Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Thermal Insulation (Construction)

SQA code: GJ17 79
Ofqual code: 601/1104/5
Minimum Total Qualification Time: 1260
Minimum Guided Learning Hours: 421
Minimum Credit value: 126

The Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Thermal Insulation will develop knowledge and skills in working with thermal insulation to an advanced level. Learners can specialise in the Fabricate Protection route or the Fit Protection route.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area
  • developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
  • confirming the occupational method of work
  • confirming work meets quality standards
  • resolving indeterminate situations in the workplace
  • conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers in England and Wales.

Qualification rationale and objectives

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 thermal insulation engineer. 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:

  • preparing learners for employment
  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills

Recognition

This qualification is supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme 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 on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

This qualification has two pathways — either Fabricate Protection or Fit Protection.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 126 credits. They must complete 6 mandatory units plus 1 mandatory optional unit plus 1 additional optional unit from the qualification structure.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • 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 practice

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. Specific skills, knowledge understanding or other qualification(s) required before taking this qualification include relevant knowledge and skills from working as a thermal insulation engineer.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as thermal insulation engineers.

Apprenticeships

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

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

601/0946/4 Level 3 Diploma in Thermal Insulation — GJ82 57

Progression

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Thermal Insulation (Construction) can lead to employment within the construction industry as a thermal insulation engineer or to study for higher level qualifications in further education.

This qualification can also lead to supervisory qualifications such as:

600/3377/0 (GE1Y 79) Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

and provides invaluable practical experience for someone who aspires to the more technical professions. It will broaden a skills set and improve employability for the civil engineering industry.

What approvals are needed?

This qualification is part of a qualification partnership agreement.

Centres interested in offering this qualification 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

This qualification has two pathways — either Fabricate Protection or Fit Protection.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 126 credits. They must complete 6 mandatory units plus 1 mandatory optional unit plus 1 additional optional unit.

Group award code: GJ17 79 (credit value 126)
Ofqual code: 601/1104/5

Please refer to the qualification structure (90 KB) for more information.

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Regulated Qualifications unit search.

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.

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle

  • Consolidated assessment strategy

Awarding partnership arrangements

This qualification is jointly awarded and certificate issued by SQA and TICA.

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