How to choose NVQ levels

NVQ levels are one of the most recognised qualifications favourable to the construction industry. The qualification carries valid confidence in a candidate’s competency. Many construction firms, developers and contractors highly consider employees who possess an NVQ level certification. When a candidate is choosing to progress in the construction industry, then obtaining a qualification through a recognised institute in the field will be an advantage. There are many professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Building, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and IstructE offering qualifications which are recognised globally. By obtaining the certification, diploma or degree in the field, a candidate can become a professional while progressing in his/her career path. However, an NVQ level qualification is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, Postgraduate degree or a doctorate level. An NVQ level is a work-based qualification and proves to be advantageous for career progression and success. Choosing the right level to proceed can open countless opportunities for a candidate in the diverse industry.

NVQ levels in construction

An individual progressing in the construction field have the opportunity to become a construction manager, site manager, quantity surveyor, or even become a chartered builder. But with the right qualification, a candidate can develop and grow in the field to prosper. Is it wise to acquire NVQ levels in construction? The answer will be yes; the construction industry is most likely to assess the practical skills and competence necessary to handle a construction project. Skills and knowledge, along with the experiences, will make an individual a professional and confident employee in the field. While keeping in mind the future developments of buildings, infrastructures, massive skyscrapers and other industrial impacts the industry searches for skilled labour so it can develop and grow further into the future with construction plans. Thus, the importance of NVQ levels is highly noticeable while hiring an employee or while becoming a professional. Obtaining an NVQ level qualification will bring many benefits for the candidate.

Key benefits of NVQ level qualifications

A candidate choosing to study an NVQ level will gain many benefits such as:

  • Securing a job role in the construction industry
  • Development and growth in career prospects
  • Acquiring professional-level skills and knowledge to conduct the work
  • Higher salary
  • Opportunities to become a Chartered Member of a recognised institute in the industry
  • Opportunity to proceed in higher studies with the skills

For example, a candidate aiming to become a professional with site management qualifications can obtain an NVQ Level 6 and benefit from its advantages. The NVQ Level 6 Construction site management is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, graduate diploma and a graduate certificate. By possessing the NVQ level 6 in site management, the candidate has the option to proceed further to higher education, such as a postgraduate degree. A candidate possessing the qualification can also progress in acquiring eligibility for a CSCS black card or get a direct entry pathway to become an AssocRICS and even obtain the opportunity to become an MRICS.


How to obtain the NVQ level

A candidate can earn the NVQ qualification by approaching an online provider which may offer the requirements to obtain the level. Many construction graduates and experienced professional individuals progress through online courses. The advantage of an online class is highly favourable to an individual who wishes to gain the experience and the knowledge simultaneously. Candidates usually complete the NVQ levels while working and following the course through an online college will be convenient for any working individual. Candidates do not have to go through an examination while following the path; the NVQ level qualification assesses the competence of the candidate. The candidate goes through an assessment for practical skills necessary to work in the industry and a professional assessor in the field will qualify the candidate’s expertise and knowledge in the area of study. Candidates can seek assistance from online colleges. The College of Contract Management offers the NVQ Level 6 in Site Management course with flexible programme facilities through online classes. The college also provides accredited courses by recognised professional bodies such as the CIOB, to help a candidate proceed further in developing a career path in the construction industry.

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