NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry

Work-based Assessment for an Experienced Working Carpenter

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Is Carpentry NVQ Level 2 Right for You?

The NVQ Level 2 Carpentry offers a number of pathways to align with your specific line of work and experience in the carpentry trade.

The pathway you choose for the Level 2 Carpentry qualification will be determined by the specific type of carpentry work you're currently doing: Site Carpentry, Architectural Joinery, Structural Post and Beam Carpentry, and more. For the full list, please scroll down.

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry
NVQ Level 2 Carpentry Fast Track
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 £600
Our coverage Nationwide
Exams No
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For a practical example, let's take a closer look at the most popular pathway - Site Carpentry. To achieve this qualification, you must be able to cover the following performance criteria:

1st Fix Components - install any 3 of the following
  • frames (door and/or window)
  • linings (door and/or hatch)
  • floor joist coverings (or flat roof decking)
  • partitions
  • staircases
  • roof verge and eaves finishings
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2nd Fix Components - install any 5 of the following
  • side hung doors
  • mouldings (architrave, skirting)
  • ironmongery
  • service encasement
  • prefabricated units
  • cladding or panelling
  • stair components (balustrades, handrails, spindles)
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Cutting Machines - set up and use any 3 of the following
  • saw (three from the following: circular, chop, mitre, bench, jig, recip, multi-tool)
  • drill
  • planer
  • biscuit jointer
  • disc cutter
  • morticer
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Shaping Machines - set up and use any 2 of the following
  • thicknesser
  • planer
  • sander (orbital, belt, disc)
  • router
  • laminate trimmer
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Or... If your work doesn't involve 1st fix jobs, you can choose the following unit instead of the 1st Fix Components.

Non-structural Components - maintain/repair any 4 of the following
  • frames
  • mouldings
  • doors
  • windows (including replacement glazing)
  • door and/or window ironmongery
  • verge and/or eaves
  • sash cords
  • Show more...

During the carpentry NVQ assessment, you will be required to provide evidence for the assessment criteria listed above. Any photos or videos from your previous site carpentry projects could be used for your current assessment portfolio.

The evidence we gather from you must demonstrate your skills and ability to carry out quality carpentry work in accordance with site specifications and safety requirements. We place particular emphasis on H&S aspects, such as the correct use of PPE and safety gear to make sure you can do your work in a safe manner.

In order to prove your competence, we'll be looking at your practical skills as well as overall knowledge of materials and tools that you use on a daily basis to make sure that you can identify the correct methods and sequence of work related to the site carpentry trade.

Depending on your specific carpentry experience, you can choose between different pathways for this qualification.

  1. Site Carpentry
  2. Architectural Joinery
  3. Structural Post and Beam Carpentry
  4. Light Structural Timber Framing
  5. Timber Frame Erection
  6. Timber Decks and Cladding
  7. Pre-assembled Roof Structure Installer
  8. Heritage Site Carpentry
  9. Heritage Architectural Joinery
  10. Heritage Structural Post and Beam Carpentry
  11. Wheelwrighting
  12. Shopfitting Site Work
  13. Shopfitting Bench Work

To learn more about the modules that make up this qualification, refer to the 'Qual Structure' section.

NVQ Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery
If you consider yourself a more advanced carpenter, then you might want to pursue the NVQ Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery 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)
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Norfolk, PE31 6RH
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Email: enquiry.NSAC@citb.co.uk

Pearson (Edexcel)
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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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