NVQ Assessment with DMR Training

At DMR Training, we offer on-site assessment in over 20 construction NVQs including Bricklaying, Dry Lining, Passive Fire Protection, Painting and Decorating, Insulation and Building Treatments and Site Management.

We’re accredited through City and Guilds, NOCN and Proqual to deliver qualifications ranging from level 2 up to level 6.

You can find the full list of all the NVQs that we offer further down this page.

Our experienced assessors provide support, advice and guidance throughout the entire NVQ process. If you’re an employer, we can evaluate the assessment and training needs of your workforce and also help you find out if you’re eligible for CITB training grants.

As a nationwide training provider, we’ve got NVQ assessors based across the country including London, Birmingham and Manchester.

To find out more, call us on 01942 673047 or fill out our contact form below.

99% of our NVQ Achievers say their experience was excellent or good*

*Based on a sample of 571 NVQ achievers who were asked “How was your overall experience of the NVQ? Excellent (524), Good (42), Satisfactory (2) and Poor (3).” between February 2020 and January 2022.

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Why do I need an NVQ?

An NVQ qualification is recognition that you’ve reached a certain level of expertise in your trade, and also demonstrates your ability to work safely too. Together with a CSCS Card, your NVQ validates your skill and experience in the eyes of people who’ve never seen you work such as potential employers, site managers or new clients.

How it works

Gaining your NVQ via the on-site assessment and training route (OSAT) consists of two parts – knowledge and practical.

The practical side of the qualification involves building a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that your skills meet the requirements of the NVQ. Evidence can be obtained in several ways including on-site observations, photographs, witness testimonies, 1-to-1 professional discussions and copies of company documentation (e.g. site induction records, risk assessments etc). Your NVQ assessor will advise you on the best ways to collect this evidence.

The knowledge side of the qualification involves answering a series of questions relating to your specific trade and health & safety. These can be handwritten or typed on a word processor. Your assessor will be available by phone and email to provide support and guidance.

When all evidence has been collected, your assessor will submit your portfolio for verification. You will receive your NVQ certificate shortly after and can then apply for your CSCS Card.

Who should take this qualification?

Onsite NVQ assessment is for construction workers who meet the recognised occupational standards. The qualification is a validation of your skills and experience.

The Onsite Assessment and Training (OSAT) route allows you to achieve your NVQ through workplace assessment at your own speed.

This qualification is a mandatory requirement in gaining your CSCS Skilled Worker card.

Entry Requirements

To undertake a construction NVQ, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in your trade
  • Must currently be working (either part-time or full-time)
  • Aged 19+

Your assessor will check your eligibility before we sign you up to the qualification.

Assessment process

We deliver our construction NVQs through the Onsite Assessment (OSAT) route. We will assign you an NVQ assessor who will work with you for the duration of the course as you build a portfolio of evidence.

Types of evidence may include:

  • An onsite observation while you work, carried out by your assessor in your workplace
  • Photographs or videos of you working
  • References, employer endorsements or witness testimonies verifying your work in construction
  • Detailed job logs of work you have completed
  • A recorded professional discussion with your assessor either face-to-face or over the telephone
  • Coursework covering ‘theory’ and construction health and safety

Once your assessor is satisfied you have submitted sufficient evidence, our internal verification team will check your portfolio. They will then claim your NVQ certificate with the awarding body.


Although it can take up to six months or more to achieve their NVQ, we find that most complete Level 2 in two to three months, and Level 3 in three to four months.

Ultimately, the qualification will fit around your professional and personal commitments. Work towards it at a speed you feel comfortable.

Costs & Funding

Construction workers in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and the Sheffield City Region may be eligible for government funding. Please contact us so we can check your eligibility.

If you live or work outside these regions, we offer affordable self-funded assessment payable in two parts – 50% upfront and 50% on completion.

Please contact us to discuss funding and costs.


On completion of your NVQ course, you can apply for your CSCS Skilled Worker card (blue card) or CSCS Supervisors card (gold card).

If you require a CSCS card while you are working towards your NVQ, you can apply for your temporary Experienced Worker card (red card).

All CSCS card applicants must first pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (HS&E test).

Getting Started

When you decide to proceed with your NVQ, we will carry out a quick skills diagnostic to confirm your suitability for the qualification and the onsite assessment route.

We will then enrol you on the qualification with the awarding body and issue your welcome email. Your assessor will contact you for your introductory telephone conversation and put together your assessment action plan.

For an initial commitment-free consultation, please call us on 01942 673047 or send us your details and we will get back to you.

Why Choose DMR?

We’ve successfully delivered over 1000 NVQs in the last seven years.
We offer excellent value for money compared to colleges and other training providers.
The majority of our NVQ assessors have at least 10 years of experience in the industry.

We work fast – we’ll aim to complete your level 2 NVQ in 8-12 weeks.
We offer flexible payment. We won’t ask for the final 50% of the fee until you’ve finished the NVQ
Still not sure? Find out what others have said about us on our testimonials page

99% of our NVQ Achievers say their experience was excellent or good*

*Based on a sample of 181 NVQ achievers who were asked How was your overall experience of the NVQ? Excellent (157), Good (22), Satisfactory (1) and Poor (1).

DMR Training is an approved centre for NVQ assessment up to Level 6. We aim to help you get your construction NVQ as quickly and conveniently as possible.


Fast & Flexible Assessment


Experienced NVQ Assessors


Get Your CSCS Card


Funding Available

Which CSCS Card Can I Apply For?


DMR Training was formed in 2013 and has since grown into one of the country’s leading centres for construction NVQ assessment. In that time, we have helped over 1000 construction workers gain their NVQ and CSCS card.

We are on the government’s Register of Training Organisations (ROTO), which means we can deliver funded assessment to eligible workers and employers.

If you would like to verify our status as a fully approved training and assessment centre for, please contact our awarding bodies:

City & Guilds
5-6 Giltspur Street
London, UK

Tel: 0844 543 0033
Email: learnersupport@cityandguilds.com

NOCN Group Head Office
Acero Building
1 Concourse Way
Sheaf Street
S1 2BJ

Tel: 0300 999 1177
Email: cskillsawards@nocn.org.uk

ProQual House
Unit 1, Innovation Drive
Newport, Brough
HU15 2GX

Tel: 01430 423 822
Email: enquiries@proqualab.com

There are several reasons you might take an NVQ, ranging from increased earning potential and career prospects, to gaining your CSCS card. See our short guide – Why Should You Do an NVQ?

Before starting your qualification, an assessor will be assigned to work with you and provide ongoing support.

DMR assessors are former construction workers with at least five years’ experience in NVQ assessment.

They hold an A1 or TAQA assessor’s qualification, a minimum of NVQ Level 2 in their occupational area and a blue or gold CSCS card.

We provide full training to all our assessors in supporting people with dyslexia or learning disabilities. If you need extra support and guidance with the written elements of your qualification, your assessor will draw up an assessment plan tailored to your needs.

An NVQ is a workplace competency qualification. As a competent construction worker, you will be expected to document your skills and experience through various types of ‘evidence’.

Your assessor will carry out at least one observation in your place of work. You will also complete coursework in your own time.

To achieve your qualification, you will not need to travel, there are no exams to sit, and you will not need to take time off work. Your assessor will provide support and guidance face-to-face, by phone and by email.

CITB-registered employers can claim a grant of £600 for every employee or contractor who completes an NVQ Level 2 to 7. You can find more information on the CITB website.

Government NVQ funding is available for construction workers who meet specific criteria. Please get in touch with us to find out if you are eligible for funding.

When you have completed your NVQ portfolio, our internal verification team will check it for compliance. They will then claim your certificate with the City & Guilds.

Once we have received your certificate from the awarding body, we will forward it to you by recorded delivery. This process usually takes between two and four weeks.

To get your CSCS Skilled Worker card, you will also need to pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test at your local test centre.

You can apply for your card by visiting www.cscs.uk.com/applying-for-cards. You will need to upload a copy of your NVQ certificate and have a debit or credit card ready to pay the £36 fee.

Yes, if you need a CSCS card while you are doing your qualification, you can apply for the Experienced Worker card. You can request this card as soon as we have enrolled you on the NVQ (you will also need to pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test).

To apply for the temporary card, we will email you your proof of enrolment which you must submit to CSCS.

You will then upgrade to the Skilled Worker card once you have finished the qualification.

You can call us on 01942 673047 or get in touch through our contact form.