Professional

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.

England & Wales

Management and Project Control

Qualification  QCF Reference Accreditation & registration end date
Certification end dates 
Level 2 Diploma in Project Control, Estimating, Planning and Cost Engineering 501/2277/0 31/12/2017 31/12/2020
Level 3 Diploma in Cost Engineering Practice 601/5195/X  31/12/2020  31/12/2023 
Level 3 Diploma in Estimating Practice
601/5197/3  31/12/2020  31/12/2023
Level 3 Diploma in Planning Practice 601/5203/5  31/12/2020  31/12/2023 
Level 3 Diploma in Project Control Practice 601/5191/2  31/12/2020  31/12/2023 
Level 5 Diploma in Cost Engineering Practice 601/5200/X  31/12/2020  31/12/2023 
Level 5 Diploma in Estimating Practice 601/5202/3  31/12/2020  31/12/2023 
Level 5 Diploma in Planning Practice
601/5201/1  31/12/2020  31/12/2023 
Level 5 Diploma in Project Control Practice 601/5190/0  31/12/2020  31/12/2023
Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Management 501/0608/9  31/12/2017  31/12/2020 
Level 4 Diploma in Expediting 600/4692/2 31/12/2017  31/12/2020 

Scotland

Management & Project Control

Qualification SQA Reference  Accreditation Date  Certification end dates 
Diploma in Project Control, Estimating, Planning and Cost Engineering at SCQF level 5 R147 04  15/06/2011  30/06/2019 
Diploma in Project Control at SCQF level 6 R148 04  15/06/2011  30/06/2019 
SVQ 3 in Management at SCQF level 7 GE4H 23  23/11/2011  30/06/2019