Painting and Decorating NVQ Courses
All you need to know about getting your Painting and Decorating NVQ
Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations (Construction) – Painter
Cskills Awards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing – Painting and Decorating (Construction) – Decorative Finishing
Both these qualifications will get you the relevant Painting & Decorating CSCS Card.
If you need Painting and Decorating NVQ courses at Level 2 or Level 3, there are a number of routes you can take, depending on your experience. 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 to start with – 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 mean the individual has met the National Occupational Standards for whichever job is involved. To get the painter’s CSCS Card, you must have the relevant NVQ.
These standards are set by Sector Skills Councils, bodies set up by Government. This oversees 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”
NVQ’s are set at different levels. 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 qualification the vast majority of site workers have and the one that gets the Painter’s CSCS “Skilled Worker” Blue Card. Level Three is a Supervisory level – somebody who has the skills to lead a team of trades on site and is able to undertake or oversee more complex work. They have a Gold “Supervisor” CSCS Card. Level Four and above are management level qualifications and holders of these have access to the CSCS Black Card. Learn more about the CSCS Card Scheme.
There are two parts to the Painting and Decorating NVQ Level 2 – The Diploma and the actual workplace assessment.
You can get the full Painting and Decorating NVQ Level 2 in three ways:
By On Site Assessment and Training. This route is generally open to people who have three or more years of general site experience (if you are working as a painter but have less than three years experience, call us on 01845 527 445 and we can give you some free advice about your options).
This route involves our Assessor establishing how you work on site and seeing what level you are working at.
He will judge your work and skills against the National Occupational Standards. This will establish the “gap” between your skills and those required for the Painting NVQ Level 2. He then agrees an Individual Learning Plan with you.
The on site assessment process can be done either by personal visits from the assessor, or – more quickly and simply – remotely, where you 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 Painting 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.
You will also be taking an online training package for elements of the qualification that relate to Health & Safety, Managing Resources and Productivity. You can do these at any time and when they are completed, they will be automatically sent to your assessor. You will get feedback about how well you have done.
Then you will be awarded your Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Painting from CSkills Awards – the leading awarding body in construction.
The fully remote service is only £775 including VAT – and that’s all you pay with SuperSkills – no extra charges for ‘immediate registration’ or ‘fast track completion’. You will know before you start exactly what you are getting for your money 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 along the way, or provide a full range of training in particular 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) depending on the amount of assessor time involved.
Rest assured, we will charge you the lowest price possible to get your Painting NVQ & CSCS Card and you will know what you will be paying before you decide to choose SuperSkills!
What happened to the ‘Experienced Worker Practical Assessment’?
One word – “Covid” – which not only limited people’s ability to travel (and their willingness to do so) but also put up both the accommodation costs and price of materials – and 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 and that, plus easy use of telephone and video calling, meant we could offer assessments cheaper in most cases for our customers.
Getting your Painting and Decorating NVQ Level 3
The Level 3 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. You can see the details of the Painting and Decorating NVQ Level 3 here.
And finally, for completeness, something no longer offered at SuperSkills – by taking an Apprenticeship, where an 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. Then you are visited in your workplace as the course progresses by your Assessor.
By the time the Apprenticeship 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.
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 Painting & Decorating Apprenticeship is via the National Apprenticeship Service.
At SuperSkills we know the vast majority of our customers are looking for qualifications that can be obtained simply, quickly 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.