National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

A recognised qualification at your pace and in your workplace

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Recognised within the construction industry as the benchmark qualification for demonstrating occupational competence, NVQs are the pathway to developing your chosen career. Our experienced and expert assessors work with candidates to develop their skills and knowledge throughout the assessment process. Candidates work is assessed through work place visits and online support, minimising the impact on candidates working time.

All our NVQs attract CITB grants to assist with the cost of learning - please contact Construction Skills for further details.

How our NVQs work

Once you have identified the right NVQ for you, an assessor will visit you to discuss the suitability of the qualification and to review any prior learning. Our assessors will work with you to develop your skills and knowledge through the assessment process. All NVQs attract credits within the Qualifications Credit Framework, meaning they can be used in the future towards other further or higher education courses.

As part of the NVQ programme, you must demonstrate your competence to an approved assessor in your place of work.

We use a range of assessment methods to carry this out, including:


    two further workplace visits


    direct observation


    professional discussion


    witness testimony




    use of naturally occurring evidence


    signposting from the workplace

To ensure you are on track for completion, our online portfolio system will allow you to submit your evidence for each unit and obtain valuable feedback from our assessors at regular intervals.

Most NVQs take 9-12 months to complete, however it is not uncommon for learners to finish earlier.


There are no formal entry requirements for any level NVQ other than candidates must be working within the specific occupation and at the right level.

After processing the application, the assessor will arrange an induction and briefing session where candidates will be registered with the awarding organisation for the selected NVQ.


The process for certification is:

Signs a declaration

Assessor signs award off and signs a declaration


Candidate confirms their work through a further declaration


Internal verifier confirms achievement

Awarding organisation

NHBC applies to the awarding organisation


Certificate is issued

Please note this process normally takes three to four weeks, but can take up to ten weeks depending on factors that are outside the control of NHBC Training Services.

Professional recognition for NVQs

Upon receipt of your NVQ, you can apply to be admitted to an appropriate class of membership with a number of professional bodies as shown below:

NVQ level 3
NVQ level 6
NVQ level 7

Please treat this guide as indicative only.
You should contact the appropriate professional body for their full membership requirement details.

NVQ Pricing

Please find our current NVQ fee information below.

All our NVQs attract CITB grants to assist with the cost of learning - please contact Construction Skills for further details.

NVQ Level
Cost of NVQ
£1,750 + VAT
£1,850 + VAT
£1,950 + VAT
£2,150 + VAT
£2,350 + VAT

All fees are subject to VAT at the current rate.

Information, advice and guidance for NVQs

Our service enables individuals or employers to access guidance on how to develop their own or their employee's skills and knowledge. It also provides information on developing new skills and on the 'qualifying the workforce' initiative.


NVQ application form

Click below to download the application form for NVQ programmes (Awards, Certificates and Diplomas).


How to contact us

Appointments can be made by telephone, fax or email.

Alternatively you can write to:

NHBC Training Services, NHBC House, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK5 8FP