National vocational qualifications (NVQs) and Scottish vocational qualifications (SVQs) standards and frameworks
March 2023: COVID-19 has presented extraordinary circumstances that has required CITB to review the approach for the delivery of S/NVQ’s and issue this temporary guidance of the consolidated assessment strategy. The guidance has now been extended.
The following document has been updated and can be considered guidance to the following:
- Consolidated Assessment Strategy
- Assessment Strategy for Plant Operations and Lifting Operations
The following documents have been updated to further extend the solution to ensure coverage of all apprentices that meet both of the following criteria:
- Solution Update Feb 2023 amendment (PDF, 63KB)
- Skills Test Approach and Declaration Amend Feb 2023 (PDF, 173KB)
This temporary solution is only applicable to learners registered on the SVQs accredited between August 2017 and July 2022. Note: Apprentices registered on SVQs accredited from March 2022 must meet the related Assessment Strategy and Methodology.
What are NVQs and SVQs?
National Vocational Qualifications and Scottish Vocational Qualifications NVQs are 'competence-based' qualifications, which means you learn practical, work-related tasks designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to do a job effectively.
The learning content of NVQs and SVQs is based on the National Occupational Standards in the relevant area. These standards define the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to do a particular job.
Find a qualification structure
CITB is working with stakeholders to develop up-to-date structures with the new measures required by legislation for each qualification in construction.
These structures are designed to meet the changing needs of each sector in construction.
If you have a proposal for a vocational qualification, please open the word document below, save the file, complete the form and send as an attachment to the standards team.
Regulation of qualifications across the UK
The qualification frameworks are regulated differently across the UK.
The RQF provides a single, simple system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual and the qualifications are now indexed by their level and size.
The levels are the same as the previous frameworks but with new level descriptors. All qualifications will now have a measure of size known as Total Qualification Time (TQT) which indicates the time a typical candidate would take to achieve the learning outcomes.
Under Scottish Government legislation, SQA Accreditation quality assures qualifications offered in Scotland by approving awarding bodies and accrediting their qualifications. Awarding bodies and their qualifications are regulated against published regulatory requirements.
The CQFW is an all-inclusive framework that recognises all forms of learning across all levels and abilities. The framework is designed to provide greater clarity on the qualifications system in Wales.
Qualifications in Wales is the regulator of non-degree qualifications and the qualifications system in Wales. The database contains details of all qualifications that are approved for teaching in Wales for learners aged under 19, excluding higher education.
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