ECITB nationally recognised and accredited vocational qualifications are a good way to acquire the skills and knowledge required for careers in the engineering construction industry.
Vocational qualifications offer practical learning programmes that are developed with employers to national industry standards. Candidates prove their competence by demonstrating the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for a particular role.
Vocational Qualifications enable learners to acquire the specific vocational skills, knowledge and behaviours to perform a particular role as set out by the national occupational standards (NOS). The ECITB works with industry to offer qualifications that employers value because they offer development opportunities to staff across a wide range of engineering construction roles. Because VQs allow for a variety of assessment methods they offer candidates flexibility in how they achieve their qualification. ECITB VQ Approved Centres are quality assured in their delivery to ensure quality and standards are maintained.
The ECITB offers a wide range of qualifications in Craft and Technical and Professional disciplines.
CRAFT AND TECHNICAL
- Level 2 Diploma in Supporting the Installation of Engineering Construction Plant and Systems (RQF) – Plating
- Level 3 Diploma in Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems (RQF) – Plating
- Level 2 Diploma in Supporting the Fabricating of Engineering Construction Steel Structures – Plating (QCF) (No longer available to new learners)
- Level 3 Diploma in Fabricating Engineering Construction Steel Structures – Plating (QCF) (No longer available to new learners)
Candidates must be registered on the qualification with an ECITB Approved Centre before undertaking any assessment. The types of assessment will vary depending on the qualification undertaken. Competence qualifications require a candidate to be observed by an Approved Centre Assessor. This is normally done in a candidate’s ‘live workplace’ environment but a number of qualifications also allow for this in an approved simulated environment.
ECITB online knowledge tests are mandated in a number of qualifications and consist of a combination of multiple choice and short written questions and answers. VQ Tests may consist of both timed assignments and/or practical tests delivered in an invigilated environment.
Technical discussions also take place between a candidate and an Assessor for competence qualifications. ECITB qualifications are designed to consider fair access to assessment and adhere to equal opportunities requirements as specified by the Equalities Act 2010. Please refer to our Procedures Manuals on Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations permitted.
Click here for the ECITB Assessment Strategy, which is relevant to all SCQF (Scotland) qualifications and all qualifications originally developed for the QCF (England and Wales) – denoted by (QCF) in the title.
For all subsequent qualifications developed for the RQF (England and Wales) the assessment strategy can be found within the qualification documentation available to Approved Centres.
The ECITB offers a number of regulated vocational competence and knowledge based qualifications across England, Scotland and Wales.
Each nation has its own qualifications regulator and the ECITB is a recognised Awarding Organisation with all three regulatory bodies:
• England – The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual);
• Wales – Qualifications Wales;
• Scotland – SQA Accreditation
ECITB Approved Centres
Approved Centres are organisations approved by the ECITB to assess its VQs. The ECITB approves and quality assures all its Centres via external monitors to ensure they have qualified staff and sufficient resources to undertake effective assessment, and adhere to all ECITB and regulatory requirements.
For a full list of ECITB Approved Centres that deliver VQs use our find a provider tool.
Centres will be able to discuss your requirements, including any associated costs and timescales. Approved Centres can take enquiries directly from individuals and employers. A full list of Approved Centres is available here.
For further information on how to apply to be an approved centre, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The ECITB approves and quality assures all its Approved Centres via external monitoring to ensure they have qualified staff and sufficient resources to undertake effective assessment, and adhere to all ECITB and regulatory requirements.
The ECITB Awarding Organisation publishes its fees to its Approved Centres and all ECITB fees are charged directly to its Approved Centres.. An ECITB Approved Centre will incorporate these fees in any charges it makes to its customers, and the ECITB advises all customers to discuss these directly with the approved centre for services offered. Most Approved Centres will provide a bespoke quotation based on each candidate requirements and the type of assessments utilised, including any training provision required.
For a full list of fees please click here