If you are thinking about becoming a carpenter then sooner or later you are going to want to get an NVQ; A National Vocational Qualification or NVQ for short is a nationally recognised qualification that is awarded after being assessed by an NVQ examiner in the workplace.
Basically if you have completed the City & Guilds 6217 Carpentry training course then technically you have the knowledge you need to become a carpenter, however the NVQ is a qualification that will prove you have the technical knowledge and can put it into practice in the work place in a effective and competent manner.
The standards of which are set by industry authorities to be your chosen industries current best practice.
They are instantly recognised as being the gold standard of your particular industry and are a great way to prove your expertise and boost your career prospects.
An NVQ shows that you have proven to be able to do your chosen job effectively and safely.
How do I get my Carpentry NVQ?
Because NVQ’s are work based assessments this means you must first be at work in your particular trade, for you to be able to get an assessor around to visit you. This can be a dilemma, but if you have the City & Guilds carpentry certificate that should be enough to get you a job in your trade, you could then explain to your employer you want to be assessed for an NVQ.
To gain your NVQ you will first have an interview with your assessor where an action plan will be arranged. NVQ’s are achieved through on the job assessment, during which an assessor will arrange to visit you at your place of work where you will be observed and questioned by the assessor.
Your assessor will sign off units when the candidates are ready. The assessor will test your knowledge, understanding and work performance to make sure you can demonstrate competence in the workplace. Your assessor may then advise you on what they have observed, giving you guidance or advise if you need it.
They will then tell you if you have passed the assessment as competent for single units or the whole NVQ.