Carpentry and Joinery NVQ Courses
All you need to know about how to get your Carpentry and Joinery NVQ quickly, simply and conveniently.
The Carpentry NVQ Level 2 Leads To The Blue ‘Skilled Worker’ CSCS Card
The Carpentry NVQ Level 3 Leads To The Gold ‘Skilled Worker’ CSCS Card
How To Get Your Site Carpentry NVQ Level 2
SuperSkills Carpentry NVQ courses can get you the Level 2 or Level 3 carpentry qualification.
There are a number of routes you can take, depending on your experience.
For example, an Apprentice would attend a college for one day a week. The remainder of their training will be in the workplace.
Somebody changing careers could be considered for an Apprenticeship, but is more likely to go on a basic training course – also at a college. Please note – SuperSkills does not offer basic training courses. If you need basic training, contact your local Further Education college. Google ‘Further Education College [name of your town]’
Somebody who has gained experience on site but who needs a carpentry qualification will be assessed in the workplace. The assessment process will be based on how much experience they have. Somebody with many years of experience will be able to meet the standards fairly easily, but a person with more to learn will need more support.
SuperSkills specialises in getting people their Carpentry NVQ’s quickly, simply and conveniently.
You can count on SuperSkills to give you Free, Impartial advice at all times. Don’t forget, you are welcome to call us on 01845 527 445 to find out more at any time!
A most important point about getting your carpentry qualification – NVQ’s (the letters stand for National Vocational Qualification) involve your work being assessed in the workplace. You cannot get your NVQ by just attending a training programme and you cannot just start getting assessed in a workplace until you have built up some experience. See why knowing that is important.
What are National Vocational Qualifications?
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s) mean the individual has met the National Occupational Standards for whichever job is involved. To get the carpenter’s CSCS Card, you must have a Carpentry NVQ.
The Construction Industry Training Board sets the standards for SuperSkills Carpentry NVQ Courses
Who Sets The National Occupational Standards?
These standards are set by Sector Skills Councils – bodies set up by Government. They oversee the workforce skills across the country.
You may have heard politicians talking about “Building the skills of the workforce” – what they mean is that employers are being encouraged to get their people qualified.
The Sector Skills Council for the Construction Sector is the Construction Industry Training Board – which everyone knows as “CITB“.
What Are The Different NVQ Levels and What Do They Mean?
Level One is Foundation Level – this is where somebody would be if they had attended a basic City & Guilds or Construction Skills course. They usually take ten to twenty days of training.
Level Two is a “Skilled Trades” level. This is the carpentry qualification the vast majority of site workers have and the one that gets the Carpenter’s CSCS “Skilled Worker” Blue Card.
Level Three reflects competence in the more complicated elements of the trade. Additionally, they will be somebody who has the skills to lead a team of trades on site. They have a Gold CSCS “Skilled Worker” Card.
Level Four and above are management level qualifications and holders of these have access to the CSCS Black Card.
How To Get Your Carpentry NVQ Level 2
On Site Assessment and Training
This route is generally open to people who have general site experience.
If you are working as a carpenter but are unsure about your experience, call us on 01845 527 445 – we can give you some free advice about your options.
This route involves our Assessors establishing how you work on site and seeing what level you are working at.
They will judge your work and skills against the National Occupational Standards. This will establish the “gap” between your skills and those required for the Carpentry NVQ Level 2.
They then agree an Assessment Plan with you.
The on site assessment process can be done by personal visits from the assessor, or – more quickly and simply – remotely. You will gather the evidence we need to see and discuss your work with your assessor.
You are always in the driving seat with SuperSkills – and you will get whatever support you need to get your Carpentry NVQ Level 2.
Some candidates are so experienced they can do the whole NVQ remotely, but others may need more support. In that case the assessor will visit you, give you on-the-job training and undertake assessments of your work in person.
All the time, you will be building a file of evidence with photographs and any references you get from other trades.
Once the evidence is there to show you are operating at the standard of a Skilled Worker, the assessments finish.
Online Training At Your Convenience
Three Units of the qualification are delivered by an online learning package:
- Health & Safety
- Productive Working Practices
- Moving and Handling Resources
This training is a combination of video presentations and knowledge checks. It’s very similar to watching a YouTube video when you want to know something. After watching the video, you answer questions. We provide support at any time to help you go through the course.
We give you the details of how to access the training, you go online in your own time to complete the package and your assessor will give you feedback about it.
You will be awarded your Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Site Carpentry from NOCN_CSkills Awards – the leading awarding body in construction. You can download a copy of the qualification specification here.
The fully remote service is only £775 including VAT – and that’s all you pay with SuperSkills. There are no extra charges for ‘immediate registration’ or ‘fast track completion’. You will know before you start exactly what you are getting and how the payments will be made.
What if I don’t have the experience for the fully remote service?
We may arrange for the assessor to support you more with a site visit just to help you. We can provide further training in carpentry skills if you have only been working for a short time.
That’s why the price of your carpentry assessment may range from £775 to £1325 (again including VAT). It depends on the amount of assessor time involved. The vast majority of candidates pay only £775 for their carpentry NVQ.
Rest assured, we will charge you the lowest price possible to get your Carpentry qualifications & CSCS Card. You will know how much you will be paying before you decide to choose SuperSkills!
Easy Payment Scheme
SuperSkills has an ‘Easy Payment Scheme’ – you pay the same but spread your payments to make your NVQ even more affordable. See here for details.
What happened to the ‘Experienced Worker Practical Assessment’?
A couple of years ago, the majority of our experienced candidates came to SuperSkills for a practical assessment. Try as hard as we might, getting all the references to that route of assessment off the Internet seems impossible. We get calls regularly from people who have seen it. They ask us why they can’t get their carpentry qualification by practical assessment.
There’s a simple answer. “Covid” – which limited people’s ability to travel (and their willingness to do so). Covid also put up both the accommodation costs and price of materials. We didn’t want to pass that onto our customers.
At the same time the Awarding Bodies decided that evidence could be gathered by the candidate in their workplace. That, plus easy use of telephone and video calling, meant we could offer assessments remotely.
It also meant we could reduce the price of the assessment. That’s right – we passed our savings onto you!
How To Get Your Site Carpentry NVQ Level 3
The Level 3 Carpentry NVQ Diploma is a much bigger qualification than the Level 2. If you equate the qualification with GCSE’s the Level 2 is the “O” Level and Level 3 is at “A” Level.
It can be acquired through taking a third year of Apprenticeship. However, the majority of our clients are very experienced trades and achieve the qualification by On Site Assessment and Training.
Level 3 qualifications take longer than Level 2 – so they are more expensive. It may sound a little strange, but our staff will always check with you just why you want to be assessed for Level 3.
It’s not because we don’t want to do the work, far from it. It’s because we find that quite often the client only needs to have Level 2 for the CSCS Card they require.
At SuperSkills, we simply do not believe in selling you something you don’t need.
You don’t need your Level 2 to be able to get assessed for Level 3. Yes – another myth busted. You can be what is called a “Level 3 Jumper”. A candidate who has all the skills and capabilities and who is working at Level 3 standard.
The Level 3 Site Carpentry NVQ delivered by our fully remote service is only £975 including VAT – and again, that is the full price you will pay. You will know before you start exactly what you are getting and how the payments will be made.
How To Get Your Carpentry Qualifications Through An Apprenticeship
And finally, for completeness, something no longer offered at SuperSkills. By taking an Apprenticeship. Your employer releases you for training, you get the Diploma (and qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy if you don’t have them) at a training school.
By the time the Apprenticeship training concludes, you have all the theory and the practical skills and you have been assessed as being able to put them into practice at work.
At the end of the Apprenticeship you go through ‘End Point Assessment’ to achieve your NVQ in Site Carpentry.
Since changes to the way in which Government funds Apprenticeships, SuperSkills no longer offers this route to qualification. The best place to look for a Carpentry Apprenticeship is via the National Apprenticeship Service.
For young people in particular, an Apprenticeship is the best way to get a qualification in Carpentry. Up to age 19, your training is free. Contact your local Further Education College for information. (If you don’t know about your local college, Google ‘Further Education College [name of your town]’.
At SuperSkills we know the vast majority of our customers are looking for qualifications that can be obtained quickly, simply and conveniently. That’s why we are always on the end of the telephone if you want to talk about the best qualification route for you. Call 01845 527 445 to find out more.
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