Level 2 Carpentry Diploma & NVQ Level 2

This City & Guilds accredited level 2 Diploma is a real mix of practical and theory based assessments; a great opportunity for those of you looking to come straight in at level 2. In addition, there is NVQ training time allocated which will give you access to that all important CSCS card.

QualificationCity & Guilds 6706-23 Diploma at Level 2 and NVQ
LocationDartford, Kent (Accommodation Available)
Entry RequirementsSome industry experience preferred

12 Weeks (Mon - Fri)


30 Weekends

inc VAT
Easy payments
Flexible Training
Interest Free Payments
Accommodation Available

Duration & Cost

Full Time - 12 weeks

£4,695.00 including vatA £500 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid in 12 weekly instalments of £349.58

Part Time - 30 Weekends
(2 consecutive weekends per month)

£4,695.00 including vatA £500 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid in 15 instalments of £279.67 (once per month)

This course which can be completed in 12 consecutive weeks or broken down in to 12 separate weekly blocks. Any NVQ work based visits will incur additional fees

Course details

This package of learning provides training to achieve a level 2 Diploma as well as providing an opportunity to work towards achieving NVQ level 2.

The structure of this course will enable you to learn both practical and theory aspects of carpentry

To achieve the Diploma, you will learn a variety of Carpentry skills as follows:

  • Stud walling
  • Door frames / linings
  • Hanging doors
  • All aspects of ironmongery, hinges, latches, locks etc
  • Roofing using run/rise method and Pythagoras theorem
  • Flooring including joists, trimming for openings and floorboards etc
  • Ripping of man-made materials and timber
  • Fitting of stairs including cutting over trimmer, fixing etc

In addition, you will learn various aspects of maintenance work including repairs to mouldings, doors and windows, replacing gutters, downpipes and sash cords and throughout, you will also learn how to use power tools correctly as well as setting up and using a circular saw. This particular qualification also covers areas of kitchen fitting including kitchen units, worktops and fitments.

Following this aspect of the package, you will then move on to training for achievement of NVQ. This will provide additional ‘reality’ training and ensure that you are ready for a real working environment. The aim of this period of training is to ensure that you have a full understanding of what kind of work you need to access to achieve NVQ level 2, to ensure that you fully understand how to gather evidence from that work and how to transfer that evidence into the portfolio provided. You will also be registered with Construction Skills to show that you are working towards NVQ and this will help you generate a CSCS card should you opt to sit a Health and Safety test.

This is a very in depth course and the knowledge and skills that you will gain from this time at Able Skills will put you in a fantastic position when it comes to sourcing carpentry work/employment.

You will be trained over a 12 week period (60 days) and the training will be predominantly practical.

This course will require a fair bit of home study commitment from you as there are also theory based assessments required in order to complete this course. At the time of booking, we will send you a home study pack as well as the associated City & Guilds reference books for the purpose of study and revision. In addition, we will also allocate you a Smartscreen account which is an additional learning resource. When you are ready to book your time in centre, we will expect you to have completed a fair amount of the home study pack – you will be unable to complete units unless the theory aspects have been undertaken.

The qualification is broken down in to specific units and the assessments vary according to the unit you are undertaking, however you can expect to have practical assessments, online exams and written exams across the following:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Carry out first fix flooring and roofing
  • Carry out first fix frames, partitions and stairs
  • Carry out second fixing operations
  • Carry out carpentry maintenance
  • Set up and operate a circular saw

We will provide guidance on sources of reference that we recommend that you use in order to gain as much additional information as you can which will only serve to heighten your understanding of the carpentry units that you will be completing on the course with us.

You will be provided with access to all of the facilities within our double sized carpentry workshop and you will have access to 3 instructors who will provide you with practical sessions to help you move comfortably through the qualification and the NVQ training; in addition, we will provide you with the relevant reference material to support the course which will help you no end. Following completion of the 12 weeks you will also be presented with an NVQ portfolio which is yours to add evidence to as and when you have access to work. This evidence and later arranged site visits will contribute to you achieving NVQ level 2.

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. 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

Carpentry Courses at Able Skills

Courses open to you after

City and Guilds have also introduced a level 2 Bench Joinery qualification which will be a natural choice for you or alternatively, level 3 Carpentry Diploma is also available at Able Skills. If you opt to undertake a level 3 Diploma, the training time required will be reduced as some of the units from this level 2 will map over to the level 3. The time to achieve will vary from candidate to candidate however we estimate 5 weeks.

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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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