Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction)

Ofqual code: 603/2943/9

Total qualification time:

  • Accessing Operations and Rigging (Scaffolding) pathway — 1,000 hours
  • Accessing Operations and Rigging (Steeplejacking) pathway — 930 hours
  • Accessing Operations and Rigging (Lighting Protection Engineer) pathway — 1,030 hours
  • Accessing Operations and Rigging (Rigging: Suspended Access Equipment — Temporary) pathway — 820 hours
  • Accessing Operations and Rigging (Rigging: Suspended Access Equipment — Permanent) pathway — 700 hours
  • Accessing Operations and Rigging (Safety Net Rigging) pathway — 550 hours
  • Accessing Operations and Rigging (Fall Arrest) pathway — 580 hours
  • Accessing Operations and Rigging (Offshore Scaffolding) pathway — 1,000 hours

The Diploma will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as general health, safety and welfare; productive working practices; and moving, handling and storing resources.

Learners can specialise in:

  • Utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment in the workplace
  • Erecting and dismantling independent and birdcage scaffolds in the workplace
  • Erecting and dismantling mobile and static scaffold towers in the workplace
  • Erecting and dismantling cantilever scaffolds in the workplace
  • Erecting and dismantling pavement or roof scaffolds in the workplace
  • Erecting and dismantling steeplejack scaffolds in the workplace
  • Erecting and removing specialist access equipment in the workplace
  • Installing temporary lifting and suspension apparatus in the workplace
  • Installing lightning conductor installation systems in the workplace
  • Commissioning lightning conductor installation systems in the workplace
  • Identifying and marking the location of utilities apparatus and sub-structures in the workplace
  • Installing permanent suspended access equipment in the workplace
  • Using cradle access systems in the workplace
  • Installing and removing safety net rigging in the workplace
  • Installing and setting up provision for fall protection in the workplace

This qualification is for England and Wales. It can be delivered by employers, training providers and colleges.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is aimed at those who are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience in access operations and rigging.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a scaffolder, steeplejack, lightning protection engineer, suspended access equipment installer, equipment installer, safety net rigger, fall arrest operative, or offshore scaffolder. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it will provide, on completion, confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that learners have the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out their chosen role.

Learners can build on the skills and knowledge gained from achievement of this qualification when working towards achieving another qualification or gaining employment.

The Diploma will provide a sound basis for advancing in the industry for a range of potential learners.

Objectives

The qualification is designed to lead the learner to one or more of the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
  • providing access to a relevant card scheme

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.

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

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 55 credits. They must complete between 5 and 8 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 part-time jobs that enable them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace
  • full-time and part-time study

There are no specific skills, knowledge and understanding or 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 a:

  • scaffolder
  • steeplejack
  • lightning protection engineer
  • suspended access equipment installer
  • safety net rigger
  • fall arrest operative
  • offshore scaffolder

Progression

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

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

NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) – (Scaffolding)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 8 mandatory units (100 credit points).

Group award code: GN6P 68 (100 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure. (74 KB)

 

NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) – (Steeplejacking)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 7 mandatory units (93 credit points).

Group award code: GN70 68 (93 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure. (76 KB)

 

NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) – (Lightning Protection Engineer)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 8 mandatory units (103 credit points).

Group award code: GN6T 68 (103 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure (70 KB).

 

NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) – (Rigging: Suspended Access Equipment — Temporary)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 6 mandatory units (74 credit points) 1 optional unit (8 credit points).

Group award code: GN6X 68 (82 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure. (73 KB)

 

NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) – (Rigging: Suspended Access Equipment — Permanent)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 6 mandatory units (62 credit points) 1 optional unit (8 credit points).

Group award code: GN6W 68 (70 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure. (74 KB)

 

NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) – (Safety Net Rigging)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 5 mandatory units (43 credit points) 1 optional unit (12 credit points).

Group award code: GN6Y 68 (55 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure. (73 KB)

 

NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) – (Fall Arrest)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 5 mandatory units (46 credit points) 1 optional unit (12 credit points).

Group award code: GN6R 68 (58 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure (71 KB).

 

NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) – (Offshore Scaffolding)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 7 mandatory units (81 credit points) 1 optional unit (19 credit points).

Group award code: GN6V 68 (100 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure. (77 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 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 learners have completed at work through a variety of evidence such as observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and 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 currently 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 task. They will also demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle