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Our NVQs

CASL assess a broad cross-section of Pearson Edexcel (“Pearson”) Construction NVQs at Levels 3 through to Level 7.

The categories of Construction NVQs CASL assess are:

  • Construction Site Supervision
  • Construction Site Inspection
  • Construction Site Management
  • Construction Contracting Operations
  • Construction Senior Management
  • Built Environment Design
  • Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)
  • Technician-Specific (Civil Engineering for Technicians)

Common Questions and Answers

Why chose an NVQ?

  • It is a nationally recognised qualification that is based upon pre-approved national occupational standards for the construction sector
  • It offers value for money when compared against its academic equivalents
  • There is no need to take time out from the workplace that can be disruptive for busy construction personnel
  • It is open to all learners aged 16 and over with no pre-qualification entry requirements
  • It is flexible – you can work at your own pace starting and completing the coursework at any time within the calendar year, with the ability to take study breaks, if necessary, for work or personal reasons
  • It is possible to readily transfer between NVQs post-registration should both learner and assessor deem that this is necessary
  • It offers a vocational route to professional membership of a number of respected industry bodies within the construction sector
  • It offers a vocational route to obtaining a CSCS card that recognises the cardholders competency levels against a nationally recognised standard

What is an NVQ?

An NVQ is an internationally and nationally recognised work-based qualification that give a learner the ability to develop and demonstrate externally their competence in the area of work or job role to which the qualification relates.

It comprises a requisite number of units that are assessed by a qualified assessor to reflect how you satisfy work objectives based on the relevant work activity.

Dependent on the NVQ, there will be a combination of compulsory and optional units to complete that the assessor will provide guidance on, dependent on the learner’s work experience and role.

Which NVQ?

The assessor works with the learner to determine the best NVQ for them.

The prospective learner is sent a profiling form for the NVQ which is a helpful tool in determining the appropriate NVQ as well as outlining the units covered so that the learner has an idea of what is involved in the NVQ.

Current job roles and responsibilities can give a preliminary indication of the NVQ best suited to the individual.

The list below is not exhaustive nor definitive but purely for guidance.

Level 3 and Level 4

NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision

  • Construction Site Supervisors/Assistant Site Managers operating in a wide range of areas e.g. building and civil engineering, highways maintenance, residential development, conservation, demolition, conservation or tunnelling

NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Inspection

  • Inspection Supervisors (plan and monitor accuracy and quality of work on site) working in a number of areas e.g. building and civil engineering , highways maintenance, residential development, conservation, demolition, conservation or tunnelling

NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations

  • Technicians who provide specialist functions in the area of Construction Contracting operations e.g. estimating, planning, buying and surveying

NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design

  • Technicians working on surveying, planning, tendering and design solutions

NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision

  • Employees in the construction and built environment sector who work across a broad range of occupational areas

NVQ Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians

  • Civil Engineering Technicians working on civil engineering techniques and methods, the development of engineering solutions, professional management and commercial activities

Level 6

NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection

  • Senior Site Inspectors/Clerks of Works who manage teams, implement policies, technical information reporting and testing processes

NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management

  • Construction Site Managers working in a wide range of areas e.g. building and civil engineering, highways maintenance, residential development, conservation, demolition, conservation or tunnelling

NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management

  • Managers who control specialist functions in Construction Contracting e.g. estimating, planning, buying and surveying
  • Project Managers
  • Building Surveyors
  • Quantity Surveyors

Level 7

NVQ Diploma in Construction Management

  • Senior Commercial/Contract/Construction Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Directors who lead and control projects, lead procurement and estimation, control income/expenditure, agree briefs, evaluate resources, manage design and evaluate projects on completion

NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design

  • Professionals directing design projects and managing consultancy practices in Architectural Design
  • Design Managers and Consultants

What is involved?

Upon registration, the learner is inducted by the assessor so that they understand the process to get started on their NVQ and what is expected of them. The assessor explains how to complete and submit NVQ documentation including the compilation and presentation of the evidence that supports the recorded work experience.

Work recorded by the learner is assessed through a continuous feedback process from the CASL assessor to ensure the required standards are met.

When all the units have been completed and approved, CASL can claim the Certificate from our awarding body Pearson.

All evidence is available to the assessor and auditors within Pearson for a specific period of time to ensure that nationally set standards continue to be met.


The cost of each NVQ is outlined within our Welcome Booklet and can be provided upon request. The fee includes both the assessment fees for the NVQ process and the registration costs to enrol with the awarding body Pearson.

CASL is an approved training provider for CITB so that eligible construction companies can automatically receive achievement grants upon successful completion of vocational qualifications by employees, if all necessary criteria are met.

There are a variety of funding schemes and frameworks for smaller construction companies and CASL can provide assistance here by drawing upon the resources of CITB to put you in touch with the right CITB personnel to provide support in the funding of training.

Is there a time limit on when the NVQ has to be completed by?

CASL provide a bespoke and flexible service. Although our terms and conditions are to support the learner for a two year period from the point of registration, our assessors will continue to provide assistance beyond this period if learners can demonstrate that they are continuing to make progress on their studies. This decision is at the discretion of the Managing Director.

How do I register?

Register your interest by email or telephone and request an enquiry pack which will provide you with further information on your chosen NVQ, costs and all the relevant forms that you need to complete.

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