NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying)

DMR Training is an approved assessment centre for NVQ Level 2 Diploma 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 NVQ Level 2 Bricklaying?

The NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying course is for bricklayers who meet the recognised occupational standards. The qualification validates the skills and experience you have acquired during your construction career.

Although the bricklaying NVQ is suitable for experienced bricklayers from various backgrounds, it will be to your advantage if you already have experience working on a construction site.

Please see the ‘Entry Requirements’ and ‘Assessment Process’ sections of this page for examples of assessment criteria for the bricklaying NVQ.

We deliver the course through the Onsite Assessment and Training (OSAT) route. This assessment method allows you to work towards the qualification at your own pace. It is a workplace and evidence-based qualification; classroom or workshop learning is rarely required. You will not need to take any time off work.

Once you have completed your NVQ Level 2 and received your certificate, you can apply for the blue CSCS card (skilled worker card).

Please note that the official title of this qualification is Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations.

Entry Requirements

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

  • Minimum of three years experience in brickwork and masonry.
  • Must currently be working as a bricklayer.
  • Aged 19+.

To ensure you meet the minimum entry requirements, your NVQ assessor will perform a pre-enrolment skills diagnostic in a number of the job tasks listed below.

  • Interpreting and working to specifications or architects’ drawings.
  • Setting out using string lines or lasers and checking angles using a builder’s square.
  • Protecting the surrounding area while working.
  • Knowledge and application of bricklaying tools.
  • Knowledge and application of bricklaying materials and masonry structures including bricks, blocks, mortars, damp-proof barriers, lintels, insulation, etc.
  • Erecting masonry wall structures such as cavity walls, blockwork and solid walls.
  • Forming openings such as doors and windows.
  • Jointing up and pointing.

The list above is not exhaustive. It is designed to give you examples of the skills you will need to achieve your NVQ Level 2 in bricklaying.

In addition to general bricklaying skills, you will also be assessed in one of the following specialist areas (to be discussed with your assessor):

  • Erecting masonry cladding.
  • Erecting thin joint masonry structures.
  • Repairing and maintaining masonry structures.
  • Placing and compacting concrete.
  • Installing drainage.
  • Installing and forming specialist masonry elements.

Assessment process

At the beginning of your Bricklaying NVQ, we will assign you an experienced bricklaying assessor who will work with you for the entirety of the course as you build a portfolio of work-based evidence.

Types of evidence may include:

  • An onsite observation while you work, carried out by your assessor in your workplace. An observation is not a test or a practical exam; your assessor is simply looking for evidence of your competency and that you follow safe working practices.
  • Photographs or videos of you working. You can take these yourself or ask a workmate to take them for you. Your assessor will provide guidance on photographic evidence during your induction phone call.
  • References, employer endorsements or witness testimonies verifying your work as a bricklayer. You can submit historical references and testimonies from work you have done in the past.
  • Detailed job logs of work you have completed during your bricklaying NVQ.
  • 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. This is presented as a straightforward Q&A pack. You can choose to handwrite your answers, type them on a word processor, or record them verbally.

During the NVQ, your assessor will help you gather evidence of your bricklaying competency (some examples are listed in the ‘Entry Requirements’ section). You will also need to provide evidence of your knowledge and application of construction health and safety. This will include:

  • Complying with information presented in risk assessments.
  • Knowledge of procedures for reporting accidents and emergencies.
  • Proper use of PPE such hi vis clothing and hard hats.
  • Disposing of waste safely in accordance with legislation.

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 Proqual.


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 government NVQ funding for bricklayers in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Sheffield City Region (includes Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield). Please contact us so we can check your eligibility for funding.

If you are ineligible for government support, 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.

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 Proqual 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 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
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
  • Erecting masonry structures in the workplace
  • Setting out to form masonry structures in the workplace

Optional UnitsCandidates must complete at least one optional unit

  • Erecting masonry cladding in the workplace
  • Erecting thin joint masonry structures in the workplace
  • Repairing and maintaining masonry structures in the workplace
  • Placing and compacting concrete in the workplace
  • Installing drainage in the workplace
  • Installing and forming specialist masonry elements 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:

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

Tel: 01430 423822
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 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 Proqual.

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.

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