Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Formwork (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This group award has been withdrawn and has entered its lapsing period.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: 603/2508/2
Min Total Qualification Time: 420 hours
Min Guided Learning Hours: 249
Min Credit value: 42

The NVQ Diploma in Formwork (Construction) Level 2 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as fabricating, erecting, striking and maintaining formwork.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • formwork carpentry
  • formwork erecting and striking

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

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 formworker. 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).


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.

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

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 42 credits. They must complete five mandatory units from the qualification structure. (See Qualification content and delivery tools.)

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 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 formworkers.


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

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Qualification structure

NVQ Diploma in Formwork (Construction) — (Formwork Erector and Striker)

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (credit value 42).

Group award code: GN45 68 (credit value 42)

Please refer to the qualification structure (71 KB) for more information.

NVQ Diploma in Formwork (Construction) — (Formwork Carpenter)

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory Units (credit value 47).

Group award code: GN44 68 (credit value 47)

Please refer to the qualification structure (70 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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