NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Bench Carpentry

Work-based Assessment for an Experienced Working Bench Carpenter

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CSCS Gold Card for Shopfitting Bench Carpenters
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Is NVQ Level 3 Bench Carpentry Right for You?

The bench carpentry pathway comes under NVQ Level 3 Wood Occupations qualification, and is designed for carpenters with 3+ years of bench carpentry work experience.

Like all Level 3 qualifications, this qualification also includes three modules related to a supervisory role. This means that to qualify for the NVQ Level 3 in Bench Carpentry assessment, you are expected to have lead carpenters, also known as foreman or chargehand, experience. Additionally, you will be expected to know how to manufacture bespoke bench carpentry products, as well as setup and safely use your workshop tools and fixed machinery.

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Bench Carpentry
NVQ level 3 bench carpenter in the shopfitting workshop
Assessment type Work-based assessment
Prior experience Required
Dedicated assessor Yes, with a direct contact number
Fast Track option Pass in 3-8 weeks (or adjust to your pace)
Guidance & support Yes, we're here to help
Classroom attendance No, it's work-based assessment
Remote Assessments Yes (Videos, Photos, Phone or Video calls)
CITB grant claimable Yes, up to £1200
Our coverage Nationwide
Exams No
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The skillset requirements for a bench carpenter includes the following:

1. produce setting out details and manufacture 2 of the routine shopfitting products
  • Doors
  • Frames and linings
  • Shopfront sashes
  • Panelling and cladding
  • Units and fitments
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2. manufacture 3 of the bespoke shopfitting products
  • Door sets
  • Internal screens
  • Frames and linings
  • Shopfront sashes including associated elements
  • Panelling or cladding
  • Units and fitments
  • Products incorporating any of the following – glass, fabrics, veneers, laminates
  • Staircases (straight and with turns)
  • Handrails and balustrades
  • Shopfitting products with single curvature features
  • Shopfitting products with double curvature features
  • Soffits and bulkheads
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3. set up and use any 6 of the following tools
  • Circular saw
  • Planer
  • Thicknesser
  • Bandsaw
  • Morticer
  • Tenoner
  • Spindle moulder
  • Drill
  • Grinder
  • Sander
  • Overhead router
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4. lead bench carpentry activities in the workplace
  • read and understand the project Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS)
  • implement safe work practices in daily work activities according to RAMS
  • liaise with the site management as well as other trade supervisors to organise workflow according to programme of works
  • plan and organise work activities in line with project policies and programme of works
  • monitor safety on site and carry out safety inspections of tools and/or equipment
  • monitor and organise the supply of materials and/or equipment
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Remember different companies use different types of information and documentation. Your task is to explain (ideally with proof) how you organise and supervise your work activities in your bench carpentry and supervision role.

To learn more about mandatory and optional units, refer to the “Qual Structure” section.

Carpentry NVQ Level 2
If you feel that you don't have yet enough experience for the NVQ Level 3 Carpentry then you might want to consider the less advanced, NVQ Level 2 Carpentry qualification.

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Is this assessment suitable for beginners?

No, this is not a training or college course. This is an NVQ assessment for experienced workers and professionals who know their job very well and require official recognition of their skills in the industry. Knowledge and prior experience is mandatory.

Do I need to take the CSCS H&S test to apply for a temporary Experienced Worker (red) CSCS card?

Yes, to apply for a temporary Experienced Worker (red) CSCS card, you must have a valid H&S test that was completed within the last two years. You can find more information about this on the following website: https://www.cscs.uk.com/card-type/experienced-worker/

Do I need to take the CSCS H&S test once I have completed the NVQ course?

Yes, to apply for a CSCS card, you must have a valid H&S touch screen test, passed within the last two years. You can find more information about this on the following website: https://www.cscs.uk.com/about/faqs/?faq_category=983

How can I verify your company's accreditation?

Up Level training centre is officially registered and accredited by several nationally recognized organizations, such as the National Specialist Accredited Centre (NSAC) - CITB Division and Pearson (Edexcel), as an NVQ assessment and training centre for construction-related qualifications.

You can verify our accreditations independently by contacting any of these organizations:

CITB, National Specialist Accredited Centre (NSAC)
Building 130
Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
Norfolk, PE31 6RH
Tel: 0300 456 6447
Email: enquiry.NSAC@citb.co.uk

Pearson (Edexcel)
80 Strand
Charing Cross
London, WC2R
Web: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/contact-us.html

Can I skip levels and obtain a higher NVQ qualification?

Yes, it is possible to skip levels and obtain a higher NVQ qualification, as long as you can provide evidence of your competence in your field of expertise.

Can I fail the NVQ assessment?

Failure is not an option for us.

Our company and assessors have a screening process in place. We will conduct a screening of your knowledge and overall work experience before invoicing and registering you. This is to confirm your ability to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification and to ensure that the assessment is a natural step in your professional development.

In simple terms, if our assessor has confirmed your eligibility after the screening process, we will work with you and provide support until you receive your qualification.

It is important to note that the assessment cannot be completed without your participation, motivation, and cooperation with the assessor. Our screening process should confirm your commitment.

How soon can I apply for a CSCS card?

The timeframe for the NVQ assessment may vary depending on your employment status and your ability to provide evidence of your work practice. Typically, you will discuss all aspects of your circumstances with your assessor before starting the course to confirm a potential completion date. Once you agree on a realistic and achievable completion date, the assessment can begin.

Additionally, on our website's booking form, you have the option to select the Fast Track NVQ assessment package for a quicker assessment process. For more information, please check out the booking form options.

Can I register for the NVQ course without a National Insurance number?

Yes, you can register for the NVQ assessment without a National Insurance number.

When can I expect to receive my NVQ Diploma/Certificate?

Once your assessment is completed and your portfolio is submitted to the awarding body for achievement, the typical waiting period is up to 15 working days. However, this duration may vary depending on the awarding body's workload and your individual case.

Upon receipt of the full payment for the assessment services provided to you, our sales department will release your certificate.

Are any discounts available?

Our company is willing to discuss potential discount offers for groups or companies that commit to multiple (3+) assessment courses. Please contact us to discuss your options.

Can I still do the NVQ if I'm dyslexic or find myself to have a non-academic mind?

Yes, having dyslexia or a non-academic mind does not necessarily affect the outcome of the NVQ assessment. Our assessors take into consideration your unique situation and can make an assessment plan that suits your needs. Your grammar ability is not a significant factor in the assessment process.

Do your prices include VAT?

No, all prices shown exclude VAT.

* to apply for a CSCS card, you must have a valid H&S test, passed within the last two years

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