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Assessment process

Information on the assessment process for Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).

How is the S/NVQ assessed?

The assessment is completed in the workplace and in many cases remotely. As you are likely to be a highly experienced worker, the process should be relatively simple and there are many ways to show evidence of your competence, including:

  • A Professional Discussion
  • Knowledge Evidence Questions.
  • Reflective accounts
  • Witness Testimonies (confirming previous workplace activities undertaken),
  • Product Evidence, e.g. minutes of meetings, RAMS, products of work
  • Observations

Will I need to go back to college?

Those needing to obtain a qualification DO NOT need to attend college. The S/NVQ can be achieved via various routes and CITB Grants may be available.

How much will it cost to complete an experienced worker assessment?

The cost is set by individual providers so you may need to ring around providers to check prices. In many cases CITB have Grants available for completing S/NVQs. For further information on CITB Grants available click here.

How long will it take to complete an S/NVQ?

S/NVQs can be achieved in a minimum of 14 weeks, but usually takes between 6-12 months from registration though to receiving your certificate. The time taken will depend on the availability of evidence, for example an experienced manager with numerous years’ experience could complete it in a shorter period of time, whereas an inexperienced candidate will take more time – no two cases are the same. As this is an assessment rather than a training course, you will work with your assessor to collate evidence of your skills via a range of assessment methods.

Do I need to take time off work?

No, S/NVQs are completed in the workplace, however, you will need some time to spend with your assessor, planning the assessment and feeding back their assessment of your evidence and/or work.

Will I have to do the N/SVQ again to renew my CSCS cards in 5 years?

No, S/NVQs generally are lifelong qualifications so once they are completed, they do not need to be completed again.

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