Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management

SQA code: GV54 91
Ofqual code: 610/3784/9
Qualification Wales code: n/a
Total Qualification Time: 1690 hours
Guided Learning Hours: 595 hours
Credit value: 169

The qualification will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as managing project processes, managing teams, recruiting, selecting and retaining people, and allocating work to team members. Learners can specialise in leading meetings to achieve objectives, representing their own area of responsibility in meetings, and developing themselves and others in construction management.

This qualification may be available through employers and training providers. It may be offered in England.

This qualification has been developed in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to ensure it meets the needs of the industry.

There are also awarding partnership arrangements with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

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

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a construction senior manager. As a work-related, competence-based qualification, it provides confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).


  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
  • enabling professional membership
  • providing access to a relevant card scheme
  • enabling learners to gain the relevant licence to practise


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 169 credits. They must complete 6 mandatory units (107 credits) plus 3 to 5 optional units (minimum 62 credits) from the qualification structure.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • individuals who are working as managers within the construction and built environment sector
  • experienced professionals seeking a route to professional membership
  • workers who need the qualification to meet legislative requirements
  • workers wishing to progress into a senior manager position
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow them to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in or knowledge of the subject would be an advantage.


This NVQ facilitates career progression in the sector.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete 6 mandatory units (credit value: 107) and 3 to 5 optional units (minimum credit value: 62).

Please refer to the qualification structure for more information.

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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 and to the industry standard, and 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.

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