Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Construction)

Total Qualification Time:

  • Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Cold Formed Steel Frame - Erection) pathway – 400 hours
  • Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Cold Formed Steel Frame – Assembly/Erection – 560 hours
  • Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Frame Erection) – 400 hours
  • Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Insulated Concrete Construction) – 350 hours
  • Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Modular/Portable Building) – 460
  • Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Fabric and Membrane Cladding) – 370 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 erecting steel frames; preparing and assembling cold formed steel frames; erecting autoclaved aerated concrete structures; installing and dismantling prefabricated building structures and portable cabins; installing first fixing components; maintaining non-structural carpentry work; installing basic plumbing; applying paint systems; and slinging and hand signalling the movement of suspended loads.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
  • erecting steel frame wall and floor structures in the workplace
  • erecting steel frame roofs in the workplace
  • erecting steel frame wall and floor structures in the workplace
  • erecting steel frame roofs in the workplace
  • preparing and assembling cold formed steel frames in the workplace
  • erecting autoclaved aerated concrete wall and floor structures in the workplace
  • erecting autoclaved aerated concrete roof structures in the workplace
  • placing and compacting concrete in the workplace
  • erecting insulating concrete formwork structures in the workplace
  • installing and dismantling prefabricated modular building structures in the workplace
  • installing and dismantling prefabricated portable cabins and units in the workplace
  • installing first fixing components in the workplace
  • maintaining non-structural carpentry work in the workplace
  • maintaining non-structural or structural components in the workplace
  • installing basic plumbing in the workplace
  • applying paint systems by brush and roller in the workplace
  • slinging and hand signalling the movement of suspended loads in the workplace
  • preparing resources for fabric and membrane cladding installations in the workplace
  • installing fabric and/or membrane cladding systems in the workplace

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

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 their chosen industry.

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

It is intended that the qualification will allow learners to evidence experience of topics based on accepted and recognised industrial practices. The Diploma will provide a sound basis for advancing in the industry for a range of potential learners.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as an innovative/modern methods of construction operative. Achieving this work-related, competence-based qualification will confirm to employers, industry managers and card schemes that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the national standard to carry out the role of a cold formed steel frame assembly and erection operative, autoclaved aerated concrete operative, insulated concrete operative, prefabricated modular and portable building installer and dismantling operative, and fabric and membrane cladding operative.

The qualification is assessed through a portfolio of evidence which details what learners have completed at work. A variety of evidence such as observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence is assessed. 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.

The assessor will observe the learner as they carry out their normal work activities to demonstrate that they can do this competently and to the industry standard and that they can 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 task and show that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.

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 CSCS (the Construction Skills Certification Scheme).

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 35 credits. They must complete five or six mandatory units.

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 part time study

Learners require no specific skills, knowledge understanding or any other qualifications before starting this qualification, but they must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as:

  • cold formed steel frame assembly and erection operative
  • autoclaved aerated concrete operative
  • insulated concrete operative
  • prefabricated modular and portable building installer and dismantling operative
  • fabric and membrane cladding operative.

Progression

Learners may progress from the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (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 Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Construction) - (Cold Formed Steel Frame - Erection)

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (40 credit points).

Group Award code: GN8G 68 (40 credit points)

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

NVQ Diploma in Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Construction) - (Cold Formed Steel Frame - Assembly/Erection)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (56 credit points).

Group Award code: GN8F 68 (56 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure (72 KB)

NVQ Diploma in Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Construction) - (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Frame Erection)

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (40 credit points).

Group Award code: GN8E 68 (40 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure (67 KB)

NVQ Diploma in Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Construction) - (Insulated Concrete Construction)

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (35 credit points)

Group Award code: GN8J 68 (35 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure (67 KB)

NVQ Diploma in Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Construction) - (Modular/Portable Building)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (46 credit points). One unit must be from group 1; and two must be from group 2.

Group Award code: GN8K 68 (46 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure (75 KB)

NVQ Diploma in Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction (Construction) - (Fabric and Membrane Cladding)

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (37 credit points)

Group Award code: GN8H 68 (37 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure (62 KB)

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.

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle