DMR Training is an approved assessment centre for NVQ Level 2 in Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying). We aim to help you gain your bricklaying NVQ as quickly and conveniently as possible.
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Who should take this qualification?
The NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying course is for experienced bricklayers 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.
To undertake a bricklaying NVQ, you must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of three years’ experience in brickwork
- Must currently be working as a bricklayer
- Aged 19+
Your assessor will check your eligibility before we sign you up to the qualification.
We deliver NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying through the Onsite Assessment (OSAT) route. We will assign you a bricklaying 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 as a bricklayer
- 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 the ‘theory’ of bricklaying, 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 City & Guilds.
Although bricklayers can take up to six months or more to achieve their NVQ, we find that most complete the qualification in 2 to 3 months.
Ultimately, the qualification will fit around your professional and personal commitments. Work towards it at a speed you feel comfortable.
Costs & Funding
We currently have access to NVQ funding for bricklayers in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and the Sheffield City Region. Please contact us so we can check your eligibility for funding.
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 bricklaying NVQ course, you can apply for your Skilled Worker card (blue 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).
After achieving Level 2 and depending on your experience, you may have the option to advance to NVQ Level 3 in Bricklaying, NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) or NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision.
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 City & Guilds 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.
Qualification Requirements for NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying)
Mandatory Units – Candidates must complete the five mandatory units
- Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
- Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
- Erecting masonry structures in the workplace
- Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
- Setting out masonry structures in the workplace
Optional Units – Candidates must complete at least one optional unit
- Erecting masonry cladding in the workplace
- Erecting thin joint masonry structures in the workplace
- Maintaining slate and tile roofing in the workplace
- Applying solid render to background surfaces and producing finishes in the workplace
- Producing internal solid plastering finishes in the workplace
- Repairing and maintaining masonry structures in the workplace
- Placing and finishing non-specialist concrete in the workplace
- Installing drainage in the workplace
DMR Training was formed in 2013 and has since grown into one of the country’s leading centres for brickwork 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 bricklaying, please contact:
City & Guilds
5-6 Giltspur Street
Tel: 0844 543 0033
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 brickwork NVQ, your assessor will draw up an assessment plan tailored to your needs.
An NVQ is a workplace competency qualification. As a competent bricklayer, 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 bricklaying 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.