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National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

NVQs are work-related, competency-based qualifications that reflect the skills and knowledge needed to do a specific job. NVQs can be an ideal qualification route for many, as they are tailored to fit in with an individual’s workload and provide evidence of professional competence in a range of work-based functions. SVQs - Scottish Vocational Qualifications - are the Scottish equivalent of NVQs.

Delivered in the workplace (or a setting that replicates the workplace), they can be undertaken as a standalone vocational qualification, or as part of an apprenticeship.

NVQs are achieved through assessment and training. Assessment is normally through on-the-job observation and questioning. Candidates produce evidence to prove they have the competence to meet the NVQ standards in particular construction functions and occupations, which range from level 3 to level 7 (the level that you would be at if you gained full chartered status). The assessor tests candidates' underpinning knowledge, understanding and work-based performance to make sure they can demonstrate competence in the workplace. 

A Level 7 NVQ Diploma (previously an NVQ5) gains full academic exemption for Chartered membership (MCIOB).  For more details contact the Education Team.


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CSkills Awards have taken the decision to withdraw from a recognition agreement with the CIOB.  As a result the CIOB will no longer recognise any NVQ diplomas or other awards conferred by CSkills Awards. Holders of NVQ diplomas or other awards conferred by CSkills Awards have until 1 September 2017 to apply for CIOB membership.