Craft & Technical

How can Vocational Qualifications (VQs) benefit me?

There are many benefits of achieving a VQ in your chosen profession of which the most frequently noted are:

  • VQs are recognised by the engineering construction industry as the benchmark of competence across the craft and technician occupations.
  • VQs prove your competence to employers and increase your marketability to prospective employers.
  • Each VQ is developed by people who know the industry.
  • Rigorous assessment process ensures integrity of VQs.
  • Assessor led assessment ensures unobtrusive and minimal disruption to work.
  • The qualification is recognised as valuable by the industry.
  • By gaining a VQ, you are making a strong statement about your desire to achieve.
  • VQs are flexible. There is, within reason, no time limit set for gaining the qualification.
  • Candidates can work through the qualification unit by unit.
  • There is no age barrier or special entry requirement.
  • Your previous experience is taken into account.
  • VQs are strongly work related.
  • Achievement of an ECITB VQ in a relevant trade can lead to the issue of an ACE card.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Do I need to go college or training courses?
The assessment process is carried out in the work place so there is no requirement for you to attend college or any training courses.

2. How long does the assessment process take?
It depends on the type of work that you are doing and whether it is sufficient to cover the whole qualification. On average the total assessment time taken is about 20 hours.

3. I have City & Guilds certification. Do these qualify me for a VQ?
No, the assessment process requires on-site observation of you performing work place activities within your normal work environment. As VQs do not allow exemptions, certification such as City & Guilds cannot be used as evidence of competence but will assist with the underpinning knowledge and understanding elements of the qualification.

4. Is there an age barrier or any other barriers?
There are no age or time restrictions. Using your assessor for guidance, you can plan the assessments to suit both you and your employer’s needs. There are no formal examinations to be sat as the assessment is a measure of your competence to perform work place activities within your normal work environment.

5. What range of occupations do VQs cover?
VQs are available throughout a wide range of occupations within the engineering construction industry. Vocational qualifications at the managerial and professional levels (normally level 4 and 5) could significantly help to gain entry into a professional institution.

6. I work for a small company, would this exclude me?
The size of the company does not matter at all. Indeed in some aspects working in small/medium company may prove to be an advantage with the employer being able to give the individual a broader experience.

QCF Qualification in Engineering Construction

England & Wales

Qualification  QCF Reference  Accreditation & registration end date  Certification end dates 
Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to the Energy Industry 600/5473/6  31/12/2017 31/12/2020 
Certificate in Supporting Engineering Construction Activities 501/1980/1  31/12/2017
31/12/2020 
ECITB Level 2 Diploma in Supporting Engineering Construction Operations 600/3909/7  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Engineering Construction Welding Activities 501/2209/5  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 2 Certificate in Supporting the Installation of Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Mechanical Fitting
501/2208/3  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 2 Diploma in Lifting and Positioning Engineering Construction Loads 601/0271/8  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 2 Diploma in Steel Erecting 501/2322/1  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 2 Diploma in Supporting the Fabricating of Engineering Construction Steel Structures - Plating
501/2211/3  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 2 Diploma in Supporting the Installation of Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Pipefitting 501/2207/1  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Construction Non Destructive Testing 600/0328/5  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 3 Diploma in Erecting Engineering Construction Capital Plant Steel Structures 501/1102/4  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 3 Diploma in Fabricating Engineering Construction Steel Structures - Plating 501/1154/1  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 3 Diploma in Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Mechanical Fitting 501/1100/0  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 3 Diploma in Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Pipefitting 501/1023/8  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 3 Diploma in Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Small Bore Assemblies  600/4304/0  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 3 Diploma in Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems Electrical 501/1294/6  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 3 Diploma in Monitoring Engineering Construction Activities 601/3887/7  31/12/2019  31/12/2022 
Level 3 Diploma in Moving Engineering Construction Loads  501/0493/7  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 3 Diploma in Welding Engineering Contruction Pipework 501/1116/4  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 3 Diploma in Welding Engineering Construction Plate
501/1286/7  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 4 Diploma in High Integrity Welding in Engineering Construction 601/0270/6  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 4 Diploma in Managing Welding Operations 601/0272/X  31/12/2017  31/12/2020

Scotland

SCQF CBQs in Engineering Construction

Qualification  SQA Reference  Accreditation Date  Certification end dates 
Certificate in Supporting Engineering Construction Welding Activities at SCQF level 5 R163 04  17/08/2011  30/06/2019 
Certificate in Supporting the Installation of Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Mechanical Fitting at SCQF level 5  R164 04  17/08/2011  30/06/2019 
Diploma in Supporting the Fabricating of Engineering Construction Steel Structures - Plating at SCQF level 5 R165 04  17/08/2011  30/06/2019 
Diploma in Supporting the Installation of Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Pipefitting at SCQF level 5 R166 04  17/08/2011  30/06/2019 
Diploma in Supporting the Installation of Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Pipefitting at SCQF level 5 R133 04  15/06/2011  30/06/2019 
Diploma in Erecting Engineering Construction Capital Plant Steel Structures at SCQF level 6  R139 04  15/06/2011  30/06/2019 
Diploma in Fabricating Engineering Construction Steel Structures - Plating at SCQF level 7 R144 04  15/06/2011 30/06/2019
Diploma in Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Small Bore Tubing Assemblies at SCQF level 6  R257 04  26/09/2012  01/10/2017 
Diploma in Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Mechanical Fitting at SCQF level 6 R136 04  15/06/2011 30/06/2019
Diploma in Engineering Construction Plant and Sysytems - Pipefitting at SCQF level 6  R135 04  15/06/2011  30/06/2019 
Diploma in Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Electrical at SCQF level 7
R134 04 15/06/2011  30/06/2019 
Diploma in Moving Engineering Construction Loads at SCQF level 6 R140 04  15/06/2011  30/06/2019 
Diploma in Welding Engineering Construction Pipework at SCQF level 7  R137 04  15/06/2011 30/06/2019
Diploma in Welding Engineering Construction Plate at SCQF level 7  R138 04  15/06/2011 30/06/2019
Diploma in Engineering Construction Non Destructive Testing at SCQF level 6 R145 04  15/06/2011  30/06/2019