch with us as soon as you can and start working towards the new NVQ 7.

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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, provide evidence of how they do their job or how they have done it in the past.

Within a few months they could:

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

Many construction managers mistakenly believe that because the Level 7 NVQ Diploma is broadly equivalent to a Masters Degree and they don’t work for a main contractor that they aren’t able to achieve it. In our experience in the majority of circumstances this is not the case.

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

 

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), 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

End of the CRO/CSO Card, an opportunity for 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.

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 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) 287366

Compliment & Enhance Your Construction Degree with an NVQ

There are a great deal of experienced managers in the construction industry who have achieved high level academic qualifications in construction management such as HNC, HND, Degrees that 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 actually viewed by many 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 absolutely commendable – an individual could achieve a degree having never actually set foot on a construction site.

You cannot (for example) access a Black CSCS card with an academic qualification (i.e a degree). The Black CSCS card is linked to a Level 6 or 7 NVQ which demonstrates occupational competence and confirms the skills, knowledge and experience of an individual that has been gained over time in a real-world construction environment. Those that have achieved a HNC, HND or degree are however eligible to apply for the White AQP (Academically Qualified Persons) CSCS card.

The NVQ assessment process might seem less rigorous than an academic qualification, but don’t let this fool you. Experienced Construction Managers have earned the right to gain a Degree equivalent qualification (i.e an NVQ Level 6 or 7) that recognises the skills, knowledge and experience they 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.

Likewise we also believe that those construction managers that first achieved academic qualifications and have then gone on to gain real on-site experience should also grasp the opportunity to be recognised for their competence. Competence based assessment qualifications complement academic qualifications and actually enhance the individual’s workplace opportunities.

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 levels 6 & 7 are Members or Fellows of The Chartered institute of Building (CIOB).

If you have a high level academic qualification and want to explore the benefits of competence based assessments, please send us an enquiry on our website www.caduk.co.uk or give us a call us on (01952) 292 005 and we will help you identify the right NVQ for you.

This post is aimed at anyone that has achieved high level academic qualifications in construction and carries out management functions i.e. Experienced Quantity Surveyors, Planners, Estimators, Design Managers, Site Engineers, Construction Managers, Project Managers, Commercial Managers, Contract Managers, Property Developers, Facility/Estate Managers etc.

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