EWPA – A quick route to NVQ for Time-Served Tilers - If you are an experienced, time served Tiler 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 and 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 Tiler rather than as a labourer.
What You’ll Learn
If you have been working as a Tiler for quite some time and you are competent in your tiling ability and have a very good general knowledge in all areas of tiling, then come along to Able Skills to meet with one of our tiling Assessors to discuss your route to gaining a tiling qualification. A short meeting to establish your competence could put you well on your way to obtaining a tiling NVQ, a requirement for any construction site worker. We have all of the required assessment procedures in place: qualified staff, excellent facilities and all of the support and guidance to help you obtain a tiling NVQ.
With the requirement for all site workers to hold Experienced Worker cards or Skilled Worker cards, the need for experienced tradesmen to gain NVQs has never been more important. Without the right qualification, you will be unable to gain access to site to undertake your work as a Tiler.
To help deal with this issue, Construction Skills has developed a fast track programme for those experienced Tilers to achieve NVQ without the need for site visits: EWPA = Experienced Worker Practical Assessment
This route is available for workers with a minimum of five years tiling experience and who do not need any further tiling training. All candidates must:
- Be site experienced in all the stated skills of the tiling NVQ
- Have sufficient experience of the skills of the NVQ, so that planning your working day, problem solving and decision making and working to deadlines (with regard to tiling) are a usual day-to-day activity
- Have an ability to cope with the demands of an intensive practical assessment process
- Have an ability to work safely at all times
- Have an ability to discuss your work activities with others
This fast track route is non complicated and can be completed in a relatively short time frame if all of the evidence required is readily available.
If you have been working as a Tiler for quite some time and you are competent in your tiling ability and have a very good general knowledge in all areas of tiling, then come along to Able Skills to meet with one of our tiling Assessors to discuss your route to gaining a tiling qualification. A short meeting to establish your competence could put you well on your way to obtaining a tiling NVQ, a requirement for any construction site worker.
Regardless of whether you are looking to gain a tiling NVQ for the purposes of obtaining a Skilled Worker CSCS card or if you are considering emigrating and taking your tiling skills to another country; this experienced worker fast track option is a fantastic route to gaining that all important tiling qualification.
How You’ll Learn
The 4 Steps of EWPA - Experienced Worker Practical Assessment
Step 1: Upon contacting Able Skills, we will arrange a profiling appointment for you and make recommendations of the kind of information and evidence you may wish to bring along to support your application as an experienced Tiler.
Step 2: At your profiling appointment (which will last for approximately 2 hours) our tiling assessor will introduce you to the process and make an initial assessment to ensure you are suitable to qualify through this method. They will look over any items of tiling ‘evidence’ you may have with you, evidence you provide can be in a written form, such as witness statements from customers or supervisors worked with in the past, or it can take the form of photographs of your work, site plans, qualifications or proof of tiling employment. If there is insufficient evidence but it is clear that you are a competent Tiler, you will be advised of what additional tiling evidence is required which you will have to bring back to the Centre to undertake a review.
Step 3: Once all of the required portfolio evidence is complete, you will undertake a practical assessment of your skills which will be observed by our tiling assessor. This will be followed by a recorded professional discussion to assess your knowledge of tiling; we will aim to complete this process over a period of 2 days.
Step 4: 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 QUA 850 level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wall & Floor Tiling and you will be required to provide evidence of:
- QCF641: Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
- QCF642: Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
- QCF643: Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
- QCF141v2: Preparing Backgrounds to Receive Wall and/or Floor Tiling in the Workplace
- QCF142v2: Tiling Wall and Floor Structures in the Workplace
Courses Open To You After
Once you have achieved NVQ level 2 via this route, you may wish to consider being assessed on-site to achieve level 3 at a later date.
The entire Tiling 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 Tiler. 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 the 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, this card will be generated.
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, a SKILLED WORKER Blue Card will be issued (again – subject to you having sat a CSCS test)
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 £20 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 NVQ level 2 via this EWPA route is £850 including vat.