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NVQ Level 2 Plant Operations

Plant Operating a crane in their Level 2 Plant Operations

Plant Operations NVQ is a competency-based qualification used to show your competence in a specific type of plant machinery. Various Level 2 qualifications are available, all designed to show that you are skilled enough to conduct your work safely.

In addition, the qualification will give you the knowledge to gain your CPCS or NPORS card and reduce accidents on-site through a proper understanding of your role.

NOTE: You will need approx. 2 years of experience in the role related to this NVQ, and currently be working in a relevant role.

What does the Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ cover?

No matter what machine you are operating, the Plant Operations NVQ has the same set of mandatory units. You must show evidence of the below for any pathway that you chose:

  • Adhering to general health, safety and welfare
  • Conforming to productive working practices

What is the Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ process?

Once the enrolment process is complete, 3B will pair you with an assessor.

The assessor will conduct the initial induction. They will work with you to develop your portfolio and map out how you can complete each unit.

Throughout the NVQ, the assessor will continuously review your progress to ensure that you are on track to completion.

The assessor will monitor the learner through various ways, such as written questions, professional discussions, evidence generated from the workplace, observations and witness testimonials. The qualification course structure incorporates a selection of mandatory units.

Take a look below at the Plant Operations NVQs that we offer:

  • Telescopic Handler NVQ Level 2
  • Forward Tipping Dumper NVQ Level 2
  • Fork Lift Trucks NVQ Level 2
  • Ride-on Roller NVQ Level 2
  • Excavator 180 NVQ Level 2
  • Excavator 360 NVQ Level 2

You will need to complete all the required units of the NVQ by providing sufficient evidence for each one. Once this has been completed, the assessor will review your portfolio and follow up with any required feedback.

Once you have acknowledged the feedback, the IQA will receive the portfolio. The IQA will decide whether the qualification is complete or if any additional evidence is needed.

Once you have completed the qualification, you will receive a certificate. The certificate is a lifetime qualification that does not expire or need to be renewed.

You will also be ready to apply for the Blue Competent Operator Card. The card will confirm that you have the relevant qualifications to work as a Plant Operator.

You will also need to complete an NPORS Accredited Course to obtain the Red Trained Operator Card. NPORS offers a range of courses. Take a look at the course available here.

Price Per Learner

NVQ L2 in Plant Operations content
£950 + VAT

What are the benefits of Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ?

  • Nationally recognised accredited qualification
  • Gain your Blue CPCS Card
  • You can complete it in your own time
  • Help you to gain employment
  • Work to the industry standard
  • CITB Skills and Training Fund and Grant Claimable
  • Lifetime qualification


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    What are the benefits of Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ?

    • Nationally recognised accredited qualification
    • Gain your Blue CPCS Card
    • You can complete it in your own time
    • Help you to gain employment
    • Work to the industry standard
    • CITB Skills and Training Fund and Grant Claimable
    • Lifetime qualification

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • How long is a Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ?
      How long is a Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ?

      Completion time is dependant on how quickly you can gather the relevant evidence to complete the course. The pathway that you choose will also have different requirements to another, which may differ in duration.

      An NVQ can be completed in your own time and can be worked around your schedule. The qualification can also be completed quicker with help from your assessor as long as you have the evidence required.

    • Why should I take this NVQ?

      Construction Operatives looking to obtain their Blue Competent Operative Card or Blue CPCS Card should attend this course.

      Plant Operations NVQs are nationally recognised throughout the industry. Employers who are looking for plant operatives will be looking for individuals who qualify. By having the Level 2 NVQ, you will be putting yourself ahead of the pack for progression in your own role or looking for employment.

    • NVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations entry requirements

      The NVQ is used to ensure that you are competent in your current role. Therefore you must be in full-time employment as a Plant Operator. Learners must be 16 or over to complete the NVQ.

      We can help to find the correct Plant Operations NVQ for you. Enquire via the form on this page, and member of the team will be in touch.

    • Where can I complete this NVQ?

      We offer a range of NVQs in Plant Operations, available to complete nationwide. Companies and individuals can easily book an NVQ over the phone or online through our website.

      The majority of the qualification can be completed by you, in your own time. The rest will need to be assessed on-site by one of our assessors.

    • Is this NVQ accredited?

      ProQual or GQA Qualifications are the two awarding bodies available.

      Both awarding bodies offer specialist qualifications for the construction sector. Each NVQ is developed in line with the industry’s requirements and are regularly updated.

    • Is this NVQ CITB Grant claimable?

      Yes, Both CITB Skills and Training Fund & Grants can be claimed by CITB registered companies for all NVQs (with the exception of Occupational Health & Safety).

      Learn more about how much you can claim. You will need to make a manual claim retrospectively. Find out how to do this here: CITB Levy, Grants & Funding.

      The CITB Skills and Training Fund is a pot of funding that micro, small  and medium sized construction companies can use to improve the skills of the construction industry.

      You can apply if:

      • you are a CITB-registered employer
      • you have 1-250 directly employed staff on the payroll
      • any previous project paid for by the Skills and Training fund has been signed off as complete.

      Find out more about the CITB Skills and Training Fund here.

    • What payment plans are available?

      We offer interest-free payment plans on all NVQs.

      Options include:

      • 50/50: 50% payable upon booking, 50% payable upon completion.
      • 4 equal payments, over the first 4 months.

      Please speak to the NVQ Team when enquiring/booking to arrange this.

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