Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Machining (Construction/Sawmilling Extrusion)

This group award has been withdrawn and has entered its lapsing period.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: 603/3165/3

SQA Qualification Code: GN8P 68

Total Qualification Time:

Wood Machining - 780 hrs

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 producing sawn wood and wood-based products in the workplace.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • Producing sawn wood and wood-based products in the workplace
  • 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
  • Producing planed wood and wood-based products in the workplace
  • Producing profiled wood and wood-based products in the workplace
  • Producing jointed wood and wood-based products in the workplace
  • Producing wood and wood-based products using computer numerically controlled/numerically controlled machinery in the workplace

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

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.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to confirm the learner's occupational competence as a Wood Machinist. Achieving this work-related, competence-based qualification will provide confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that learners have the skills and knowledge needed to meet the national standard to carry out the role of a Wood Machinist.

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

The qualification is assessed through 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.

The assessor will observe the learner carrying out their normal work activities to show 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. They will also show that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.


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


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 78 credits. They must complete four mandatory units and four optional 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 do not require any 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:

  • Wood Machinist


Learners may progress from the Level 2 in Wood Machining to a range of qualifications at Level 3 and above, including Occupational Work Supervision.

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Qualification structure

NVQ Diploma in Wood Machining (Construction/Sawmilling Extrusion)

The qualification requires the learner to complete 4 mandatory Units and 4 optional Units. At least 2 Units must be achieved from Group A. The remaining Units can be achieved from Group A and/or Group B (78 credit points).

Group Award code: GN8P 68 (78 credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure (88 KB).

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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.

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