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.

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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Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

NVQ for Principal Designer/Contractor (CDM 2015) – ProQual Level 6 NVQ in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

The ProQual Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is designed for those people involved in the practical application and/or management of health and safety and is appropriate to people from a variety of sectors including Energy, Oil & Gas, Retail, Corporate Business, and Construction. They will have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice and will report directly to or be part of the senior management team.

CADUK are specialists in Construction Supervisory and Managerial NVQs and have identified the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Practice as the qualification that provides the Principal Designer or Principal Contractor  (i.e. those people responsible for the H&S of the project in construction phase and its safe delivery as defined in Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015) with formal recognition for the skills and knowledge that would be needed to carry out this role effectively.

But don’t take our word for it click here to download the Initial Profile Tool to see if you have access to this qualification by carrying out your own self assessment against the requirements of the qualification. On achievement of this Level 6 NVQ, the individual will not only be able to demonstrate to the client that they have the qualification and relevant skills and knowledge to carry out their role effectively, but will also have access to the Black CSCS CardGraduate Membership of IOSH (Grad IOSH) and Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB) through the Full Professional Review.

If you carry out the role of Principal Designer/Contractor and would like to undertake this qualification please complete the profile tool in the link above and return it to us, or give us a call us on (01952) 292 005.

Pearson Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management

Zero to HERO – The Pearson Level 7 NVQ in Construction Senior Management

Due to a variety of factors (new industry regulations, client expectations, Brexit, industry downturn and increased competition from those who have benefited from a university education) a large number of experienced Construction Managers are missing out on work opportunities in the UK and abroad. This is not the result of their lack of skills, knowledge and experience, but simply because they don’t have the relevant managerial qualifications, professional recognition and industry accreditation.

CADUK have identified that the achievement of the 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. Become an Associate Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Assoc RICS)
  3. Become a Member of The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (MCABE)
  4. 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 find out if you have access to the Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management, click here and download our profile tool. Open the document in Adobe Reader so that you can use the interactive features and complete the document realistically and honestly. Send the profile tool back to us and we’ll call you back to discuss your options.

Alternatively to discuss this, or any of our qualifications in more detail, give us a call on 01952 292 005.

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.

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) 292 005.

Women in Construction – Have you considered becoming a Chartered Member of the Institute of Building

Are you aware that only 7% of the total membership of the CIOB are Ladies? Judging by the calibre of the female members of the Linkedin Group National Association of Women in Construction. CADUK see no reason why they cannot achieve this status and are determined to help more females attain this prestigious designation. Many people have the impression that the CIOB is an ‘old boys club’ and was only accessible to those with Degree in Construction Management. CADUK believe that the CIOB are really taking steps to change that image.

For example 50% of the CIOBs board members are females including the Deputy Chief Executive Bridget Bartlett. Another example of the CIOB breaking the shackles of the past was the introduction of the Fast Track Route to membership for anyone holding or studying for an Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management .This means that individuals would no longer need to take a professional competence assessment in order to complete the CIOB’s Professional Review process and become chartered.

Candidates are able to present their Level 7 qualification certificate as evidence of meeting the Professional Review competence criteria along with a short application form detailing their CPD, training and commitment to the Institute’s code of conduct.

This shortened vocational route to membership considerably and gave confidence to those who were put off by the long winded, male dominated selection process and the increasing costs of academic study. The process also reduced duplication and bureaucracy in terms of the learners/applicants not having to produce the same or similar evidence again or undergoing the highly subjective Professional Interview Panel, mainly consisting of male interviewers.

CADUK have found that Construction Managers without formal qualifications working at higher levels within the industry have benefited greatly because of this initiative, but unfortunately very few of the beneficiaries are Ladies. Why is this?  because the benefits are almost instantaneous in terms personal recognition and increased work opportunities.

Please contact CADUK if you are interested in attaining MCIOB through the NVQ7 route on (01952) 292 005 or send us an enquiry and we’ll get back to you.


Here are few reviews from some of our past learners who have achieved the Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management and are now Members of the Chartered Institute of Building. Fantastic feedback, unfortunately no reviews from any Ladies.

Michael O’Byrne MCIOB (NVQ7 Achievement October 2015)

I recently completed the NVQ Level 7 in Senior Construction Management and immediately went on to get my CSCS Black Management Card. I then successfully applied for MCIOB, Chartered Construction Manager. The support and encouragement I got from Gary Pollard and his team was fantastic. This has opened up a lot of doors for me and I highly recommend using CAD UK.

 

Mark Mills MCIOB (NVQ7 Achievement April 2016)

I have recently completed a NVQ Level 7 in senior construction and found the support and help offered by CADUK to be invaluable they were there to assist and offer guidance throughout the entire process from initial profiling and the choosing of modules through to final assessment.

If you are looking to undertake a course I would highly recommend them.

 

Andrew Lee MCIOB (NVQ 7 Achievement March 2016)

Having recently completed the NVQ Level 7 in Senior Construction Management, I could not recommend CADUK highly enough.

The support throughout was excellent, even helping me to prepare for my MCIOB application.

 

Darren  Allen FCIOB, MRICs (NVQ Achivement April 2014)

The opportunity to study with ‘CADUK’ provided me a platform for the future. CADUK are an organisation located within the UK who serve a global market with a local approach in competency based qualifications tailored to the construction industry.

The support from Day 1 from the staff and the mentors makes the journey a seamless one, the whole experience revolves around an individual’s effort to allocate the required time to complete the modules.If done successfully the period of obtaining the NVQ Level 7 can be a matter of weeks.

The NVQ Level 7 personally was two fold, fulfilling a long term goal to achieve Chartered Membership with the CIOB, and a platform to start a doctorate program in business administration. Keep up the good work!

 

Arash Noori FCIOB, Assoc RICs (NVQ7 Achievement Febuary 2014)

If you want recognition at the highest level and to become a Chartered Builder or Consultant via distant learning courses then the NVQ7 course is the perfect solution.

Gary and his team have helped my through out the whole course and boosted my confidence. I can not praise them enough. As a small building company owner this was an ideal route.

Once passed the Diploma I became an Associate member of RICS and have since become a Fellow of the Institute of Building. Fantastic result!

 

David Andrews w/t MCIOB (NVQ7 Achievement April 2016)

I have recently completed my NVQ Level 7 in Construction Senior Management and I cannot speak highly enough of all members of their team.

They provided me with an excellent service throughout and it was money well spent. I gained a vast amount of knowledge from each completed unit and it has already shown its benefits with instant career progression.

Thank you to you all at CADUK.

 

Murray Arnold w/t MCIOB (NVQ7 Achievement Febuary 2016)

In 2014 I contacted CADUK regarding personal development. Mr Pollard from CADUK was extremely helpful in giving me all the information that i required. CADUK were fast and professional in their mentor-ship. They encouraged me and pointed me in the right direction regarding my goals. This is the first step of my mature learning process and without CADUK supporting me i would not be where I am today. I am focused and now have my direction.

I thoroughly recommend others in the business to embark on professional recognition. You will hit a brick wall that is un-scaleable without it.

Thanks CADUK for all your support.

What it means to be a CIOB member

CADUK offer a number of NVQs that lead to Fast Track Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building. But what does this recognition really mean to the individual?

Please watch the video below:

If you would like more information on how you can become a member of the Chartered Institute of Building through the NVQ Fast-Track route, please visit our website www.caduk.co.uk or call us 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

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