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Earn Your NVQ (National Vocational Qualification)

Earn your NVQ through ESA, Entrance Systems Alliance

Who is ESA?

ESA, Entrance Systems Alliance, a new organisation offering NVQs to the door and gate industries, has been launched by two of the sector’s most revered trade associations, Door and Hardware Federation (dhf) and the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA). ESA, based in Tamworth, will act as an assessment centre and offer NVQ’s to the industries served by both organisations. These include door and gate systems, such as fire doors, automated gates and powered pedestrian doors.

What is an NVQ?

NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) are work-based awards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are achieved through assessment and training, and centre on national occupational standards. Having an NVQ means that you possess the skills and knowledge needed to do a job. NVQs cover a wide range of subjects for almost every occupational area in every business sector. For workers in the automated gate, industrial door and domestic garage doors industry, having the appropriate NVQ is required for those seeking a Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card, which allow you to work on building sites.

How can I get an NVQ?

Please visit the website for ESA, Entrance Systems Alliance, click the 'Take the First Step' button and complete and send in the forms. You will then be contacted to continue the process to earn your NVQ.

Which NVQs can I earn through ESA?

ESA will initially offer the following qualifications:

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

Where can I get more information?

By visiting the ESA website at, you will be able to register your interest in NVQ assessments for yourself or members of your staff.

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