Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What is an NVQ?

A. It's a National Vocational Qualification for experienced workers. NVQ's were developed as 'work based' training courses. Each course is made up of units based on a specific trade or occupation. The units are drawn from National Occupational Standards

NVQs are delivered by an assessor who will visit your workplace and works with you to record evidence in a portfolio that reflects the units.  The courses are divided between knowledge and performance elements. Your NVQ is complete when all units have been met and signed off by your self, your assessor and our quality assurance person. See our  Learner Handbook page 7

Q. I want to change my job. Can I do an NVQ in the new trade I want first?

A. No. NVQs are ‘competence’ qualifications, you need to have experience and be doing the job professionally. . Training 'Diploma' courses are a good place to start if you are serious about changing trade. They will equip you with basic knowledge and skills to gain work experience on site.

Q. Aren’t NVQs free anymore?

ANVQs were never free! Training grants are are available from the CITB to registered employers .
NVQs have periodically been both fully and co-funded by the Government at various levels for EU citizens.

 General funding has been cut back over the years and comes and goes.

 Your age (16-23), employment status, nationality, previous qualifications and choice of course are all factors that can effect funding, if and when, it is available; 

We are generally operating as a commercial centre delivering full cost courses. 

If funding becomes available we will post this on our blog and tweet @Dec_Assess so make sure you follow us!

Q. How and when do I pay?

A. How-Primarily by BACS bank transfer.There are a range of methods detailed in the store section of the site including PayPal. When-There is a £100.00 induction deposit paid prior to the induction. This is deducted from the remaining balance of your course cost. The balance is paid following your on site induction and prior to registration, as agreed. See our terms and conditions (T&Cs) and Learner Handbook page 7

Q. What am I paying for?

A. You are paying Dec-Assess Ltd to deliver your chosen NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) course to you in your workplace. This involves onsite induction, registration with the awarding body, site visits and completion of a portfolio by your assessor, quality assurance and certification. The process is explained in the Learner Handbook page 7. 

Q. Is there a discount if there's more than one of us and we're working on the same site? 
A. We have already discounted L2 courses with multiples in mind.The same site means added value as we will be dedicated to your team/company and you will all progress together. There are conditional discounts on L3 & L4 courses.

Q. How long will my NVQ take?

A. This will be between you and your assessor. You will discuss realistic targets at induction and you will need to be working. Typically there are between 2 and 4 visits following the induction. The process is explained in the Learner Handbook. Trainees and apprentices will complete NVQs over a longer period than experienced workers. For apprentices the NVQ is part of a framework including training Diploma and Functional Skills (English and Maths) and takes between 1 and 3 years. 

Q. I’m quiet at work, can I do the assessments at home?

A. No. However, there’s nothing stopping you from doing your knowledge questions in your own time at home. Assessment observations can’t be carried out at your home. That comes under DIY. You need to be working professionally. 

Q. Can I fail an NVQ?

A. We need to make sure that the course and level is right for you at the beginning and that you’re committed to completing. Your assessor is looking for knowledge and competence. If you don’t meet the criteria the assessor will support you and give feedback , guidance and training. You must be available to follow this up and meet the criteria to be deemed competent. In the case of funded qualifications there is a timely completion date that must be met. Although you will agree this at the start of your course the centre may withdraw you if you haven’t competed by then. See our terms and conditions.

Q. Can I be an interpreter for someone doing an NVQ who doesn't speak English?

A. No. Our Awarding Body  states that the course must be delivered in English (or Welsh). There must be a conversational level  of English between the learner and the assessor. We are developing ESOL support for those that want to improve their conversational level of English to do the NVQ. If you or your colleagues are interested in this contact us.

Q.  How long will my NVQ last, will it run out?

A. No. Your NVQ is permanent qualification like your driving test. CSCS cards expire every 5 years. 

The HS&E test has to be re-taken, to get a new card, if it is over 2 years since you last passed it or if you are upskilling to supervisor or higher levels. 

You are a professional. It is important to continue your training and development after you complete your current NVQ. Try getting email newsletters from trade specific websites or suppliers. We all undertake regularly CPD here at Dec-Assess.

Q. When will my new CSCS card come?

A. We don’t deal with your CSCS card and test. Your NVQ certificates should be with you within a month of completing. Make sure you inform your assessor or the centre of any change of address.

Q. Can I claim the cost back as a tax expense?

A. Yes. If you are self- employed the cost of the NVQ training is a claimable expense in your tax return. Also by your employer if you employed PAYE. You will receive a receipt for all your payments. We advise you to discuss this process with your accountant or HMRC Self Assessment.

Q. How far do you travel? We work all over the country?

A.We generally operate within 1.5 hours of travel from Central London. Our listed prices are for our primary zone, see our Operational Area Map. We are happy to discuss further travel in our secondary zone or beyond and will cost a package on request. Contact us to discuss.

 


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