NVQ Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Course

This 10 week course will provide you with Carpentry and Joinery qualifications as well as dedicated reality training giving you a healthy insight into the kind of work you will be undertaking once working within the carpentry industry – this will also give you a very good idea of what work you should be taking on to achieve a carpentry level 2 NVQ. We will also register you for NVQ level 2 so you will be able to apply for a CSCS Experienced Worker card (once a CSCS test is undertaken).

QualificationCity & Guilds Carpentry & Joinery Certificate, Accredited C&G certificate in Carpentry and Training to NVQ Level 2
LocationDartford, Kent (Accommodation Available)
Entry RequirementsNone

10 Weeks (Mon - Fri)


25 Weekends

inc VAT
Easy payments
Flexible Training
Interest Free Payments
Accommodation Available

Duration & Cost

Full Time - 10 weeks

£3,995.00 including vatA £500 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid in 10 weekly instalments of £349.50

Part Time - 25 Weekends
(2 consecutive weekends per month)

£3,995.00 including vatA £500 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid in 12 instalments of £291.25 (once per month)

This 10 week course which can be completed in 10 consecutive weeks or broken down in to 10 separate weekly blocks.

Course details

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to qualify as a carpenter with 2 City & Guilds qualifications, one covering aspects of Site Carpentry and the other covering Joinery/Woodworking – in addition, it gives you the opportunity to work towards achieving NVQ level 2 in Site Carpentry.

Once you have completed your 10 weeks of intensive, hands on carpentry training, you will then be industry ready which is where you need to be to achieve the Carpentry NVQ.

During the entire 10 weeks, you will be trained and assessed to achieve the following:

Carpentry aspects:

  • Constructing studwork with opening
  • Constructing and installing door linings
  • Hanging a door
  • Fitting floor joists and installing floor coverings
  • Installing and bracing trussed rafters
  • Setting out and cutting a pair of common rafters
  • Health and Safety in construction
  • Fixing architraves and skirtings
  • Constructing and fixing hatch linings
  • Fitting locks and latches

Joinery aspects:

  • Constructing halving joints
  • Constructing housing joints
  • Constructing through mortice and tenon joints
  • Constructing angled halving joints
  • Constructing bridle joints
  • Constructing haunched mortice and tenon joints
  • Constructing stub mortice and tenon joints

This entire programme will be delivered to ensure that you undertake carpentry work which is most commonly used on site; this is to prepare you for working towards achieving the level 2 NVQ. You will be guided to understand what is required as evidence to achieve the NVQ so that once you are working within the industry, the process can be completed smoothly and in an acceptable amount of time.

We will train you to provide an understanding of the following units:

  • QCF 641 - Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • QCF 642 - Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
  • QCF 643 - Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace

Supported by THREE optional units from:

  • QCF 09Av2 - Installing First Fixing Components in the Workplace
  • QCF10 Av2 - Installing Second Fixing Components in the Workplace
  • QCF 11v2 - Erecting Structural Carcassing Components in the Workplace
  • QCF 12v2 - Maintaining Non-structural Carpentry Work in the Workplace

QCF 628 - Setting Up and Using Transportable Cutting and Shaping Machines in the Workplace.

To fully achieve both carpentry and joinery certificates will require 10 weeks of hands on training, during which time you will build a portfolio of your work, recording all of your practical carpentry assessments. This complete and detailed portfolio, along with final certification, can be used as evidence of experience when you are applying for work within the carpentry industry.

These certificates will also be supported by NVQ registration with CITB (NOCN) which can generate a CSCS Experienced Worker card for you once you have sat a CSCS Health & Safety test – this will ensure your access and ability to work on any site as a Carpenter.

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 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 2 in Carpentry and we will provide you with a start-up 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.

Site visits will be charged separately - please call for details

This is a hands-on, practical carpentry and joinery 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.

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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 2.



All of our courses take place at our dedicated training centre in Dartford, Kent. The centre is easily accessible by road, being just 10 minutes from junction 1a on the M25. We are only a short walk from Dartford train station which is served by frequent trains taking 35 minutes from central London. For anyone travelling from further away, we have our own accommodation available at only £25 per night.

We are open Mon - Fri and 2 weekends per month for training and visitors so if you would like to find out more about this course or about Able Skills, please feel free to pop in, no appointment necessary.

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