Level 3 Diploma in Thermal Insulation

SQA code: GN56 57
Ofqual code: 603/2590/2
Total Qualification Time: 510
Guided Learning Hours: 457
Credit value: 51

The qualification will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as Fabrication of Sheet Metal Insulation.

This qualification covers the following areas:

Applying Insulation to various complex surfaces and Working Safely and Efficiently in the workplace.

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

This is a qualification that has been developed in partnership with Thermal Insulation Contractors Association to ensure it meets the needs of the industry.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

This qualification is aimed at those who have no prior experience of Thermal Insultation the industry

Its primary purpose is to develop the learner’s occupational competence as a Thermal Insulatior so that they can gain employment or work towards another qualification (see Progression).

This qualification delivers the underpinning knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard for the role and so provides a sound basis for working in the industry.

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:

  • preparing learners for employment
  • preparing learners to progress to another qualification
  • meeting relevant programmes of learning
  • giving learners personal growth and engagement in learning
  • preparing learners to progress to the next level of English or Mathematics


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

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 knowledge-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 51 credits. They must complete 7 mandatory units from the qualification structure. (See Qualification content and delivery tools)

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners with no prior experience
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners not in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • apprentices
  • school leavers
  • adults returning to education
  • 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/seeking employment as:

  • Thermal Insulation Fitters


Learners may progress from the Level 3 in Thermal Insulation to a range of qualifications at Level 3 and above, including Level 3 Diploma Thermal Insulation.

The qualification can lead to employment within the Thermal Insulation industry.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete 7 mandatory units (credit value 51).

Please refer to the qualification structure (64 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.

This qualification is assessed by completing various tasks to evidence what has been learned. This can be carried out through practical assessment, knowledge-based questioning or online assessment. The assessor can then confirm that the learner has met the requirements of the qualification and that they have the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to progress.

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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Awarding partnership arrangements

This qualification is certificated in partnership with Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA).


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

  • The operational end-date for this qualification is 31 December 2017
  • The certification end-date for this qualification is 31 December 2019

Qualification structure

Diploma in Thermal Insulation Level 3

This qualification requires the learner to complete mandatory and optional Units.

Group Award code: GJ82 57 (79 QCF credit points)

Ofqual Qualification Code: 601/3923/7

The Diploma in Thermal Insulation at QCF level 3 consists of 7 mandatory Units (79 QCF credit points).

For information on the structure of these qualifications, please refer to the Qualification Structure documents.

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