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!
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)
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
stair components (balustrades, handrails, spindles with turns)
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)
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
structural joists (including support)
structural rafters (including support)
fascia’s, soffits and barge boards
5. set up and use 3 of the cutting machines
saw (three from the following: circular, chop, mitre, bench, jig, reciprocating, alligator or scroll)
6. set up and use 2 of the shaping machines
sander (orbital, belt, disc)
7. set up and use 2 of the shaping machines
sander (orbital, belt, disc)
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
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.
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.
NVQ Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery Qualification Structure
To achieve the NVQ Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery (officially titled: NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Wood Occupations), you must complete a total of 9 units. Depending on your selected pathway, these will include a set of mandatory units and a selection of optional units. You will need to choose and complete 2 optional units to reach the requisite number of credits for this qualification.
For example, below is a list of mandatory and optional units that comprise the NVQ Level 3 carpentry and joinery qualification. It includes 7 mandatory units that must be completed. Additionally, there are 3 optional units, from which you must select at least two that best suit your carpentry and joinery duties. To put it simply, the evidence you provide should be relevant to the assessment criteria of the chosen optional units.
Before starting the assessment, you will have the opportunity to discuss the qualification units and pathway 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 Carpentry and Joinery Mandatory Units
Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
Confirming the Occupational Method of Work in the Workplace
Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area in the Workplace
Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace
Installing bespoke first fixing components in the workplace
Installing bespoke second fixing components in the workplace
Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace
NVQ Level 3 Carpentry Optional Units (Site Carpentry Pathway)
Erecting structural carcassing components in the workplace
Maintaining non-structural and structural components in the workplace
Erecting roof structure carcassing components in the workplace
How It Works?
Usually, it takes 2 assessment sessions to cover the carpentry and joinery assessment criteria. Depending on the quality of evidence we receive from you and your personal circumstances, these sessions may involve a 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 carpenter and joiner 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 gather 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 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 3 Carpentry Fast Track
A typical NVQ carpentry and joinery assessment may take from 2 to 6 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 Carpentry and Joinery qualification.
Before beginning the NVQ carpentry 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 L3 carpentry and joinery 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.
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NVQ Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery On-Site Assessment & Training for Experienced Carpenters and Joiners
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: £1045.00
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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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