Construction NVQ Levels 2 - 3

NVQ Level 3 in Plastering in Construction

The NVQ Level 3 in Plastering is a competency-based qualification for learners who work in the construction sector. The qualification is intended to show that you have the appropriate knowledge to be able to carry out your role.

  • Nationally recognised accredited qualification.
  • Gain your Gold Advanced Craft Card.
  • Can be completed in your own time.
  • Help you to gain employment and customers.
  • CITB Grant Claimable.
  • Lifetime qualification.
NVQ Level 3 Plastering Course

NVQ Level 3 in Construction Plastering course content

Once you have booked, you will be assigned an assessor. The assessor will work with you to produce a portfolio for the qualification.

You will also have an induction with your assessor. The induction can be completed on-site or remotely if needed. The assessor will organise regular review meetings with you, for additional support and to keep track of your progress.

You will be assessed through a range of methods, such as observations, evidence generated from the workplace, witness testimonials, professional discussions and written questions on site.

To go down the Solid pathway, you must gather evidence of:

  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare.
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an
    occupational work area
  • Developing and maintaining good occupational working
  • Confirming the occupational method of work
  • Applying solid plaster to complex internal surfaces
  • Producing complex external render finishes

You also have a choice of optional and additional units to gain the minimum credit value of the qualification.

  • Installing direct bond dry lining systems
  • Installing mechanically fixed plasterboard
  • Running in-situ mouldings
  • Producing granolithic works
  • Producing specialised plaster finishes

To pass the NVQ, you must collect all the evidence needed to achieve each unit. The assessor will then go through the completed portfolio and give any feedback. Once you acknowledged the feedback, the portfolio will then go to an IQA. The IQA will have the final decision on whether the qualification is complete or if any additional evidence is needed.

How long is a Level 3 Plastering NVQ?

The length of the NVQ is dependant on how quickly you can gather the relevant evidence for each unit. You can complete the course at your own pace and around your work schedule. Learners who complete the qualification quickly tend to have the evidence prepared before enrolling.

Why should I take this course?

Plasterers who work in the construction sector who are looking to obtain a Gold CSCS Card or Advanced Craft Card should take this course.

Those who hold the Gold CSCS Card can show that they are a highly skilled worker and can work competently in their role. By possessing this card, you will be putting yourself ahead of other skilled operatives when looking for work or progressing in your current role.

NVQ Level 3 in Construction Plastering entry requirements

The NVQ will assess your competence in your current job role; so you must be working as a full-time plasterer to enrol.

You must also be 16 or over to take the course.

If we find that you are unsuitable for the qualification, we will find an alternative that better suits your credentials and occupation.

Where can I complete this course?

NVQs are accessible to learners across the country. Learners or companies booking on their part can book an NVQ over the phone, via email or through our website online.

The benefits of an NVQ is that it can be completed entirely from your workplace. Whether that be you gathering evidence on your own, or being reviewed by your assessor.

Is this course accredited?

This course can be accredited by either ProQual or GQA.

Both awarding bodies work with construction industry experts to develop their qualifications so that they meet learner requirements and are up to date.

Further development

Once the NVQ has been achieved, you will be qualified to apply for the Gold CSCS Card. This card is used to prove that they can conduct your role at a high level.

You will also be issued a certificate. The certificate is a lifelong qualification that does not expire and doesn’t need to be renewed.

Further development may also include developing your health & safety knowledge. Plasterers may benefit from attending Safe Use Of Ladders & Step LaddersUKATA Asbestos Awareness and Face Fit Testing.

Is this course CITB Grant claimable?

Yes, CITB registered companies can claim £600 in grant per learner. But they will need to make a manual claim themselves retrospectively. Find out how to claim here.


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