If you are an experienced, time served Plasterer but have no qualifications to confirm this, this quick route to NVQ level 2 may be the answer you are looking for. No site assessments are required, just a profiling session here at Able Skills, some evidence gathering by you and then a practical test to confirm your competence. This will help you with getting the right CSCS card and gain you access to site work as a Plasterer rather than as a labourer.
What You’ll Learn
EWPA - Experienced Worker Practical Assessment
Upon contacting Able Skills, we will email you a pre-assessment questionnaire (Skills Scan) to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of this NVQ. Following on from this, we will arrange for you to attend a profiling session with any evidence that you may have to confirm your status as a time served Plasterer. It could be that there will be additional information that you will need to provide and guidance on this will be provided at the time of profiling. Once the Assessor has all of the evidence required and we have validated witness testimonies where appropriate, we will arrange for you to come in and undertake a practical assessment and a recorded professional discussion.
If you are successful, you will receive your NVQ certificate through the post in a relatively short period of time. If you do not pass the assessment all is not lost: the work you have done can still count towards your qualification through OSAT.
The following mandatory units make up the QUF 839 level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction) - Solid (Full) and you will be required to provide evidence of:
- QCF 01: Conforming to general safety in the workplace
- QCF 02: Conforming to efficient working practices in the workplace
- QCF 03: Moving and handling resources in the workplace
- QCF 66: Producing Internal Solid Plastering Finishes in the Workplace
- QCF 67: Producing External Solid Render Finishes in the Workplace
Supported by TWO optional units from:
- QCF 65: Applying Finishing Plaster to Background Surfaces in the Workplace
- QCF 68: Installing Direct Bond Dry Linings in the Workplace
- QCF 69: Laying Sand and Cement Screeds to Levels and/or Falls in the Workplace
- QCF 70: Applying Projection Plaster and Maintaining Equipment in the Workplace
- QCF 71: Installing Mechanically Fixed Plasterboard in the Workplace
The entire Plastering EWPA process can be completed quite quickly if all of the evidence is in place.
This is an opportunity for you to have the paperwork that is sometimes an official requirement to prove that you are an experienced and skilled Plasterer. NVQs are now the requirement for any site based employment, without the qualification and the CSCS card, you will not be able to continue working in the way that you have been.
CSCS and EWPA
Registering for this EWPA NVQ route will initially generate a: Red Card - EXPERIENCED WORKER. Registration will take place at profiling stage and as long as you sit/have sat a Construction Skills health and safety test, you can apply for the Experienced Worker card.
The card is issued on a temporary basis, while the NVQ is being achieved. The card is valid for one year and is non-renewable. An Experienced Worker Card cannot be replaced by a Construction Site Operative or a Basic Skills Green Card.
Once you have successfully completed the EWPA process and achieved the NVQ level 2, you can apply for a SKILLED WORKER Blue Card (again – subject to you having sat a CSCS test).
All aspects of the NVQ process will 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 7 days a week (08.30 – 16.30) for 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.
Duration & Cost
The cost to achieve this Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction) - Solid (Full) via this EWPA route is £850 including vat.
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