Level 2 NVQ Certificate Removal of Non-hazardous Waste (Construction)

SQA code: GT4E 66
Ofqual code: 610/0389/X
Total Qualification Time: 300 hours
Guided Learning Hours: 146 hours
Credit value: 30

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • installing, maintaining and removing work area protection and safety equipment in the workplace
  • removing non-hazardous waste in the workplace
  • conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace

This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges, and may be offered in England and Wales.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The primary purpose of this qualification is to confirm the learner's occupational competence as a non-hazardous removal operative. As a work-related, competence-based qualification, it provides confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that learners have the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

This qualification is aimed at those who are employed and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience in their chosen industry.

Learners can build on the skills and knowledge gained from achieving this qualification when they are working towards achieving another qualification or in employment.

This qualification will provide learners with evidence of their experience based on accepted and recognised industrial practices. It will provide a basis for advancing in the industry for a range of potential learners.


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
  • providing access to a relevant card scheme


This qualification is supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

CSCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in construction. The scheme recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 30 credits. They must complete five mandatory units from the qualification structure.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • school and college students with a part-time job that enables them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace
  • full-time and part-time study

There are no specific skills, knowledge understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved to start this qualification. However, learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.


This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed in areas within construction that deal with non-hazardous waste.


Learners may progress from the Level 2 certificate in Removal of Non-hazardous Waste (Construction) to a range of similar qualifications at Level 2 and above.

Deliver this qualification

Thinking of working with us?

Existing customer?

Where can you take this course

Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (credit value 30). 

Please refer to the qualification structure (84 KB) for more information.

Unit search

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently to the industry standard and that they comply with current legislation and company procedures.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle