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NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction)

Level 3

Electric Saw

Start Date: Anytime

Key Points:

Level: 3


Age - 16-18 or 19+

Must not have completed the same course with another provider or have achieved a level 3 or above in Wood Occupations.

Duration: There is no formal duration for this course.

Entry Requirements: A level 2 qualification in the same subject is desirable. 


This qualification is aimed at those who are involved in either site carpentry including first and second fixing , those who are involved in shopfitting site work or those who carry out shopfitting bench work. The qualification is at level 3 although there may be some units at different levels. 

About this qualification

Level 3 qualifications are primarily aimed at those who are fully trained and experienced in a wide range of work activities, Level 3 candidates are often also involved in decision making, quality checks and work planning. It is not expected that candidates working in this industry all do the same activities or use the same equipment and machinery so the qualification has been developed to make it as widely available as possible. In addition to first and second fixing site carpenters must prove competence in the set up and use three of the following : saw (three from the following: circular, chop, mitre, bench, jig, reciprocating, alligator or scroll),drill, planer ,biscuit joiner or disc cutter and 2 of the following shaping machines : planer, sander (orbital, belt, disc, router or laminate trimmer . Candidates for this route must also prove competence in 2 or more of the following; erecting structural carcassing components, maintaining non-structural or structural components and erecting complex roof structure carcassing components. Shopfitting site work includes shopfronts, frames, fittings, finishing's and fixings. Candidates will also have to prove competence in the use of 6 of the following machines: circular saw, planer ,thicknesser ,bandsaw, morticer, tenoner, spindle moulder, drill, grinder or sander. Shopfitting benchwork candidates must manufacture both routine and bespoke products.

All work completed must be carried out in accordance with Building Regulations and Industry recognised safe working practices, including the disposal of waste.

Why take this qualification?

The qualification has been developed in a way that will allow employees from companies of all sizes and specialisms equal opportunity to complete. The standards cover the most important aspects of the job.

What could this qualification lead to?

Upon completion you can apply to CSCS, or other industry card schemes, to gain a recognised skills card.

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