Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision

SQA code: GE1Y 79
Ofqual code: 600/3377/0
Minimum Total Qualification Time: 670
Minimum Guided Learning Hours: 294
Minimum Credit value: 67

The (NVQ) Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision will develop knowledge and skills required for occupational work supervision within the construction industry.

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 and welfare in the workplace
  • co-ordinating and organising work operations in the workplace

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers. It can be offered in England and Wales. 

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is designed to train people as supervisors to recognised industry standards. It is aimed at those in work or those who are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

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

The primary purpose of this qualification is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a work supervisor. As a competence-based qualification, it will provide confirmation to employers and industry managers, and to card schemes, that someone who holds the qualification has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally-recognised standard to carry out the role.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of 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.

Learners prove their competence by being observed by the assessor as they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard. They will also show that they are complying with currently legislation and company procedures.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can:  

  •  interpret the instructions correctly
  • select the appropriate resources for the task
  • complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • knowledge, understanding and skills


This qualification is supported by Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS).

CPCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in plant operations. 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 on-the-job experience.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 67 credits and must complete five mandatory units plus two optional units.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • experienced workers in technical, supervisory and management roles
  • learners with no prior experience
  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • adults returning to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners not in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • apprentices
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • full-time and part-time employees
  • school and college students with a part-time job or work experience that enables them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace

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

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


This qualification is a mandatory component in the Construction Technical Apprenticeship.


Learners may progress from the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision to a range of qualifications, including the NVQ Awards at Level 4 and 6 in Construction Contracting Operations or Construction Site Management.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision can lead to employment in the Construction industry, particularly when it is taken as a component of a Construction Technical Apprenticeship.

What approvals are needed?

Centres must come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

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)

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Unit search.

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