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 3 NVQ Diploma registered on the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) provides access to Associate membership (ACIOB). A Level 6 NVQ Diploma (previously an NVQ4) allows the holder to apply for Incorporate membership (ICIOB) while a Level 7 NVQ Diploma (previously an NVQ5) gains full academic exemption for Chartered membership (MCIOB). For more details contact the Education Team.