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NVQ Level 3 Bricklaying Course

Awarding Body City & Guilds
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City & Guilds 6217 / NVQ Level 3


Are you looking to have training and assessment which will eventually confirm your status as a level 3 Bricklayer? If so, look no further! This comprehensive, detailed period of training will teach you everything that is expected of a level 3 Bricklayer. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a City & Guilds qualification and register for NVQ Level 3 bricklaying. Registration for NVQ will also generate a CSCS card for you once you have undertaken an independent Health & Safety test.

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What You’ll Learn

Our bricklaying instructors have built a package of learning with the aim of training candidates to understand the requirements of level 3 brickwork related tasks. This comprehensive package of learning will take candidates from novice bricklayer to effectively being able to undertake level 3 bricklaying structures and tasks with a view to eventually achieving NVQ level 3.

How You’ll Learn

This programme of step by step training and assessment is as follows:

Week 1: Introductory Bricklaying will teach you bricklaying basics, starting from scratch you will learn how to use all brickwork tools and equipment and gain the ability to complete a pyramid wall and brick pier. Areas to be covered:

  • Construction of pyramid wall
  • Construction of 2 brick pier
  • Construction of cavity quoin pier
  • Pointing & jointing training

Week 2: Advanced Bricklaying is an advanced training week, providing you with the skills to tackle more complex areas and giving you the opportunity to build on your speed, technique and confidence. Areas to be covered:

  • 1 brick pier, English and Flemish bond quoins
  • Building speed and precision
  • Pointing techniques revisited

Week 3 onwards is an assessment of your skills. This is the start of your City & Guilds qualification and all assessments. Throughout the programme you will be assessed on the following City & Guilds mandatory units:

  • 045: Working with stretcher bond walling
  • 046: Blockwall 102.5mm thick
  • 047: Cavity wall with frame recess
  • 048: Timber frame faced with best brickwork
  • 049: Stepped foundation using trench blocks
  • 050: Cavity wall using pre-cast stone arch
  • 051: Brick and block gable end

Additionally, 2 units from the following:

  • 030: Semi-circled arch - rough ringed
  • 052: Single flue chimney and pot using DPC
  • 053: One brick thick Flemish bond with projection
  • 054: Attached pier in English garden wall bond
  • 055: One brick thick EGWB with oversailing course
  • 056: Course and random rubble stonework
  • 057: English bond manhole

Remaining time: There may be times in your career as a bricklayer whereby you will be asked to undertake specialist projects. It may be that the property has arched areas which require repairing. To help you through these unusual requests, we will dedicate a week to supporting you through complex bricklaying to produce beautiful finishes and work which you can be proud of. Areas to be covered:

  • Assignment issued to gain underpinning knowledge
  • Phase test – Solid wall & pier construction
  • Prepare an estimate incorporating materials & labour
  • Risk assessment, method study

You will then move on to your Level 3 assessments. Areas to be covered:

  • Paperwork site diary issued
  • 1 to 1 instruction in evidence gathering & structure of portfolio, relevance of photographic & written evidence
  • Role of the work based recorder explained
  • Evidence from private contracts & written witness testimony explained
  • How to map evidence against unit criteria
  • Written questions to be completed
  • Practical task – Solid walling use of brick specials

Week 10: Practical assignment – Official Level 3 Assessment For this task you will be creating a model, solo. Areas to be covered:

  • Construction of detailed brickwork
  • Solo attempted model
  • Loaded at dry bonding accuracy tested by the assessor
  • Estimate method study & risk assessment put in place by candidate
  • Constructed model assessed & mapped against award criteria

Courses Open To You After

The next step for you is to be assessed in the work-place to have your progress monitored and recorded in order to be certificated for the NVQ level 3.

Additional Info

NVQs are ‘Declarations of Competence’ and as such, cannot be achieved in a simulated environment like a training centre – all we can do here is prepare you for the process for when you are in the real working environment  and we do this very well. At the end of the course, Able Skills will register you as someone who is working towards achieving NVQ level 3 in Bricklaying and we will provide you with a startup portfolio which will include all of the evidence and assessment sheets ready for you to use as and when you gather your work based evidence. By registering you for NVQ, you can also gain access to a CSCS Experienced Worker or Trainee card (if you arrange independently to sit a CSCS test) – this will further enhance your access to work.

This is a hands-on, practical bricklaying course and you will be involved at every stage and will be participating throughout. It is therefore recommended you bring suitable clothing and for your own safety, steel capped footwear is essential.

Duration & Cost

This is a 10 Week (50 day) course and the cost is £3250.00 including vat. A deposit of £500.00 will secure a booking with the balance payable over the period of the training.

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