What is a NVQ?

A NVQ is a National Vocational Qualification, which is recognised nationally and is therefore valuable and means something. The achievement of a NVQ means that you are competent to perform the job to a benchmark standard set by the relevant Sector Skills Council. 

Do I need any previous qualifications?

No, It will not normally be necessary for you to have any previous qualifications to start the NVQ. However any qualifications you do have may be able to be presented as evidence towards the NVQ

Where would the assessment take place?

It would be carried out in the workplace and fits in with everyday work demands and responsibilities.

How long will it take?

It can take as little as 10 weeks, or as long as is required. As a guide, a standard NVQ Level 2 qualification could be completed in 6 months. To gain an NVQ, the Learner needs to show that they are competent and working to the required standards consistently over a period of time.

How is the NVQ achieved?

NVQs are obtained through building a portfolio of evidence. Evidence can comprise of anything but can include - emails, documentation you produce, photographs, video recordings, audio recordings, guided discussions, statements from line managers etc, and observations by the Assessor.

Who will carry out the Assessment?

The Assessor assigned will be occupationally competent in your particular role. That means they have extensive, proven experience in actually doing the jobs they are assessing and have not obtained their knowledge solely from a text book. The Assessor is there to assist, advise and guide you through all aspects of the NVQ process. The Assessor will observe you in the workplace, review the evidence presented, measure the evidence against the standards, and provide you with regular feedback.

What is a VRQ?

A VRQ is a qualification which results from your attendance on a course of instruction and is assessed by means of an examination. 

Awarded by: Security related NVQs Awarded by City and Guilds