Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction)

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction)

SQA code: GP18 68
Ofqual code: 603/3264/5
Minimum Total Qualification Time: 400
Minimum Guided Learning Hours: 244
Minimum Credit value: 40

This qualification 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 installing insulated enclosure floors, installing door and gate systems, and installing industrial pallet racking systems.

This qualification covers the following areas:
Insulated Enclosures - Industrial
Insulated Enclosures - Commercial
Industrial Storage Systems - Installation
Door, Gate and Shutter Systems - Installation
Door, Gate and Shutter Systems - Repair
Architectural Metalwork Installer
Acoustic Packages and Frames Installation

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

This is a new qualification that has been developed in partnership with CITB to ensure it meets the needs of the industry.

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 Specialist Installation Operative. 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).

The qualification is designed to meet 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 on-the-job experience.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum total of 40 credits (400 hours TQT). They must complete the three mandatory Core units, plus all of the required credits from ONE pathway only.

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification structure (see Qualification content and delivery tools)

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • 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 and part-time study

There are no specific skills, knowledge and 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.


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as:

  • Specialist Installation Operatives


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

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction) can lead to employment within the Construction industry.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete between 4 and 6 mandatory units (credit values of between 31 and 52) and a maximum of 1 optional unit (minimum credit value of 19).

Please refer to the Qualification structure (37 KB) for more information.

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How to assess

For information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document: Guidance on assessment of Regulated Qualifications in England and Wales.

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 demonstrating that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard, as well as complying 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.

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