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Why do I need the NVQ?

Earn your NVQ through ESA, Entrance Systems Alliance

If you work with Industrial Doors, Powered Pedestrian Doors, Fire Doors, Automated Gates & Traffic Barriers or Loading Bay Equipment, you will need one of the relevant NVQs offered by Entrance Systems Alliance:

  • 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

If you require a CSCS card or are simply trying to re-new your existing card, CSCS will insist on you have an appropriate qualification, or NVQ. You will need an NVQ in the relevant field to obtain a CSCS card for working on the products listed above.

To begin your journey to earn your NVQ, fill out and return the Expression of Interest form to ESA.

The National Occupational Standards (NOS) for this qualification have just been slightly revised to add more clarity on the Gate element.  This has been approved by the appropriate bodies and is awaiting publication.

If you have more questions, visit the FAQs page on the ESA website or contact ESA by emailing:

Why are qualifications important?

The Construction Leadership Council (the body that works between Government and Industry) has updated its recommendation, adopted across the industry, which provides a consistent means of recognising that an individual has achieved the agreed standard of qualification and skill in the occupation they are working in.

The CLC state:

The industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients and government should specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted. Cards will be required by those working predominantly on construction sites undertaking a recognised construction occupation. Cards will not be issued in respect of non-construction related occupations.

Card schemes carrying the CSCS logo will meet the following requirements:

  • The appropriate qualification(s) for each occupation will be agreed between the sector representative organisation and its recognised standard setting body.

  • The minimum standard for skilled occupations is a NVQ Level 2 qualification relevant to the occupation plus a separate health and safety element.

  • A completed apprenticeship will be accepted as meeting the minimum standard provided the apprenticeship and associated end point assessment have been agreed as equivalent to the national occupational standard by the sector representative organisation and its recognised standard setting body.

  • Where an NVQ level 2 qualification is not available the sector representative organisation and the relevant standard setting body will specify the recognised equivalent qualification for the occupation.

  • A transition process to bring all existing cardholders up to the minimum standard by 2024 will be agreed and implemented.

  • The scheme logos and the logo of the relevant standard setting body may feature on their cards or within any smart technology solution used.

Find out how to get your NVQ by visiting the Entrance Systems Alliance website.

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