NVQs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions NVQsChoosing between NVQs isn’t always easy, the qualifications require a learner’s commitment and financial input to go ahead. Therefore, you shouldn’t decide on enrolling onto an NVQ lightly. Make sure have all the information that you need.

Take a look below at some answers for frequently asked questions about National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) that will help make the process much clearer.

How do NVQs work?

NVQs are used to prove that an individual is competent in the role they are currently in. The learner will provide evidence in various formats in order to complete units which each represent parts of the role. You do not need to renew an NVQ as they don’t expire.

When can I apply for my CSCS card?

Upon enrolling onto an NVQ you will be able to apply for the Red Experienced Worker CSCS Card immediately. CSCS issue this temporary card whilst you are completing your qualification. Once you have finished your NVQ, you will then be able to apply for your intended card.

How long does it take to finish my NVQ?

You can take as long as you need to finish your NVQ; the duration of the NVQ is entirely in your control. It goes down to how quickly you can gather all the relevant evidence for the qualification. Realistically you can complete NVQ qualification in 3 – 12 months, but we will support you no matter how long it takes. You cannot fail an NVQ; you are either competent in your role or need to do work to be so.

Can I complete my NVQ overseas? 

Construction NVQ’s require onsite assessments, therefore, they would need to be completed within the UK. Our NVQs are also based on national occupational standards. However, Occupational Health & Safety NVQs use an online portfolio. Therefore, assessments can take place via skype calls and there are no requirements for site visits.

Does it matter where I live when applying for NVQs?

Locations aren’t usually an issue regarding assessments. We have assessor coverage from the North East down to the South West and everywhere in between.

Can you do an NVQ from home?

Elements of your NVQ can be completed from home such as your knowledge questions. But you must be in full-time employment and complete most elements in a work setting.

How is my NVQ assessment carried out?

It’s a common misconception that you will need to visit a 3B’ training centre to complete your NVQ. Our NVQ Assessors come to your site to assess your qualification.

How much do NVQs cost?

All NVQ costs are listed on each qualification’s page on the 3B Training website. You may notice that we have payment plan options for Level 6 / 7 NVQs.

We offer two options for Level 6 / 7 NVQs payment plans
– 50% payment upon registering and 50% payment upon completion
– Four equal payments: one upon booking then week 4, week 8 and week 12

When can I start my NVQ?

You can start your NVQ at any point during the year. There aren’t specific enrolment dates, so whatever date suits you.

What are NVQs equivalent to?

NVQs come in a range of different levels (2-7).  Take a look below at what each NVQ is equivalent to:

  • NVQ Level 2 equivalent- 4-5 GCSE grades A*-C
  • NVQ Level 3 equivalent- 2 A Levels
  • NVQ Level 4 equivalent – Higher Education Certificate/BTEC
  • NVQ Level 5 equivalent – Higher Education Diploma/Foundation Degree
  • NVQ Level 6 equivalent – Degree with Honours e.g. BA hons, BSc hons.
  • NVQ Level 7 equivalent – Master’s Degree e.g. MA, MSc
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