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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here is a list of the common questions which we get asked about on a regularly basis, just click on any of the questions below to reveal our answer.

What NVQs are available from ESA?

ESA currently offers 3 NVQs:

  • The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction) – Door, Gate and Shutter Systems - Repair
  • The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction) – Door, Gate and Shutter Systems - Install
  • The Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction) – Loading Bay Equipment - Installation or Maintenance

What are the entry requirements for an NVQ?

There are no formal entry requirements to take any of the NVQ qualifications offered by ESA. The three NVQs offered can be undertaken without any previous training or qualifications in this subject area.  However, you will need to evidence a level of work experience history and competence.

All three qualifications have been developed for achievement in a real workplace environment, which means you need to be employed to undertake these qualifications.

What is the process I need to follow to complete my NVQ?

You will be assessed against a set of performance and knowledge statements which have been derived from National Occupational Standards for your occupational area. You will be assessed by an occupationally competent and qualified assessor whose job is to work with you and help you complete your qualification.

You will be required to produce a Portfolio of Evidence showing how you have met the performance and knowledge criteria for each unit required within the qualification, as directed by your assessor.

What products are in each endorsement group?

There are 4 endorsement groups. You will note that some endorsements appear in more than one group.

Group A - Powered Pedestrian Doors including Fire

Power operated pedestrian sliding doors

Power operated pedestrian swing doors

Power operated pedestrian folding doors

Manual pedestrian slide swing and folding doors

Manual and power operated pedestrian revolving doors

Fire-resisting pedestrian doors

Group B - Industrial and Garage Doors including Fire

Vertically sliding industrial/commercial doors

Vertically rolling industrial/commercial doors

Horizontally acting industrial/commercial doors

Fire resisting industrial/commercial doors

Domestic garage doors with panel constructions

Domestic garage doors with rolling constructions

Domestic garage doors, power operated

Manual pedestrian slide swing and folding doors

Fire-resisting pedestrian doors

Group C - Gates and Traffic Barriers

Automated gates and traffic barriers

Group D - Loading Bay Equipment

Hinged Lip Dock Leveller

Telescopic Lip Dock Leveller        

Drawbridge Dock Leveller            

Scissor Lift Installation                                 

Dock Seal/Shelter Installation                    

Wheel Guide Installation                            

Vehicle Restraint Installation      

Bumper/buffer Installation                        

Dock/Traffic Light Installation                    

Control Panel Installation            

 

How long does it take to complete an NVQ?

This will be entirely down to your experience in the field and your competence level.  If candidates are quick to provide the evidence and arrange the site visit it can take as little as 3 months to complete.  It is expected that it should not take longer than 12 months, as a guide, if you have the Experienced Worker CSCS card, this is valid for 12 months whilst you go through the NVQ process.

What evidence do I need?

There are several modules within the NVQ that you will need to provide evidence of competence.  Your assessor will go through this with you at the start of the process.  You will need to be able to demonstrate on the site visit that you have worked on the product you are being assessed on.  As each NVQ is unique to the candidate providing a list here would be too complex but if you would like someone to contact you to discuss this more, please do contact nvqtraining@esa.uk.com.

Where does an assessment take place?

This will be arranged by you and your assessor at a mutually agreed time and place. An assessment has to include a live onsite observation in a working environment.

What is the qualification structure of the NVQ?

The Qualification structure below specifies the combination of units that need to be achieved for the individual to be awarded the qualification.

Qualification Title:

L2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction) – Door, Gate and Shutter Systems Repair

Minimum Credit Value: 41

Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification: 410

This is an estimate of the total time reasonably expected for a learner to achieve a qualification. TQT includes guided learning hours (GLH) plus an estimate of the time a learner is likely to spend in preparation, study or other learning activities as directed by but not under the immediate guidance of a lecturer, supervisor, or tutor.

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification: 138

The time a learner spends in activities under the immediate guidance or supervision of a lecturer, supervisor, or tutor. This includes assessment if under supervision.

To achieve this qualification a minimum of 41 credits need to be attained. This comprises the 5 mandatory units.   

Qualification Title:

L2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction) – Door, Gate and Shutter Systems Installation

Minimum Credit Value: 38

Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification: 380

This is an estimate of the total time reasonably expected for a learner to achieve a qualification. TQT includes guided learning hours (GLH) plus an estimate of the time a learner is likely to spend in preparation, study or other learning activities as directed by but not under the immediate guidance of a lecturer, supervisor, or tutor.

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification: 128

The time a learner spends in activities under the immediate guidance or supervision of a lecturer, supervisor, or tutor. This includes assessment if under supervision.

To achieve this qualification a minimum of 38 credits need to be attained. This comprises the 4 mandatory units plus 1 unit from the optional unit group.

There are also additional units that can be taken as part of this qualification. Credit from these units will be included on the certificate but will not count towards this qualification.

Qualification Title:

L2 NVQ Certificate in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction) - Loading Bay Equipment Installation or Maintenance

Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification: 280  

An estimate of the total time it could reasonably be expected for a learner to achieve a qualification. TQT includes guided learning hours (GLH) plus an estimate of the time a learner is likely to spend in preparation, study or other learning activities as directed by but not under the immediate guidance of a lecturer, supervisor, or tutor.

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification: 124 

The time a learner spends in activities under the immediate guidance or supervision of a lecturer, supervisor, or tutor. This includes assessment if under supervision.

To achieve/pass this pathway a minimum of 4 units need to be attained. This comprises the 3 mandatory units from the Mandatory Group plus 1 unit from the Optional Unit Group of which the learner must achieve/pass.

Learners may achieve/pass the additional units if desired, but it will not attract credit or count towards achievement of this qualification.

Do I need to complete both an installation & service and repair & service NVQ?

If you work in Industrial/Garage Doors, Fire Doors, Powered Pedestrian Doors, Automated Gates & Barriers, it is not mandatory for you to complete both NVQs, this would be your choice and determined on the work you carry out. 

If you work on Loading Bay Equipment then it's part of the same NVQ.

I work with powered pedestrian doors and shutters so do I need 2 NVQs?

There are 2 NVQs available for these areas (see What NVQs are available from ESA?).  One for Repair & Service and one for Install & Service.  If you want to work in both areas, you will need 2 NVQs.  If you work in one area of the industry such as install and service only, but you want to work on powered pedestrian doors and industrial rolling shutters you need one NVQ but 2 endorsement groups.

 

I already have an NVQ in another discipline why do I need another?

If you work with Industrial Doors, Powered Pedestrian Doors, Fire Doors, Automated Gates & Traffic Barriers or Loading Bay Equipment, you will need either of the 3 NVQs offered by ESA.  You will need an NVQ in the relevant field to obtain a CSCS card for working on these products.

What are the benefits of a NVQ?

The NVQ is a competence-based qualification and is based on national occupational standards. These standards are statements of performance that describe what competent people in an occupation are expected to be able to do.  It is also an essential requirement for obtaining your Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card.

Which CSCS card can I have during and after an NVQ?

If you require a CSCS card or are simply trying to re-new your existing card, you will need to have an appropriate qualification, in the Door, Gate, Barrier and Loading Bay sector; this means the:

L2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Occupations (Construction) - Door and Gate Systems or the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction) – Loading Bay Equipment 

If you are registered for either of these qualifications you can obtain a red Experienced Worker card.  Once qualified, your card can be upgraded to a blue Skilled Worker card that will show the endorsements you have achieved on the back of the card.

Can I get funding for my NVQ?

Funding used to be provided by the Education & Skills Funding Agency. From 2021 funding may be available from your Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  If your LEP has identified this opportunity, please advise ESA who will take the necessary steps to help apply for funding.  How much funding available will be determined by each LEP and the area in which the candidate resides and not necessarily where the candidate works.

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