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SQA News UK 18 February 2020

Change of implementation date for reaccredited Construction NVQs

The following reaccredited NVQs will now be available from 1 March 2020 to allow centres more time to prepare for delivering the revised group awards.

The revised group awards include all endorsements required by CSCS and CPCS. There is no change to the content or assessment of the qualifications.

Qualification Current SQA Group Award New SQA Group Award
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction and Civil Engineering Operations (Construction) - (Construction Operations)            GN2J 68 GR0J 68
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction and Civil Engineering Operations (Construction) - (Excavation and Reinstatement)                   GN2L 68 GR0K 68
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction and Civil Engineering Operations (Construction) - (Laying Kerbs and Channels)     GN2P 68 GR0L 68
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction and Civil Engineering Operations (Construction) - (Non Structural Concreting)        GN2T 68 GR0M 68
Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts (Construction)                                                   GJ52 83 GR07 83
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Slinger/Signaller (Construction)                                              GL8R 68 GR06 68
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction)      GL5G 68 GR19 68
Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction)   GN33 66 GR18 66
Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Roadbuilding and Maintenance (Construction) - Excavation and Reinstatement                     GN69 66 GR15 66
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Roadbuilding and Maintenance (Construction) - Plant - Surface Dressing (Machine)              GN50 68 GR14 68

What this means for candidates

New candidates

From 1 March, SQA construction centres must register all new candidates for the revised group awards.

Candidates who achieve these group awards will have their endorsements recognised on their qualifications certificate, which they will receive as normal. These candidates are not required to produce any additional evidence of their endorsements when applying for their CSCS card. CSCS will be able to confirm their endorsement details through SQA’s awards processing system (APS) and will promptly issue the candidate with their card.

Current candidates

Candidates who are doing the current group awards are required to provide a side letter to CSCS with details of their endorsements. The current group awards will finish on 28 February 2022.

What you need to do next

If you deliver any of the above NVQs, please review the revised qualifications to familiarise yourself with the revised structure and the endorsed units available.

If you currently use SQA codes for these qualifications, please ensure that you update all of the relevant paperwork to include the new codes listed on the table above. We will require this for external verification purposes from next session onwards.

You do not need to update your paperwork if you use Ofqual codes, as there is no change to these codes.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this information, please email construction@sqa.org.uk