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NVQ Level 2 – Carpentry & Joinery
Experienced Worker Route & Onsite Assessment (OSAT)

(Cskills Awards L2 NVQ in Bench Joinery (EWPA) Experienced Worker Practical Assessment)
Course overview
The construction world is changing, new regulations are in force that will mean that to work on site will mean that everyone working onsite will have to achieve a Carpentry & Joinery NVQ level 2 and will also have to have a CSCS card as evidence that they have gained the qualification. This ‘fast track’ option is a fantastic route to gaining the vital carpentry qualification that you need.

In answer to this requirement Access Training now offers all experienced personnel the chance to gain their Carpentry & Joinery NVQ Level 2 (Bench Joinery) on a short focused course in a relatively short period of time.

The ‘experience worker route’ or Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA) provides experienced Carpenters with the chance to again these vital qualifications as they may never have had the time or the need to do so before. This opportunity is provided by the Construction Awards Alliance (CAA) purely for time served Carpenters and is an excellent route for them to achieve a Carpentry NVQ Level 2.
Who is this qualification for?
It is intended for those working within carpentry & joinery contracting companies who have the responsibility to be qualified to work onsite. The CAA have designed this course so that it caters for learners who have proven their background and their previous experience in the carpentry industry.

The entire process is designed to minimise the amount of time you will need commit to gaining this qualification, we all know that time away from work is money lost so we will guide you quickly and efficiently through the process.

The emphasis will be given to you as an experienced carpenter or joiner to demonstrate your skills and your overall ability and knowledge. Our Assessors will gather the evidence of the work you produce once you are on the course but you must provide evidence of your ability and experience of the industry beforehand. This evidence that you provide will be in the form of a portfolio and this will be backed up by the completion of a carpentry & joinery practical tasks/assessment undertaken at one of our training centres. The process is summarised as:
  • A brief Interview to ascertain your experience in carpentry & joinery and to register you for the NVQ level 2.
  • An assessment of the evidence you have gathered or we will need to gather on site (by OSAT) to prove your technical competence in carpentry.
  • A 2 day practical assessment taking place at one of our training centres.
  • Award of your NVQ level 2 in Bench Joinery.
If you are still unsure of the criteria and want to find out if you or a colleague are eligible then please get in touch or leave your details and we’ll contact you at a convenient time.
Units covered
(Cskills Awards L2 NVQ in Bench Joinery (EWPA) Experienced Worker Practical Assessment)

All the units of training must be completed by each learner and you will be guided and trained throughout this process by our experienced carpentry & joinery trainers.

You will be assessed onsite by one of our assessors on a number of arranged occasions. He will then sign off each part of the criteria that you achieve in the workplace and your full Bench Joinery NVQ Diploma level 2.

The assessment comprises of 4 mandatory units:
  • QCF01: Conforming to General Safety
  • QCF02: Conforming to Efficient Working Practices
  • QCF03: Moving and Handling Resources in the Workplace
  • QCF16A: Manufacturing Routine Bench Joinery Products in the Workplace
An additional 1 Unit needs to be selected:
  • QCF13: Setting Up and Using Circular Saws in the Workplace
  • QCF14A: Producing Setting Out Details for Routine Bench Joinery Products in the Workplace
  • QCF15A: Marking Out from Setting Out Details for Routine Bench Joinery Products in the Workplace
You will then be assessed onsite by one of our assessors on a number of arranged occasions. He will then sign off each part of the criteria that you achieve in the workplace for the award of your Bench Joinery NVQ Level 2.
Progress routes
After this course some students decide to go further and undertake other courses to broaden their scope of work. We recommend that completing a second course such as a tiling course as a complete package ensures that you as a student have the practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge of your work. This provides students who successfully complete both courses with a good grounding and the ability to carry out many tasks.
  • CAA Diploma in Tiling
  • City & Guilds Tiling Course
  • DIY and Home Improvement Tiling Course
Our carpentry courses provide this clear progression route, helping learners to achieve the career goals they aspire to. With these skills and qualifications you can progress to a higher level of work during your career and you can for example, move on to work in the Building Services Industry further down the line. This helps those who wish, to progress from skilled occupations into technical, supervisory or managerial posts.
Support for students
Access Training is committed to the highest standards of customer focus and technical expertise, with a host of benefits including:
  • Specialist, professionally qualified teaching staff with a wealth of industry experience.
  • Enhanced Online Assessments, allowing students to sit exams with flexibility to fit around their speed of learning.
  • 24hr online support for all student questions and queries when studying away from the training centre.
We train students from anywhere in the UK
The main areas include:
  • South Wales
    (Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bridgend)
  • South of England
    (Bristol, Gloucester, Bath, Swindon, Oxford, Reading, Slough, London)
  • The Midlands
    (Birmingham, Hereford, Worcester, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester)
  • The South West
    (Devon, Cornwall, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton)
Further information
Information regarding our carpentry courses is available from our Course Advice Team. Please call for advice or leave your details and we’ll contact you!
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