Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

SQA code: GR0H 79
Ofqual code: 603/5163/9
Total Qualification Time: 890
Guided Learning Hours: 387

The qualification will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace. Learners can specialise in monitoring progress of work against schedules in the workplace.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Implementing and maintaining health, safety, environmental and welfare practices in the workplace
  • Co-ordinating and organising work operations in the workplace
  • Monitoring progress of work against schedules in the workplace

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

The NVQ/SVQ in Occupational Work Supervision (OWS) was created in response to demand from industry for a progression route for team leaders and supervisors where there was no suitable vocational occupational or supervisory qualification available at level 3 (SCQF L6). It was also considered that the Construction Site Supervision N/SVQ was too broad in its scope and demand and unachievable by specialist supervisors.

Following consultation with industry it was clear that whilst the role carried out by a supervisor was common across a number of occupational areas, to operate effectively an Occupational Supervisor needed to be competent in the occupational area being supervised. This was to ensure they would bring knowledge and understanding of the specific working practices, quality standards and health and safety requirements to exercise their duties effectively. It was therefore agreed where overarching supervisory qualifications such as OWS were used it was on the proviso that awarding organisations verify:

  • the individual’s experience and competence in their occupational area prior to being registered for the Occupational Work Supervision qualification.
  • the context (occupational area) in which the individual had completed their OWS qualification.
  • the individual had the necessary occupational competence to supervise that occupational area.

New CSCS Card Requirements for S/NVQs in Construction

SVQ in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) SCQF L6 (GM3A 23)

NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) L3 (GE1Y 79)

As you will be aware, CITB SSC and CSCS have stipulated that for these two qualifications  “learners must demonstrate relevant verifiable experience and competence in their occupational area”. This means that you must now provide details of the specific construction area (endorsement) that the learner was assessed in for their supervision competency. Please use this link to the CITB SSC website where the OWS Endorsement List is - https://www.citb.co.uk/standards-and-delivering-training/training-standards/nvq-svq-standards/occupational-work-supervision/

This is a mandatory CSCS requirement. CSCS will not issue cards if this information is not provided with the CSCS card application.

Interim process from 15 April 2019 (applicable to Occupational Work Supervision only)

We have agreed an interim approach this week with CSCS to enable learners to receive their CSCS card in light of the new requirements.

CSCS have stipulated, that with immediate effect you must complete the attached  “side letter”, detailing which endorsement  (specific construction area) that the learner has been assessed in and submit this to CSCS along with any other documentation required to enable the learner to request their CSCS card.

The SVQ is due to lapse on 31 May 2019. SQA is currently seeking approval to extend this date to 31 December 2019 in time for the new SVQ being available to centres from 1 January 2020.

The NVQ does not have a lapsing date, so does not require to be extended.

All other Construction S/NVQs with endorsement requirements 

CITB SSC and CSCS have stipulated that all other CSCS cards must be issued with the relevant unit endorsement to show the piece of Plant, Equipment, Activity or Specialism that the learner has been assessed in.

This is a mandatory CSCS requirement. CSCS will not issue cards if this information is not provided with the CSCS card application.

Interim process from 1 June 2019 (all other Construction S/NVQs with endorsement requirements)

As an interim approach which is applicable from 1 June 2019, SQA and CSCS have agreed that centres should complete the ‘side letter’ attached. This should be submitted to CSCS along with any other documentation required by CSCS to provide the relevant card.

Please refer to the specific endorsement list attached to the qualification structure which is available on the CITB website – see link https://www.citb.co.uk/standards-and-delivering-training/training-standards/national-occupational-standards-nos/suites-of-national-occupational-standards/

From the 1 January 2020

We are currently in discussions with CSCS to finalise the process for incorporating all endorsements into all S/NVQ’s for implementation on 1 January 2020. We will provide further details in due course.

If you have any queries about the new requirements or changes to process, please contact construction@sqa.org.uk

 

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 in Occupational Work Supervision. 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).

Objectives

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
  • enabling learners to gain the relevant licence to practice

Recognition

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.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • learners who have completed a qualification in a relevant discipline at level 2
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business

Entry

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

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed or seeking employment in technical, supervisory and management roles.

Progression

Learners may progress from the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) to a range of qualifications at Level 4 and above,

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) can lead to employment within the construction industry.

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Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

SQA code: GR0H 79

The qualification requires the learner to complete mandatory units plus one unit from Group A, plus two units from Group B.

Please refer to the qualification structure (226 KB) 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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Qualification structure

This group award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

  • The operational end-date for this qualification is 31/12/2019.
  • The certification end-date for this qualification is 31/12/2022.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 67 credits.

Group award code: GE1Y 79 (credit value of 67)

Ofqual code: 600/3377/0

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure. (72 KB)

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How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit. 

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle