Is NVQ Level 3 Construction Supervisor Right for You?
The NVQ Level 3 Supervision is suitable for working construction supervisors, often referred to as a chargehand or foreman, who typically supervise their own trade activities. It's quite common for these supervisors to also work hands-on with tools in small teams. Hence the term 'working supervisor' is used.
To undertake the assessment in construction supervision, you must be in charge and currently supervise at least one operative, using the project H&S information and guidelines.
NVQ level 3 construction supervisor providing instructions
As a working construction supervisor, you are expected to understand and possess the skills to perform the following tasks:
understand and follow the project policies and organisational procedures
read and interpret project drawings and specifications
provide regular toolbox talks and safety/morning briefings
liaise and relay important project information between management and operatives
coordinate work operations with other trade supervisors
read and understand the project Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS) information
organise a safe workplace according to your trade RAMS
plan and organise work operations in line with the project work programme
monitor the quality of work and your team's performance
check the safety of your operatives
carry out safety inspections of tools and/or equipment
organise and monitor the supply of materials and project resources
Your product evidence will consist of the work documentation (physical or electronic) that you use in your daily work practice in order to plan, organise and implement your work activities.
We understand that working supervisors usually don't possess or carry folders of documentation with them around the site. You can borrow the site folder from the office on the day of the assessment visit to discuss the relevant documentation with your assessor.
Alternatively, you can take photos of any work documentation you encounter during your construction supervision activities and provide these files as electronic evidence.
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 supervisory role.
NVQ Level 3 Construction Supervision Qualification Structure
To achieve the NVQ Level 3 Construction Supervision (officially titled: NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision), you must complete a total of 8 units. Depending on your experience and work duties, these will include a set of mandatory units and a selection of optional units. You will need to choose and complete the necessary number of optional units to reach the overall requirement of 8 units.
For example, below is a list of mandatory and optional units that comprise the NVQ Level 3 qualification for a construction supervisor. It includes 6 mandatory units that must be completed. Additionally, there are 4 optional units, from which you must select at least two that best suit your job role. This ensures that the evidence from your current role, or in some cases from previous projects, aligns with the assessment criteria of the chosen optional units.
Before starting the assessment, you will have the opportunity to discuss the qualification unit options during the screening and assessment planning phase. Your NVQ assessor will then identify and recommend the units that are most suitable for you.
NVQ Level 3 Supervision Units
Confirming the Occupational Method of Work in the Workplace
Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area in the Workplace
Co-ordinating and Organising Work Operations in the Workplace
Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace
Implementing and Maintaining Health, Safety, Environmental and Welfare Practices in the Workplace
Monitoring Progress of Work Against Schedules in the Workplace
NVQ Level 3 Site Supervisor Optional Units
Allocating and monitoring the use of plant, machinery, equipment or vehicles in the workplace
Confirming work meets contractual, industry and manufacturers’ standards in the workplace
Co-ordinating and Confirming the Dimensional Control Requirements of the Work in the Workplace
Implementing procedures to support team performance in the workplace
How It Works?
Usually, it takes 2 assessment sessions to cover the construction supervision assessment criteria. Depending on the quality of evidence we receive from you and your personal circumstances, these sessions may involve at least one site visit.
Although the assessment process can vary depending on the route you've selected at the time of your booking (for options, see the booking form), we can outline typical steps you can expect during your assessment. However, given the dynamic nature of our industry, we always strive to adapt the process to suit your individual situation.
For simplicity, let’s break down the process of a typical assessment for a construction supervisor into 6 chronological steps.
Step 1: Introduction
You will receive an instructional email as startup guidance, which will include a list of product evidence examples. This will help you identifying the evidence you can start gathering for your assessment portfolio.
Step 2: Welcome Call
You will receive a phone call (usually the next day) from your NVQ assessor to discuss the assessment requirements, your work, and potential product evidence that you can provide for your assessment. This evidence may come from your current or even previous/completed projects. During this call, you'll agree on the next steps and gain a clear understanding of what you need to do to prepare for the first assessment session. The assessor will also email you any required course materials.
Step 3: Compile Evidence
Based on the guidance and advice provided by the assessor, you will start collecting evidence (if not already available) for the first assessment session.
Step 4: The Assessment
After gathering sufficient evidence for the first session, you will schedule a date and time for the site visit. During this visit, you will sit down to discuss all the documentation and explain your work processes and methods. Usually, there is also a quick site walkaround to gather evidence of your workplace organization. The first session is generally designed to cover around 50-60% of the assessment criteria.
Step 5: Assessment Progress
After the first session, the assessor will review all the evidence and conduct a gap analysis to identify any remaining criteria. You will receive feedback on the steps required to address these criteria. Once you've collected the additional evidence, you can arrange for your next session, which is typically a remote session conducted over the phone.
Step 6: Completion
During this session, our aim is to address all the remaining criteria to complete your assessment. In most cases, this marks the final session. Once we've covered 100% of the assessment criteria, we will compile and finalize your portfolio, and then proceed to claim your NVQ achievement from the Awarding Body.
NVQ Level 3 Construction Supervision Fast Track
A typical NVQ construction supervision assessment may take from 1 to 3 months to complete, but the assessment turnaround time can vary significantly depending on factors such as your work situation, motivation, and ability to provide the assessor with the required product evidence for the NVQ Level 3 Occupational Work Supervision qualification.
Before beginning the NVQ assessment for a construction supervisor, you will discuss and cover all aspects of your work situation to determine a realistic assessment completion date. Once a practical and achievable timeline is mutually agreed upon, the assessment process can begin.
Fast Track Option
You can speed up the process and complete your NVQ L3 construction supervision assessment within 3-8 weeks, guaranteed.
Your dedicated assessor will prioritize your assessment, work out a plan for speedy completion, and focus on achieving your goal within the set timeframe.
To select the Fast Track option for this qualification, please check the booking form options for more information.
NVQ Level 3 Construction Supervisor On-Site Assessment & Training for Experienced Construction Supervisors
1. Additional packages (optional)
If you're having difficulties securing a job or getting on site without the specialist CSCS card, we can register you for the relevant NVQ qualification within 1 work day, which will enable you to apply for the Experienced Worker (Red) CSCS card so that you can gain access to the site and commence your work as soon as possible. To learn more about the Experienced Worker card, please follow the link below.
* to apply for a temporary CSCS card, you must have a valid H&S test, passed within the last two years
Free up your time for more important things in your life! This package might save you days or even weeks of evening work filling out the paperwork. During the assessment, your assessor will dedicate additional time for professional discussions about your work where you will answer clear and simple questions tailored to your industry and job role. After all, this feels like a natural conversation about your work environment. With this option, your assessor will do significant legwork for you - we will then use your verbal responses to fill out all the answers in the paperwork on your behalf.
* the professional discussions (interviews) are usually audio or video recorded
Fast Track Course
Select this option to speed up the assessment process and apply for a specialist CSCS card within 3-8 weeks guaranteed. Your dedicated assessor will prioritise your assessment and work out a plan for speedy completion and will focus on achieving your goal within the set timeframe.
* if we can't achieve the target, we won't charge you the fee for this package
Please note that this package is not designed to provide exact or precise answers to the assessment criteria. Instead, our professional mentorship service involves detailed discussions about the subject matter using simple terms that will help you understand any specialized terminology. Our assessors can also help you translate the academic assessment criteria, which may be difficult to grasp, to better align with your industry and area of expertise. By doing so, you'll gain more confidence in your answers and the evidence you provide.
* this package is NOT designed for novices who have not had prior experience in the industry
Total assessment cost: £1095.00
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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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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.
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* to apply for a CSCS card, you must have a valid H&S test, passed within the last two years
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