Is NVQ Level 2 Passive Fire Protection Right for You?
The NVQ Level 2 Passive Fire Protection (Fire Stopping) assessment and training course has been designed for skilled passive fire stoppers that have sufficient expertise in their sector and those that are capable of demonstrating the necessary passive fire protection expert knowledge, according to the National Occupational Standards.
A skilled passive fire stopper should have the required skills to:
identify and safely use the access equipment such as podiums, towers or scissor lifts
achieve the required fire rating according to specifications
The NVQ Level 2 firestopping assessment and training course must contain sufficient proof to show that the learner has a clear understanding of the general H&S rules. Thus, an experienced passive fire stopper must demonstrate the ability and knowledge to carry out the appropriate tasks in a safe manner, according to the general site guidelines.
To achieve the firestopping NVQ, you should be able to carry out any two of the following:
firestop walls/floors using compound or fire batt and mastic
apply intumescent coatings to surfaces using brush or roller
install encasements around service pipes, columns or steel beams
apply non-reactive spray coatings
install cavity barriers
erect fire-resisting walls and linings (partitions)
erect fire-resisting ceilings
install fire-resisting timber doorsets
install fire-resisting ductwork systems
To learn more about the modules that make up this qualification, refer to the 'Qual Structure' section.
Construction supervisors, chargehand or foreman, supervising their own trade activities while also working hands-on with tools may want to consider the NVQ Level 3 Construction Supervisor qualification.
NVQ Level 2 Passive Fire Protection (FireStopping) Qualification Structure
When you commit to starting the NVQ Level 2 Passive Fire Protection assessment course, you will be examined according to a collection of knowledge and performance assessment requirements, which have been sourced from the National Occupational Standards relevant to this work-related area. The assessment will be carried out by a friendly, certified, and well-qualified professional assessor who will provide advice and assistance to help you accomplish your firestopping assessment course.
This assessment and training course allows the candidates to show their experience, abilities, and clear understanding of the fundamentals of passive firestopping. It also gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their competence in an actual work environment to ensure that they can carry out Passive Fire Protection work within the building and construction sector.
The NVQ Level 2 Fire Protection course is devised for those who have substantial knowledge in a real-world work environment that demonstrates his or her capability to complete the Passive Fire Protection (Fire Stopping) qualification.
NVQ Level 2 Passive Fire Protection (FireStopping) Mandatory Units
Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
Erecting and dismantling access/working platforms in the workplace
Passive Fire Protection NVQ Optional Units (2 units required)
Installing dry cladding in the workplace
Applying intumescent coatings in the workplace
Installing fire resisting ductwork systems in the workplace
Installing fire stopping in the workplace
Installing cavity barriers in the workplace
Erecting fire resisting walls and linings in the workplace
Erecting fire resisting ceiling systems in the workplace
Applying non-reactive spray coatings in the workplace
Installing fire resisting timber doorsets in the workplace
How It Works?
Usually, it takes 2 assessment sessions to cover the passive fire protection (fire stopping) criteria. Depending on the quality of evidence we receive from you and your personal circumstances, these sessions may involve at least one site visit for your firestopping assessment.
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 firestopper into 6 chronological steps.
Step 1: Introduction
You will receive an instructional email as startup guidance, which will include a list of performance criteria. 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 gathering 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 first session, which may involve an onsite visit or a phone call based on the evidence quality and your circumstances. During this session, you will discuss the evidence and explain your work processes and methods. The first session is generally designed to cover around 50% 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 2 Passive Fire Protection Fast Track
A typical fire stopper NVQ 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 2 Passive Fire Protection qualification.
Before beginning the NVQ passive fire stopping assessment, 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 L2 passive fire protection assessment within 2-6 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 2 Passive Fire Protection (Fire Stopping) On-Site Assessment & Training for Experienced Fire Stoppers
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
Total assessment cost: £695.00
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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)
Norfolk, PE31 6RH
Tel: 0300 456 6447
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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