Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction)

This group award has been withdrawn and has entered its lapsing period.

The operational end-date for this qualification is 31/05/2020

The certification end-date for this qualification is 31/05/2022 

Ofqual code: 603/2506/9
Minimum Total Qualification Time: 730
Minimum Guided Learning Hours: 334
Minimum Credit value: 73

The qualification will develop knowledge and skills in trowel work for the construction sector. Learners can specialise in erecting and setting out masonry structures, concrete, maintaining slate and tile roofing, installing drainage, plastering or rendering.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • 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
  • Erecting masonry structures in the workplace
  • Setting out masonry structures in the workplace
  • Conserving or restoring stonemasonry, brickwork or earthen structures in the workplace
  • Preparing and mixing lime mortars in the workplace
  • Erecting masonry cladding in the workplace
  • Erecting thin joint masonry structures in the workplace
  • Placing and finishing non-specialist concrete in the workplace
  • Maintaining slate and tile roofing in the workplace
  • Repairing and maintaining masonry structures in the workplace
  • Producing internal solid plastering finishes in the workplace
  • Applying solid render to background surfaces and producing finishes in the workplace
  • Installing drainage in the workplace

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

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 in their chosen industry.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to confirm the learner's occupational competence as a bricklayer. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it will provide, on completion, 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 of bricklayer.

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


The qualification is designed to meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Support a role in the workplace
  • Confirm knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Provide 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.

This qualification has a range of pathways linked to typical job roles that learners will encounter within the industry.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 730 credits. They must complete between five and seven mandatory units plus one optional unit. See qualification content and delivery tools section for more information. 

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • 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 or part-time study

There are no specific skills, knowledge understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order 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 as bricklayers.


Learners may progress from the Level 2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) to a range of qualifications at level 3 and above, including Occupational Work Supervision. 

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NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) - (Bricklaying)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 5 mandatory units (credit value 59) 1 optional unit (credit value 14).

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure (79 KB).

NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) - (Heritage Brickwork)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 7 mandatory units (98 credit points) 1 optional units (14 credit points).

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure (82 KB).

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

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what learners have completed at work. It can include observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and 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 that they comply with currently 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 task. They will also demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.

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