NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery

Work-based Assessment for an Experienced Working Carpenter and Joiner

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Is NVQ Level 3 Carpentry & Joinery Right for You?

The NVQ Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery is designed for advanced site carpenters who hold lead carpenters role, often referred to as chargehands or foremen, ideally with 5+ years of experience and those who can carry out and demonstrate the advanced carpentry and joinery skills for the Level 3 Carpentry qualification.

This qualification can be tailored with a relevant pathway to match your line of work: Site Carpentry, Architectural Joinery, Wheelwrighting, Shopfitting Site Work, Structural Post and Beam Carpentry, and Timber Frame Erection. If you are a bench carpenter, follow this link!

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
NVQ level 3 carpentry and joinery 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 £1200
Our coverage Nationwide
Exams No
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For a practical example, let's consider the Site Carpentry pathway. As an advanced site carpenter and joiner, you're expected to know how to:

1. install 3 of the bespoke first fix components
  • bespoke frames (door and/or window)
  • shaped linings (door and/or hatch)
  • partitions (with openings and change of direction)
  • staircases (with turns)
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2. install bespoke second fix components
  • side hung doors (double or pairs)
  • mouldings (detailed architrave, skirting)
  • ironmongery (in pair or sets)
  • accessible service encasement
  • bespoke wall and floor units/fitments
  • panelling
  • stair components (balustrades, handrails, spindles with turns)
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3. erecting 1 of the structural carcassing components
  • inclined roofs with gables
  • roof verge and eaves finishing’s
  • joists (ground, upper or flat roof)
  • including coverings (flat roofs, decks or floors)
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4. repair (maintain) 4 of non-structural or structural components
  • frames (to include priming the repair)
  • mouldings (to include priming the repair)
  • floor joist covering (or flat roof)
  • door and/or window ironmongery
  • guttering and downpipes
  • sash cords
  • replacement glazing
  • structural joists (including support)
  • structural rafters (including support)
  • fascia’s, soffits and barge boards
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5. set up and use 3 of the cutting machines
  • saw (three from the following: circular, chop, mitre, bench, jig, reciprocating, alligator or scroll)
  • drill
  • planer
  • biscuit jointer
  • disc cutter
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6. set up and use 2 of the shaping machines
  • thicknesser
  • sander (orbital, belt, disc)
  • router
  • laminate trimmer
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7. set up and use 2 of the shaping machines
  • thicknesser
  • sander (orbital, belt, disc)
  • router
  • laminate trimmer
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8. supervise 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 execute your work activities in your carpentry and supervision role.

During the screening and enrolment process, your NVQ assessor will determine and recommend the best pathway option for you.

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

Bench Carpentry NVQ Level 3
Experienced carpenters working in a shopfitting workshop setting, particularly those who regularly use bench saws and other related machinery may want to consider the NVQ Level 3 Bench Carpentry qualification.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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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